DOD lauds IT managers and programs

Defense lauds IT managers and programs

The Defense Department has honored three organizations and three people for outstanding achievement, improved service and cost savings in IT programs.

The winners of the third-annual CIO Awards, handed out this month during a Pentagon ceremony, were picked from a field of 75 nominations. The Defense CIO Executive Board judged the nominations using the IT criteria outlined in the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996.

In the team category, the award winners were:

  • First place: Marine Corps Total Force Administration System-Marine OnLine Team. The system, which integrates human resources management functions, uses industry best practices and taps existing Corps records. Judges noted that system would save millions of dollars and let the service eliminate or convert to combat positions more than 1,000 administrative positions.


  • Second place: DOD Enterprise Software Initiative Team. The ESI team consolidated requirements and established agreements with vendors to save money on software by buying in bulk.


  • Third place: The Air Force's Air Education and Training Command. By replacing the telephone switch at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, the command reduced costs from $7 million to $3.6 million annually. The team also implemented a server management tool at 13 bases that lets it automatically support 75,000 PCs. Finally, the command consolidated its e-mail, print and file servers.


  • The individual award winners were:

  • First place: Air Force Capt. Leonard Boothe, commander of the 39th Communication Squadron's Information Systems Flight at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Boothe led a 90-member team that provided command and control systems during combat operations in Iraq. Booth's team directly supported both U.S. and coalition units and maintained $40 million in assets for operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.


  • Second place: Hari Bezwada, information management and telecommunications product manager at the Pentagon. The judges lauded his efforts to rebuild the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Bezwada established the criteria for recovering and rebuilding the IT infrastructure and for restructuring the building renovation contract that had been in effect before the attack to include the new work.


  • Third place: Douglas Voelker, lead data network engineer, strategic planner and architect for the Joint Forces Command's Joint Communications Support Element. Voelker was a member of the data engineering team that created the $54 million deployable headquarters for the Central Command. The recommendations that he drafted for the deployable command facility are being incorporated in the IT strategies of Joint Vision 2020, the Global Information Grid architecture and the Joint Chiefs of Staff guiding principles.

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