Army honors its Acquisition professionals

Army honors its Acquisition professionals

Ms. Steffanie Easter, center, Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, fourth from right, and Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, 12th from the left, pose with the winners of the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive Leadership Awards and Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing. Easter is the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Williamson is ASA(ALT) Principal Military Deputy. They presided over the awards ceremony. Cummings is Program Executive Officer Soldier and was host of the event.

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (Dec. 2, 2016) – Ms. Steffanie Easter, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Army Acquisition Executive, and Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, ASA(ALT) Principal Military Deputy presided over the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony Dec. 1.

The annual awards ceremony highlighted talent from across the Army Acquisition field to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in their field and a dedication in their service. Also honored during the ceremony were the authors for the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing.

“You are the best group of professionals I’ve ever met,” said Easter to a room of more than 300 Army Acquisition Soldiers and family. “My confidence in you is unwavering. I will put you guys against anybody any day.”

Williamson also praised the work of the Acquisition Corps.

“We deliver capability to Soldiers every day,” Williamson said.

Following their remarks, Easter and Williamson presented the awards. The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center will post additional information regarding the accomplishments in the near future.

Before announcing the awards, Easter and Williamson recognized PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, PM Special Operations Forces Training Systems for winning the 2016 Army Modeling and Simulation Award in the Acquisition Category. Accepting the award is Lt. Col. Al Niles and Mr. James Kozlowski.

The Army Acquisition Executive Leadership Awards were:

The Acquisition Support Professional of the Year Award went to Mr. Lawrence J. Nevins, Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, and Mr. James T. “Tim” White, PEO Aviation, who tied. This award recognizes professionals whose outstanding contributions and achievements support the Army Acquisition workforce and merits special recognition.

The Mr. Thomas “Tom” E. Mullins Business Operations Professional of the Year – Award went to Ms. Cora S. Knapp, PEO Aviation. Established this year, this award pays tribute to Mr. Mullins, an Acquisition professional who dedicated his life and career to providing the best equipment for Army Soldiers. The award honors the individual whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition by the AAE.

The Defense Exportability and Cooperation Professional of the Year Award went to Ms. Toni S. McNeal, Joint Munitions Command. It recognizes the individual whose outstanding contributions and achievements to Defense Exportability and Cooperation merit special recognition.

The Honorable Dr. Claude Bolton, Jr. Engineer and System Integrator of the Year Award went to Ms. Jeannie L. Sommer, PEO Missiles and Space. Established this year, this award remembers and pays tribute to Dr. Bolton, whose service and character we recognize, and whose sacrifice we shall never forget.

The Logistician of the Year Award went to Ms. Alfreda W. Green, PEO Missiles and Space. This award recognizes the individual whose outstanding contributions and achievements in logistics merit special recognition.

The Science and Technology Professional of the Year Award went to Mr. Matthew T. Lazzaro, Communications-Electronics, Research, Development and Engineering Center. This award recognizes the Science and Technology Professional whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition.

The Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Award for the Barbara C. Heald Contracting Award – Deployed Civilian went to Ms. Natanielle L. Little, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic Afghanistan District, Bagram, Afghanistan. Established in 2006, the award remembers and pays tribute to Heald, whose service and character we recognize, and whose sacrifice we shall never forget. This award honors a Department of the Army civilian who clearly demonstrates selfless service to our country, extraordinary and uncompromising professionalism in contracting and true commitment to the personal and professional growth of others. This award recognizes a deployed Army civilian (GS 1102 series) whose actions clearly demonstrate or embody those unique, outstanding qualities possessed by Heald.

The Product Management/Product Director Professional of the Year (05 Level) Award went to Lt. Col. Mark P. Henderson, PEO Command, Control, Communications–Tactical. This award applauds the Product Management/Product Director Office professional whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition.

The Project Management/Project Director Professional of the Year (06 Level) Award went to Col. Glenn A. Dean III, PEO Ground Combat Support. This award recognizes the Project Management/Project Director professional whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition.

The Product Management/Product Director Office Team of the Year (05 Level) Award went to Joint Assault Bridge Integrated Product Team, PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support. This award recognizes the Product Management/Product Director Office team whose outstanding contributions and achievements in excellence merit special recognition.

The Project Management/Project Director Office Team of the Year (06 Level) Award went to Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems Team, PEO Ammunition. This award recognizes the Project Management/Project Director Office team whose outstanding contributions and achievements in excellence merit special recognition.

The Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing recognize distinguished commentary that is instrumental in shaping the public dialogue about Army acquisition. MG Greene gave his life for our country on August 5, 2014, while deployed to Afghanistan. At the time of his death, he was the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan. He served as the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management in ASA (ALT).

There are four categories in the MG Greene Awards.

The Future Operations Award went to Maj. Hassan M. Kamara, Assistant Product Manager, PAC-3 Product Office, Lower Tier Project Office, PEO Missiles and Space. The title of the major’s article is “Future Conflict: Adapting Better and Faster than an Adversary.”

An honorable mention went to Lt. Col. James Howell, Department of the Army System Coordinator for Defense CYBER and the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit, ASA(ALT) DASM. Title of his article is “Expeditionary Situational Awareness at the Tip of the Spear, Preparing for Future Operations through Innovation”

The Innovation Award went to Maj. Andrew Miller, APM, Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, Nett Warrior, PEO Soldier. Title of his article is “Culture: The Foundation of Innovation.”

An honorable mention went to Lt. Col. Rachael Hoagland, Training with Industry Fellow at Amazon.com, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and formerly Assistant Project Management positions in U.S. Special Operations Command. Title of her article is “Inspiring Innovation by Changing My Vantage Point on the Battlefield.”

The Lessons Learned Award went to Lt. Col. Patrick “Josh” Baker, a Training with Industry Fellow at General Dynamics, USAASC and formerly with the Office of Legislative Liaison/Army Aviation Programs. Title of his article is “Robots and Deal Makers: Lessons Learned from an Acquisition Officer Serving as a Legislative Liaison.”

An honorable mention went to Lt. Col. Steven G. Van Riper, Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Title of his article is “A BIT [Built-In Test] of Advice.”

The Acquisition Reform/Better Buying Power Award went to Mr. David M. Riel, Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University Midwest Region in Ohio. Title of his article is “User Requirements: An Enduring Conversation.”

An honorable mention went to Mr. Joe Novick, Product Manager for the Next Generation Personnel Decontamination Personnel Decontamination System and the Deputy Product Manager for the Joint Expeditionary Collective Protection Program, Joint PEO Chemical and Biological Defense. Title of his article is “How Important is Getting It Right the First Time? A Case in Applying Agile Acquisition Management.”

After presenting all the awards, Easter praised the work of the Acquisition Corps.

“We’re going from good to great in everything we do,” she said.

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