Two U.S. Army Research Laboratory employees were recognized
at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Federal Women's
Program Awards event that was held August 21.
Pamela Fry from the Laboratory Operations Directorate was
recognized as the 2012 Supervisor/Manager of the Year, and
Dr. Asha Hall from the Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD)
was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Woman of the
Fry was recognized for continuously encouraging women to
further their education and nominating them for long-term
training and developmental assignments. She attends and
encourages the workforce to attend functions in support of
women. She acts as a mentor to provide positive guidance to
female employees within or outside of the organization. In
addition, Fry assures that women within the organization
are represented on boards, committees and panels, and are
allowed special assignments. Fry ensures that women are
recognized for their accomplishments by nominating them for
monetary and honorary awards.
"Pam is the finest supervisor I have ever had the
privilege to know and work with in my 27 years of
government service." said Teresa Kines, associate
director for laboratory operations. "I see the care
she takes to develop her staff on a daily basis as she
counsels, mentors and takes action to improve the work
environment for all while making great strides for our
mission support. She certainly has a positive impact on the
employment, professional development and advancement of her
entire staff and all who she associates with at
Fry gives credit to her team.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this award,"
said Fry. "I have a great team, and I am proud of all
we accomplish together."
Hall is an active member of Women in Defense, a National
Security Organization, and she is also an active member of
the Society of Women Engineers. She serves as a mentor, and
inspires others to reach new standards. Hall volunteers to
go into the schools to educate children on robotics and
engineering, and she also works with college level
engineering students during summer internships at VTD. Hall
has authored or coauthored 13 scientific publications
including seven scientific journal articles, and she has
served as a presenter at more than 10 professional
scientific conferences including the U.S. Military Academy
"Asha's exemplary leadership, mentorship and
contributions to the advancement of women in education,
science and engineering are outstanding," said Raymond
Brennan, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate.
Hall was thankful to the APG Federal Women's Program
for this honor.
"It is very humbling to be selected for this
prestigious award as 'Outstanding Woman of the
Year,'" said Hall. "As a professional woman
in science, it has always been my goal to give back to the
community. I feel that it is my duty and responsibility to
support the advancement of women and to educate and mentor
As ARL's acting director, Dr. John Pellegrino
couldn't be more proud of his staff.
"I give hearty congratulations to both Pam and Asha --
very well-deserved recognition indeed," said