Several Army Contracting Command-Rock Island, Ill., employees were recognized for their support of the Project Manager Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems.

Col. Clyde E. Richards, Jr., PM DCATS, presented certificates of appreciations during a March 13 ceremony to 11 employees for their exceptional performance during the transfer of 56 PM DCATS contracts from ACC-National Capital Region to ACC-RI.

These contracts, which have an estimated value of more than $6 billion, were transitioned seamlessly with no degradation of the PM DCATS mission, said Richards.

Recipients of the certificates of appreciation for exceptional performance were: Suzanne Yackley, chief, Chemical Demilitarization, Information Technology Services Support Branch; contracting officers Regina Farrell, Justin Trine and Stephanie Wilson, and contract specialists Ryan Bunch, Eric Eischen, Todd Kowalke, Beth Patrizi, Amanda Struve, Parris Weidenbach and David Weindruch.

Dean Brabant¸ chief, Information Technology, Branch B, was presented the Commander's Award for Civilian Service for exceptional performance of duty while managing the solicitation award process. Sarah Andich, ASC attorney advisor; Conrad Baker, contracting officer; and Robert Brown, industrial specialist; were presented with the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

Richards said there were many challenges associated with the contract transfer, including timeline difficulties and other issues within the current contracts. Employees were successful in managing these challenges while concurrently initiating new contracting efforts supporting multiple requirements.

"In my experience, this has been the best support that we have gotten from any contracting organization because of your interest level and because of your execution abilities," said Richards. "While we do have challenges ahead, I don't think the challenges that we have ahead are anything near what we just accomplished. We probably want to streamline and become a little bit more efficient, but I think we will get there by continuing to work together."

In addition to the certificates of appreciation presented for the overall transfer of contracts, three ACC-RI employees and one attorney advisor from Army Sustainment Command received awards for their work on the Communications and Transmission Systems contract. The CTS contract started out as a $30 billion contract which PM DCATS and ACC-RI were able to scope down to $4.1 billion. The CTS contract vehicle will support the organization's acquisition of materials and services for the next five years.

Richards said PM DCATS wanted to recognize the effort and commitment exercised by the contracting professionals at ACC-RI because it was a particularly difficult contract to work through.

"It was a tough task that took over a year to actually get accomplished, but it was awarded, which was a major feat," said Richards. "I know a lot of people out there didn't believe it would ever get awarded."