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Coast Guard Honors Contracting and Procurement Professionals at Annual Recognition Ceremony

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The Coast Guard honored 41 contracting and procurement professionals who have gone above and beyond in their duties during the second annual Contracting and Procurement Enterprise Recognition Ceremony held at Coast Guard Headquarters May 22, 2019. 

The ceremony featured seven awards across both individual and team categories that were awarded for exceptional performance during fiscal year 2018. More than 100 attendees joined Adm. Charles Ray, vice commandant of the Coast Guard; Michael Derrios, head of contracting activity (HCA); and Trena Mills, chief of staff/special assistant for the Coast Guard Contracting Enterprise, in recognizing the accomplishments of the award recipients.

In his address, Ray extended his congratulations and gratitude to the entire enterprise and emphasized the importance of contracting. “In my lifetime, there has not been a time when contracting and procurement has been a more valuable service than it is right now,” he remarked. “It is really important to the service and how we get our jobs done … I can’t impress on you how much those in the field appreciate what you do.”

Nominations for each award were submitted by peers to their chief of contracting office (COCO). Each COCO evaluated the nominations and submitted their selection for each category to the HCA for final review and selection of winners.

Each award recipient received a trophy, certificate and personal letter from Derrios. “I can’t say enough about the achievements that I heard here today,” Derrios said at the conclusion of the ceremony. “You heard from the vice commandant how important your work is … without your incredibly important work, the Coast Guard wouldn’t get what it needs.”

Fiscal Year 2018 Contracting and Procurement Enterprise Award Winners

Rising Star of the Year is awarded to a junior employee who takes initiative, holds themselves accountable for results and demonstrates commitment to supporting the Coast Guard mission by contributing to a positive teamwork environment.

Winner: Hayley Osmon, Aviation Logistics Center (ALC)


Eric Thaxton (left), deputy head of contracting activity, and Michael Derrios (right), head of contracting activity, present the Rising Star Award to Hayley Osmon of the Aviation Logistics Center. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

 

Bridge Builder of the Year is awarded to an employee who exhibits dedication to satisfying customer needs through thoughtful collaboration, focused communications and trusted relationships. Additionally, they demonstrate the ability to deliver innovative solutions that foster effective internal and external partnerships.

Winner: Brenda Oberholzer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology

Thaxton and Derrios present the Bridge Builder Award to Brenda Oberholzer of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

 

Outstanding Procurement Professional is awarded to an employee who demonstrates an exceptional execution of procurement strategy, goes above and beyond in their duties to support the mission, and shows commitment to achieving excellence in work products and guidance provided to others.

Winner: Chief Warrant Officer Charlene Garcia, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC) Base Services and Support (BSS)

Chief Warrant Officer Charlene Garcia of Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC) Base Services and Support (BSS) was the recipient of the Outstanding Procurement Professional Award. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

 

Outstanding Contracting Professional of the Year is awarded to an employee who demonstrates exceptional execution of contracting strategy, goes above and beyond in their duties to support the mission, and shows commitment to achieving excellence in work products and guidance provided to others.

Winner: Nate Dolezal, Office of Contract Operations  

Thaxton and Derrios present the Outstanding Contracting Professional Award to Nathan Dolezal of the Office of Contract Operations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

 

Supervisor of the Year is awarded to a supervisor who leads by exhibiting professionalism and integrity, and who empowers employees by fostering a high-performing workforce that demonstrates initiative, responsibility, proactive decision making and accountability.

Winner: Mark Snell, SILC Construction

Thaxton and Derrios present the Supervisor of the Year Award to Mark Snell of SILC Construction. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

 

Innovative Contracting Team of the Year is awarded to a group of individuals whose creative solutions resulted in a positive impact to the betterment of their team or organization where contracting activity is a central focus. Two teams were honored with this award.

Winners:

SharePoint Contracting Repository Team, ALC
Beth McCrodden, Summer Wood, Livia Pippen, Rose Bateman, Johnnie Barnett, Patrick Morris, Hayley Osmon, Josh Stoddard and Catrina McDonald

Thaxton and Derrios present one of two Innovative Contracting Team Awards to the ALC SharePoint Contracting Repository Team. From left: Thaxton, Beth McCrodden, Summer Wood, Livia Pippen, Rose Bateman, Johnnie Barnett, Patrick Morris, Hayley Osmon, Josh Stoddard, Derrios, and Catrina McDonald. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

District Nine Financial Management and Procurement System Business Process Re-engineering Team, SILC BSS
Storekeeper 1st Class John Hie, Chief Storekeeper Ben Reedy, Storekeeper 2nd Class Lori Howard, Storekeeper 2nd Class Tim Wymer, Storekeeper 1st Class Ken Tankersley, Chief Warrant Officer Sean Dotson, Storekeeper 1st Class Kyle Sander and Storekeeper 2nd Class Robert Reynolds

Thaxton and Derrios present one of two Innovative Contracting Team Awards to the District Nine Financial Management and Procurement system Business Process Re-engineering Team from SILC BSS. From left: Storekeeper 1st Class John Hie, Chief Storekeeper Ben Reedy, Storekeeper 2nd Class Lori Howard, Storekeeper 2nd Class Tim Wymer, Storekeeper 1st Class Ken Tankersley and Chief Warrant Officer Sean Dotson. Not Pictured: Storekeeper 1st Class Kyle Sander and Storekeeper 2nd Class Robert Reynolds. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

 

Outstanding Contracting Team of the Year is awarded to a group of individuals who have exceeded expectations and provided outstanding contracting support to customers. They demonstrate successful mission accomplishment and quality results. Two teams were honored with this award.

Winners:

Emergency Response Team, SILC BSS
Courtney Baker-Williams, Thomas Auler, Jackie Dickson, Nicholas Sabellico, Gerard (Jerry) Hendricks, Jess Leist, Susan Lawson, Chief Warrant Officer Jason Perry and Storekeeper 1st Class Mandy Bond

Thaxton and Derrios present one of two Outstanding Contracting Team Awards to the SILC BSS Emergency Response Team. From left: Courtney Baker-Williams, Thomas Auler, Jackie Dickson, Nicholas Sabellico, Gerard (Jerry) Hendricks and Jess Leist. Not pictured: Susan Lawson, Chief Warrant Officer Jason Perry and Storekeeper 1st Class Mandy Bond. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

Small Boat Product Line, Surface Forces Logistics Center
Patrick Anderson, Drena Vining, Bryn Riska, Iris Johnson, Sandra Fletcher, Janet Delaney, Matthew Jovinelli and Bernice Jones