Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Lt. Gen. William Grisoli, director, Army Office of Business Transformation, present the 2012 Non-gated Project Team Award to Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Jan. 10, 2013. Lt. Col. Marcilyn Patterson accepted the award for SDDC. The "Reduce Outside of the Contiguous United States Temporary Duty Air Travel Costs" process improvement initiative, led by Maj. William R. Kost, achieves a cost savings of $415,000 for the 839th Transportation Battalion through fiscal year 2018. 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.