By Ms. Susan L. FollettDecember 2, 2015
The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive (AAE) and the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, recognized more than a dozen groups and individuals from the acquisition community yesterday, as she announced the winners of the 2015 AAE Excellence in Leadership Awards.
The awards represent repeat victories for two of the winners, who were also honored last month by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(ATL)).
"Since 1989, the Corps has provided an elite cadre of highly-skilled, technically-proficient professionals delivering world-class products to our Soldiers," said Shyu in her opening comments. "Today, more than 36,000 members are keeping our men and women in uniform well-equipped, well-protected and fully prepared for mission success in 140 countries around the globe. The support of our acquisition professionals to the Soldier is truly first rate," she added.
Among the winners is Col. John Cavedo Jr., who was named Product Management/Product Director Office Professional of the Year at the 06 level. Cavedo, project manager for Joint Project Office Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JPO JLTV), is part of PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support. It has been an award-filled year for the JPO JLTV team, which took home the AAE Award for Project Management/Product Director Office Team of the Year at the 06 level and OUSD(ATL)'s David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award.
Also doubly honored is Dr. James C. Kirsch, chief engineer in the Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office for PEO Missiles and Space. In addition to being named the AAE Engineering and Systems Integration Professional of the Year, Kirsch received the OUSD(ATL) Workforce Achievement Award for Engineering.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground received two awards, with its 926th Contracting Battalion receiving Contracting Battalion/Defense Contract Management Agency Team of the Year honors, and Danielle M. Moyer taking home the award for Contracting Professional of the Year. Moyer manages seven contracts for project Manager Tactical Radios, with five of the contracts each totaling more than $1 billion. The 926th provided contract administration support to 122 contracts valued at more than $5.5 billion and 211,000 lines of property that supported more than 20,000 military personnel and contractors in four countries.
Joan Sable, who serves as lead manager for the Army's Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF), received the award for Acquisition Support Professional for her "unprecedented progress toward the health and growth" of the Army Acquisition Workforce. In FY15, Sable optimized the $108 million DAWDF fund to add more than 230 new hires, train more than 6,000 students and fund more than 150 training classes.
"The Army Acquisition Corps is the surest means of providing pre-eminent capabilities to our Soldiers, and the talents of our professional workforce ensure the success of our men and women in uniform the world over," added Shyu.
The award recipients were honored last night at a dinner hosted by the PEO for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation in Orlando, Florida. The full list of winners is below.
Acquisition Support Professional of the Year: Joan L. Sable, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center
Business Operations Professional of the Year: Veronica Ewing, Program Executive Office (PEO) Command, Control and Communications -- Tactical
Defense Exportability and Cooperation Professional of the Year: Timothy Schimpp, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation
Engineering and Systems Integration Professional of the Year: James C. Kirsch, Ph.D., PEO Missiles and Space
Logistician of the Year: Michael R. McAllister, PEO Enterprise Information Systems
Science and Technology Professional of the Year: G. Dan Bailey, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center
Product Management/Product Director Office Professional of the Year (05 Level): Lt. Col. Kevin S. Chaney, Product Manager for Aircraft Survivability Equipment Countermeasures; PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors
Project Management/Product Director Office Professional of the Year (06 Level): Col. John R. Cavedo Jr., Project Manager for JPO JLTV, PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support
Contracting Professional of the Year: Danielle M. Moyer, U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) -- Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)
Contracting NCO of the Year: Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan M. Turner, ACC -- Redstone Arsenal
Contracting Battalion/DCMA Team of the Year: 926th Contracting Battalion; ACC-- APG
Contracting Brigade/DCMA Team of the Year: 418th Contracting Support Brigade; U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command
Product Management/Product Director Office Team of the Year (05 Level): Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept Product Office and Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Multi-Mission Launcher development team; PEO Missiles and Space
Project Management/Product Director Office Team of the Year (06 Level): JPO JLTV; PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support