Conrad Whyne honored with Presidential Distinguished Rank Award

Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Program Executive Officer Conrad Whyne received the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award during a ceremony in November at the Pentagon for achievements in 2012.

Whyne managed the destruction of more than 4,300 tons of chemical weapons while serving as the director of the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency, an office of the Department of Defense.

He achieved an Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable injury rate of 0.77, a rate normally seen in office buildings, at Army industrial sites involved in destroying chemical weapons.

Whyne is now in charge of the safe elimination and destruction of the remaining U.S. chemical weapons stockpile, which is stored in Colorado and Kentucky.

The award is given to recognize career senior executives who demonstrate strength, integrity and industry. The award was established in 1978, and has been awarded every year since.

Executives are nominated for a Senior Executive Service award by heads of federal agencies across the government. A panel reviews the nominations, and the president decides who receives an award. This year's nominations totaled 6,800, with 46 awards given.

The awards were presented by the Assistant Secretary of the Army Heidi Shyu.