Aug 24, 2012
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- You know you’re doing a good job when your teammates nominate you for NAVAIR’s second annual AIR 7.8 Award for Excellence in Financial Management Service.
It’s even more encouraging when 200 people attend the Aug. 23 award ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., to honor you as a role model in the business financial manager (BFM) or lead BFM category.
Sharon Gellerson, director, Program and Business Analysis Department, established the award last year to recognize those BFMs who focus on customer and program needs to find new methods of meeting or exceeding customer and program expectations. The award also acknowledges an individual’s efforts in improving customer services and promoting quality of work life.
“All our nominees made significant contributions to our mission by providing superior business, budget and analytical financial management support,” Gellerson said of the seven nominated in the BFM category and 13 in the lead BFM category. “You are all role models.”
Three judges outside the department selected the winners: Julie Johnston, lead BFM for PMA-290, received the excellence award in the lead BFM category, and Debbie Pilkerton, PMA-207 C/KC-130 BFM, won the excellence award in the BFM category.
“I feel honored to be nominated and recognized with this award among such deserving candidates from our financial management community,” Johnston said. “This award may have my name on it, but it is truly a testament to the outstanding team here in PMA-290. I am very fortunate to be part of such a talented and dedicated group supporting the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft.”
Johnston was nominated for her knowledge and financial management expertise in developing and executing reprogramming strategies and budget reclamas, or justifications, that resulted in retaining significant budget authority for NAVAIR and the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft enterprise. According to Johnston’s team, her exceptional leadership, guidance and daily work effort were indispensable in shaping the future of Navy patrol and maritime reconnaissance forces for the next 60 years.
Pilkerton was also humbled by the award saying, “I felt truly honored to have been nominated for the AIR 7.8 Award for Excellence in Financial Management Service, and I was so surprised to hear my name called amongst all the superior nominees. My recognition is a reflection of all the dedicated efforts of my fellow teammates and the great leaders within PMA-207.”
Pilkerton’s C/KC-130 team summarized her attributes as an encouraging role model, whose expertise, quick recognition of potential improvement and her ability to offer competent and proactive direction to her team improved program planning. Her communication skills fostered a collaborative partnership within her team that achieved improved financial awareness across the C/KC-130 team.