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NEWS | July 11, 2023

NSWC Crane employee awarded for notable contributions during the Inspector General Inspection

By Emily Gray, NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

CRANE, Ind. – A Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employee was awarded for his dedication to preparing NSWC Crane for the Inspector General (IG) Inspection.

Michael Wallace was awarded the Department of the Navy (DON) Civilian Service Commendation Medal, which is the fourth highest civilian award, for his work as the Assistant Lead for the IG Inspection Preparation. In this role Wallace assisted with the development of an overall IG Plan of Action and Milestones, assembled a team to conduct mock inspections, provided regular updates to NSWC Crane’s Commanding Officer and Technical Director, and documented best practices for future inspections.

After receiving this award, Wallace credits his team—many of whom he has not worked with before—to a successful inspection.

“Leading the NSWC Crane IG Inspection effort was a lot of work, but the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done. I think that was because I worked with a team of approximately 50 fellow employees who made it a great experience. I met so many great people that I hadn’t previously worked with and learned about some of the different things they do to make our command successful. This experience proved to me that we have the best team here at Crane and our people make it the best place to work,” stated Wallace.

According to his citation letter, Wallace also helped out behind the scenes during the inspection by arranging meeting spaces, parking, transportation, equipment, and a variety of other tasks to ensure that the IG inspectors’ needs were met. Wallace also worked alongside Garry Wieneke, the Inspection Coordinator, who together led NSWC Crane to have a successful inspection.

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