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for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)

Awards

Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement and Development Innovation

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement and Workforce Development Innovation Awards highlight premiere examples of individual excellence and outstanding organizational workforce quality initiatives. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award was established to recognize and motivate individuals who have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Defense (DoD). This program recognizes DoD military members and civilian personnel who represent the best in the acquisition workforce across 17 award categories.

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Award recognizes excellence by acquisition organizations in developing unique and innovative solutions to ensure that their workforce is well equipped to deliver world-class warfighting capabilities to the Warfighter. The award highlights demonstrated exceptional outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling workforce development challenges. The program focuses on three major contribution areas in support of the goals of the FY16-FY21 DoD Acquisition Workforce Strategic Plan: (1) A specific achievement or innovation; (2) value of the nominee's contribution, and (3) Support and alignment to DoD acquisition improvement priorities. Photos and accomplishments of the winners will be on display for one (1) year in the Pentagon Defense Acquisition Workforce Wall of Recognition display.


Awards

Each year DoD recognizes the best of the best across the 165,000 members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. The workforce is composed of devoted civilian and military professionals from the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, Defense Agencies, and Field Activities. With excellence, the workforce provides great support to the Warfighter while protecting the Taxpayer through their complex development, acquisition, and sustainment efforts. The FY16-FY21 DoD AWF Strategic Plan emphasizes the importance of not only improving the professionalism of the total Acquisition Workforce, but also increasing the recognition of excellence.

On behalf of Ms. Lord, HCI hosts the Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement and Development Innovation Award. Each year the Call for Nominations is issued in May with nominations due 1 August. Selection panels comprised of senior leaders and subject matter experts review nominations and make recommendations on winners to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Winners are recognized in a ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. Below is a link to an example of the Call for Nominations (2017).