KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Bulldogs meet challenges head-on. Steve Belmore, this week's "Bulldog of the Week" at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Afghanistan Engineer District-South, played a key role in developing and implementing innovative business practices that ensure the district meets the challenges of contracting for large infrastructure and facilities projects to support the Afghan National Army.

Belmore, who works in the ANA office of the district Programs and Project Management Division, led the district team that developed the processes to manage government-furnished steel for large ANA projects. He worked closely with other district leaders to develop a successful sealed bid process and integrate an innovative bonding methodology into the contracting for the large ANA projects. These innovations will help the district meet its mission to rapidly contract for and construct the vital facilities the ANA needs to be able to grow, train, operate and take over security in Afghanistan by 2014. Belmore deployed from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center.

"Our work for the ANA is a linchpin if Afghan forces are going to assume responsibility for security in this country by 2014. We must press constantly to innovate and execute to meet that mission," said U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Wham, district commander. "The work Steve did, with other district team members, laid critical groundwork for our success over the next several years."

Selecting a mascot to represent the district means identifying the attributes of our team members that make the South District a great place to work.

"The bulldog naturally comes to mind as it is loyal, friendly, determined and resilient," Wham said. "The bulldog has been a symbol of courage and strength for many years, and our district is comprised of many such men and women."

Wham instituted the "Bulldog of the Week" program to recognize employees for excellent work and contributions to the mission.