Vol. 13, No. 1 S ALVO U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, New York Jan. 31, 2013 Reinvesting from the ground up saves money, improves quality Also inside: Commander’s Column Reinvesting from the very foundation Not your grandfather’s pinup Unsung heroes...Arsenal painters Story begins on page 3 Photo by John B. Snyder
Page 2 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013 Commander’s Corner For nearly 200 years, the Arsenal has produced critical floors, we will dramatically improve our quality while re-weapons, parts and materiel that have helped hundreds of ducing our costs for rework. For each reworked item, therethousands of our nation’s war fighters to come home safely. are multiple levels of direct and indirect labor hours associ-But with current combat operations in Afghanistan winding ated in conducting an investigation, reworking the part, ordown, we must look at the New Year as an opportunity to sending the part to scrap.position our capability and capacity to help shape the Army Although I have just touched on efficiency, we mustfor the future. also deliver on time. Our on-time delivery rate has always At this time, we do not know what the effects will be to been one of the selling points as to why it makes sense tothe Army once the debates in Congress are done regarding buy from us. As competition heats up in a smaller DODsequestration. As many of you know, sequestration in- product market, those who have a reputation of not meet-volves nearly $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts to federal pro- ing schedules will be bypassed as other manufacturers willgrams, if Congress does not come up with a complete debt readily step up to fill the void.reduction package. Half of those cuts would be directed at Just to ship a cannon, hundreds of parts must be orderedthe Defense Department. Congress has delayed a final de- and multiple levels of our organization must be integratedcision until March. and synchronized to ensure an on-time delivery. At any What we do know is that we do not expect any signifi- one point along the manufacturing process, failure or suc-cant near-term effect to our day-to-day operations and our cess resides.mission will not change. The Watervliet Arsenal will con- As an Army-owned and -operated manufacturing centertinue to support the war fighter and we’ll focus on today’s that has supported our nation in every conflict since the Warrequirements with the resources we are given. of 1812, I believe that we have an obligation, a sense of But having said that, we must continue to find ways duty, if you will, to ensure that our servicemen and womento improve our processes — squeezing out even more ef- are provided with the highest quality of weaponry, on time.ficiency than we have previously attained from our opera- So let’s make our 200th year of operation a great successtions. And there are several ways we may do this. story for the Arsenal, Army, and for our Nation. I have Our Suggestion Program had a wonderful year in 2012. great confidence and pride commanding this organization.We adopted 54 of suggestions that saved the Arsenal more But more importantly, I look forward to working side bythan $88,000, as well as paid out nearly $10,800 as awards side with you as we lead the Arsenal into the next 200 yearsto those whose suggestions were adopted. Just think that of operation.if every Arsenal employee took a few minutes this year todraft a suggestion, the Arsenal would have annual savingsexceeding $305,000. Mark F. Migaleddi Each time we hone too much or use the wrong tools, Commandingdirect and indirect labor requirements go up. By taking the Manufacturer 6time and doing things right the first time on the productionCommander, Col. Mark F. Migaleddi The Arsenal Salvo is an authorized monthly publication for members of the DepartmentPublic Affairs Officer, John B. Snyder of Defense. Contents of the Salvo are not necessarily the official views of, or an endorse-Editor, John B. Snyder ment by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, orPhotographer: John B. Snyder the Watervliet Arsenal. News may be submitted for publication by sending articles to Public Affairs Officer,Arsenal Facebook Page @ 1 Buffington Street, Bldg. 10, Watervliet, NY 12189, or stop by office #102, Bldg. 10,http://on.fb.me/sq3LEm Watervliet Arsenal. The editor may also be reached at (518) 266-5055 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The editor reserves the right to edit all information submitted for publication.
