NAWCWD teams earn NAVAIR Commander's Awards
Two Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division teams were honored during the 2019 NAVAIR Commander’s Awards ceremony held March 10 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
The Command Re-utilization and Disposal (CRuD) Project Team won the NAVAIR Commander’s Award for Highest Impact Reduction in Business Transactions, and the Simplified Acquisition Procedures Procurement Team (SAP) earned the Small Business Advocacy Award during the ceremony.
CRuD and SAP were among nine individuals and teams honored during the ceremony. The team leads traveled to Maryland to accept the awards, while the remainder of the teams joined in via teleconference from China Lake.
“I don’t usually use clichés, but I had to use one this time: I was blown away by the submissions,” said Vice Adm. Dean Peters, NAVAIR commander. “I was blown away by the efforts that were ongoing. I was blown away by the impact that those efforts were having.”
CRuD, which provides material cleanup services for NAWCWD, cleared 169,219 square feet of usable office and storage space in 2019, according to the nomination paperwork submitted by Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director. CRuD also removed 51,868 items (worth $158 million) off Asset Accounting books, sending 608,825 pounds of scrap for recycling. Further, the CRuD project team’s reuse center has repurposed more than 4,600 items, worth more than $3.8 million, which saved NAWCWD millions of dollars in procuring new materials.
CRuD’s Shred-Ex team disposed of 96,100 pounds of sensitive paper at China Lake – including Personally Identifiable Information, Controlled Unclassified Information and For Official Use Only paperwork and optical media – and 53,659 pounds at Point Mugu.
Following the earthquakes on July 4 and 5, 2019, CRuD disposed of more than $11 million worth of damaged goods during the initial cleanup efforts.
SAP, meanwhile, was key in NAWCWD achieving a record $302 million in contractual obligations to small businesses in 2019.
SAP supports all NAWCWD simplified procurements – small purchases below $250,000 that have fewer hurdles to clear. In 2019, SAP increased the money spent with small businesses by 50.4 percent.
SAP also conducted outreach programs to “requirement owners” in NAWCWD, which, along with the good performance of the small businesses has begun a culture shift away from hesitation to use small businesses.
After the earthquakes at China Lake last summer, SAP worked full-time telework hours for acquisitions needed for earthquake recovery, such as modular temporary buildings. Of the dollars awarded in earthquake-related simplified acquisitions, 89 percent went to small businesses.
After the national ceremony concluded, Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, NAWCWD commander, told the teams in attendance at China Lake that the award process for the Commander’s Awards was one of the most rigorous at a high level that he had seen, with a lot of scrutiny to ensure the right teams win.
“It’s a very difficult award to be recognized for, and really something to be proud of,” Dillon said. “Pat yourselves on the back, because these awards are not easy to come by.”
Team lead Michele Maples represented CRuD at Pax River. The other team members are Llewellyn Barker, Kimberly Stewart, Michael Catlin, Patricia Cucchiaro, Elena Vitale, Hannah Fortney, Christopher Pietrangelo and Derek Guzman.
Tracy Lind and Markelle Griffin represented SAP at Pax River. The other team members are Deborah Sorem, Faith La Gore, Donell Sims, Terryl Mitchell, Virginia Dennison, Yvonne Stockwell, Andrea McGuire, Amy Lamberth and Beth Exzabe.