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Enduring devotion to voluntarism and leadership: latest Berger Award winner.

It isn't too often that one person can possess all the qualities worthy of an Albert Berger Outstanding Chapter Leadership Award. But then again, so many of our chapters at NCMA are filled with people who, inspired by others, strive to make their local area and the world a better place. Christine Hazlett is one of these exemplary persons.


The Berger Award gives special recognition at the national level to those volunteers who demonstrate superior chapter leadership achievements in support of their chapters' goals and activities. There are many criteria points against which all nominees are held for analysis.

Why has Hazlett in particular won this high honor? A quick look at her overall life and then her specific NCMA contributions will make it quite clear.

Brief Bio

Christine L. Hazlett, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, is the chief of parts and repair ordering system contracting division at the Contracting Directorate in the Air Force Security Assistance Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio. She is the procuring contracting officer on a $2-billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract that provides nonstandard and hard-to-support standard items of supply and maintenance to more than 50 foreign military sales customers.

Hazlett earned her B.S. in education from Wright State University (WSU), in Dayton, Ohio, and later returned there to get an M.B.A. She is APDP Certified Level III in contracting and Level II in program management, and holds the Certified Cost Analyst certifications.

She entered the federal service in June 1987, as a Palace Acquire Intern at WPAFB. She began her training program in operational contracting as a contract administrator of construction, services, and architectural and engineering contracts--she later became a buyer of operational services and construction contracts. She was then assigned to the pricing division of WPCC as a price/cost analyst and supported two Air Force Logistics Command source selections.

Awards and Honors

Most recently, Hazlett was selected to the DOD's Executive Leadership Development Program (for 2003-2004). In NCMA, she has won an Distinguished Service Award for the North Central Region of NCMA (2003) and an Outstanding Fellow Award (July 2002). She has published a few articles in Contract Management magazine, as well as in other journals. She was selected as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) Civilian of the Quarter (3rd Qtr FY99) and won the Secretary of the Air Force Professionalism in Contracting Award in 1993.

For her Dayton Chapter, she has been on the Board of Directors, representing her chapter, from 1990-1993, and again from 2001-2004. She was NVP and NVP-elect for the North Central Region from 1992 to 1994. While she was in D.C., she took leadership roles in her NOVA Chapter, too, as VP of chapter operations. These are just a few of many other educational and leadership roles she has taken at her chapters.

The 2004 Berger Award

Hazlett has won this award for many reasons. To qualify for this award, candidates must:

(1) show superior, innovative, and noteworthy contributions in service to NCMA at the chapter level;

(2) demonstrate a mentorship of others, serving as role model to other NCMA members;

(3) display of core leadership characteristics (positive vision, active participation in chapter life, current in knowledge of NCMA goals, mission, policy, programs, and services);

(4) have a customer focus--able to serve needs of chapter and members;

(5) be open and flexible;

(6) be an agent of change;

(7) care for others; and

(8) use effective communication.

For all of these facets of the award, Hazlett has proven herself to be worthy of recognition. A chapter president and board member, a mentor and advisor "to literally dozens of USAF contracting professionals" and volunteers she has personally trained and recruited, a member of a CPCM grading team, a supporter of her chapters numerous events (golf outings, hot topics conferences, etc.), an inspiration to new volunteers to take key leadership chapter roles, she is a role model to all she meets.

Hazlett's commitment to voluntarism is refreshing to see in a world often consumed with self-absorption and materialism. Some of the best things in life are intangible--but Hazlett's "enduring devotion" and real leadership are almost tangible in the life she has led, creating a path for many more NCMA members to follow.

Next Winners

Nomination details (to whom recommendations should be submitted, by what deadline, etc.) are available online at (the Members-Only portion of the Web site).



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Date:Aug 1, 2004
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