By Michael Bold
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 5, 2018)—The Army won four 2018 Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement Awards, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment (USD (A&S)) announced this week.
“It is imperative to recognize the outstanding contributions of our defense acquisition professionals who are critical in supporting our warfighter and the defense mission,” said USD (A&S) Ellen M. Lord.
James Kettner of the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors won the Individual Achievement Award for Engineering. As a senior engineer for the Product Manager for Information Warfare, Kettner led the engineering, development, test and delivery of urgently needed operational capabilities for the U.S. Army Cyber Command, delivering an initial capability in only 11 months while saving over $14 million in hardware, operations and support costs.
Robert L. Fox of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won the Individual Achievement Award for Facilities Engineering. Fox served as chief of Architect-Engineer Contracts Management within the Engineering Division, Middle East District. His efforts successfully supported a $2.9 billion program for U.S. military and foreign military sales customers. He directed execution of 82 architect-engineering contract actions, of which 69 were awarded, for an estimated $100 million. He took the lead role on development of seven new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts, worth an estimated $267 million.
Cassandra Simmons-Brown of the Joint PEO for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) won the Individual Achievement Award for Financial Management. Her leadership enabled JPEO-CBRND to integrate financial management systems to provide data-informed processes and financial decision-making.
Billy R. McCain of Global Combat Support System – Army (GCSS-Army), within the PEO for Enterprise Information Systems, won the Individual Achievement Award for Life Cycle Logistics. As the product support manager for GCSS-Army, McCain, who received the Logistician of the Year Award from the Army acquisition executive in January 2018, led a team of 118 government civilian and contractor personnel through migrating more than 20,000 Army units from the legacy Standard Army Management Information Systems to GCSS-Army, converting property valued at over $356 billion; issuing over 1 million certificates of training; and fielding 21,749 hand-held terminals.
Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony scheduled for Dec. 5 at the Pentagon. The complete list of winners is:
Individual Achievement Award Winners
Acquisition in an Expeditionary Environment
Maj. Jenny W. Ji, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Air Force
Paul H. Lefevor, Defense Contract Audit Agency
Contracting and Procurement
Doneise R. Lamb, National Security Agency
John P. Stedge, Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. Air Force
Earned Value Management
Lt. Col. Bennet A. Burton, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, U.S. Air Force
James A. Kettner, Program Executive Office (PEO) for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, U.S. Army
Robert L. Fox, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Cassandra Simmons-Brown, Joint PEO for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense
Maj. Giacomo Sauceda, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Air Force
Life Cycle Logistics
Billy R. McCain, Global Combat Support System – Army, U.S. Army
Production, Quality and Manufacturing
Christina M. Fontanos, Naval Air Systems Command, U.S. Navy
Lt. Col. Ellen M. Ellis, National Reconnaissance Office
Cmdr. Jake Haff, U.S. Special Operations Command
Science and Technology Manager
Michael S. Hogan, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Air Force
1st Lt. Christian C. Todd, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Air Force
Anthony J. Aldrich, U.S. Special Operations Command
Test and Evaluation
Daniel Ensminger, Naval Air Systems Command, U.S. Navy
Flexibility in Contracting Winner
Air Force Materiel Command Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.5 High Performance Team, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Workforce Development Innovation Award Winners
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic – North Charleston, South Carolina
United States Navy Test Pilot School – Patuxent River, Maryland
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