Hilo resident Anthony Ortogero was named Pohakuloa Training Area Employee of the Quarter for his exceptional contributions while serving on the PTA Range Control staff.
During a period of several years, Ortogero vastly improved the operation of the ranges by initiating many unique solar upgrades, while evaluating the safety aspects of all training/jobs conducted at PTA’s ranges, noted Pohakuloa Commander Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo.
Ortogero has taken the lead as the initial journeyman to introduce a new standard for operating procedures and the mission of range maintenance, via on-the-job training for new PTA range employees.
Ortogero’s solar energy knowledge and skills led to the design and new construction of a “line row concept” that saved range maintenance staffers invaluable time in troubleshooting and maintenance down time since its implementation.
Ranges are now able to operate at a moment’s notice and power issues are virtually nonexistent.
“We are lucky to have Tony here at PTA. He is exceptionally humble, but he has made a huge contribution to keeping soldiers and Marines safe in combat training for over 20 training years,” said Shwedo.
“(He) has been a valuable member of the PTA team since 1992. His perseverance in striving to eliminate job hazards and analysis during key project planning stages has immensely decreased injuries at PTA ranges.”