CECOM ILSC civilian receives prestigious Dellamonica Award

By Rachel PonderJune 30, 2023

Timothy Shamka
Timothy Shamka, a branch chief with the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command Integrated Logistics Support Center (CECOM ILSC) won the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s prestigious 2022 Louis Dellamonica Award. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo ) VIEW ORIGINAL

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Timothy Shamka, a branch chief with the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command Integrated Logistics Support Center (CECOM ILSC), said he is “humbled” to receive the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s prestigious 2022 Louis Dellamonica Award.

Leader during a time of change 

As part of a reorganization, the Command Control Communications-Tactical (C3T) Provisioning Support Branch, part of the ILSC Logistics and Technical Support Directorate (LTSD), was stood up in January. Shamka took the lead of the C3T Provisioning Support Branch, part of the newly established Logistics Data Division (LDD).

The C3T Provisioning Support Branch which provides provisioning support for Program Executive Office C3T, and sustainment provisioning support to the entire ILSC C3T Team, he said.

According to Army.mil, “the primary objective of Army provisioning is to ensure that the supply support for spares and repair parts is developed for weapon systems or end items as reflected in the provisioning plan.”

With provisioning, everything is a “team effort,” Shamka explained.

“As provisioners, we execute a lot of coding, data quality and getting parts into the supply chain,” he added.

Shamka said the goal is to make LDD the center of excellence for provisioning. An advantage of starting a new branch within a new division, Shamka noted, is “we can build a new culture.”

“A culture that we can look out for our folks,” he said.

Shamka advises his employees to be selfless and work as a team. Helping others will grow your knowledge, he explained.

“We are here to serve a mission to our Soldier, to that person downrange using this equipment,” he said.

Shamka called provisioning a “unique job.” It requires critical thinking, research and the ability to advise others.

“When you get those thank yous from everyone [the Warfigher] who is impacted by our job, that is probably the most rewarding,” he said.   
Taking initiative


Shamka is originally from Manchester, New Jersey. He learned about supply support by working in the pool business for 10 years.

“Being a pool guy is how I became a provisioner, believe it or not,” Shamka laughed.

He started his civilian career as a provisioning intern when CECOM was hiring additional employees at APG during the Base Realignment and Closure process. He has served as a CECOM civilian for 13 years.

This year, Shamka also received the Team C5ISR Top Ten Personnel of the Year award. He was nominated by Nicholas Basirico, assistant associate director for the C3T Directorate. Basirico was Shamka’s supervisor before the reorganization.

In his previous lead logistics data specialist with the CECOM ILSC C3T, Tactical Network Division, On-The-Move Branch, Shamka built a provisioning tracker which resulted in a “one stop-shop,” that helped all subject matter areas of his team, assisted item managers in quickly identifying replacement items to providing ILS managers quick solutions when receiving field support inquiries for the Warfighter conducting field level maintenance and repairs, Basirico explained.

He also mentored two junior logistic data specialists, managing workload distribution and helping build their careers.

“Mr. Shamka has lived the Army Values throughout his career of federal service and has shown superb levels of selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage, most recently in the execution of his job,” Basirico wrote in the awards packet.

About the Louis Dellamonica Award 

Louis Dellamonica Award nominees are judged on how their initiatives measurably improve their work environment and AMC’s mission, how they motivate and inspire fellow employees to improve or increase the quality of their own work, and how well peers, subordinates, and supervisors view them.

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 Army Materiel Command's mission.

The winners will be formally recognized at an awards presentation ceremony later.