ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill.--U.S. Army Materiel Command has selected Martin Utzig and Joseph Schulz, from Army Sustainment Command, for the Louis Dellamonica award for excellence achieved in 2014.

The annual list, which was announced Aug. 11, is meant to honor those senior employees who have significantly contributed to Army Materiel Command's mission and overarching goals and objectives.

Schulz, who serves as the Deputy Director for the Installation Logistics Directorate, was gratified by the presentation of the award, but also sought to recognize those within his organization.

"This is the culmination of a team effort in terms of accepting new missions and keeping everything moving over the last 3 years. We let the Army see itself and enable the installation to do its mission in support of senior commanders," he said.

Schulz, a New York native, received the award, according to his nomination packet, for helping to reduce the operational requirements of the Logistics Readiness Centers by over $200 million during his first 18 months in the position. His leadership within the organization, comprised of over 20,000 personnel, positively impacted all areas of the AMC.

Utzig, who currently serves as the Deputy to the Commander for the Distribution Management Center was equally grateful and also sought to shift the recognition to his organization.

"This is a great reflection of the people that have done so many things that I've been a part of," he said.

Utzig, a native of California, served as the Deputy to the Commander for the 401st Army Field Support Brigade while stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan. This organization provided both field and sustainment level logistics support for both U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, according to his nomination packet.

During this time, he oversaw the transition of 50 base closures and the transfer of over $72 million worth of equipment to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Utzig, who has a son and a son-in-law in the military, said that he sleeps soundly at night because of the great logistics and readiness support AMC and ASC provides to Soldiers.

Many of the senior leaders of Rock Island Arsenal were also present at the awards ceremony in which Schulz and Utzig were honored.

"Thanks for everything you do for the Army," said Maj. Gen. Kevin O'Connell, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command.

O'Connell spoke of the awardees dedication to excellence and what an impressive achievement it was to win this prestigious award.

The awards were presented at a ceremony, here, Sept. 1.

The U.S. Army Sustainment Command provides globally responsive strategic logistics capability and materiel readiness to enable combatant commanders to conduct the full range of military operations.