The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant and U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot workforce were recognized for their roles in completing the 105mm projectile destruction campaign in July.
“It’s a fitting time to reflect, take notice and thank the people who have eliminated hundreds of thousands of weapons in a manner that is safe to the workforce, the local community and the environment,” said Mallory Stewart, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.
Officials recognized six PCAPP and three PCD departments at the End of the 105mm Projectile Destruction Campaign event, held July 27 in Pueblo. PCAPP representatives accepting certificates on behalf of their departments included: director of compliance Mike Strong, government field office team; munitions transporter Jose Cornejo, operations team; maintenance technician specialist Darren Mitani, maintenance team; cognizant engineer Celina Quintana, engineering team; warehouse manager Darby Yosinski, project support team; and test coordinator Andy Shaffer, environmental team. PCD representatives included Casey Eikenberg, toxic materials handlers team; Brian Mills, inventory management team; and Will Penrod, ammunition surveillance team.
Presenting certificates at the event were Craig Campbell, principal deputy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Threat Reduction and Arms Control; Michael Abaie, program executive officer, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives; Michael Costas, general manager, Defense and Space, Bechtel National Inc.; and Todd Ailes, project manager, Bechtel Pueblo Team.
“I’m extremely proud,” Abaie said. “The men and women who come to work every day truly are great Americans and great heroes.”