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Engineering technician garners award

12 Aug 2010 | Marti Gatlin, Public Affairs Specialist

An engineering technician’s many contributions to Maintenance Center Albany directly impacted its production capability and earned him Civilian-Marine of the Quarter for 2010’s third quarter.

Bill Remington, Industrial Engineering Branch, Engineering Department, received his award and congratulations from Col. Terry Reid, commander, MCA, and fellow employees during a ceremony Aug. 5 in the MCA lobby.

Reid praised Remington for his exemplary service and complimented him on winning the honor in spite of very stiff competition.

“He did an outstanding job,” Reid said, noting the MCA team wanted to recognize and exemplify him for his standards of excellence.

Remington is responsible for investigating and solving technical problems with equipment being repaired at MCA. He said it was the first time he’s won something like this.

“It’s good to know you’re appreciated,” he said. “I was surprised. I didn’t really expect it. I don’t think I did anything out of the ordinary. I’m happy my company has supported me in my many training requests, which has helped me get to where I am now.”

Bill Baker, supervisor, Industrial Engineering Branch, Engineering Department, MCA, nominated Remington for the award.

“We all work hard so when one of our own gets recognized (it) feels like we all get recognized,” Baker said, noting he was glad Remington received the recognition. “Everyone in the maintenance center knows what a good job he does.”

Among his contributions earning him the accolades, Remington provided technical assistance on M1114 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and Expanded Capacity Vehicle Humvees, according to award information from MCA officials. These Humvee models, which have many differences from earlier ones, had never been repaired at MCA.

He provided technical oversight and coordination to the Army during the development of the Marine Corps’ version of its explosively formed penetrator kit for the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Buffalo vehicle. He also supported included the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, the M577 Command Post Carrier and the Assault Amphibious Vehicle.

Remington also worked technical and parts issues with BAE Systems and MCA shops to start a Marine Corps Transparent Armor Gunner’s Shield production line. In addition, he has served as an International Organization for Standardization 9000 expert, and traveled to Maintenance Center Barstow, Calif., to audit its quality system to help the installation with its ISO processes and issues.

Born in New London, Conn., and raised in Dover, N.H., he served in the Navy for five years as a machinist mate in No. 4 Main Machinery Room aboard the USS Independence before beginning his civil service career in 1988 in Portsmouth, N.H.

Remington relocated to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in 1994, where he served as an engineering technician in the MCA’s Special Projects Office before his current position.

He graduated summa cum laude from Darton College in Albany with an Associate of Science degree in Pre-Engineering.

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