By Terri Stover, USASACJune 21, 2018
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- William "Bill" Kaundart was selected as one of the 2018 Louis Dellamonica Award Winners for Outstanding U.S. Army Materiel Command Personnel of the Year.
Kaundart, a country program manager at the Army's Security Assistance Command, manages 138 foreign military sales cases with a total value of $257 million, in the EUCOM/AFRICOM Regional Operations Directorate.
The AFRICOM FMS program includes 41 countries. On a day to day basis, Kaundart helps to develop and manage programs that transfer defense articles and services to assigned countries. This also includes lifecycle management of FMS programs and coordination of FMS activities with other representatives of the Army Materiel Command security assistance enterprise, and senior ranking officials in assigned countries for the efficient movement of equipment and services.
"Bill set the standard for timeliness and accuracy in letter of acceptance preparation. This included 74 Global Security Contingency Fund cases to support Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda valued at $63 million," according to Scott Huther, Division Chief, AFRICOM Regional Operations, and Kaundart's supervisor.
In addition to these cases, Kaundart initiated and staffed 79 Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund cases, which supported Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, Morocco, Niger and Burundi, values at $186 million.
"These cases are very important for AFRICOM as these countries are fighting along with U.S. service men and women in combating counter-terrorism activities," Huther said.
Kaundart helped identify over $7.6 million in funding from open FMS cases that were soon to expire. However, with his initiative, these funds can now be used to purchase additional equipment and training.
"Bill is an outstanding CPM who has done exceptional work supporting AFRICOM by building partner capacity and has greatly enhanced the reputation of USASAC. His contributions in the local community are equally impressive and combined clearly indicate that his deserving of this award," said Huther.
He is very involved in both his community and at USASAC. Kaundart volunteered to support the Women's History Month and Martin Luther King Celebration for Team Redstone in 2017.
He personally helped in fundraising efforts for 2017 hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. He also serves as a senior trustee at his church and teaches high school age Sunday school. Kaundart was nominated for the 2017 Alabama Mighty Man of God.
In addition to his other volunteer work, Bill is the Commander of the Royal Ranger Outpost 182 for K-12 school boys, which provides character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men. He also teaches basic and essential leadership courses across Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia for potential Royal Ranger Commanders.
As an Army veteran, Kaundart has made it his mission to recognize WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans from the Tennessee Valley. He presents them each with U.S. flags and certificates for their service.
This award is named in honor of Louis Dellamonica, a general engineer who worked at Hawthorne Army Depot for 65 years. At age 94, Louis Dellamonica retired in 2007 after more than 65 years of devoted service. He is the longest serving employee in AMC's history.
The recognition is awarded to AMC employees whose work accomplishments have significantly contributed to AMC's mission, goals and objectives, and demonstrated an ability to inspire coworkers to improve efficiency and quality of their work.