US Air Force Team Wins Department of Defense Award at UID Forum

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A2B Tracking Solutions Inc. was named in the coveted Team Excellence Award presented during the UID Forum last month in San Antonio. The honor was in recognition of A2B's efforts in support of the US Air Force - Nuclear Weapons Related Material.

A2B Tracking Solutions Inc. was named in the coveted Team Excellence Award presented during the UID Forum last month in San Antonio. The honor was in recognition of A2B's efforts in support of the US Air Force - Nuclear Weapons Related Material. A2B President Peter Collins said, "We at A2B are proud to be playing a key role, not only in helping the Air Force to meet its requirements for nuclear asset visibility, but beyond that to enabling the visibility of all USAF assets through item unique identification (IUID). We congratulate this outstanding team and their accomplishments."

Background
In 2008, incidents regarding the US Air Force track record to identify and account for the condition and location of nuclear weapons related materiel (NWRM) with precision and reliability was a hot topic in the media. The story specifically focused on the loss of inventory control of ICBM fuses accidentally shipped to Taiwan. This event was a clear indicator of an enterprise that lacked necessary safeguards and controls required for handling nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons related materiel. Achieving nuclear asset visibility involves the enforcement and practice of strict control of item movement, as well as the capture and delivery of timely, reliable, and accurate data of that movement. In order to provide the Air Force with this level of asset visibility for these critically managed items, the IUID Implementation Team devised an ambitious plan in August 2008 to apply IUID marks to NWRM assets.

To achieve this plan, a team of world-class professionals was assembled to support the critical phases of strategy development, planning and execution. The NWRM equipment marking efforts resulted in the marking and registration of over 2,100 assets at Tinker AFB, OK. These assets were marked over the course of 23 days. In addition to the inherent benefits of marking NWRM, this effort also advanced the Air Force toward fulfilling the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense's edict, from its 16 October 2008 Policy memorandum, that all NWRM assets will be marked with IUID. With these 2,100 assets complete, the Air Force has built considerable momentum going into 2010 to continue its march toward 100% IUID compliance with increased emphasis on intensive item management on NWRM assets.

The Team Excellence Award was presented by Ms. LeAntha Sumpter, (Deputy Director for Program Development and Implementation, Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for AT&L) and Mr. Robert Leibrandt (Deputy). The US Air Force NWRM Team includes: Mr. Randy Koram, Mr. Mark Reboulet, Mr. Jesse Underbakke, Mr. Peter Collins (A2B Tracking), Mr. Vijay Pasupuleti, Mr. Roderick Diehl and Mr. Terry Watts. For more information see http://www.uniqueid.org.

About A2B Tracking Solutions Inc.
A2B Tracking Solutions Inc. of Portsmouth, RI is the leading provider of turnkey solutions for bar code tracking. Since it was founded in 1994, A2B has lead the bar code industry movement into mobile computing, developing a state-of-the-art mobile tracking system for United Parcel Service (UPS). A2B's UID Comply!® data management software, which was developed specifically to support MIL STD 130 and MIL STD 129, is widely used within the defense community. Principals of A2B include founders of the bar code industry who have lead innovations in applications for 40 years. To date, A2B has completed more than 3,000 tracking installations around the world. For more information see http://www.uidsolutions.com.

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