Promoting small business the space way
March 18, 2009
A U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command employee received the fiscal year 2008 Secretary of the Army Award for Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
Garfield W. Boon, principal assistant responsible for contracting, USASMDC/ARSTRAT, received his award from the Secretary of the Army Pete Geren March 18 at Arlington National Cemetery.
"I feel great," Boon said. "The Tennessee Valley private industry-at-large has come to expect that USASMDC/ARSTRAT will provide small business opportunities. To continue to fulfill this very important aspect of the command's contracting program is very satisfying."
USASMDC/ARSTRAT has awarded contracts totaling more than $2 billion, and manages more than $12 billion in active contracts.
"I've tried to be an advocate for the command's small business programs," Boon said. "And we have maximized small business participation with a high degree of success."
In fiscal year 2008, USASMDC/ARSTRAT issued more than $84 million, or 3.92 percent of the $2.2 billion budget, in contracts to Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. According to the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs Web site, the goal is 3 percent.
"These initiatives demonstrate commitment to the small business program and improvement in the goal accomplishment as compared to last fiscal year," said Christine Ryan, associate director for the Office of Small Business Programs, USASMDC/ARSTRAT.
"Mr. Boon is a strong advocate of the command's Small Business Programs." Ryan said. "He assures this office has a seat at the table during the development of the acquisition strategy on all procurements."
Boon has been a Department of the Army civilian for 31 years and has worked for USASMDC/ARSTRAT for nine years.