WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 18, 2019)—The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology has announced the 2018 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting, with more than a dozen contracting professionals and organizations selected for their contributions to Army acquisition. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) received four awards, including two Contracting Professional of the Year Awards and the Specialized Services and Construction Contracting Awards for a team and for an individual. Also earning multiple honors was the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC); four of its organizations received a total of five awards.
The Secretary of the Army recognized 14 groups and individuals for their accomplishments in customer satisfaction, productivity, process improvement and quality enhancement in three categories: team awards, special awards and contracting officer awards. Laura J. Eichhorn, part of the South Atlantic Division of the USACE Directorate of Contracting, and LaShonda C. Smith, a member of the USACE Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, were named Contracting Professionals of the Year.
Sgt. 1st Class Terry Ann J. Lewis, with the 608th Contracting Team, 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, received the Contracting NCO of the Year Award. Megan D. Weidner of ACC – Orlando received the Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst Award.
Winners will be honored at a ceremony hosted by Dr. Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, on April 4 in Arlington, Virginia. The full list of winners follows.
Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting
Specialized Services and Construction Contracting Award: Puerto Rico Product Delivery Team, USACE, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting Award: Omnibus/Multiple Award Task Order Contract Team, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Installation Level Contracting Office and/or Directorate of Contracting Award: 629th Contracting Team/Regional Contracting Office – Osan, 411th Contracting Support Brigade
Contingency Contracting Award: Contracting Team – Special Operations Command Central, 902nd Contracting Battalion, 418th Contracting Support Brigade, Joint Base Lewis – McChord, Washington
Barbara C. Heald (Deployed Civilian) Award: Kelvin B. Magee, ACC – Afghanistan
Exceptional Support of the AbilityOne Program Award: Angela K. Chaplinski, U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Lewis – McChord
Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst Award: Megan D. Weidner, ACC – Orlando
Contracting Professional of the Year Award: Laura J. Eichhorn, USACE Directorate of Contracting, South Atlantic Division; and LaShonda C. Smith, USACE Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Contracting NCO of the Year Award: Sergeant 1st Class Terry Ann J. Lewis, 608th Contracting Team, 419th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Contracting Officer Awards
Installation Level Contracting Office and/or Directorate of Contracting Award: Nancy Johnson, ACC – Aberdeen Proving Ground (Huachuca Division)
Specialized Services and Construction Contracting Award: Joshua Kaufmann, USACE Pittsburgh District
Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting Award: Emily Harston, ACC – Aberdeen Proving Ground (Huachuca Division)
Contingency Contracting Award: Derek Schnorrenberg, ACC – Rock Island, Illinois