PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Pictured above, Paul D. Peters, left, acting assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel release, presented the Packaging Excellence Award on July 22 to Jack Lam, Joseph P. Granuzzo, and Hemant Yadav. The employees work at the Enterprise and Systems Integration Center Packaging Division, which is part of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

The three Picatinny Arsenal employees were recognized for providing their expeditious engineering support to the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, Calif., where the Vehicle Signal kit is developed and fielded.

The kit consists of a red star parachute illumination hand-held signal and one red smoke hand grenade. It is used to signal the location of a disabled vehicle or injured Soldier. Approximately 350 kits were fielded to meet operational requirement for the next NTC rotation. The kits increase personnel safety and will provide NTC with $800,000 in cost savings throughout the next five years.

During his visit, Peters also toured the Navy Packaging Handling Storage and Transportation Facility and received briefing overviews on the Joint Packaging Handling Storage and Transportation Center as well as the Logistics Research and Engineering Directorate. Other briefings included overviews on the Program Executive Office for Ammunition and ARDEC headquarters