12th Biennial Army LEAP Awards

By Office of Business TransformationMay 21, 2021

2019 LEAP Winners
During a ceremony in the hall of heroes at the Pentagon on July 30, 2019, Army leaders pose with the 2019 LEAP award winners. This year’s event will be held virtually on July 29 and hosted by the OBT Director Mr. Robin Swan. (Photo Credit: OBT) VIEW ORIGINAL

The 12th biennial Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Excellence Award Program (LEAP) ceremony will be held virtually this year on July 29, 2021, and will be hosted by Mr. Robin Swan, the Director of the Army Office of Business Transformation. During the ceremony, a dozen Army organizations will be recognized for their superior performance in implementing LSS business process improvement tools and methodologies and their overall impact on the transformation of the business of the Army.

In 2021, the Army has recognized superior performance in two categories: the Process Improvement Deployment Excellence Award (PIDEA) and the Process Improvement Project Team Excellence Award (PIPTEA).  PIDEA recognizes LSS deployment excellence at the organizational level, and PIPTEA recognizes the outstanding contribution and results of individual LSS project teams.

This year, the PIDEA will be awarded to:

(Army Staff Level) U.S. Army National Guard – For excellence in the execution of Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) programs.

(Command Level) U.S Army Reserve Command, Headquarters – For excellence in the execution of Army Regulation (AR) 10-87 programs.

This year, the PIPTEA will be awarded to the following teams:

U.S Army Europe – For reducing process cycling time for closing acquisition and cross service agreements.

U.S Army Materiel Command (AMC), Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) – For decreasing the time and increasing the quality in the Integrated Logistics Support Center justification and approval process.

Florida National Guard, Medical Detachment – For decreasing completion time of National Agency checks and inquiries for new state employee hires.

U.S. AMC, Communications, Electronics Command (CECOM) Ground Combat Systems – For reducing the overruns within Tobyhanna Army Depot’s (TYAD) cable fabrication process.

Fort McCoy, Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Under the 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, 80th Training Command – For improving the ability to systematically and effectively certify new facilitators.

U.S. AMC, TYAD – For reducing rework with TYAD’s Paint Branch Process Green Belt Project.

U.S. Army Reserve Command, U.S. Army Reserve – For employment of U.S. Army Reserve Officer Talent Management Focus Groups.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lakes and Rivers Division, Engineer Division – For improving project delivery data analysis.

Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology, Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems – For the reduction of cost associated with employing the Abrams Engine 1068.

U.S. AMC, CECOM Ground Combat Systems – For AN/TSC – 167 Satellite Transportable Terminal Line Replaceable Unit Test Direct Labor Hour Improvement.

Congratulations to all of our 2021 award winners and a heartfelt thank you to all of the amazing organizations and teams that are out there making a difference to transform the business of the Army!

For those interested in competing in the 2021-22 LSS Excellence and Awards Program, projects need to be completed between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2022, and a LEAP nomination packet needs to be submitted to the Office of Business Transformation by December 1, 2022.  For more information regarding LEAP and to submit your nomination packet, please contact the Office of Business Transformation at usarmy.pentagon.hqda-osa-obt.mbx.lss-awards--program@mail.mil.


LEAP is a Secretary of the Army program that recognizes individuals and teams who demonstrate excellence in building, sustaining, and implementing results-driven process improvement projects. Award recipients are chosen by a selection board comprising twelve representatives from organizations across the Army.