• Lt. Col. Jeffrey S. Gribschaw, a staff officer with G-6, receives a calendar year 2011 Pace Award from Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal at a Pentagon ceremony May 10, 2012. Denise K. Fultz, an auditor at Fort Knox, Ky., also won a Pace Award but was unable to attend.

    50th Annual Pace Award

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey S. Gribschaw, a staff officer with G-6, receives a calendar year 2011 Pace Award from Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal at a Pentagon ceremony May 10, 2012. Denise K. Fultz, an auditor at Fort Knox, Ky., also won a Pace...

  • On behalf of auditor Denise K. Fultz of Fort Knox, Ky., Army Auditor General Randall L. Exley (right) accepts the 2011 Pace Award from Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal at a Pentagon ceremony May 10, 2012. Lt. Col. Jeffrey S. Gribschaw, a staff officer with the G-6, also won a Pace Award.

    2011 Pace Award

    On behalf of auditor Denise K. Fultz of Fort Knox, Ky., Army Auditor General Randall L. Exley (right) accepts the 2011 Pace Award from Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal at a Pentagon ceremony May 10, 2012. Lt. Col. Jeffrey S. Gribschaw, a...

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.

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