From left are AMCOM deputy commander Ronnie Chronister, annual poster contest winner Patrick McAbee and AMCOM competition advocate Shelley Muhammad.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A photo from the Army website showed Soldiers doing pull-ups under the watchful eyes of drill sergeants.

Patrick McAbee, a security specialist in the C-RAM Program Office, used that image to win the third annual poster contest sponsored by the Aviation and Missile Command's Competition Management Office.

"When I saw this particular picture it in my mind kind of showed competition in a snapshot," McAbee said.

His poster was selected the winner of the 13 submitted for fiscal 2011. McAbee received a $250 on-the-spot cash award.

He was among the honorees at the fiscal 2011 competition award ceremony at AMCOM headquarters.

"(Competition) brings forward the best candidates for whatever it is the Army's trying to contract out at the time," McAbee said.

In 2009 he joined the Counter-Rocket Artillery and Mortar Program Office. The Hartselle native graduated from Athens State College in psychology and sociology; and he has a master's in business administration from St. Leo University.

McAbee, 40, and his wife, Julie, reside in Hartselle with their 7-year-old son, Jonas.

Twenty-three percent of the command's contracts in fiscal 2011 were awarded competitively, which exceeded the projected total by 7 percent, according to AMCOM competition advocate Shelley Muhammad. "That's very good," he said.

"Competition is all our business," Muhammad said. "It helps us to expand and extend our dollars."

AMCOM deputy commander Ronnie Chronister, who presented the awards, said this command's products are not as commercial as other commodities. "We are very much predominately in a sole source environment," Chronister said.

"Despite the fact that we're so heavily sole source we continue to do great work," he said.

Chronister thanked the honorees for pursuing competition in contracting as much as possible within this environment.

The fiscal 2011 competition honorees included Express, Services, 100 percent competitive rate; Letterkenny Army Depot, 70.7 percent; TOC/AMDCCS/C-RAM/IAMD, 51.3 percent; and Fixed Wing/AGSE/ATC, 86.1 percent.

The commercial honorees included Letterkenny Army Depot, 92 percent commercial rate; SEC/Target/Air Warrior/PEO IEW&S, 30.3 percent; Nonstandard Rotary, 29.5 percent; and TMDE/CMDS/IAMD, 47.5 percent.

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