Four current and former Army Contracting Command individuals were honored at the 2011U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Annual Awards Ceremony Oct .9 in Alexandria, Va.

The ceremony paid tribute to the uniformed and civilian professionals who work tirelessly 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 the overseas contingency operations.

The ceremony honored those chosen to receive Secretary of the Army level awards for excellence in contracting. Heidi Shyu, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology presented the awards.

Master Sgt. Sandra Williams, formerly of the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Kaiserslautern, Germany, received the Contracting Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence. Williams was instrumental in accomplishing the presidential mandate to draw down U.S. forces and contractor personnel in southern Iraq. She managed 12 contingency contracting personnel, 233 field ordering officers, and contracting officer representatives separated across 60,000 square miles in Iraq. As the brigade's operations NCO-in-charge, Support and Requirements Directorate, she successfully assisted in developing and establishing the brigade contracting officer training program.

Lt. Col. Carol Tschida, 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C., location, was selected as the Acquisition Director of the Year at the Lieutenant Colonel Level. Tschida, the 900th CCBn commander, led the largest battalion in the Army Acquisition Corps for the first battalion-level deployment to Southwest Asia, served as the principal contracting support for the 18th Airborne Corps, and led the premier joint, multi-component, pre-deployment contracting exercise in the Department of Defense.

Col. Jeffrey Gabbert, the current ACC chief of staff, was selected as the Acquisition Director of the Year at the Colonel Level for his work at the Defense Contracting Management Agency, Arlington Heights, Ill., as the Central Region commander. Gabbert led an aggressive production of Mine Resistant Ambush Protecteddft-All Terrain Vehicles, from 45 to 1,000 a month within six months of contract award. He synchronized the workload, priorities, and resources of three separate commands responsible for the major subcomponents of the MRAP-ATV, ensuring 100 percent on-time delivery and a deficiencies-per-unit rate of less than two per unit, including numerous zero defect vehicles.

Dorothy Bell, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Installation Contracting Officer Fort Carson, Colo., was the recipient of the Individual Sustained Achievement Award. As a contracting officer, Bell was instrumental in stimulating the local Iraqi economy which had a significant impact on stabilizing the region, developing and training a contract close-out team that closed out more than 5,000 contract awards.