Page 3 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013 Photos by John B. Snyder From left, Capital Investment Project engineers, Bryan Myers and Frank Salvatore, are inspecting a mature lathe that they have identified for replacement. In fact, the lathe behind them is scheduled to be replaced, too. Reducing costs, improving quality begins in our very foundation By John B. Snyder during the first Gulf War. The U.S. Army was so success- ful after pushing Saddam Husseins forces out of Kuwait that it reduced its active end strength from more than The Secretary of Defense last December spoke before 700,000 to below 500,000 in about a 10-year-period. Dur-the National Press Club to explain his vision and strategy ing that same time, the Arsenals workforce declined fromfor the future of the U.S. military in a speech titled, "The nearly 2,800 to just below 500.Force of the 21st Century." Although Secretary Leon E. Although it is not clear what future cuts to the defensePanetta will soon be leaving his position, there should be budget might bring to the Arsenal, what the Arsenal lead-no doubt that many of his strategies, as well as what he ership does know is that theycalled the ending of an "era of are better positioned todayblank-check defense spend- than they were in 1992 toing," will affect every Soldier adapt to a significant declineand Department of the Army in defense spending.Civilian long after he departs. "One of the most important Panetta spoke well of the things that we learned comingsuccess the American military out of the reductions in forcehas achieved, such as ending in the 1990s was that we mustthe war in Iraq in 2011 and the better manage the right siz-transfer of 75 percent of the ing of our workforce at leastAfghan population to Afghan 12-18 months out," said Col.security and control. He also Mark F. Migaleddi, the Arse-spoke about the tough, chal- nal commander. "Today, welenging decisions required One of the great things about new technology is that the ma- actively monitor and manageto build the force for the 21st chines often perform multiple functions without a new set up. our workload to workforcecentury, which will entail a Here, a new multi-tasking machine is being installed this month at the Arsenal. percentages every month andsmaller, leaner military. we do not build any fat into To some of those who have been at the Arsenal since our near and long-term workload requirements."the 1980s, this talk may bring back memories of the last"peace dividend" that was touted after Americas success Story continues on page 4, See Investments
Page 4 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013 into operation.Investments cont. The Arsenal has also looked at ways to make this replacement process -- which truly involves an art and sci- ence due to the challenges of bringing on new technology What this intense workload management process has into the same footprint that existed for mature machinesachieved through the last several years is a smoothing of -- as another means for the Arsenal to reduce its cost ofthe ebbs and flows of direct labor requirements so that operation.the Arsenals labor requirements have remained relatively Frank Salvatore, a project manager for Kardas for thestable. Approximately 600 people work in the Arsenal replacement of machines on the production floors, saidtoday, which is about the same number as it was two years the Arsenal saved nearly $300,000 in installation costs inago. 2012 by working with vendors "What we also learned is that to build machines that will usewe must be better at reinvesting existing foundations. Prior toin ourselves via such programs this new process, the Arsenalas the Capital Investment Pro- would completely replace formergram or what we call CIP," Mi- foundations to accommodate newgaleddi said. "Just from 2010 machines. The Arsenal now re-to 2012, we have invested more quires vendors that will build thethan $40 million in new machin- new machines to accommodateery and minor construction." as much of the existing founda- According to Jim Kardas, the tion as possible, which not onlyArsenals CIP manager, "When saves the Arsenal money but alsothe average age of machinery Photo by John B. Snyder reduces the time to bring a new Here is one of the newest machines, a side grinder, that wasexceeds 30 years, we try to recently installed. The machine and installation cost about capability on line.bring on line new machinery $900,000. And so, while many in the De-that will help us compete in the tough defense market." partment of Defense are waiting for news regarding how "The new machines have the potential to save hundreds future budget cuts will affect them, at a small Army postof thousands of dollars every year because the new capa- in upstate New York the Watervliet Arsenal is not waiting.bility that they bring often reduces set-up time, as well as It has learned from the last big rounds of budget cuts inreduces costs for maintenance and repair parts," Kardas the 1990s and has already taken prudent actions to providesaid. "For example, many of the older machines no longer stability to its workforce, efficiency to its manufacturinghave manufacturers who can make replacement parts and quality, and improved quality to the Soldier.so, when they break down the Arsenal may need to custom "We dont know what will come out of future budgemake the replacement part, which can be expensive be- decisions and how those decisions may affect the Arse-cause of the low volume requirement." nal," Migaleddi said. "But what we do know is that we Kardas further explained that the advancements in have a mission to do and we trust that the Army will gettechnology in regards to controls, drives, and probe capa- this right."bilities of the new machines have also greatly improved CIP allows the Armys manufacturing center atthe quality of the Arsenals products as computers now Watervliet to upgrade and modernize its equipment andaide machinists in verifying machining operations. infrastructure. There are three categories of CIP funding: As a result of investments made in previous years, the capital equipment; minor construction; and automated dataArsenal will install more than 15 high-tech machines this processing equipment.year that will greatly improve the Arsenals efficiency and Capital equipment includes such projects as purchasingcapability, Kardas said. These machines range from a new boring machines or to rebuild an existing machine.26-foot computer-numerical-controlled lathe to a 6-meter Minor construction may upgrade the Arsenals infrastruc-rapid bore machine. Because of the unique machining ture such as replacing power substations and undergroundcapability that is required to manufacture tank, howitzer, electrical cabling. The third category is basically toand mortar parts, it may take several years from the time purchase computer hardware and software to support thea new machine is requested to the time the machine is put manufacturing mission.
