Yuma Proving Ground Commander Col. Patrick McFall presented Amanda Mantz with the Civilian Service Commendation Medal on Sept. 16. She was recognized for her work in a developmental assignment with The Army Test and Evaluation Command.
Yuma Proving Ground Commander Col. Patrick McFall presented Amanda Mantz with the Civilian Service Commendation Medal on Sept. 16. She was recognized for her work in a developmental assignment with The Army Test and Evaluation Command. (Photo Credit: Mark Schauer) VIEW ORIGINAL

Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) Contract Management Support Officer Amanda Mantz was awarded the Civilian Service Commendation Medal on Sept. 16.

YPG Commander Col. Patrick McFall presented Mantz with a certificate and pinned her medal during the small ceremony.

Mantz completed a developmental assignment as an acquisition analyst as part the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) Contracts Management Division between February and May of this year.

The award citation states that Mantz, “played a vital role in the development of over 1,200 labor categories for five subordinate commands.”

“I was excited because I wanted to learn more from the headquarters side of contracting,” said Mantz of the assignment.

YPG is a subordinate test center under ATEC’s command. Mantz was honored to see ATEC’s Commander, Maj. Gen. James Gallivan, personally signed her certificate.

“When I saw the award and I saw that Maj. Gen. Gallivan signed it, that was pretty exciting. I had never received an award from the ATEC level.”

She added, “It’s always nice to be told you are doing something good. It might be hard while you are doing the work on a daily basis, you are thinking like ‘I am just doing my job,’ but when people recognize your hard work, it's nice."