Westphal presents 50th Pace Award to auditor, G-6 officer
May 10, 2012
By J.D. Leipold
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 10, 2012) -- For the 50th consecutive year, the Pace Award was presented to an Army officer and Army civilian, for their outstanding performance in significant staff assignments that benefit the Army by providing substantial financial savings or technological or military development.
It was Lt. Col. Jeffrey S. Gribschaw of the office of the Chief Information Officer/G-6, at Fort Meade, Md., and Denise K. Fultz, an auditor with the Human Capital Audits Division, Army Audit Agency, at Fort Knox, Ky., who were presented double pen-sets and plaques by Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal.
Army Auditor General Randall L. Exley accepted the award on behalf of Fultz who recently birthed her first child and was unable to attend.
At the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, May 10, Westphal praised the awardees for their creative genius and the financial savings generated by their work. He said their contributions resulted in the increased flexibility that comes from a leaner organization.
"These two awardees asked difficult questions and sought innovation," Westphal said. "Ms. Fultz rooted out financial waste through her significant contributions in auditing the Army Reserve life insurance program."
Fultz's research, detailed summaries, and subject matter expertise, helped the Army avoid more than $150 million in unnecessary life insurance and health care premiums for Reservists who had missed at least nine drill assemblies.
"Lieutenant Colonel Gribschaw significantly reduced redundancy in the way we transmit our digital data and through his work in executing the Army data center consolidation initiative," Westphal said.
Gribschaw was cited with being instrumental in setting the stage for the Army's successful efforts to address today's resource constraints while sustaining essential, high-quality information technology services to Soldiers and civilians worldwide.
The Pace Award is named for Frank Pace Jr., who served as secretary of the Army from April 12, 1950, through Jan. 20, 1953. The award has been presented annually to an Army officer under the grade of colonel and a civilian, GS-14 equivalent or below.