FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - Dante Milledge, an engineer with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command’s Information Systems Engineering Command, or ISEC, earned the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Modern-Day Technology Leader Award. He, along with other ISEC BEYA awardees including Keithley Crooks, Joseph Hill, Kevin Ledbetter and George Grant, will be officially recognized during the 2021 BEYA STEM Virtual Event which kicks off Thursday, February 11, 2021.
Milledge, who was project lead in the Technology Management Group supporting government-wide information technology acquisition programs at ISEC when nominated, was not aware of the BEYA process.
According to the nomination package, Milledge implemented an idea resulting in “substantial savings across the federal government, not only from lower prices, but also from the elimination of redundant efforts, and a more efficient software acquisition process.”
“I was surprised when my supervisor, Steve Fulbright, told me about the nomination,” Milledge said. “I made a change to a software acquisition process where an innovative idea was tested and implemented over a period of several years, resulting in a more efficient process and millions of dollars in savings.”
The annual BEYA STEM Modern-Day Technology awards recognize bright men and women who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology. The nomination packages are reviewed and recommended for award by a panel of leaders from industry, government and academia.
“It was my pleasure to nominate Mr. Milledge for the Career Achievement award category of the 2021 BEYA STEM Conference,” said ISEC Director of Mission Engineering Steven Fulbright. “Mr. Milledge has made great contributions to the Department of the Army and the United States of America during his career, resulting in significant savings to the federal government and the taxpayer. His exemplary performance and creativity contributed directly to the excellent reputation of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command as an outstanding engineering organization and enhanced the image of federal government employees.”
Milledge has been an Army civilian employee for 19 years, beginning with CECOM and leading to his current work at Army Futures Command, as a systems analyst supporting the U.S. Army’s cloud computing implementation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University. He is Level III certified in engineering and Level II certified in acquisition life cycle logistics.
The U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command, headquartered at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, provides systems engineering, installation, integration, implementation and evaluation support for communications and information technology systems worldwide, providing capabilities to Army organizations, combatant commanders, DOD agencies, and federal agencies in support of the warfighter.
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, sustains and delivers command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) readiness for American Soldiers. Whether repairing radar and satellite terminals to maintain battlefield awareness...delivering software updates to keep tactical radios safe from virtual intruders...or ensuring spare parts are available whenever and wherever needed...CECOM's global team equips and empowers Soldiers in all aspects of C5ISR, every minute of every day.