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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Date: June 12, 2003
No: 03-21

Value Engineering recognized with award from Secretary of Defense

NATICK, Mass. -- SBCCOM's Value Engineering Team won the 2002 Value Engineering (VE) award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, marking the second time in the past four years the team has achieved this distinction.

The Department of Defense annually presents awards to the commands that have exceeded their savings goal by the greatest percentage. SBCCOM exceeded its goal by 285 percent in 2002.

Maj. Gen. John Doesburg, SBCCOM's commander, presented the plaque and certificate of appreciation to VE Team members Michael Ostrowsky and Kenneth Rice May 22 in the Conference Center.

Doesburg said although some other DoD organizations rarely achieve their goals, the VE program within SBCCOM not only meets its goals but continually exceeds them.

These are small systems, but we can make monumental changes for the soldier, he continued.

"At the end of the day," Doesburg said, "it's all about what's good for the soldier."

VE is a process that encourages government and industry to work together to reduce development, acquisition, logistics and sustainment costs. Savings can be generated through redesigns, modifications, changes in materials, elimination of unused or redundant parts, increased reliability or efficiency, and reduced maintenance and logistics support.

Joseph Mackoul, from the Product Manager-Force Sustainment Systems office, joined Ostrowsky and Rice in accepting the award. Mackoul's efforts on the Barracks Replacement Heater project was the largest contributor to SBCCOM's savings, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total savings realized.

Rice said it was an honor to receive such a prestigious award, and it is not just the office that manages the program that is responsible for the savings, but also organizations such as the Integrated Materiel Management Center and the program/project/product manager offices.

"That's why we wanted to make sure we had Joe (Mackoul) here," Rice said, "to ensure the PM gets the recognition also."

Ostrowsky, VE manager, said that his predecessor, Tony Yablonicky, can take much credit for SBCCOM getting the award, and that he would continue to work to increase the savings realized through VE.

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