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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 449-04
May 12, 2004

Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards

Glenn F. Lamartin, director, Defense Systems, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, presented the annual Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards during a ceremony today at the Pentagon.

Value engineering is a systematic process to analyze functions to identify actions to 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 participants and their industry counterparts to improve their joint value proposition by promoting innovation and creativity by seeking best value solutions as part of a successful business relationship. During fiscal year 2003, more than 3280 in-house value engineering proposals and contractor-initiated value engineering change proposals were accepted with projected savings in excess of $858 million.

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

Todays awards were presented to the following:

OSD

Special

Jay Mandelbaum, Program Manager, DoD Value Engineering

ARMY

Program/Project

Wayne Burke, precision fires deputy project manager

Individual

Charles Cebula, value engineering program manager,

Program Executive Office, Command

Control and Communications Tactical

Team

M821A1 and M889A1 HE Mortar Ammunition Team

Organization

Program Executive Office, Ammunition

Contractor

Olympic Associates Co.

Special

Brig. Gen. (P) Michael R. Mazzucchi, program executive officer,

command, control and communications tactical

Special

Padre Island Storm Damage Reduction &

Environmental Restoration Team,

Galveston District, US Army Corps of Engineers

Special

C2A1 Canister Packaging Team, US Army Research,

Development and Engineering Command

NAVY

Program/Project

Landing Craft, Air Cushion Service Life Extension Program, Amphibious Warfare Program (PMS377), program executive office, ships

Individual

William Ketchum, Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Team

Sigonella Re-Capitalization Program Team, Naval Facilities

Engineering Command

Organization

Microwave Technologies Department, Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Special

Mark Gindele, Naval Air Systems Command

AIR FORCE

Program/Project

Sensor Fuzed Weapon Program Office, AAC/YHS

Individual

Robert K. McGill, Ogden Air Logistics Center

Team

Battle Management (BMC3) & Mission Planning Program Offices, Electronic Systems Center

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Program/Project

C-5 Floorboard Project Team, Defense Supply Center

Richmond, VA

Individual

Andrew Utz, Defense Supply Center Columbus

Team

Value Engineering Team, Defense Supply Center Columbus

Organization

Defense Supply Center Richmond

Contractor

Outdoor Venture Corporation

Special

Value Management Team, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia

MISSILE DEFENSE Agency

Program/Project

Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Project Management Office

Individual

Larry Easterwood, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Program Office

Team

Command Value Engineering Team

Special

THAAD/PATRIOT Launcher Product Office/Team

DEFENSE FINANCE and accounting service

Program/Project

myPay Project Team

Team

Columbus Customer Support Office Team

Organization

Contract Pay Product Line

NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

Contractor

BAE Systems (Lightyear 1)

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