By By Robert Dimichele(CECOM PAO)November 27, 2013
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.-- Mr. Gary P. Martin, Deputy to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), has been recognized with the highest award for members of the federal Senior Executive Service, the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive.
Martin's award was officially announced in April but was just recently recognized by Gen. Dennis L. Via during the November Joint Acquisition Sustainment Review event on Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG).
The Presidential Rank Award honors high-performing senior career employees for sustained extraordinary accomplishment. Executives from across the federal government are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by citizen panels, and then designated by the President. Only 46 of the 6,800 members of the Senior Executive Service received this 2012 Distinguished Executive award.
The award acknowledged Martin's accomplishments both as the Deputy to the CECOM Commanding General and in his previous position as the Deputy to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The accomplishments included his role in leading the move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., under the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005; his role as career program manager for all non-construction engineers and scientists throughout the Army; his role in developing regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) collaborative efforts in Northeastern Maryland; and his leadership in the professional development of the workforce at APG. Specifically, he championed higher education opportunities for the workforce, exportable training within the Civilian Education System, the Defense Acquisition University Senior Fellows Program for APG's acquisition community and the establishments of the senior leader development program for the broader APG community in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
During the recent presentation of the award, Martin said, "Thank you for nominating me for this tremendous honor. I have been privileged to serve at terrific commands like RDECOM and CECOM alongside the most dedicated workforce and some the greatest professionals in the world. They are the real reason for this award today."
GEN Via presented Martin with a framed Distinguished Executive certificate featuring a gold emblem signed by the President and a gold, rank award pin.