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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 327-11
April 21, 2011

Value Engineering Achievement Award Winners Announced

            The Department of Defense announces the winners of the fiscal 2010 Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards.

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Joint Service                       Automatic Image Intensifier Measurement System
                                              Army/ Navy/ Penn State University
                                              Crane, Ind.

Joint Service                       Tactical Remote Exploitation Device
                                              Office of Technical Exploitation
                                              National Media Exploitation Center
                                              Intelligence Systems Support Office
                                              Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Special                                Chief of Engineers and Commander
                                              U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                                              Washington, D.C. 

Special                                Christopher Neubert
                                              Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command
                                              Ft Belvoir, Va.

ARMY

U. S. Army Materiel Command

Program/Project                Enterprise Soldier Aviation
                                              Stabilator Amplifier/Dual Stabilator Controller Project
                                              U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command
                                              Oceanport, NJ; Aberdeen, Md.                          

Individual                            Tessa Hufstedler
                                              U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
                                              Warren, Mich.

Team                                   Project Manager Tactical Vehicles
                                              U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command 
                                              Warren, Mich.  

Organization                       U.S. Army TACOM
                                              Life Cycle Management Command
                                              Warren, Mich.

Special                                Col. Anthony Potts and Jack Van Kirk
                                              U.S. Army AMCOM Life Cycle Management Command  
                                              Huntsville, Ala.

Special                                Program Executive Office Ammunition
                                              U.S. Army JM&L Life Cycle Management Command
                                              Rockaway, N.J. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Individual                            Carrie Ozgar, Value Engineering Officer
                                              U.S. Army Engineer District, Baltimore
                                              Baltimore, Md.

Contractor                           GeoVal Inc.
                                              San Diego, Calif.

Special                                Michael Huff, Value Engineering Officer
                                              U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth
                                              Fort Worth, Texas


DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

Program/Project                Integrated Product Team for Rate Gyroscope
                                              Logistics Engineering Change Proposal for F/A-18 Aircraft
                                              Philadelphia, Pa.; Keyport, Wash.; Patuxent River, Md. 

Individual                             Eric Seman
                                              Fleet & Industrial Supply Center
                                              Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Team                                   Submarine Team One – SSN688 Class Operating Interval Extension
                                              Integrated Product Team
                                              Washington, D.C.; Kittery, Maine  

Organization                       Life Extension Refurbishment Program
                                              Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division
                                              Oxnard, Calif.

Contractor                           Raytheon Technical Services Co.
                                              Norfolk, Va.                                   

Special                                ALQ-99 Band 4 Transmitter Output
                                             Traveling Wave Tube Modernization
                                             Crane, Ind.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Program/Project               Engineering Assistance Request Project
                                             DLA Aviation
                                             Richmond, Va. 

Individual                           Robert Volk
                                            DLA Land and Maritime+
                                            Columbus, Ohio

Team                                 Should Cost Team
                                            DLA Aviation
                                            Richmond, Va.

Organization                     DLA Aviation

Contractor                         General Dynamics
                                            Philadelphia, Pa.

Special                               David Szczublewski
                                            DLA Land and Maritime
                                            Columbus, Ohio

Special                              Value Management Team
                                            DLA Land and Maritime
                                            Columbus, Ohio

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

Program/Project             Value Engineering Team
                                           X-Band Radars Project Office
                                           Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Individual                         Bart Fulmer
                                          Terminal High Altitude Area Defense
                                          Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Team                               THAAD Insensitive Munitions and Final Hazard Classification
                                          Value Engineering Team

Organization                   Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Project Office
                                          Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Contractor                       George Paramithas
                                          Missile Defense Agency
                                          Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

Program/Project            Bulk Extractor Program
                                         Office of Technical Exploitation, National Media Exploitation Center
                                         Charlottesville, Va.

            Value engineering is a systematic process of function analysis to identify actions that reduce cost, increase quality, and improve mission capabilities across the entire spectrum of DoD systems, processes, and organizations.  The Department of Defense Value Engineering Program continues to be an incentive for government and our industry partners to improve the joint value proposition by promoting innovation and creativity.   Innovative value engineering proposals seek best value solutions as part of a successful business relationship.  During fiscal 2010, DoD executed in-house value engineering Proposals and accepted contractor-initiated value engineering change proposals with a combined actual and projected savings/cost avoidance in excess of $2.4 billion.

            The Value Engineering Awards Program is an acknowledgment of exemplary achievements and encourages additional projects to improve in-house and contractor productivity.  Award winners from each DoD component are eligible for selection in the following five categories: program/project, individual, team, organization, and contractor.  Additional “special” awards are given to recognize innovative applications or approaches that expand the traditional scope of value engineering use.

            A ceremony will be held on June 22, 2011 to recognize the recipients’ outstanding achievements through the application of value engineering. The ceremony is open to the media.

            More information about the program and the award winners can be found at: http://rtoc.ida.org/ve/ve.html.