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WASHINGTON – Lt. Gen. Robert L. Marion, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, announced today the opening of the 10th annual Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing Competition to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition challenges and successful efforts to overcome them.

“Through this annual competition, we encourage all prospective authors to think critically and write persuasively on issues of interest and value to the acquisition community,” Marion said. “This platform allows individuals to write about their acquisition experiences, share their ideas and tell their stories to a large audience of stakeholders, both internally and externally.”

Prospective authors may submit articles, opinion pieces or essays from 500 to 1,800 words in one of the following four categories: acquisition reform, future operations, innovation, or lessons learned. A distinguished panel of judges will evaluate and select the top entries for each category. The winning items and honorable mentions will be published in a supplement accompanying the spring edition of Army AL&T Magazine, and the authors will be honored at the Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., at a date to be determined.

Submissions must be unclassified, original and not previously published or submitted to a writing competition. All entries must be submitted by email no later than midnight Oct. 2, 2023. Additional information about the competition is available at www.army.mil/asaalt, including the call for submissions and previous Army AL&T supplements.

The annual acquisition writing competition is named in honor of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who was killed during a visit to Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 5, 2014, while serving as the deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

“Through these awards, we honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service to our Army and the nation, remember his significant contributions to Army acquisition, and pay tribute to his ultimate sacrifice.” Marion said. “We have seen, though the years, the tremendous talent and creativity within the acquisition community, and I know that Harry would be extremely proud of the operational capabilities and processes that we have improved because of the competition in his honor.”

2023 Writing Award Call for Submissions.pdf [PDF - 103.9 KB]

2022_ACQ_writing_awards_FINAL.pdf [PDF - 1.5 MB]

2021_ACQ_writing_awards_FINAL.pdf [PDF - 1.3 MB]

2020_ACQ_writing_awards_FINAL.pdf [PDF - 2.7 MB]