By Mrs. Beth Clemons (ACC )November 8, 2010
Linda Zimmerman, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command - New Cumberland, received the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service during the Afghanistan Program Management Review in October.
The award was signed by Lt. Gen. Caldwell, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan commander, and was presented by Vice Adm. William E. Landay III, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and Col. John Ferrari, deputy commander for programs, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan, CSTC-A.
"I was honored and humbled to receive the award. I truly love my job and am amazed at the progress the program has made over the last nine years," said Zimmerman, USASAC senior central case manager for Afghanistan.
Zimmerman's award reads:
For exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as the United States Army Security Assistance Command's country case manager for Afghanistan, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan.
Ms. Zimmerman provided exceptional security assistance support to ensure that the 306,000-person Afghan National Security Forces were properly equipped, trained and sustained.
She flawlessly managed all procurement, transportation and tracking issues involving the holistic effort to equip, sustain and train the Afghan National Security Forces. Her unflagging efforts to acquire thirty-five types of NATO and former Warsaw Pact crew served and small arms weapons, to oversee a myriad of sustainment cases, and to successfully close a multimillion dollar fiscal year 09 budget was paramount.
Her performance of duty in a combat zone reflects great credit upon herself, the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, and the department of defense.
USASAC implements approved U.S. Army security assistance programs, including Foreign Military Sales of defense articles and services to eligible foreign governments. The command manages approximately 4,400 FMS cases valued at more than $103 billion. USASAC also manages the Army's co-production program.