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Release No: 496-97
September 18, 1997

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RESOURCE TEAM AWARDED HAMMER

The counseling resource team of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support today received Vice President Gore's Hammer Award. In a Pentagon ceremony, Fred Pang, assistant secretary of defense for Force Management Policy presented the award to the team's leaders, Patricia Landry and James Henderson.

The Hammer Award is part of the President's National Performance Review and gives special recognition to teams of federal employees that have made significant contributions in support of building a government that works better and costs less. The teams are recognized for putting customers first, cutting red tape, empowering employees, and getting back to basics. The award is an aluminum framed hammer, ribbon, and note from Vice President Gore.

The award recipients were recognized for re-inventing the way in which DANTES accomplishes its mission to provide publications and other support for the counseling services provided at military education centers around the world. By using internet links and establishing a computer network Listserv for counselors, they were able to significantly reduce the amount of printed matter that needed to be published and distributed. Their actions have resulted in savings of over $300,000 a year.