Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Lt. Gen. William Grisoli, director, Army Office of Business Transformation, present the 2012 Enterprise Level Project Team Award to U.S. Army Central, in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Jan. 10, 2013. Brig. Gen. Thomas Horlander and Mr. Tony Merritt accepted the award for USARCENT. Their collective efforts resulted in the development of an Operational Needs Statement improvement process that increased property accountability and a cost avoidance of more than $905 million in fiscal years 2012 through 2014. The Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army approved the implementation of the Lean Six Sigma Excellence Award Program July 31, 2008. The program is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to Lean Six Sigma initiatives, increase awareness of the program, promote process improvements, and ensure the dissemination of best practices/lessons learned throughout the U.S. Army.