Paul C. Manz, Chief Scientist with the Program Executive Office Ammunition, received the Maj. Gen. Harold "Harry" J. Greene Award in the category of "Innovation" for an article he wrote titled "Network Assisted GPS... Coming Soon to a Precision Fire Mission Near You."

Manz received the award from Mark Esper, the Secretary of the Army, on Jan. 18 in the Pentagon Auditorium.

The Harold Greene writing contest is sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). The contest honors Greene, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. At the time of his death, he was deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan.

"Winning this Maj. Gen. Harold Greene Acquisition Writing award is a special honor for me since I worked for Harry back when then-colonel Harry Greene was Project Manager for Battle Command at Fort Monmouth under the auspices of PEO C3T (Command Control Communications Tactical), " Manz said.

"During my time as his technical director supporting six ACAT (Acquisition Category) I and ACAT II programs," Manz said, "Harry instilled an ever-present core value in me that you'll see on my email signature salutation: 'We [DoD Acquisition] have two primary customers - the Warfighter and the U.S. Taxpayer.' Harry is sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him."

The Harold Greene contest is intended to stimulate dialogue about meeting and overcoming significant challenges in delivering needed capabilities to Soldiers, now and in the future.

Authors are required to select and write about U.S. Army Acquisition from the following categories: Acquisition Reform, Future Operations, Innovation, or Lessons Learned.

Manz said he selected his topic because, "Network Assisted GPS (Global Positioning System) was an innovative system-of-systems solution led by PEO Ammo and Joint Center Picatinny.

"With support from our Army brethren at PEO C3T and PEO GCS (Ground Combat System), Network Assisted GPS solves a significant potential operational availability issue in vertical terrain challenging environments for the Indirect Fires Kill Chain, while basically being "transparent" to the warfighter (i.e. no additional training required)," Manz added.

"It turns out that the technical 'building blocks' developed under Network Assisted GPS are also very useful for cost-effectively solving problems and supporting Chief of Staff of the Army-directed capability imperatives being worked by the Army's new Cross Functional Teams."

This was the fourth annual Maj. Gen. Harold "Harry" J. Greene Award ceremony, which is hosted by senior Army leadership at the Annual Acquisition Awards Ceremony. This year the awards were hosted by the Army Acquisition Executive, Bruce D. Jette, along with the Principal Military Deputy, Lt. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, and the Principal Deputy, Jeffrey S. White.

"The entries this year were very impressive, and I want to thank everyone who shared their experience, expertise, and keen insights," Ostrowski said in an email announcing this year's award recipients. "This critical writing competition is clearly advancing and influencing the dialogue about Army Acquisition among our workforce professionals, stakeholders, and external audiences."