CRANE, Ind. - The Army Materiel Command Small Business Specialist of the Year award for 2007 was presented to Crane Army Ammunition Activity Contracting Specialist Rachel Eaggleston at the 12th Annual Army Small Business Conference held in McLean, Va., Nov. 13, 2008.

Army Maj. Gen. James Pillsbury, AMC deputy chief of staff for operations and logistics, personally thanked Eaggleston for her contributions as he presented her an engraved plaque during the conference and a four-star note from Gen. Benjamin Griffin, former AMC commanding general.

The AMC Small Business Specialist of the Year award recognizes those specialists who have provided over and above support for the small business community. By going the extra mile, these individuals greatly contribute to the success of the AMC Small Business Program.

"It felt great receiving the award, and to be honest, I'm still shocked that I had such an honor bestowed on me. I met so many professionals there; it was impressive. It was a great experience," Eaggleston said. She attributed her success with reviewing the small business goals with Joint Munitions Command Small Business office and having an open door policy with meeting new contractors seeking business with the Department of Defense and Crane Army.

"I learned at the National Defense Industry Association conference that small businesses account for the lions' share of DoD federal dollars. So, it is important that small businesses do not get left out of federal DoD contract opportunities," Eaggleston said. "We have a hundred or more small businesses that the contracting office seeks to promote contracts with for recurring requirements. We continue to look for more than can meet our requirements and comply with our payment terms. Most companies do a fantastic job at meeting our needs. Local businesses, machine shops, and supply chains also stand ready to hear from us and quote on jobs, large or small. All of them are patriots and want to do their part in serving the nation. We salute them, because they make all the difference, and make my job a lot easier."

CAAA was established in Oct. 1977 and is a tenant of the Navy Region Midwest, Naval Support Activity Crane. The Army activity maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components.