Gerardo Melendez, the director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), formally retired as of Thursday after 31 years of service.
According to the announcement, ARDEC, one of the U.S. Army’s premier research and engineering facilities, is the largest organization at Picatinny Arsenal. The center helps develop superior armament technologies for the Army and other branches of the nation’s military.
Dale A. Ormond, director of the U.S. ARDEC at Aberdeen, Md., praised Melendez for his strong ability to foster fellowship among scientists and engineers across the command.
“I can’t thank him enough for his leadership,” Ormond said in a prepared statement.
Melendez, a Princeton resident, came to Picatinny in June 2010 from the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Research, Development and Engineering center at Fort Monmouth, which has since closed.
ARDEC is one of the largest employers in northern New Jersey, employing nearly 3,400 people on site, with an additional 377 in other locations. More than 2,481 employees are scientists or engineers.
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