December 22, 1991


Dr. William J. Gillich of the Ballistic Research Laboratory receivedthe Department of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Army's most prestigious civilian award.

Gillich received the award during ceremonies at the Pentagon.

He was recognized for contributions to the planning and management of advanced armor research and development programs, which resultedin the fielding of effective passive armor for the M1 and M1A1 tanks, reactive armor for the M60 tank and the development of prototype advanced armor for the M2/M3 Bradley and the M1A2 tank.

Gillich, chief of the Armor Mechanics Branch in the Terminal Ballistic Division, has been with the BRL for 28 years. He has earned an international reputation as the foremost U.S. technical expert in armor technology.

Gillich serves as the U.S. chairman of the Senior National Representative Target Group, consisting of U.S., German, English and French technical specialists who develop and qualify range and reference targets for use in the U.S. anti-armor munition and missile development programs.

Gillich earned an engineering degree and doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University.

He and his wife, Margaret, and their three sons reside in Fallston.


Leo Knighton, of Bel Air, a certified public accountant, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter.

The chapter also presented Coleen Bertsch, a registered nurse, of Joppatowne, with a National Volunteer Service Citation.


James E. Youngblood received the 1991 Director's Award for Systems Analysis in a recent ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Youngblood is a supervisory operations research analyst in the High to Medium Air Defense Section of the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity at APG.

He was cited for his competence and the significance of his analytical work in guiding important Army decisions.

Youngblood also was recognized for his leadership of a recent missile survivability analysis.

He earned a master's degree in physics from Clemson University.


Gerard Lindner, of Bel Air, received the American Heart Association's Fiscal Management Award at a recent gathering of AHA volunteers in Baltimore.

The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions on the statewide level.

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