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Army Acquisition Support Center news release (Nov. 4, 2004): 2004 Army Acquisition Corps recognizes acquisition achievement.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- On Oct. 24, 2004, the acquisition community held its 2004 Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The event recognized the accomplishments of the Army acquisition workforce's most extraordinary members and the teams they lead. The ceremony's theme, "Celebrating Our Acquisition Stars," was a fitting tribute to the uniformed and civilian professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide combatant commanders and their soldiers with the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of the global war on terrorism.

Army Acquisition Executive and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics & Technology Claude M. Bolton Jr., who hosted the event, remarked. "We are facing some of our greatest challenges. We are serving a nation at war and a military force that is transforming while fighting. It is clear that we have charted the right course--increasing capability, flexibility, and sustainability--and that we must maintain the tremendous momentum we have built. With great challenges, come great opportunities for success."

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center director Col. Genaro J. Dellarocco presided over the event as master of ceremonies. Other Army and defense acquisition senior leaders in attendance included Gen. Paul J. Kern, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command; Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac Jr., military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and director, acquisition career management; Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Scott, director, Defense Contracting Management Agency; and Dr. Thomas H. Killion, deputy assistant secretary for research & technology and chief scientist. Other distinguished guests included former assistant secretary of the Army Paul Hoeper and former military deputy to the ASA(ALT) retired Army Lt. Gen. John S. Caldwell.

The evening's presentations included the Army Research and Development Laboratory (RDL) Awards; the Secretary of the Army Awards for Acquisition Commander, Project and Product Managers of the Year; and the Army Superior Unit Award.

Army Superior Unit Award

The Army Superior Unit Award, a special presentation, was awarded to the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Command, Control and Communications Tactical (C3T) for its efforts and accomplishments leading up to, and throughout operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Accepting the organizational award were Maj. Gen. Michael R. Mazzucchi, commanding general, Communications-Electronics Command and PEO C3T, and John C. Perrapato, deputy PEO C3T.

Army Research and Development Laboratory (RDL) Awards

The Army RDL Award winners were the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Large Research Lab of the Year; the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center, Large Development Lab of the Year; and the Natick Soldier Center, Small Development Lab of the Year. The HUMVEE Armor Survivability Kit Team, which represents the collaboration between the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and ARL, received the Collaboration Team of the Year Award.

Acquisition Commander of the Year Awards

Col. Ainsworth Mills, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)-Philadelphia, and Lt. Col. Jack Pellicci Jr., DCMA-New York, both received 2004 Acquisition Commander of the Year Awards.

Project and Product Manager of the Year Awards

The Project Manager and Product Manager (PM) of the Year Awards were presented to Col. N. Lee S. Price, PM Defense Communications and Army Transmissions Systems, PEO Enterprise Information Systems, and Lt. Col. Joseph Grebe, PM Battle Command Sustainment Support System, PEO C3T.

"People are central to everything we do." Secretary Bolton explained. "Institutions do not transform; people do. Platforms and organizations do not defend the nation; people do. Units do not train, they do not stay ready, they do not grow and develop leaders, they do not sacrifice, and they do not take risks on behalf of the nation; people do. Our job, at its very heart, is to equip and sustain the men and women who volunteer to defend this nation," he concluded.

For more information please contact Maj. Desiree Wineland of Army Public Affairs at 703-697-7592 or by e-mail to Desiree. Wineland@hqda.army.mil.
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