By Mr. Frederick R Poole (ACC )March 29, 2011
An Expeditionary Contracting Command civil servant has been honored for his work in Afghanistan by the NATO commanding general.
Douglas Waller received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service in March from Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commanding general of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, for his work with the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense and Afghan National Army.
Waller, the Expeditionary Contracting Command's Training Programs Support Office program manager, is on a deployment to Afghanistan where he is currently assigned as the the program manager for the Afghanistan National Security Sector Development and Fielding Program for the assistant commanding general of army development.
He developed a contracting officer's representative management plan and managed the transition of more than 500 personnel employed by the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior located throughout Afghanistan.
"Your efforts leading the Training Programs Support Office and helping us keep our hands around our multitude of contracts have made a huge difference for us," Caldwell said. "It's a glass ball environment and you have helped us keep the ball in the air."
Waller does not take full credit for his success, instead he emphasizes that his recognition is a result of teamwork, not just individual effort.
"It was an honor to receive an award from the commanding general of CSTC-A, Waller said. "It's a team effort with all of us focused on trying to make significant contributions to the mission's success. I was surprised and humbled to be singled out for personal recognition."
Based on the success of the program, NATO's Afghanistan commands adopted the COR oversight process as the standard for all command high dollar value contracts.