The Program Executive Office for Aviation was recognized during the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command's annual Value Engineering - Life Cycle Cost Reduction awards ceremony Nov. 28 at the Bob Jones Auditorium.

"This Value Engineering community is a group of dedicated professionals who work together to solve significant engineering challenges," said William Marriott, deputy to the commanding general of AMCOM. "In our current unpredictable resource-constrained environment that we operate in, it is absolutely critical that we optimize those resources we do have. Value Engineering is one way we can do just that.

During the ceremony, VE award plaques were presented to directors and program managers of Team Redstone organizations that exceeded their Value Engineering savings goal for fiscal year 2018. Plaques earned by PEO Aviation project offices included: Aviation Systems' Air Traffic Control and Aviation Ground Support Equipment product offices; Fixed Wing project office; and, Utility Helicopters project office.

VE award certificates were presented to coordinators for their participation and contributions towards the Team Redstone Value Engineering Program for fiscal year 2018 included PEO Aviation's Alan Parker, AGSE; Alivio Mangieri, ATC; Joe Dombrowski, Fixed Wing; and, Detlef Presser, Utility Helicopters.

Life Cycle Cost Reduction award certificates were presented to key Team Redstone personnel who made significant contributions to LCCR projects during fiscal year 2018. Richard Tyler, Apache Attack Helicopter project office; and, Joe Ingram and Peter Rao, Utility Helicopters, were recognized from PEO Aviation.

"I am pleasantly surprised that our team was selected," Rao said. "I had a lot of people helping me. I am just an engineer who had an idea. Aircraft were having some accidents and I was hired to help solve the problem. We solved it and I feel good about it.

"With their bright minds, a zest for mission accomplishment and their willingness to try something new, they have improved readiness and ensure that our Soldiers are better equipped to face diverse, emerging threats in the world today and tomorrow," Marriott said. "Our awardees would not accept the status-quo and continue to do things the way they've always been done. Instead, they identified ways to improve things and acted on those ideas."

The ceremony recognized 95 VE projects representing a record-setting $331 million in savings and cost avoidance for local organizations and $33 million in savings for 14 field locations around the world. Additional benefits include mitigated obsolescence, improved capability, reduced cycle time, relieved Soldier burden and inserted technology.