Page 5 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013 Not your grandfather’s pinup, but it still serves the same purpose By John B. Snyder According to website Toptenz.net, the number one World War II poster for U.S. troops were of pinup For as long as there has been an army, Soldiers girls.have found innovative ways to stay connected back World War II was the golden age of pinup posters.to the home front. After all, the letters, lockets, post Many of these posters depicted women in a varietycards, and photos have helped Soldiers endure the of challenging wardrobe positions and troops widelyharsh realities of war, as well as the tyranny of dis- displayed these posters in their barracks, wall lockers,tance from what was important and on their military equipment.to them. More than 5 million posters of During the American Civil Betty Grable, a Twentieth Cen-War, Soldiers hungered for let- tury Fox movie star at the time,ters from home. were distributed to the troops According to the National as a way to raise morale and toPostal Museum, Newton Scott, maintain connection with thea private in the Iowa Volun- home front.teers, commented to his child- But maintaining threads ofhood companion in January good times and family is not1864 about his Christmas, “No unique to just the Americanroasted turkey for dinner and no Soldier.visitors to see us, but we stay At a small Army post inat our camps thinking of home upstate New York, machin-and of old times, and hoping for ists and office workers todayhappier days to come.” also adorn their work areas, as Thinking of “home and old Soldiers often have, with itemstimes” would continue to reso- that help them stay connectednate with Soldiers well into the to the world outside of the U.S.20 Century. th Army’s Watervliet Arsenal During World War II, let- Photo by John B. Snyder fence line.ters quickly became the most Arsenal Machinist Wayne Pelletier proudly displays his Wayne Pelletier, an Arse- daughters’ artwork to help him stay connected to home.important means of communi- nal machinist, said he has hiscation between families at home and their loved ones whole life adorning his work station.serving overseas. So many letters were written, in fact, “I have three daughters, ages 4, 8, and 10, whothat the military postal system began to have a prob- mean the world to me,” Pelletier said. “By puttinglem. As important as regular mail was to the morale their pictures and the drawings they have made for meof American troops, military supply ships were often on my workstation I am able to be reminded through-swamped with bags and bags of letters needing to be out the day of what is truly important to me.”delivered, said Kathryn Burke, National Postal Mu- John Chuley, an Arsenal machinist who previouslyseum. served in the Air Force, said he decorated his worksta- In addition to letters during World War II, the rise tion with items that help him think of things that takeof posters was also essential to not only promoting up his off-duty time, when he has it.propaganda that would rally America, but also as a “I have worked so much these last three years that Itool for Soldiers to remain connected with the homefront. Story continues on page 6, see Pinups
Page 6 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013Pinups cont. “I find that by having photos of my marriage and of my baby’s ultrasound on my desk, I can look at those images throughout the day to make me feel good and to get me ex-haven’t been able to follow sports,” Chuley said. “I really cited about my baby,” Walkley said.miss following my teams, and by posting my team decals Although Ken Church was found at his desk, he is rarelyon my workstation I am able to be reminded of things that I there because he runs the Arsenal’s Voluntary Protectiontruly enjoy when I am away from the Arsenal.” Program. Nevertheless, even Church found time to deco- One of the newer Arsenal machinists, but one who has rate his work area.about 30 years of machining experience, Marlon Charlton In Church’s cubicle, photos of his kids and four grand-said his workstation reflects some of the most prideful mo- children adorn his desk and walls. But when one takes aments of his life. deeper look into his cubicle, there is a small pillow with Several Marine Corps posters were proudly displayed “Adirondack” embroidered on it. It seemed a little strangewithin a few feet of where Charlton was doing machine that this hardened combat Veteran would have something aswork on a 60mm mortar base cap. This kind of makes soft as a pillow displayed, but it was because of his combatsense given Charlton’s 10-year service in the Marine Corps experience that the pillow was there.as