News: DCMA AIMO receives Director’s Cup, six individual awards
Story by Jo Adail Stephenson
FORT LEE, Va. - The Defense Contract Management Agency Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations recently captured the Director’s Cup and six individual awards in the agency’s annual awards competition.
The Director’s Cup recognizes a DCMA organization that has improved organizational performance methods to advance the agency’s strategic mission and vision through the practice of “good to great” principles – disciplined people, disciplined thoughts and disciplined actions.
DCMA AIMO’s staff is responsible for the delivery of more than 600 aircraft annually, administering over 3,000 contracts, and processing more than 115,000 over-and-above work requests on over 90 acquisition category programs.
DCMA AIMO is a specialized contract management office focusing on the administration of challenging aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul contracts. In fiscal year 2011, there were zero class A, B or C flight mishaps or critical safety of flight quality escapes. DCMA AIMO was able to measure contractor risk across its sites and use the data to focus resources and effort. At DCMA AIMO's highest risk sites, intervention yielded a 65 percent reduction in measured contractor risk in just 18 months.
Six individual DCMA AIMO team members were recognized with the following awards:
Outstanding Personnel of the Year – John R. Allen, quality assurance representative, is responsible for quality surveillance on 200 contracts and approximately 200 aircraft. He was a significant contributor to the development of standardized metrics and surveillance and communication plans for naval air training programs.
Outstanding Personnel of the Year – Cheryl L. Albertson, contract administrator, served as acting administrative contracting officer for the E2, F-5 and EA-68 programs. She was responsible for administrating more than 200 contracts totaling $870 million and completed negotiations for the repair of EA-68 Slats, saving more than $225,000. She oversaw the induction of five F-5 aircraft, totaling more than $7 million.
The Outstanding Personnel of the Year Award recognizes the exemplary and inspirational work employees have performed that has contributed toward accomplishing the agency’s mission and improving the quality of operations.
Outstanding Acquisition Newcomer - Kirk Heyen is the contract administrator for the KC-10 and C-20 Contractor Logistics Support contracts valued at more than $3.2 billion. His work contributed directly to $600,000 in savings and more than $16 million returned to the warfighter. Heyen volunteered to create a report outlining the last 10 aircraft assigned to the KC-l0 contract.
The Outstanding Acquisition Newcomer Award recognizes the agency’s newest employees whose outstanding acquisition skills and untiring efforts have significantly contributed to the success of the agency’s and its customers.
Leadership Award - Marjorie Heilweil is a supervisory contract cost/price analyst whose efforts were particularly valuable in DCMA AIMO’s success in administration of more than 3,000 contracts valued at $29 billion. Her accomplishments included timely issuance of rates; settlement of contract administrative service issues and recoupment of funds; exceptional customer support; and superb leadership to employees.
The Leadership Award provides a highly visible means for the director to recognize deserving leaders in every segment of the workforce. The Leadership Award recognizes our leaders whose visionary leadership, outstanding professional skill, and untiring efforts advance the agency’s strategic mission through “good to great” principles.
Field Grade Officer “Best in Service” Navy - Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Rotsch oversaw the successful delivery of more than 225 aircraft. His efforts developed major corrective action plans for aircraft fire-fighting programs at three contractor sites. Rotsch’s contract management office received green ratings on all five of its inspections. He completed all missions within his flight operations budget of $30,000.
Field Grade Officer of the Year & “Best in Service” Navy (Reserve) - Navy Cmdr. John Prickett oversaw delivery of more than 44 aircraft back to the warfighter. His leadership allowed for the closure of one Level-III corrective action request and a facility turnaround from critical findings in 2010 to across-the-board green findings. His efforts also improved the climate survey with across-the-board improvements in morale and productivity.
The Military Personnel Annual Awards recognize the superior military performers throughout the agency. Those recognized by these awards are exemplary and inspirational to others and have contributed significantly toward accomplishing in the agency’s mission while improving the quality of operations.