JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Feb. 23, 2017) Two Mission and Installation Contracting Command Soldiers were recognized Feb. 13 as part of the Secretary of the Army's fiscal 2016 Awards for Excellence in Contracting.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Girard, a contract specialist formerly with the 918th Contracting Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado, was named the Contracting Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and Maj. Timothy Godwin, a contracting officer with the 900th CBN at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, earned the Outstanding Contracting Officer Award in Contingency Contracting for 2016.

Girard, now stationed in Italy, credits the bond with his former co-workers at Fort Carson for his success this year.

"As a 51C, I have strived to maintain the same mission focus and relentless attitude instilled in me as an infantryman," Girard said. "It was those traits and the mentorship that I received from the team at MICC-Fort Carson that made it possible for me to receive this award. I am grateful for the support of the mission contracting division and extremely proud to have been selected out of such a competitive pool of NCOs."

The Contracting Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award recognizes an Army contracting NCO who has demonstrated exceptional mission accomplishment, extraordinary and uncompromising professionalism in contracting, and commitment to the personal and professional growth of others within the contracting command and external to the command.

Girard's former supervisors at Fort Carson said he excelled at driving production, managing real-time reporting, and leading while serving as the deputy chief of the mission contracting division. He led by providing contracting support to assigned, attached and tenant organizations across Fort Carson.

"Sergeant Girard provided exceptional leadership and his performance was remarkable," said Lt. Col. Thomas McFall, the 918th CBN commander. "He is an intelligent, innovative and resourceful leader. He exceeded expectations in the administration of two of the installation's largest service contracts."

Godwin was recognized for his support to Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, while deployed to Combined Joint Force Land Component Command-Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, and his leadership as the operations officer for the Regional Contracting Center-Operation Inherent Resolve in Southwest Asia.

"I'm incredibly humbled by the recognition," said Maj. Timothy Godwin, the 900th CBN operations officer. "It definitely should not be seen as an individual award, instead it should be a reflection of hard work of the 900th CBN as the RCC-OIR and the attached contracting teams."

The contingency contracting award recognizes contracting officers assigned to deployable contracting positions or who have deployed in support of an operation.

As the RCC-OIR operations officer, Godwin oversaw all operations for five regional contracting offices in three separate countries and the battalion staff tasked with supporting them. Located at the CJTF-OIR headquarters, he provided supervision for the execution of 325 contract actions and obligations of more than $188 million in supplies services, and construction projects that were instrumental in the Army, coalition partners, and the Iraqi government's fight against the IS.

"Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve has the monumental task of working with nearly 40 nations to defeat the Islamic State while being dependent on contracting to produce the supplies and services the warfighters need," Godwin said. "This award means that the work being done behind the scenes by the contracting professionals, vital for victory, did not go unnoticed."

He also led training for the 82nd Abn. Div. on operational contracting support, designed and mentored the Operational Contracting Support Integration Cell for CJFLCC-I, and developed the contracting concept of support for CJTF-OIR as the joint task force established by the international coalition against the IS. Also contributing to the award was his instrumental role in facilitating the 82nd Abn. Div. to serve as CJFLCC-I and developing the contracting concept of support for the Iraqi forces counterattack on Mosul, Iraq.

"It is my firm belief Godwin and Girard embody the highest standards of loyalty and integrity, fostering an environment where they serve as a positive role models and inspiration to the command's Soldiers and civilians," Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Gabbert, the MICC commanding general, said. "They have performed at the highest levels of achievement in service and efficiently executed all requirements to warrant this highly esteemed award."

Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the MICC is made up of about 1,500 military and civilian members assigned to three contracting support brigades and a field directorate office throughout the United States who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers. In fiscal 2016, the command executed more than 32,000 contract actions valued at more than $4.6 billion across the Army, including $2.1 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 585,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2016 valued at an additional $741 million.