a machinist. “When I deployed to Iraq, you couldn’t carry much with Not to be outdone by the machinists, several of the Ar- you into combat,” Church said. “But I always found roomsenal office workers have similar feelings when it comes to for this little pillow that reminded me of home and it stayeddecorating their work areas. with me my entire tour in Iraq.” Jennifer Walkley, a management analyst, said that al- Two hundred years from now, Soldiers will probablythough she usually has cards displayed for such occasions still carry items with them into combat that remind them ofas Mothers Day. Her work area is now focused on new home. Given that the Arsenal workforce has been doing theevents in her life that are truly exciting. She was recently same thing since its establishment in 1813, there is no rea-married and is now expecting her first child from that mar- son not to believe that the next eight generations of workersriage. will not follow in that tradition, too. Just as during World War II, the Arsenal workforce decorates their workspaces ... albeit with a modern touch of sensitivity to others Arsenal Machinist Marlon Charl- Arsenal Machinist John Chuley, ton, top, decorated his work area top, decorated his work area with with USMC posters. sports posters. Management Analyst Jennifer VPP Team Chief Ken Church, cen- Walkley, right, has photos of ter top, has photos of his family, as her wedding and of her baby’s well as a pillow that he took to Iraq ultrasound on her desk. during his combat tour. Photos by John B. Snyder
Page 7 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013The best paint (ers) the Army can buy By John B. Snyder “This isn’t as simple as putting a paint sprayer into someone’s hands that they purchased from a lo- cal hardware store and tell them to go out and spray Imagine walking into a car dealership where every their deck,” Koza said. “Meticulous preparation, fromnew car was absent of paint. There is no doubt that cleaning to pre-washing to taping, must be precise,sight would quickly catch your attention, but once the otherwise we would spend a lot of time touching up ornovelty and curiosity had worn off the likelihood of redoing a part.”you buying one of those cars would probably be slim to Koza said that a specialized paint called CARC isnone. Although a paint job may not significantly con- applied to places where Soldiers do not touch as a mat-tribute to the performance of a ter of a procedure to fire acar, it is nonetheless so critical weapon system.to the perception of the overall CARC, which stands forquality and the visual appeal Chemical Agent Resistantof the product that its impact is Coating, has been used by theimmeasurable. U.S. military for many years Much of this is also true and resists the penetration ofwith the paint applied by mili- chemical agents, corrosion,tary manufacturing with one and is very durable against de-big exception — paint contamination agents.does perform a valu- Additionally, mostable role to the per- of the CARC paintingformance and main- requirements requiretainability of military an epoxy primer tohardware. be applied before the And in one of the paint and lubricationoldest buildings on the applied before ship-Watervliet Arsenal, ment. And speakingwhich has been an Ar- of shipment, many ofmy-owned and –oper- the painters are dual-ated manufacturing hatted in that theycenter since the War also build the boxesof 1812, resides one that the products willof the most important be shipped in.but unsung heroes of On any given day,Arsenal manufactur- Top: Samuel Hinton readies 120mm mortar tubes for painting. by John B. Snyder there are cannons Photosing — the Arsenal’s Bottom: Sean Stephenson is painting 120mm baseplates while waiting for the paint and mortars beingpaint operation. to dry on a 120mm tank tube. readied for shipment. Steve Koza, the Arsenal’s manufacturing support And so, one may often see one of the painters finish hisdivision supervisor, said that his section of five painters priming work on a mortar tube and while waiting forwork on a diverse workload that includes such military the tubes to dry, to begin the packaging an Abrams tankhardware as 155mm howitzer barrels, 120mm tank cannon for shipment.barrels, 120mm mortar barrels, and baseplates for the So, the next time a mortarman fires his 120mm mor-120mm mortar system. tar or an artilleryman fires his 155mm howitzer, they Each product line has its own painting challenges should have the same level of confidence in the qualityand therefore, requires a skill set that only a very few of work that is on the outside of their weapon system asworkers have at the Arsenal, Koza said. they do on the inside.
