Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility honored

The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility project, which was responsible for the demilitarization of chemical munitions from the stockpile at the Anniston Army Depot, has been inducted into the state of Alabama’s prestigious Engineering Hall of Fame.

February’s ceremony, attended by over 300 people, saw the honoring of project leaders Timothy K. Garrett and Samuel Escrue, who represented the more than 1,000 contractor and government personnel involved on the project, reports. The ANCDR has eliminated 99 percent of the risk to the public from 4.5 million pounds of nerve and mustard agent at the stockpile.

“The thing that impressed me was the fact that it is taking care of the (munitions) that were at Anniston Army Depot all these years that could create a potential for an environmental disaster within the state,” Rodney Summerford, chairman of the Hall of Fame board of directors, said, according to “[The ANCDF] cleaned that up and it is a tremendous boost to the well-being of the state to get rid of those hazardous materials.”

Summerford presented the Hall of Fame plaque to Garrett.

“This is certainly a red letter day for a noble project that I have been fortunate enough to be associated with for the past 13 years,” Garrett said, according to “The foundation of our project was laid 48 years ago when the first chemical munitions were delivered in secrecy to Anniston Army Depot…The engineering effort was complex and multifaceted. It resulted in a facility that is one of the most unique every constructed and operated in this state.”

The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame was founded in 1987. Officials of the organization say that the Hall of Fame "honors, preserves, and perpetuates the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals, projects, and corporations and institutions that have brought and continue to bring significant recognition to the State of Alabama."