Several U.S. Army Materiel Command organizations were recognized during the Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Pentagon awards ceremony June 19.

The recipients were honored for their work in fiscal year 2007. The Honorable James Finley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, presented the awards.

The Value Engineering Awards Program is an acknowledgment of exemplary achievements and encourages additional projects to improve in-house and contractor productivity.

Award winners from each DoD component were eligible for selection in five categories: program/project, individual, team, organization, and contractor. Additional special awards were given to recognize innovative applications or approaches that expanded the traditional scope of value engineering use.

The AMC winners were:

- Individual: Karen Caudle, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command.

- Team: Firefinder Reliability, Maintainability Improvement Program Team, U.S. Army, Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command.

- Special: TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and Jim Knowles, headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command.

- Contractor: Northstar Aerospace Inc., Ill. (supporting AMCOM LCMC) and Carleton Technologies, Inc. N.Y. (supporting TACOM LCMC).

Value engineering is a systematic process of function analysis to identify actions that reduce cost, increase quality, and improve mission capabilities across the entire spectrum of DoD systems, processes, and organizations.

During 2007, 1,373 in-house value engineering proposals and contractor-initiated value engineering change proposals were accepted with projected savings/cost avoidance in excess of $4.5 billion.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness - technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics, power projection and sustainment - to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it or eats it AMC provides it.