Page 8 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013 CPAC Corner Did you know that Employment Verification Inquiries Must Be Completed Through MyBiz? For your privacy, CPAC is prohibited from disclosing any employment information about you to external organizations (except that you are or are not employed here). External organizations (businesses, banks, credit unions) often need further proof of employment and/or salary information. To release your employ- ment information to an outside party, follow the steps below (you will need the recipient’s email address): 1. Log into the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System Portal using your CAC at: https://compo.dcpds.cpms.osd.mil/ - If this is your first time logging in, you will need to register your card by clicking the “register” link. Your user name is preset as your SSN. 2. You will reach a screen with two tabs on the top labeled “My Application/Database” and “Add Ad- ditional Application/Database.” Click “Add Additional Application/Database” tab and enter your user name 3. Select My Biz then Employment Verification (EV) 4. Select your Details to Share, either a. Employment Information, or b. Employment and Salary Information 5. Enter Recipient Email Information 6. Ensure (verify) your work email address is included in Recipient Information ‘CC’ field to receive a copy of the EV email 7. Select Continue to ‘Acknowledge and Submit’ to send your EV information If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the CPAC office (266-5400 or 266-4040) Arsenal History Trivia The Mexican-American War The start of the Mexican-American War in 1846 caused feverish activity as tons of ammunition, hundreds of gun carriages, and thousands of sets of infantry accoutrements poured from the Arsenal by canal barge or river boat each month. Twenty-three smithy fires burned day and night and 200 boys were hired to help roll pa- per rifle cartridges. Parties of Arsenal blacksmiths, carriage makers and armorers traveled the long routes to Texas and Mexico to keep the tools of war working with deadly efficiency. From the Arsenal’s Sesquicentennial pamphlet produced in 1963
Page 9 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013 Lean Corner: Think outside the box? By Mark RipleyWe are sometimes told to “think outside the box” to achieve a goal and that is all well and good unless youdon’t know what your constraints and or restrictions are to achieving the goal. Without clear guidance anddirection, it is kind of like being told to drive to California where the road is nothing but a huge plain ofunmarked asphalt. You don’t know which way to go, what time to depart, what time to arrive, what speedto travel, what direction you need to head..okay, you get the point that I’m trying to make. It’s much easierto reach California if lines are painted on the asphalt, signs are posted, and more detailed directions aregiven.Imagine your boss sits a team down and says “We have to be more efficient. Fix it!” Your mind is probablyblank or overwhelmed. You are in the middle of the asphalt with no idea how to get where you’re supposedto go. Because you have been given very little direction, you are forced to think “outside the box.” MaybeBob is thinking that the way we report delay time is ridiculous. And Sue is thinking about poor incomingmaterial quality. And Mark is thinking “I wish I had some annual leave left.” None of this helps the teamreach their goal, which is to become more efficient.But if the boss says “I need you to figure out how to reduce setup delay in Minors,” there are constraintsin this vision – it takes options off the table. It gives the team a box to think in. But, as jazz great CharlesMingus said, “You can’t improvise on nothing, man. You’ve gotta improvise on something.” A good boxunleashes directed creativity. Research shows that brainstorming is more productive when it is focused.There is plenty of room inside the proper box to come up with new and unusual ideas.Let’s say you manage a bank. Marketing wants to remodel to appeal to young professionals. That box isway too big – what do the light fixtures look like, what color are the walls? A team could spend monthsworking through the options and still get nowhere. But what if you say, “We want the space to be morelike a Starbucks and less like a post office”? Suddenly it’s easier to be creative, isn’t it? You can see thatselecting the right box should dramatically improve the team’s chances of achieving their goal.So, when a team is asked to achieve a goal they should also be given the proper box within which to think.A box does not stifle creativity, it enhances it. So don’t think outside the box. Go box shopping. And don’tplace all the blame for the lack of clear guidance always on your boss. You should have a sense of duty thatif you believe that you were just given unclear or unrestricted guidance, you should not leave your boss untilyou query him or her for more definitive guidance.(Portions from “The Myth of the Garage”; Dan Heath and Chip Heath) “Service to the Line, On the Line, On Time”
