By Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, RDECOM Public AffairsAugust 1, 2017
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD. -- 'Enthusiastic' and 'motivated' are adjectives used to describe the Employee of the Month at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.
The award is presented to a locally employed staff member (foreign national) who goes "above and beyond" normal day-to-day activities.
Dr. Timothy Pritchett, director of the U.S. Army International Technology Center--Argentina and a research physicist with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, nominated Nicole D'Agostino for the award several months ago. She was subsequently selected as Employee of the Month by the department of Human Resources at the Embassy, which employs more than 200 foreign nationals.
"I really enjoy the intercultural side of my job. It's very satisfying to see how RDECOM strives to find the valuable work that Latin American researchers do by taking interest in their work. The tricky part is spotting the unspoken cultural conventions that shape the different ways people behave in their work environment," D'Agostino said.
D'Agostino reports to Pritchett as the administrative assistant at the ITC--Argentina, which is part of RDECOM-Americas.
RDECOM-Americas, along with its sister organizations -- RDECOM-Atlantic and RDECOM-Pacific -- promote cooperation between RDECOM and international researchers by advancing science, engineering and technical capabilities relevant to the overall U.S. Army mission; RDECOM-Americas covers the North and South America continents. D'Agostino has worked at RDECOM-Americas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since August, 2016.
The ITCs work closely with foreign partners to identify basic research, discover foreign alternatives, assist with armaments cooperation issues and technology assessments and ensure interoperable solutions.
"I really appreciate Nicole's competence and the assurance that she will get things done without my having to remind her. By not having to worry whether assigned tasks are being taken care of, I can concentrate on what I am supposed to be doing," Pritchett said.
Founded in 2004, RDECOM-Americas is the newest of the three Forward Element Centers with headquarters in Santiago, Chile, and ITCs in Ottawa, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and São Paulo, Brazil.
RDECOM-Atlantic maintains relationships with an S&T community that spans more than 110 nations in Europe, Africa and states of the former Soviet Union. It has ITCs in England, France and Germany. RDECOM-Pacific is headquartered in Hawaii, and facilitates S&T collaboration throughout the Asia-Pacific region, which includes 36 countries; its ITCs are located in Australia, Singapore and Japan.
"Nicole deserved this award because she is unquestionably one of the quickest studies I have ever encountered," Pritchett said.
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.