FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) recognized 39 personnel from multiple staffs for their support of the $9.86 billion Department of Defense Language Interpretation and Translation Enterprise (DLITE) II contract during an awards ceremony at the Nolan Building, April 21.
DLITE II provides contractual coverage for the support of forces engaged in humanitarian, peacekeeping, contingency and combat operations. It also provides contractual coverage for exercises, cultural familiarity and awareness missions in performance of day-to-day operations.
In March, the Department of Defense announced the names of 20 companies that will share multiple types of contracts to procure foreign language services in support of the DLITE II program. The companies will compete for task orders within the multi-award schedule, indefinite delivery, and indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) potential 10-year contract.
The personnel recognized were critical to the solicitation, source selection, and awarding of the largest value contract without protest in the history of INSCOM. This contract also ranks as the second largest services contract for the Army.
Charles Sardo, INSCOM chief of staff, presided over the ceremony and praised the great work of the acquisition team for their flawless effort and dedication.
"The DLITE II contract directly impacts the INSCOM mission and supports the INSCOM Why? Which is to save Soldiers lives," Sardo said. "This is vital to our combat operations. Anyone who ever depended on a translator who speaks a language like Haitian Creole, Somali, Dari, Pashto or any of the different Arabic dialects, knows how critical it is to our combat operations."
Sardo emphasized the work on these contracts was not an easy task. The acquisition team worked through countless long hours to develop, solicit, review and select the best contract for the Army. The team's efforts amounted to 2.5 years accumulative man-hours, reviewing over 8,700 pages of procurement sensitive information.
"You all made a difference and have a legacy that will continue for the next 10 years. You are the pillars, the great foundation that made this a success," Sardo added. "The umbrella contract and the concurrent successful award of the Afghanistan Task Order is a tribute to the successful partnership between INSCOM and Army Contracting Command-Warren."
Four key contributors who were critical to the process that began in July 2014, were Col. Angie DiCiro, chair of the Source Selection Evaluation Board, Sgt. Maj. James Blake, technical team lead, Jason Bromley, contract attorney advisor, and Luis Cotto-Arroyo, procurement contracting officer.
According to Col. Daniel Soller, INSCOM assistant chief of staff G-3, the team per-formed yeoman's work ensuring that the G-3 Contract Linguist and Intelligence Pro-gram Support Office, led by Director Ed DeLissio, remains operationally relevant while ensuring contractual integrity.
"We are equally proud of the team and special thanks to Angie DiCiro for leading the effort," Soller said. "It's indeed a great day to be an INSCOM warrior! Engaged, relevant, and purposeful."
Claudia S. Graul, special advisor, Operations and Plans, Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-2, and Gary D. Bauleke, director, Capabilities and Foreign Area Officer Policy for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, attended the ceremony and lauded the team for their ground-breaking accomplishments.
The following INSCOM personnel were recognized during the ceremony:
Army Meritorious Service Medal:
Col. Angie DiCiro and Sgt. Major James Blake
Meritorious Civilian Service Medal:
Jason Bromley and Luis Cotto-Arroyo
Achievement Medal for Civilian Service:
Peggy Ayanian, Everton Harris, James Lindsey, Eileen Manning, William Simerson and Louis Solimeo
Commander Award for Civilian Service:
John Banks, Kristopher Bryant, Patsy Davis, Sylvia Dunn, Nicholas Flasck, Dustin Frazier, Richard Gwizdowski, Richard Hardy, Betty Jarman, Paul Joseph, Joe Latella, Susan Meehling, Anthony Meyer, Robert Pettit, Vijayvardhan Pothuraju, Jo Robinson, Vincent Scannelli, Keith Schafer, Christopher Shoults, LaClaudia Stallworth, Lauren Van Ens and William Van Dine
Superior Civilian Service Award:
Forrest Evans, Lisa Holcombe-Watkins, Leo Mahoney, Michelle Miller, Monique Park, William Sanfilippo and John Schulteis