Page 10 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013 WWII: The tipping point for integration By Mark Koziol the U.S. military. Those not serv- ing were quickly hired at defense A year before the United States plants. But, with thousands of jobsentered World War II, the nation be- still available, women and minori-gan to mobilize its defense industry ties rushed to fill both unskilled andand capabilities. In early 1941, the skilled job shortages. By 1944, Af-number of employees working at rican Americans held close to eightWatervliet Arsenalwas about 3,000 andthen peaked at morethan 9,000 workersjust before the end ofthe war. In 1942, thevalue of contractsthe Arsenal workedon totaled a stagger- Top: Heavyweight boxinging $200 million. champion Joe Louis (1914- 1981) enlisted in the U.S. Army Nationally, there where he was the focus of awas an increase in media recruitment campaign encouraging African-Americandemand for work- men to enlist in the Armeders but many facto- Services, despite the military’s racial segregation.ries refused to hireAfrican-American Left: In order to boost and maintain morale for all Ameri-workers. This in- cans, the government usedjustice led A. Philip posters like this one depicting defense workers of differentRandolph, president races working together side-by-of the Brotherhood side to defeat the Axis powers.of Sleeping Car Por-ters, into action by During the war, nearlypromising an early 750,000 African Americanssummer march on relocated from the agri-Washington, D.C., cultural Southern states toof 50,000 African the urban Northern states,American citizens. many finding work in de-His actions pressured President percent of the jobs in the War in- fense plants.Franklin D. Roosevelt to take ac- dustries. Although that number did The irony of World War II is thattion. On June 35, 1941 FDR signed not fairly represent the percentage while the defense plants were asExecutive Order 8802. of African Americans to the U.S. integrated as possible for the mid The Executive Order prohib- population, it was still an improve- 1940s, the military remained segre-ited discrimination in the Defense ment over pre-war numbers. Many gated. In 1943, there were 500,000industry based on race, creed, color, African Americans viewed this time African Americans in the U.S.or national origin. The order estab- as when they were waging a Double Army but only 79,000 were servinglished the successful Fair Employ- Victory campaign against the tyr- overseas. When African-Americanment Practices Commissions. After anny of the Axis powers abroad and troops were sent into combat action,Pearl Harbor, millions of white for equal consideration for jobs on they served with distinction andmen enlisted or were drafted into the home front. valor.
Page 11 Salvo Jan. 31, 2013Community asks for support, Watervliet digs deep, delivers By John B. Snyder The Watervliet Arsenal heard the communitys call forsupport last holiday season and it responded, as it has fornearly 200 years, with workers reaching deep into theirpockets to provide support to hundreds of Albany-areachildren, as well as to national non-profit organizations.The Arsenal raised nearly $60,000 in the way of cash, toys,and clothes for the Troy Salvation Army, City of WatervlietHead Start Program, and for the Combined Federal Cam-paign. "This was our 23rd year of collecting toys for the TroySalvation Army and by far it was our best year in recentmemory," said Tim Ostrowski, the union president of theNational Federation of Federal Employees Local 2109that operates on the Arsenal. "We thought that we did well The Arsenal visited Veterans at the Albany VA Medical Center on January 23rd. The next visit will be in April.last year having collected 600 toys, but this years effortsprovided the Troy Salvation Army more than 700 toys and a children from a list and then shopped for clothing and toys$400 check for the communitys children." for the kids. The added, personal touch here was that each Maj. Paula Loveless, from the Troy Salvation Army, said gift was personally wrapped, as if it was a gift for one ofthat they were in serious trouble this year until the Arsenal their family members.stepped in. The Arsenal also closed out its Combined Federal Cam- “About 10 days before the Arsenal’s donation, we had paign last month.875 kids to support and only 40 of those were covered Arsenal CFC Coordinator Shannon Lischak announcedby donations,” Loveless said. "I told my husband that we to the workforce that through their efforts the Arsenal waswerent going to make it." able to raise nearly $46,000 for the 2012 campaign. "The Arsenals donation was unbelievable and we cant On a side note, every three months the Arsenal sendsthank them (Arsenal workforce) enough for taking the time 6-8 workers to visit Veterans in the Albany VA Medicalto shop for such beautiful gifts for the kids," Loveless said. Center. Some of these Veterans are only in the hospital for NFFE Local 2109 spearheaded the Salvation Army col- a few days, while others may have been there more than alection on the Watervliet Arsenal. year. Nevertheless, they all seem pleased to have us visit Meanwhile, the Arsenals Historical Society and the Fed- them and for them to share their stories. If you haven’t haderal Managers Association sponsored the City of Watervliet the opportunity to participate in these visits, please let yourHead Start Holiday Program, supporting 18 families, which supervisor know that you want to be put on the next list toincluded 46 kids. Arsenal employees selected one or more attend. Green shoots from Watervliet now planted in the U.S. Senate Joe Hartunian, from Delmar, interned for the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership in the summer of 2011 when he was an un- dergrad student at Villanova University. According to Peter Gan- non, the Partnership president, “The kid was incredible. By day two, he was briefing me on the contents of the National Defense Authorization Act.” Anyway, he ends up getting an internship post graduation down in the U.S. Senate, which ended up turn- ing into a paid position on the Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies. However far Joe goes in the political arena, Photo provided by Peter Gannon he can always say that he got his start at the Watervliet Arsenal.