NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- Naval Aviation Enterprise's most senior leadership named Barbara "Bobbie" Jones as the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award during their Air Board video teleconference May 23.
Jones was recognized for her unparalleled work on the re-compete for the NAE's services support contract, resulting in an award several months early. She provided expertise and leadership in direct support the NAE's effort in planning as well as pre- and post-award activities for the new contract-a critical contract that supports complex and integrated efforts to assess, analyze, facilitate, produce and/or improve required Naval Aviation readiness.
In his award letter to Jones, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces, wrote, "You performed an indispensable role in working the detailed day-to-day issues involved in executing this contract and supporting the NAE mission to sustain required current readiness and advance future warfighting capabilities at best possible cost. Thanks to you, this contract was awarded months ahead of schedule."
Adm. Shoemaker also wrote that Jones "aided decision makers with difficult choices... and minimized re-work." Her efforts "ultimately reduced acquisition cycle time and ensured continued support across multiple NAE cross-functional teams that work directly with Navy and Marine Corps leadership up to the O-9 level."
Jones serves a program analyst in the Naval Air System Command's AIR 6.8 Corporate Business Office. She's responsible for leading, planning, developing and managing highly complex competitive acquisitions in support of critical Defense Department programs and initiatives.
For the NAE re-compete, Jones served as the acquisition lead, working with Naval Aviation leaders across the Enterprise to coordinate, integrate and refine requirements. She led team efforts to develop and execute a comprehensive streamlined acquisition package to include the complex needs of multiple cross-functional teams and major teams.
"While other contracting approaches may have been quicker and easier, the team conducted a thorough needs analysis and pressed forward with the more difficult, time-consuming, but best, long-term solution for the NAE," Jones said. "A continual dedication to speed and excellence was absolutely essential in executing the best contracting solution, for such a large Enterprise effort, with a required award date that was well ahead of typical procurement acquisition lead times."
Reducing acquisition cycle time is no easy task. In this case, it required careful foresight, detailed planning, meticulous preparation, leadership advocacy, and strong and trusting team relationships, according to Jones. Major challenges faced by the team involved schedule constraints and achieving the speed to ensure timely award with little to no risk to the NAE.
"It is very difficult to reduce acquisition cycle time... There is no doubt that the continued recognition and appreciation from the NAE leadership team, throughout the entire acquisition process, fueled the motivation and endurance required to press on with continual speed and urgency, without jeopardizing quality and introducing risk to the acquisition," Jones explained.
She attributes the success of the procurement to the hard work and collaborative teamwork of the various groups involved.
"It is an absolute honor to receive this award, and I am proud of the work of this entire team," Jones said. "It is a pleasure to support the NAE and to work with individuals who are so dedicated and mission focused."
The Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) is a cooperative partnership of Naval Aviation stakeholders focused on sustaining required current readiness and advancing future warfighting capabilities at best possible cost. It is comprised of Sailors, Marines, civilians and contractors from across service branches and organizations, working together to identify and resolve readiness barriers and warfighting degraders.
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Naval Aviation leaders have distributed the monthly NAE Outstanding Performance Award since 2008 to promote a culture of cost-wise readiness. For a full listing of monthly award winners, visit www.nae.navy.mil. For more information, contact the NAE at email@example.com.
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