Acquisition writing competition showcases workforce talent and creativity

6th Annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. "Harry" Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition
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WASHINGTON (June 18, 2019)—The sixth annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition is underway! Lt. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, principal military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps, announced the start of the annual competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition issues.

“Each year, we invite participants to share their experiences, ideas, and perspectives in one of four categories—acquisition reform, future operations, innovation, or lessons learned—by submitting articles, essays, and opinion pieces,” Ostrowski said. The competition is designed to foster a dialogue on the way forward for the acquisition community in overcoming challenges to build the future force.

The competition is named for Maj. Gen. Greene, the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, who was killed by an Afghan soldier on Aug. 5, 2014, while on a visit to Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan. During his distinguished 34-year career, he had served in ASA(ALT) as the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management.

“The competition is open to everyone, and I am always impressed by the response,” Ostrowski continued, noting strong support from across the Department of Defense. “While our winners and honorable mentions each year are primarily from the Army acquisition community, they also include representatives from the Air Force, the Navy, and the Defense Acquisition University,” he said.

Those interested in participating should submit works between 500 and 1,800 words that are unclassified, original, not previously published or submitted to a writing competition, and completed during Fiscal Year 2019.

The deadline for submissions to is midnight, Sept. 24, 2019. Four award winners will be selected, one in each category, with four additional works selected for honorable mention.

The results of the competition will be announced in early December 2019. The winners will be recognized at the annual U.S. Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards ceremony scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in February 2020.

Additional information about the competition can be found at, including the call for submissions. The 2014 to 2018 Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing winners and honorable mentions are located at


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