Defense Depot Ogden has received the 1987 Model Installation of the Year Award for the second time in as many years.
Capt. A.P. Tully, depot commander, received the award during ceremonies held April 14 at Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters in Alexandria, Va. This is the first time any agency installation has been a repeat winner.Ed Bell, depot commodities inspector, received the agency's Productivity Achievement Award at the same ceremony.
The depot has made a clean sweep of high-level excellence awards this year. It is one of only five defense installations throughout the world to receive President Reagan's Commander-in-Chief's Award. This prestigious award will be presented to Tully in May at the Pentagon.
The depot's winning the Model Installation Award for 1987 qualifies it for the Commander-in-Chief's Award, explained Lt. Gen. Vincent M. Russo, agency director.
Tully will head a group of state and local dignitaries traveling to Washington to receive the award May 20.
President Reagan established the Commander-in-Chief's Award in 1985 to honor defense installations that "seek out the most imaginative and innovative solutions to many complex problems."
This the first year the Defense Logistics Agency was allowed to participate along with the four branches of the military services.
Depot employee Edwin Bell is the Agency Model Installations Program Employee of the Year. Bell proposed a new way to handle paperwork throughout the Defense Logistics Agency that will save the agency an estimated $73,000 or more per year. Another Bell proposal saves the depot almost $13,000 every year.
The Model Installations Program was started in 1984 as a way for Department of Defense employees to make suggestions to improve operations without having their ideas bogged down in red tape. The program gives local commanders more flexibility to implement needed changes.
Defense Depot Ogden was one of 14 defense installations to try out the program, which has since spread to over 1,500 defense installations worldwide.