2023 class of the Army Acquisition Hall of Fame announced

By LTC Sherida Whindleton, ASA(ALT)September 22, 2023

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WASHINGTON – Hon. Douglas R. Bush, the Army Acquisition Executive, announced today the new inductees to the Army Acquisition Hall of Fame.

The 2023 class of the Army Acquisition Hall of Fame includes Mr. James Shields and Mr. Jeffrey Parsons. These acquisition leaders will be inducted at a ceremony during the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9.

“The 2023 Army Acquisition Hall of Fame inductees stand as paragons of leadership, embodying the essence of unwavering commitment, innovative thinking and tireless dedication. Their induction is testament to their embodiment of the Army values, their dedication to our mission, and contributions that will resonate for generations to come,” said Bush.

This is the second year of the Army Acquisition Hall of Fame program, with 2022 being the inaugural class. The Army Acquisition Hall of Fame is open to former Army acquisition workforce professionals who served a minimum of 20 years in federal service and have been retired or separated from service at least one year. Nominees are evaluated on their significant and enduring contributions to the Army acquisition community’s historic and ongoing missions.

The Army acquisition workforce is currently made up of more than 32,000 Army civilians, officers, and noncommissioned officers who develop, acquire and sustain operational capability. Army acquisition covers six functional areas: engineering and technical management; contracting; life cycle logistics; program management; test and evaluation; and business financial management and cost estimating.

“Beyond accomplishments, the legacy of acquisition icons like Jim Shields and Jeff Parsons lives on and propels our workforce. Their legacy is characterized by resilience, collaboration and a relentless pursuit of excellence, “said Lt. Gen. Robert Marion, Director of the Army Acquisition Corps. “These leaders exemplify the principles that drive our Army forward and inspire all of us who follow them.”

For more information on the Army Acquisition Hall of Fame, visit https://asc.army.mil/web/hall-of-fame/.