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Release No: 520-99
November 04, 1999


Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today presented the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award to nine career employees during a ceremony held at the Pentagon. This is the highest DoD award a civilian can receive.

In making the presentations, Cohen said, "The nine individuals we honor today are leading the charge and framing our response to startling shifts in global affairs. They are fueling the Revolution in Military Affairs with groundbreaking research and development that will give us the tools we need to fight the battles of the future. And, they are fomenting the Revolution in Business Affairs by streamlining our operations, maintenance and budget process to give us the practices we need to make most efficient use of our limited resources."

Recipients of the Distinguished Civilian Service Award for 1999 are:

William L. Baker, senior scientist for High Power Microwaves, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N. M.-Under Baker's guidance, substantial advancement was made in technology microwave weapons. The first high power directed energy weapon was designed, built, and tested in April 1999. He conceived and advanced the recommendation that the Air Force create a Directed Energy Program Office to facilitate technology transfer and development of directed energy weapons.

Walter W. Hollis, deputy under secretary for Operations Research, Department of the Army-Hollis was a critical figure in shaping the Army of the future and in acquiring and fielding equipment and systems. He was instrumental in restructuring and streamlining the Army analysis community to improve efficiencies and cost savings. His emphasis on modeling and simulations reduced acquisition development time, decreased program costs, and optimized the synergy among concept requirements, training, and test and evaluation.

Bernd McConnell, director, Balkans Task Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy-McConnell demonstrated exceptional leadership and devotion to attaining stability in the Balkans. He championed the integration of political and military objectives and translation of those objectives into a cohesive plan of action to further implement the Dayton Peace Accords within Bosnia-Herzegovina. His expansive knowledge of the Balkans and keen analytical abilities enabled him to provide well-reasoned recommendations.

Coy R. Morris, chief, Office of Unconventional Programs, National Security Agency-Morris was recognized for his leadership in unconventional signals intelligence operations to penetrate targets, which cannot be accessed via conventional means. He amassed an astounding record of successful operations, providing policy makers and military commanders with insights into these adversaries that pose serious threats to the interests of the United States.

William H. Ryzewic, executive director for Naval Shipyards, Naval Systems Command and for Fleet Maintenance, U. S. Pacific Fleet, Department of the Navy-Ryzewic's innovative leadership and technical expertise, combined with unlimited energy, set in motion the Navy's transformation into the 21st century. He successfully executed one of the largest civilian downsizing efforts within DoD while minimizing the adverse impact on affected employees. He was a leader in depot maintenance, designing the strategy to successfully compete ship repair availability between public and private shipyards, which became a model for other DoD competitions.

Fred E. Saalfeld, executive director and technical director, Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy-Saalfeld's leadership, dedication and visionary work gave the operating forces the technological leverage they needed to prevail in any conflict. His efforts provided the industrial base the tools it needed to support those forces, and gave the economy some of its brightest and most robust success stories. His work also resulted in an increase in fundamental scientific understanding by the public at large.

Robert J. Shue, director for Plans and Systems, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for the Comptroller-Through his leadership and knowledge of the budget process and congressional procedures, Shue enhanced the management of financial resources entrusted to the Department. He worked to foster productive discussion and sound decisions in support of DoD's requirements during congressional budget deliberations. He pinpointed those issues that would be most contentious and provided clear and concise arguments in defense of the Department's position.

W. Douglas Smith, deputy director, Corporate Affairs/deputy director, National Imagery and Mapping Agency-Smith launched a "reinvention initiative" to improve responsiveness to customers, organize processes, and implement a new system of management based on strategic planning and performance metrics. He organized and nurtured the numerous reengineering teams that analyzed and restructured key processes, reviewing their findings and directing implementation of their recommendations.

Jeanne Y. Zimmer, chief, Office of Geopolitical and Military Production, Operations Directorate, National Security Agency-Zimmer was recognized for her dedication to the technical health and well being of NSA's work force. Her leadership and management of a newly formed organization with worldwide responsibilities had a lasting impact for the United States. Her standards of technical and ethical excellence are an inspiration to others and earned her the respect of her peers.

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