Story by Matt Gonzales on 08/27/2019MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.Marine Corps acquisition professionals gathered to recognize the outstanding performance of its workforce during the Acquisition Excellence Awards Aug. 20, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration, was the keynote speaker for the awards ceremony.
"The production engine of the Marine Corps is sitting in this auditorium," Smith said to the crowd. "I want to say thank you to the winners and everyone here, because what you do is vitally important to the Marine Corps."
Brig. Gen. A.J. Pasagian, commander of Marine Corps Systems Command, hosted the annual awards ceremony. He thanked the award winnersand the entire workforcefor their teamwork, dedication and perseverance in equipping Marines over the past year.
"I appreciate everybody coming out and supporting these award recipients," said Pasagian. "From me to all recipients today: thank you for everything you do."
The event enabled the Corps to recognize acquisition professionals and teams for exhibiting superior leadership and helping the command achieve project goals. The following awards recognized individuals and teams who made significant contributions to MCSC's mission accomplishment in 2018:
Colonel Richard "Dick" Bates Award: Maj. Matthew Friedell of Operations and Programs
Excellence in Acquisition Support Award: James Goodwin of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
Excellence in Command Support: Alan Stocks of Systems Engineering and Acquisition Logistics
Excellence in Command Support (Team): Environmental and Explosives Safety Team, Logistics Combat Element Systems
Excellence in Contract Management: Scott Bishop of Ground Combat Element Systems
Excellence in Contract Management (Team): Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles Data Rights Contracts Management Team, Program Manager Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles
Excellence in Financial Management: Patrick Anthes, Jr. of Resource Management
Excellence in Financial Management (Team): Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles Financial Team, Program Manager Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles
Excellence in Logistics & Product Support: CWO4 Martin Lopez of Ground Combat Element Systems
Excellence in Logistics & Product Support (Team): Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles Equipment Specialist Team, Program Manager Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles
Excellence in MAGTF Engineering: Michael Olree of Program Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault
Excellence in MAGTF Engineering (Team): Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity Naval Integration Team
Excellence in Ops Research/Systems Analysis: Jennifer Kernich of Program Manager Air Command Control and Sensor Netting
Excellence in Ops Research/Systems Analysis (Team): Joint Light Tactical Vehicle United States Marine Corps Cost Team, Program Manager Lightweight Tactical Vehicles
Excellence in Program Management: Cherelda Stephens of Ground Combat Element Systems
Excellence in Program Management (Team): Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 Program Management Team, Program Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault
Innovation Award: Jason Gregory of Operations and Programs
Innovation Award (Team): Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell Team, Operations and Programs/External/Counsel/Resource Management
Lawrence P. Kreitzer Leadership Award: Dominic Foster of Ground Combat Element Systems
Andrew J. Higgins Award: Maj. Richard T. Beeson of Combat Element Systems
Eugene M. Stoner Award: Master Gunnery Sgt. Armando Quintanilla of Logistics Combat Element Systems
Donald Roebling Award: Peggy L. Smith of Ground Combat Element Systems