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SUBJ/ANNOUNCING DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY A+ AWARD WINNERS//
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RMKS/1. Per reference (a), this ALNAV message announces the Department of
the Navy (DON) A+ Awards Program recipients, which recognizes achievement in
innovation and agility from across the DON over the past year.
2. The purpose of the DON A+ Awards Program is to act as an overall
authorizing framework for a continuous, highly-visible, credible, and sought-
after signal of recognition throughout the DON for those who best exhibit the
principles of agility and accountability throughout the lifecycle of
management. All Naval personnel who have received award recognition over the
past year from the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy, General Council, and
the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy are eligible for the DON A+ Award.
3. The DON A+ Award recognizes members of the DON, either working
individually or in teams, who positively demonstrate one or more of the
following elements of agility in their management of resources such as money,
property, people, or
information: velocity, collaboration, visibility, adaptability, innovation,
humility, skepticism, and trust. Nominations may be submitted anytime
throughout the year and will be adjudicated throughout the year on a
continuous basis. This years eight A+ Award recipients are:
a. Team Award: Robin Howard (Team Lead), Jason Gregory, Beverly
Reinharz, Natalie Dahm, Gregory Robinson, Kelly Gibson, Angela Baltor, and
John Clark; Marine Corps System Command, Accelerated Acquisition (AA) Team.
Ms. Howard and the AA Team executed a workshop with over 180 participants and
published a Fastlane Playbook that provided a 60 percent reduction in
documentation and delivery of critically needed capabilities up to 6-months
faster than originally planned.
b. Individual Award: SO1 Bradley Denn, U.S. Special Operations Command,
Naval Special Warfare Command, Group ELEVEN. SO1 Denn not only recognized
software inadequacies, but provided immediate solutions with little or no
impact to the Naval Special Warfare budget, while educating senior leaders on
commercially available technology that would be quickly adopted to replace
large, inundated systems. SO1 Denn also developed a Virtual Reality
prototype that could be demonstrated for key members to better understand
c. Individual Award: Noel Sanqui, Bureau of Medicine, Naval Health
Research Center. Mr. Sanquis work as an accounting officer resulted in a
dramatically reduced amount of line items on the Active Document Listing by
54 percent over the past year. He worked tirelessly to reduce the amount of
Unmatched Disbursements by 90 percent. He also oversaw the development of
desk guides for a wide range of accounting functions, resulting in tremendous
time savings in staff training.
d. Individual Award: Kristen Allen, Navy Reserve Forces Command. Ms.
Allen was responsible for Budget Submitting Office 72s successful conversion
to both the memorandum accounting system Command Financial Management System,
Consolidated (CFMS-C), and general ledger accounting system Standard
Accounting Budgeting Reporting System (SABRS). She also led the development
of necessary changes to accounting procedures and systems to facilitate
accurate accounting and reporting across five major General Fund
e. Individual Award: Troy Grenier, Naval Information Warfare Systems
Command. Mr. Grenier developed an Integrated Program Management evaluation
process for government organizations performing Prime Mission Product
development efforts. He pioneered a performance monitoring process that
allowed the funding/"Grantor" organizations to discretely track and report
Earned Value Management-like cost, schedule, and deliverables of Working
Capital Fund /"Performers" in a near real time fashion. The result was a
dramatic improvement of program status.
f. Team Award: Benjamin Michlin (Team Lead), Jarrod Groves, Sean
Blackman, Josh Dulos, Dean Lee, Vincent Siu, Ruey-Juin Chang, Gary Williams,
Rick Cruz, Charles Yetman, Dan Green, Viral Bhalodia, and John Serrano; Data
Engineering and Analytics Group, Naval Information Warfare Center. Dr.
Michlin and the Digital Aviation Readiness Technology, Engine team
implemented the Performance to Plan mandate to increase fleet readiness and a
rapid data-driven decision making process for senior leadership. The team
created machine-learning models for determining the monthly number of mission
capable jets per squadron by incorporating manning-training-equipment
datasets from Naval FA-18 squadrons.
g. Individual Award: Melissa Mosley, Financial Improvement and Audit
Readiness. Ms. Mosley worked continuously with Defense Financial and
Accounting Services (DFAS) on areas requiring improvement by deep diving into
the DFAS process and comparing data to internal systems such as SABRS &
Standard Accounting and Reporting System - Field Level. She was able to
identify steps and processes requiring improvement within DFAS, including but
not limited to the order of authorized approver signatures, data elements
within Field-Level Journal Voucher forms and logs. The result was a
significant improvement in test scores.
h. Team Award: Major Adam Yang (Team Lead), Austin Duncan, William
Bradley, Jerrod Moore, Charles J. Baumann, Timothy Riemann, Walker Mills,
Shannon Winslow, Garbiel Pons, Jeffrey Nadaner, Bob Arant, Tyler Quinn,
Valerie A. Jackson, Stephani L. Miller, Robert A. Kocher, Sara Wood, Reilly
Wade, and Mark Sable; Destination Unknown Project, Marine Corps University.
Major Yang and the Destination Unknown project team assembled a writing and
illustration process to develop and publish a graphic novel series that
explores future moral, tactical, and leadership challenges in warfare.
Destination Unknown relied solely on the talent of individual Marines, and
improves the currency of Professional Military Education by connecting with
junior ranks on the mediums which they prefer short stories, illustrations,
graphic novels, and social media.
4. Additionally, DON A+ Award winners will automatically be forwarded for
consideration for the Office of Management and Budget sponsored Gears of
Government Awards Program. The DON will have the opportunity to select the
most deserving eight individuals or Team representatives (four Navy and four
Marine Corps) for this Award, which recognizes the contributions of the
Federal Workforce in support of the President's Management Agenda in the
areas of mission, service, and stewardship. In addition to being recognized
by the Secretary of the Navy, Navy and Marine Corps winners are forwarded for
recognition by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) along with similar award
winners from the rest of Department of Defense (DoD). All DoD SECDEF winners
will then go on to compete against similar winners from other Federal
Agencies at the National level for potential selection for recognition in a
White House Ceremony.
5. The DON Office of the Chief Management Officer (OCMO) is the responsible
organization for the DON A+ Program. The Assistant Secretary of the Navy
(Research, Development and Acquisition) supports OCMO in the administration
of the A+. Further guidance will be provided in separate correspondence and
through the DON A+ Awards webpage. The DON A+ Awards webpage is located at:
6. Released by the Honorable Gregory J. Slavonic, Assistant Secretary of the
Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) Performing the Duties of the Under
Secretary of the Navy.//