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Department of the Navy Recognizes 2022 Acquisition Excellence Awardees

03 November 2022

From ASN RDA Public Affairs

The Acquisition Excellence Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition and sustainment of products and services for the Navy and Marine Corps.

This year’s 65 nominees demonstrated excellence across 17 competitive categories from the period of June 1st, 2021 through February 1st, 2022. The winners represent the very best of professionalism, ingenuity and accomplishment among their peers who are part of the Department’s 70,000-member Acquisition Workforce.

Awardees and staff gathered at the Pentagon Auditorium in a ceremony that was also live-streamed virtually.

Mr. Jay Stefany, performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA) presided over the ceremony and recognized the accomplishments of each individual, team and command awardee.

“Our winners represent the very best of acquisition professionalism, ingenuity, and achievement among their peers,” said Mr. Stefany. “They are maintaining maritime dominance by building and sustaining the Navy and Marine Corps, by empowering our people to make the most of their authorities, and by strengthening partnerships with industry and international programs with allies and partners.”

The Department also recognized MajGen Gregory L. Masiello with the Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer Memorial Award for best exemplifying the attributes of the award’s namesake.  MajGen Masiello served as Program Executive Officer for Air, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs.

“MajGen Masiello epitomizes the Navy and Marine Corps acquisition team,” said Stefany. “His superb leadership of 30 programs including VH-92A, CH-53K, and CMV-22 has set them up for success throughout the acquisition lifecycle.”

Recipients of the 2022 Acquisition Excellence Awards are:

Dr. Al Somoroff Acquisition Award Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Services Team, PEO U&W, PMA-263, NAVAIR

Field Acquisition Activity Award E-2 Support Equipment Team, NAWCAD Lakehurst, PEO T, PMA-231, NAVAIR

Ron Kiss Maritime Technology Transition Award Link 16 Team, PEO C4I, PMW-150, NAVWAR

International Acquisition Partnership Award Mr. Eugene J. Chan, Canada Country, NIPO

Competition Excellence Acquisition Team of the Year Information Operations Acquisition Team, PEO C4I, PMW-120, NAVWAR

Innovation Excellence Acquisition Team of the Year Undersea Warfare Training Ranges Team, PEO CS, PMA-205, NAVAIR

Sustainment Acquisition Professional of the Year Mr. Markiest D. Sanders, NIWC Pacific, PEO C4I, PMW-160, NAVWAR

Sustainment Acquisition Team of the Year Littoral Combat Ship Strike Team, PEO USC, PMS-501 and SEA 21, PMS-505, NAVSEA

Supply Chain Acquisition Professional of the Year Mr. Mark A. Vernetti, Security Cooperation Programs Office, NAVAIR 

Supply Chain Acquisition Team of the Year P-8A Supply Team, PEO A, PMA-290, NAVAIR

Secretary’s Cup Office of Small Business Programs, NAVFAC

Oreta B. Stinson Small Business Advocate Award Mr. Thomas J. Martin, Maritime Operations, MSC

Art Diaz Memorial Award Ms. Danielle J. Wight, NSWC Port Hueneme Division, PEO USC, PMS-515, NAVSEA

Acquisition Professional of the Year Mr. Edward A. Wilkinson, PEO CS, PMA-226, NAVAIR

Program Manager of the Year (ACAT III/IV) CAPT Daniel P. Papp, PEO A, PMA-264, NAVAIR

Program Manager of the Year (ACAT II) CAPT David S. Kuhn, PEO C4I, PMW-770, NAVWAR

Program Manager of the Year (ACAT I) CAPT Brian A. Metcalf, PEO CARRIERS, PMS-378, NAVSEA

RADM Wayne E. Meyer Memorial Award MajGen Gregory L. Masiello, PEO A, NAVAIR

The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition serves as the Navy Service Acquisition Executive (SAE). ASN RDA has authority, responsibility and accountability for all acquisition functions and programs, and for enforcement of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment procedures.

The Assistant Secretary represents the Department of the Navy to USD (A&S) and to Congress on all matters relating to acquisition policy and programs. The Assistant Secretary establishes policies and procedures and manages the Navy's Research, Development and Acquisition activities in accordance with DoD 5000 Series Directives. The Assistant Secretary serves as Program (Milestone) Decision Authority on ACAT IC programs and recommends decisions on ACAT ID programs.

A video from the ceremony is available here: View on


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