The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness (ASD(L&MR)) partners with the National Institute of Packaging, Handling, and Logistics Engineers (NIPHLE) to sponsor the Department of Defense (DoD) Packaging Excellence and Packaging Achievement Awards. The purpose of these awards is to honor outstanding teams and/or individuals in the DoD packaging community who contribute significantly to the packaging effort by developing new packaging processes, and improving productivity and efficiency throughout the DoD. These awards serve to increase the overall visibility of DoD packaging functions and accomplishments. The awards are open to DoD military and civilian personnel who contribute significantly to the DoD packaging program.

2018 DoD Packaging Awards Nomination Information

2017 DoD Packaging Award Winners

2017 Department of Defense Packaging Achievement Award presented to the 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) Packaging Specialists, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

From October 2016 to September 2017, the 39th LRS Packaging Specialists distinguished themselves by outstanding production and job performance. The team executed $627 million in packaging requirements for Incirlik’s surety mission, U.S. Central Command’s combat operations, six geographically separated units and 22 organizations. The team directly enabled 27,000 combat flying hours, and over 4,000 missions hauling 14 million tons of cargo for USCENTCOM, NATO allies, and coalition partners. In total, these specialists inspected more than 9,000 line items to ensure proper wood packaging material requirements as well as European and U.S. customs country-specific regulations were enforced prior to worldwide shipment, saving over $300 million in customs detention charges with zero delays. The team was instrumental in the construction of seven unique special packaging crates for the shipment of two crashed MQ-1 Predators. The MQ-1 crates were built in less than three days, saving over $5,000 in preparation costs and sped the return and recovery of $8 million in assets for a critical safety board investigation. The team continued their high level of performance, constructing shipping containers designed with intricate preservation material for 13,097 Turkish M1 Garand weapons in less than 14 days, filling seven seavan containers and enforcing strict Turkish Customs requirements. This particular M1 shipment completed a three-year quest from the Secretary of the Army to return $15 million of on-loan armaments back to the United States.

2017 Department of Defense Packaging Excellence Award presented to the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Packaging Division, Picatinny Arsenal NJ

From October 2016 to September 2017, the ARDEC team distinguished itself through innovative ways to improve packaging operations, increase productivity, and reduce resource cost. The team’s ability to improve efficiency was exhibited through its work to pursue Mycofoam, a biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and naturally fire retardant and anti-static foam to replace a problematic high density Fire Retardant Anti-Static (FRAS) Polyethylene (PE) Foam in the M6 and M7 Blasting Cap Packaging. Mycofoam drives approximately 40 percent cost savings on the inner container packaging of the M6 Blasting Caps, and a 60 percent cost savings on the M7 Blasting Caps packaging. The newly packaged product is easier to use due to design features implemented that allow the user to easily remove the top foam piece to access the blasting caps.

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