DoD Announces Chief Information Officer Awards
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2004 The Defense Department honored its top information and knowledge workers Oct. 7 for important contributions to the department's transformation efforts that officials say are improving operations, saving money and, in many cases, saving lives on the battlefield.
Linton Wells II, acting assistant secretary of defense for network and information integration, presented this year's awards during the DoD Chief Information Officer Executive Board meeting at the Pentagon. Wells is also DoD's chief information officer.
Top honors in the team category went to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Communications and Information Directorate, which oversees the Air Force's communications and information-management effort in the European theater.
Actions that garnered the top team award at the Oct. 7 ceremony included upgrading land mobile radios throughout the command more than four years ahead of DoD's encryption-compliance deadline and leading the Air Force in transforming to the new Defense Messaging System in a combat environment. The directorate is also credited with improving interface and decreasing air- tasking processing time using command-and-control improvements and demonstrating its ability to thwart hacking attempts during a three-day exercise.
Patricia Bodenstein, a civilian computer specialist for the Army's Chief Information Office in Washington, was the winner of the individual award category.
Bodenstein was honored for initiatives to improve the Army's management and delivery of information technology, incorporating user-friendly, off-the-shelf products when possible, to save the Army more than $100 million. "I'm honored to be recognized," she said.
Other award winners announced at the ceremony were:
- 2nd place -- Marine Corps Equipment Readiness Information Tool
- 3rd place -- USXPORTS Interagency Program Management Office
- Finalist -- Air Force Senior Leadership Management Office, Information Technology Division
- Finalist -- U.S. Strategic Command Combat Support Directorate, Architecture and Integration Division
- 2nd place -- Donna H. Moore, U.S. Navy
- 3rd place -- Senior Master Sgt. Joseph H. Mason Jr., U.S. Air Force
- Finalist -- Lt. Col. Francis X. Brady, U.S. Marine Corps
- Finalist -- Air Force Maj. Barry W. Jones, Joint Staff
"You all should feel the pride of being winners in the only recognition in DoD for CIO accomplishment," Wells told those honored at the ceremony. "These trophies are tokens of our appreciation and our recognition that there is excellence and pride in the CIO shops."
The competition has grown increasingly competitive since the first awards ceremony in 2001. Today's winners were selected from about 80 nominations from commands around the world.