The Richard ‘Dick’ Ginman Contingency Contracting Officer Excellence Award

Contingency Contracting Officers (CCOs) are some of the first responders to an emergency, humanitarian and disaster relief, contingency, or outright war event. They often deploy with little more than a laptop and an understanding of the mission, concept of the operation, and commander’s intent. Contingency operations require a tremendous amount of work, improvisation, and dedication from our CCOs. This annual award honors those whose actions as a Contingency Contracting Officer are truly inspirational.

The award is named after Richard “Dick” Ginman, a retired Navy Supply Corps Admiral and former Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP). Mr. Ginman has steadfastly proven to be one of the staunchest supporters of CCOs and the contingency contracting mission. The award honors Mr. Ginman for his superlative service to the nation, both in and out of uniform, and his unparalleled support of the Contingency Contracting Community.  While the award acknowledges the contributions of all CCOs, only one CCO will be selected annually to receive this prestigious award.

The nominations are scored in three categories on a scale of 0-3 points: 

  1. Describe the contingency/operation/mission and the circumstances requiring a CCO.
  2. Describe the tasks accomplished and how they exceptionally supported the mission/commander’s intent.
  3. Describe any hardships endured and how the CCO innovatively overcame adversity to ensure contract awards were timely, compliant with prescribed policies and regulations, and in the best interests of the U.S. Government and taxpayer.

Based on the consolidated scores for each category, a winner will be chosen by the DPAP staff who review the nomination packages. A call for nominations will go out in April announcing the award date for submissions. For more information about this award, please email:

CCO Award Recipients
Year Recipient Service Official Memo
Air Force
Staff Sergeant Jason Bufkin

The recipient of the 2017 Richard “Dick” Ginman Contingency Contracting Officer Excellence Award is Staff Sergeant Jason Bufkin, United States Army, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Staff Sergeant Bufkin provided exceptional contracting support for Special Operations Forces (SOF) in combat operations during Operation Inherent Resolve. While in theater, SSG Bufkin supported all USSOCOM forces and several Task Forces which spanned five countries, two continents and roughly 4,000 Service Members, Civilians and Contractors. SSG Bufkin overcame many challenges and was able to expand contractor support to locations all over theater despite nonexistent contractor pools, fractured economies, and absent banking systems. Frequently traveling with SOF teams, SSG Bufkin met face-to-face with contractors and often conducted business on negotiated schedules with cash payments. As a direct result of his work, US Forces were immediately able to expand its range and lethality. Staff Sergeant Bufkin showed extreme professionalism in the field, guaranteeing the success of U.S. Forces during Operation Inherent Resolve. These accomplishments reflect great credit on himself, the United States Army, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Department of Defense. Congratulations to Staff Sergeant Bufkin!


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