JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 21, 2020) -- After processing a backlog of award nominations, Army Materiel Command officials have selected a procurement analyst from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command as one of its 2018 Louis Dellamonica Award for Outstanding Personnel of the Year.
Wiley Cox is one of 10 selectees for the annual award. He serves as the MICC category management team lead for facilities and construction for the MICC Contracting Operations Directorate at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Cox works directly with mission partners to eliminate redundancies, increase efficiencies and improve standardization to deliver greater savings from facility and construction contract requirements procured by the MICC.
“Wiley Cox is the utmost professional,” said Lorraine Massie, chief of the MICC Contracting Operations Directorate Field Support Division. “His critical thinking skills, determination and drive for excellence in tackling every complex project are keys to his success, and ultimately the success and mission accomplishment for the command.”
All AMC military and civilian employees below the rank of general officer and the Senior Executive Service from across the organization, which spans all 50 states and more than 150 countries and is comprised of more than 60,000 employees, are eligible to be nominated for this award.
The recognition is awarded to AMC employees whose work accomplishments have significantly contributed to the command’s mission, goals and objectives, and who have demonstrated an ability to inspire co-workers to improve the efficiency and quality of their work. The award is named in honor of Louis Dellamonica, a general engineer whose 65-year career at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nevada, exemplified integrity, innovation, leadership and outstanding dedication to the mission.
“As I reflect on the incredible career and scope of Mr. Dellamonica’s contributions to our country over the span of 65 years, I’m humbled to think that anything I've done is worthy of receiving an award in his honor,” Cox said. “Being a member of MICC headquarters means I'm fortunate to work with an outstanding group of professionals every day, and what I do isn’t in isolation. I'm thankful beyond words to be named as a recipient of this award; however, I would be remiss if I didn't recognize that I'm a member of a team that makes all we do a possibility.”
Cox was a significant contributor for the successful award of the Fort Belvoir, Virginia, base operations and maintenance services pilot program. He was also instrumental in ensuring the Army Futures Command was supported with all of its contracting needs leading up to its activation ceremony in Austin, Texas, as well as ongoing contracting support for the new four-star command.
During the Fort Belvoir base operations acquisition, Cox and his team produced a procurement with an annual average contract savings approaching $1 million. When compared to the previous acquisition for the same services, the procurement acquisition lead time was reduced from 407 days to 125; securing a contract dollar savings range of $500,000 to $1.1 million per year; and adding 16% more full time equivalent contractor positions provided under the new contract. Their process was the incorporated in the standardized project work statement used on the Fort Belvoir base operations contract that now serves as the standard for similar acquisitions across stateside garrisons. The Army has since reaped the benefits of his dedication as the MICC’s 30 field contracting offices use the products he developed as templates to replicate his success on future base operations requirements.
“Mr. Cox continues to achieve extraordinary results,” Massie said. “Upon completion of the Fort Belvoir BASOPS, he applied lessons learned to the Fort Bliss BASOPS requirement, further replicating his success with a contract award 184 days after issuance of the AbilityOne opportunity notice and achieving $7.2 million savings per year and an estimated $36 million over the life of the contract.”
While completing the award of the BASOPS pilot and finalizing the standardized acquisition documents, Cox next became the MICC focal point for the Army Futures Command.
Cox said he traveled to Austin to personally meet with AFC staff members and cultivated personal relationships with his counterparts; beginning with successful contracting support for the AFC activation ceremony. He continues to work directly with AFC for its many supply and service requirements.
“In my mind, I don't feel that I have a complex mantra that sets me apart from anyone else,” Cox said. “I simply try to make a difference by doing my best at the task before me. As I contemplate many of the current strategic initiatives such as category management or pilot programs that reimagine the way we procure goods and services, it's sometimes difficult to realize meaningful progress on a daily basis. Within the context of the broader mission, there's often a series of short-term ‘wins’ that are achievable by engaging with fellow MICC members and major mission partners. Working consistently with that mindset often brings the larger picture into focus with each passing day.”
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.