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Army News Service (Aug. 25, 2006): U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command employee earns national BIG Award.

FORT DETRICK, Md. -- Jerome K. Maultsby has been selected for the 2006 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award. He is associate director of the office of small business programs for U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

The BIG Award goes to one African-American soldier and one civilian each year.

"I have a passion for what I do," Maultsby said. "I really like being able to provide assistance to people. You don't get any extra money, but there's satisfaction knowing you're helping someone."

Maultsby's job is to help small businesses and minority institutions compete for contracts with USAMRMC. He gives them information that larger businesses have readily available, and ensures all potential contractors have fair opportunities to succeed.

"I try to educate, encourage, and empower small business and academia. That's my goal," he said. "There are a lot of prospective contractors who really want to learn good information on how to cut through the red tape. I've tried to demystify the process and tell people what they need to know, not what they want to hear."

USAMRMC increased contract awards to small businesses from $285 million in fiscal 2004 to $383 million in fiscal 2005, or about 48 percent of the command's contract awards.

"These noteworthy procurement metrics clearly demonstrate how Mr. Maultsby has effectively orchestrated mutually beneficial strategic business relationships," stated the nomination for the award.

Maultsby is also an advocate for education of minorities. He was instrumental in forming the Maryland Research and Applied Sciences Consortium in 2004. The group comprises representatives from five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and minority institutions.

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Before going to work for USAMRMC, Maultsby worked in acquisition during a 20-year Army career, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2001.

"I'm very humbled," he said of the BIG Meritorious Service Award. "It's quite an honor."

Harben is with U.S. Army Medical Command at Fort Detrick, Md.
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Title Annotation:Acquisition & Logistics Excellence
Author:Harben, Jerry
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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