Nicholas Emanuel and Timothy Gevedon, contract specialists with the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, are among the elite eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Excellence in Contracting Awards Program winners for Fiscal Year 2012.

Each year, hundreds of contracting professionals from USACE offices across the globe are nominated for one of the eight awards. Winners of the competition are high-performing employees who go the extra mile and effectively and efficiently deliver remarkable results. This year's winners were announced Nov. 29 in Dallas, but Emanuel and Gevedon could not personally accept their awards because both are currently deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Emanuel, 29, who deployed from the USACE New York District, won for Excellence in Mission Execution and Tim Gevedon, 47, who deployed from the USACE Huntington District, won for Excellence in Customer Service.

"Both Nick and Tim are leaders among their peers and there really is no mission they are unwilling to tackle," said Gale Ross, Afghanistan Engineer District-South chief of contracting.

Ross supervises 16 personnel at the Afghanistan Engineer District-South and said he nominated Emanuel and Gevedon because of their extraordinary work ethic and ingenuity.

"The whole office is great, but I nominated Nick because of his exceptional and timely execution of contracts. Nick's dedication to mission execution resulted in the award of several technically-complex, mission-essential requirements that presented numerous challenges. His perseverance and hard work led to the execution of over $252 million in contractual actions," said Ross, 60, who deployed to Kandahar from the Kansas City District. "He truly is one of the backbones of the office. If he doesn't know how to do something, he researches the topic, masters it and then mentors others," said Ross. "Tim consistently delivers the highest level of customer service to both internal and external customers. His ability to bring parties with diverse interests to the table and focus them on the mission has saved the district an immeasurable amount of resources. His appointment as subcontractor relations liaison is unique within the theater of operations and has aided the district's ability to positively administer $65 million in projects. Tim never hesitates to assist his team, contractors and action officers. He epitomizes the term customer service."

For Emanuel, winning signals he's doing the right things and his instincts are good, he said.

"It is great to be singled out because of my dedication and results, however I'd be remiss not to point out that it takes a team to get the mission done, and I am part of a great team.

Now in its fourth year, the USACE Excellence in Contracting Awards Program recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of extraordinary USACE contracting professionals.

"I am extremely proud of both Nick and Tim, our contracting office and our entire district family for delivering excellence in what they do each day," said Army Col. Vincent Quarles, commander of the Afghanistan Engineer District-South. "Nick and Tim have accomplished much individually and collectively with their peers here in Afghanistan and back home in the United States. Both are very deserving of these awards."

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