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DENVER -- Defense Contract Management Agency employee Les Berry received the agency’s meritorious civilian service award from Air Force Col. Gordon Griffin, DCMA Lockheed Martin Denver, Colo., commander, in a recent ceremony in Decatur, Ala.

Berry was presented with DCMA’s second highest civilian award for his quality assurance accomplishments during his third deployment from May 2010 to February 2011. He was also presented an agency coin by Charlie E. Williams Jr., the agency’s director. Berry’s oversight on contract services provided to 4,000 warfighters in Afghanistan resulted in several theater-wide performance improvements.

“I volunteered for this deployment at this time and for this location because I recognized the importance of the mission there. I couldn’t have done it successfully without the support of my family not to mention that of my co-workers,” said Berry, who volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan with only a two-week notice.

Berry, who led a group of quality personnel in direct support to Marines in Afghanistan, said, “This has been the most rewarding deployment because I was able to work with the contractor from the time they began performing the contract to when they became fully functional/operational. I extended three months to ensure they were able to meet the terms and conditions of the contract before releasing the quality responsibilities on to my replacement.”

He has twice received the DCMA exceptional civilian service award, the agency’s third highest civilian award, for his deployments to Iraq in 2005 and to Kuwait in 2007. Berry, a support program integrator, has been employed with DCMA since 2004.

The DCMA meritorious civilian service award is presented to civilian employees whose superior service or accomplishments have significant headquarters, division, contract management office or area of responsibility impact. It is also presented to deployed civilian employees whose superior service or accomplishments have significant impact across their deployed command's assigned area of responsibility in theater.

The DCMA exceptional civilian service award is presented to civilian employees whose special acts or achievements have significant headquarters, division or contract management office impact or whose special acts or achievements while deployed reflect truly outstanding service.

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Date Taken:08.19.2011

Date Posted:08.19.2011 09:31

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