By Ms. Adriane ElliotNovember 15, 2016
A U.S. Army Security Assistance Command employee managing foreign military sales cases for several Middle East nations has been named the USASAC Employee of the Quarter.
Charles Gibson is a senior central case manager for Iraq Army programs in CENTCOM Branch C at the USASAC's New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, location.
His responsibility as a case manager runs the FMS gamut from case implementation to closure with a focus on multiple high-visibility nations with politically sensitive impact.
Nominating Official and Branch C Chief David Cooper called Gibson's recognition well-deserved.
"During his 15-year tenure in the CENTCOM Division, he has judiciously moved up through the ranks to become a seasoned central case manager that his peers both look up to and seek out for guidance," Cooper said.
According to Cooper, Gibson has throughout his career gained valuable experience on the more visible and active FMS programs, highlighted by stints in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.
"Recent examples of Gibson's outstanding performance include sustainment support for the M1A1 Tank Program, managing and tracking deliveries for the Hellfire missile program and successful management of the critical Iraq Train and Equip Fund program," Cooper said.
Cooper praised his out-of-the-box thinking, diversion requests and enlisting industry partners to support immediate operation needs, calling Gibson "truly instrumental in facilitating Overseas Contingency Operations via ITEF."
"Mr. Gibson was instrumental in the obligation of more than $1.3 billion for the FY '16 ITEF program. His unique leadership and daily team meetings ensured an obligation rate above 98 percent," Cooper said. "He is extremely respected with the security assistance enterprise community and always strives to be a good steward for his customers, ensuring timely execution of all cases."
To round out what had already been described as stellar performance, Gibson is credited with covering down on central case manager positions and a logistics management specialist position for seven months, while also maintaining his original workload.
"So essentially, Mr. Gibson wore five hats for more than half a year and did a remarkable job keeping the Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq programs afloat," Cooper said.
Outside of work, Gibson is an avid coach and mentor for a local Little League baseball team, a Cub Scout Bear Den leader and youth soccer coach.
Gibson said it's not difficult to get up in the morning and come to work to tackle the day's challenges when you enjoy what you do.
"I love my job," he said. "I am part of a great team called USASAC. That being said, it's an honor and blessing to receive this recognition, although I couldn't have achieved this without help and support from a lot of great folks throughout the enterprise."