CERDEC engineer receives Louis Dellamonica Award for counter-IED work
September 4, 2014
- "It was quite a surprise. I am deeply honored and very appreciative of receiving this recognition."
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Army Materiel Command tapped an engineer from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center, or CERDEC, for one of 10 distinguished 2013 Louis Dellamonica Awards.
Moses K. Mingle, a branch chief for the Electronic Warfare Systems Ground Branch in CERDEC's Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate, was awarded for his work in the design, development, testing, evaluation, fielding and support of radio frequency countermeasure sensors and systems used throughout the world to defeat improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
"To see somebody that has the initiative, goes out and pushes the state-of-the-art, can get it fielded and have a huge impact is just outstanding," said Jill Smith, CERDEC director.
"Moses Mingle distinguished himself by providing outstanding leadership and performance. His efforts have significantly improved I2WD's organizational awareness, education and understanding of diversity and leadership initiatives and programs by providing purpose, direction and motivation while accomplishing the mission," said Smith.
In his role as chief engineer, Mingle led a team of 15 engineers and scientists in maintaining the operational capabilities of fielded Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare -- CREW -- systems against a constantly changing and expanding set of threats.
Moses and his team are credited with enhancing the performance and reliability of CREW systems and have saved the Army over $150 million in total life cycle ownership costs.
"Mr. Mingle is a dedicated engineer, leader, mentor and manager who sincerely cares about the well-being and growth of his staff, as well as, those around him. He takes pride in what comes from their efforts and contributions, as they help to save lives," said Ralph Troisio, I2WD Electronic Warfare Air/Ground Survivability division chief, in his nomination of Mingle.
The 2013 award recognized 10 outstanding AMC personnel in honor of Mr. Louis Dellamonica who became the Department of Defense's oldest and longest serving employee when he retired from AMC in 2007 at the age of 94, after 65 years of service.
"It was quite a surprise. I am deeply honored and very appreciative of receiving this recognition. As of this year, I've done 14 years of service. I don't know how Mr. Dellamonica did 65 years, but that's pretty impressive to me. I am proud of my name and his name being used in the same breath," said Mingle.
Mingle has received many commendations throughout his career, including the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Most Promising Engineer (Government), 2012 C4ISR Top Ten People of the Year Award, 2012 Superior Civilian Service Award, 2006 Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award for Technical Excellence and multiple Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medals.
Born in Ghana, Mingle moved to the United States at the age of 10 to follow his parents who had moved to New York in search of a better life for themselves and their children.
His uncle was an engineer and helped inspire him to join the field.
He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a master's degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Mingle serves as the Vice President for the Association of Old Crows and the chairman of the Education Foundation within AOC's Susquehanna Chapter.
In his spare time he coaches youth sports and volunteers for the Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that organizes professionals to talk with 8th or 9th graders in their classrooms about where they want to go in life and how to get there, according to the organization's homepage.
The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.