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August 10, 2017                                              


Defense Department Announces Recipients of Fiscal Year 2016
Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As part of the Department of Defense (DoD) Honorary Value Engineering (VE) Awards Program, 24 recipients were honored with DoD VE Achievement Awards.  On behalf of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, a ceremony was held on July 18, 2017 in the Pentagon auditorium to recognize exemplary value engineering accomplishments.

In congratulating the Fiscal Year 2016 DoD VE Achievement Award recipients, Ms. Kristen Baldwin, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, remarked that “for decades, value engineering has played an integral role in accomplishing the Department’s mission to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.”

Value engineering was born out of innovative material and design alternatives that resulted from the material shortages of World War II. The DoD uses value engineering to analyze supplies, services, buildings, and systems to achieve best value, or the best relationship between worth and cost consistent with required performance, quality, and safety of essential functions. Value engineering efforts reduce cost, speed delivery, and enhance the performance of the equipment and services provided to our fighting forces.

Awards honored efforts that resulted in cost savings or cost avoidances, quality improvements, or efficiencies to the DoD. The individuals and teams recognized for their value engineering activities represented the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Missile Defense Agency; a full list of the awardees can be found below.



U.S. Army

Program/Project Project Manager, Combat Ammunition Systems
Individual Mr. William Huntzinger
Program Manager, Continuous Process Improvement
Team Dr. Clinton Holder and the Tobyhanna Army Depot Value
Engineering Study Team
Organization U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
Special Mr. John Hedderich III
Director, U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center
Special Tank & Automotive Command, Watervliet Arsenal
Special Mr. Alivio Mangieri
Product Manager, Aviation Air Traffic Control

U.S. Navy

Special AN/ALQ-218(v)2 Factory System Bench Build Team
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
Special Wide Field of View Night Vision Goggle Development Team
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
Special Stand Up Alternate Air Manifold Team
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division

U.S. Air Force

Team Mobility Directorate – C-130 Contracting Division

Defense Logistics Agency

Individual Mr. James Dunlap
Product Specialist
Team Should Cost/Price Challenge Team
Organization DLA Land and Maritime Value Management
Special DLA Aviation, Aviation Engineering Breakout Project

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Special Defense Threat Reduction Agency LONDON PRIDE Technology Demonstration and Evaluation Team
Special Defense Threat Reduction Agency Ground-Based Prompt Diagnostics Test Team

Missile Defense Agency

Program/Project Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missile Directorate and Training Team
Individual Mr. David Furtwengler
Director, Test Resources Directorate
Team Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Test Resources
Directorate Flight Test Facilities Value Engineering Team
Organization Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Project Office
Special Test Event Support via Asset Location Team Members
Special Wake Island Equipment Retrograde – Transportation Study Team Members
Special Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Planning and Training Devices Team



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