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    YPG employee gets prestigious award from the Secretary of the Army



    Story by Ana Henderson 

    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Teresa Dinwiddie a Contracting Officer for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Yuma Proving Ground (MICC-YPG), who provides contracting support for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) and Installation Management Command (IMCOM) recently traveled to Virginia to accept a very prestigious award from the Secretary of the Army.
    Dinwiddie is the winner of the 2019 Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting for Outstanding Contracting Officer in Specialized Services and Construction Contracting.
    “The nomination was kind…winning was quite the shock and honor,” exclaimed Dinwiddie.
    Dinwiddie spent a work week in Arlington, Virginia in mid-December. The first two days she attended the National Contract Management Association's 38th annual Government Contract Management Symposium to learn more about intellectual property, innovation, and nontraditional methods in contracting. On the third day, Dinwiddie along with 13 other Army personnel received their awards surrounded by family and senior Army leaders.
    “To find out that I won was actually surprising because the award is at the Secretary of the Army level.” Dinwiddie added, “It was quite the honor.”
    During the ceremony the speech by Honorable Dr. Bruce Jetta, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology made a real impression on Dinwiddie. The anecdote was about obstacles within our complex career field and those obstacles can be overcome through perseverance.
    “That was encouraging.”
    Dinwiddie works in the contracting department in the MICC located at YPG. When the customer, YPG Garrison and Mission Commands, submit a request for a job or end item, whether it be a pool pump or vegetation removal it’s up to Dinwiddie to go through the process of executing the procurement of that product or service. The process can take anywhere from days to months and there is a long list of steps needed to get the job done.
    Dinwiddie was nominated for the award by her supervisor Tejae Craig because of her wiliness to take on a difficult tasks, “Ms. Dinwiddie volunteered to be the Contracting Officer for the Job Order Contract valued at 75 million dollars and the Installation Support Services Contract valued at 35 million dollars. Both contracts were migrated to MICC-YPG on 7 November 2018 and she obtained a 75 million warrant on 16 November 2018.”

    Craig also praised Dinwiddie’s leadership, “She has provided good customer service throughout Yuma Proving Ground. Her leadership, guidance, and mentoring has resulted in 2 Contract Specialists progressing at an exceptional pace in learning construction for pre-award and post-award contracting.”

    Dinwiddie who has worked at YPG for 14 years admits her job is complicated but she wouldn’t have it any other way, “I am blessed to love what I do.”



    Date Taken: 01.09.2020
    Date Posted: 01.22.2020 13:36
    Story ID: 358520

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