Two Army Contracting Command Soldiers and one civilian were honored at the tenth U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Annual Awards Ceremony held Oct. 24, in Alexandria, Va.

The awards ceremony pays tribute to uniformed and civilian professionals who work behind the scenes to provide combatant commanders and their Soldiers the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of overseas contingency operations.

Walter O. Epps, 412th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, received the Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting (Barbara C. Heald Award).
The award pays tribute to Heald, who after retiring from a 27-year career in government service, volunteered to deploy to Iraq. She was on her third tour of duty when she was killed in a rocket attack on the U. S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.

The award is presented to a Department of the Army civilian who clearly demonstrates selfless service to our country, uncompromising professionalism in contracting, and true commitment to the personal and professional growth of others.

Master Sgt. Jason Pitts, 618th Contingency Contracting Team, Elmendorf, Alaska, received the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistic and Technology) Contracting Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence. The award is presented to the contracting NCO whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition. The award provides a forum to showcase exceptional leadership with the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps.

Col. Theodore Harrison, former commander of the 410th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was selected as the Acquisition Director of the Year Colonel Level. The award recognizes his expertise and ability needed to research, manage, develop, test, evaluate, contract, field and sustain our warfighting systems. Nominees in this category, along with their organizations, ensure that Soldiers have the materiel needed to fight with greater lethality, survivability and sustainability, regardless of where the battle or mission takes them.

When faced with numerous challenges, these individuals have demonstrated exceptional skill and service to the Army, the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps and the Soldiers they support.