Program Executive Officer Michael S. Abaie, center, poses for a photo with the Honorable Deborah G. Rosenblum, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs and the Honorable Douglas R. Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology, after receiving the Department of the Army Distinguished Civilian Service Medal during his retirement ceremony Nov. 15 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Program Head Retires with Honors and Recognition

Federal officials, family members and other well-wishers gathered Nov. 15 to celebrate the retirement of Michael S. Abaie, the man responsible for guiding the U.S. program to successfully destroy the remaining declared U.S. chemical weapons stockpile.

An electrical technician checks straps for Enhanced On-site Containers awaiting disposition in the laydown yard at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Nov. 14, 2023.

Transportation Containers Readied for Dispositioning

Stainless-steel containers used to safely transport chemical weapons from storage on the Blue Grass Army Depot to the Blue Grass plant are ready to be dispositioned now that the munitions at the depot have been destroyed.

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