Army Announces Excellence in Contracting Awards

By Susan L. Follett

FORT BELVOIR, Va.—The Secretary of the Army has announced its FY16 Awards for Excellence in Contracting, honoring Army contracting organizations and individuals who’ve exemplified excellence in productivity, process improvement and quality enhancement.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) – Rock Island, Illinois, netted three awards: an individual honor for outstanding contract specialist and group awards for contingency contracting and systems, research and development, logistics support (sustainment) contracting.

More than 60 nominations were received for the FY16 awards, which span 13 honors in three categories. Mary P. Hernandez, ACC-Warren, Michigan, was named Contracting Professional of the Year, and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Girard was named Contracting Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. He’s with the 918th Contracting Battalion, Mission & Installation Contracting Command-Fort Carson.

For more information on the awards, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/contracting-awards/. The full list of honorees follows.

Barbara C. Heald – Deployed Civilian
Natanielle L. Little, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic Afghanistan District, Bagram, Afghanistan

Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst:
Michal DeBisschop, Army Contracting Command (ACC) – Rock Island, Illinois

Exceptional Support of the Ability One Program:
Guy Hunneyman and Evangelina C. Tillyros, ACC-New Jersey

Contracting Professional of the Year:
Mary P. Hernandez, ACC-Warren, Michigan

Contracting Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year:
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Girard, 918th Contracting Battalion, Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Carson, Colorado

Outstanding Contracting Officer Awards

Installation Level/Directorate of Contracting:
Laquita L. Mox, ACC-Redstone, Alabama

Systems, Research and Development, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting:
Ercilia Del Orbe, ACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Specialized Services and Construction Contracting:
Oksana A. Joye, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville

Contingency Contracting:
Maj. Timothy G. Godwin, 900th Contracting Battalion

Outstanding Unit/Team Awards

Installation Level Contracting Office / Directorates of Contracting:
Contracting Support Plans and Operations Division, 414th Contracting Support Brigade

Systems, Research and Development, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting:
Information Technology Division, Branch D, ACC-Rock Island

Specialized Services and Construction Contracting:
Mosul Dam Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, PARC Winchester, Virginia

Contingency Contracting:
Field Support Directorate, ACC-Rock Island

Natanielle L. Little receives the Barbara C. Heald Award during the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony, held Dec. 1, 2016 at Springfield, Virginia. Steffanie Easter, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the Army acquisition executive, presented the award to Little. Also on hand for the award presentation were, from left, Christopher Lowman, acting principal deputy to the ASA(ALT); Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and Director, Acquisition Career Management; and Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, sergeant major to the ASA(ALT) principal military deputy.

Natanielle L. Little receives the Barbara C. Heald Award during the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony, held Dec. 1, 2016 at Springfield, Virginia. Steffanie Easter, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the Army acquisition executive, presented the award to Little. Also on hand for the award presentation were, from left, Christopher Lowman, acting principal deputy to the ASA(ALT); Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and Director, Acquisition Career Management; and Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, sergeant major to the ASA(ALT) principal military deputy.