Roger Ammons, contracting officer, Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Campbell, recently earned a 2021 Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting, distinguishing himself as one of 16 recipients nationwide.
During a virtual ceremony hosted Dec. 14, 2021, Ammons received an outstanding contracting officer award in specialized services and construction. Judges received more than 100 nominations and selected the top 16 across three categories.
“I consider winning the award and honor and a privilege,” Ammons said in an Army news release. “I believe we all strive to do our best and sometimes do not even realize when we do great things, because they were just a product of our work.”
Ammons’s work throughout the year saw him award 42 construction contracts valued at more than $30 million. Those contracts supported large scale renovations in 1st Brigade Combat Team’s footprint, new dog kennels for 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and numerous paving projects, among other improvements.
“I know the Soldiers, I know what they go through and I know their hardships,” said Ammons, an Army veteran who spent years stationed at Fort Campbell. “It means a lot to me that I’m able to come back here and support them, their training and their health and welfare in big or small ways. I want them to have better support than I was given, because I’ve been where they are.”
To ensure continued Soldier support, Ammons developed a new processing system that has allowed contractors to complete task orders within hours and reduced processing time by nearly 50%.
“A lot of it was taking out redundancies,” he said. “Before, we had multiple checkpoints for multiple documents that were pretty much saying the same thing, and we removed other processes due to changes in regulations.”
Ammons also created and led training sessions that helped the contracting office achieve a 90% compliance rate in program management review, and earned a $10 million contract warrant to provide greater assistance during year-end contracting operations.
MICC-Fort Campbell was behind Ammons every step of the way, and he said the team’s support allowed him to win the award. He gave special thanks to Eric Boston, Installation Support Division chief, and Brad Davis, MICC-Fort Campbell Mission Support Division Chief, for their leadership and guidance.
“Before I got to Fort Campbell, I worked at the Defense Logistics Agency in Columbus, Ohio,” he said. “I didn’t have many opportunities for different types of contract management, but here at Fort Campbell they gave me the opportunity to learn and do things I wasn’t able to before.”
Ammons said he has seen other contracting officers award hundreds of millions of dollars in projects and that he appreciates the opportunity to contribute through his own efforts.
Contracting professionals across the enterprise awarded more than 211,000 contracts valued at more than $127 billion in fiscal year 2021, according to Karen Saunders, senior official performing the duties of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.
Approximately 30% of those contracts were awarded to small businesses, helping local economies through another year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This has been a challenging year for the Army and our nation,” said Megan Dake, acting deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement, during the award ceremony. “The COVID-19 pandemic, continuing virtual telework, natural disasters and the withdrawal from Afghanistan are just a few of the examples of what we have supported. Despite the challenges, Army contracting professionals have persevered and have stepped up to the challenge of supporting our Army ... our missions would not have been possible without their leadership and that of senior contracting officials.”