Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Jan. 24, 2022

White House Praises DOD Acquisition Professionals for COVID-19 Efforts Around the World

By Terri Moon Cronk DOD NEWS

WASHINGTON -- A group of professionals with the Defense Department's acquisition workforce who worked on the White House and DOD COVID-19 supply chain global effort were honored today with a letter of appreciation from President Joe Biden in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

Conducted virtually, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks said the workforce and the nation have remained resilient and creative in how both entities approached the pandemic.

"You all are a group of Americans who so clearly exemplify what it is that makes us so resilient and creative and able to overcome obstacles," she told the award recipients, noting that Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's top priority in defending the nation is to help quell the coronavirus pandemic.

These individuals defied all expectations of what's possible to get done with efforts — on very short term timelines — that normally take months and years, she said, noting, "You have done it in days and weeks."

The ceremony cited how the group, in fewer than 30 days, procured 500 million vaccines for the U.S. global vaccine donation mission for distribution to people in 92 low- and middle-income countries and the African Union in August. Additionally, more than 200 million vaccines were delivered to 112 countries by the end of 2021, and DOD is on track to deliver 50 million more doses by the end of this month.

"You have personally helped advance the health and welfare of people throughout the world, and that's just astounding work," the deputy secretary told them.

"I hope you really take to heart — in every day that you work these long hours and these unbelievable timelines — that you are part of saving lives," she added. "This [effort] is taking enormous personal sacrifice. I'm well aware of the kinds of hours that you have spent at work away from family and friends, and the personal and professional sacrifices to other priorities that you've had to make as you log in all these hours. It is appreciated, and it's directly contributing to the president's and the secretary's priorities and to global welfare."

Biden's letter reads:

"I am grateful for your contributions in our global fight against COVID-19. Putting an end to this pandemic at home and abroad remains my top priority, and vaccines are essential to getting this done.

"Because of your determination and hard work — performed at an unprecedented pace — we were able to negotiate critical vaccine purchases for donation, including to the poorest countries in the world, proving to our allies and partners that America is leading once again by the power of our example.

"Your efforts are not just saving lives — they are helping us get our lives back. Working together, we can usher in a healthier and more hopeful future, not just for our country, but for the world. Thank you for all that you do. It truly matters."

The honorees, who each received the letter from Biden, are:

  • Defense Assisted Acquisition Team: Brent Ingraham, Marine Corps Col. Kevin Coughlin and Chantale Neira;
  • Army Contracting Command: Tom Dougherty and Hillary Roy;
  • Army Medical Research Command: Justin Coon and Denise Scott;
  • Army Acquisition Support Center: Joanne Abbott; and
  • Defense Acquisition University: Shannon Seay and Richard Brown.
     
CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
322,731
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
USS Charleston Delivers, Displays LCS Versatility
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, detachment 8, transports pallets of supplies from the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102). Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
May 26, 2022 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- The Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) conducted a vertical replenishment-at-sea of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) in the Philippine Sea, May 21. During...

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call with Japan Minister Of Defense Kishi Nobuo
May 26, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III held a secure call with Japan Minister of Defense Kishi Nobuo to share assessments on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) recent ballistic missile...

Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo Soto Dam Memorial Ceremony 2022
Sasebo-based U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) sailors, Sasebo City Hall, Sasebo City Water Bureau, and Yunoki District representatives and Sasebo Nishi High School students salute and stand as a color guard from Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo presents colors and JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class Mana Taniguchi plays taps during a memorial ceremony at Soto Dam in Sasebo, Japan May 26, 2022. The annual memorial ceremony is held for the 53 American POWs and 14 Japanese laborers who died building Soto Dam during World War II.
May 26, 2022 - SASEBO, Japan -- Sasebo-based U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors, Sasebo City Hall, Sasebo City Water Bureau, and Yunoki District representatives met atop the scenic Soto Dam for the annual Soto Dam...

U.S. Centers for Disease Control Opens New Country Office in the Philippines
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Philippines Director Dr. Romel Lacson (left) receives the MOU from Dr. Anjo Fabellon of the DOH-Bureau of International Health Cooperation.
May 26, 2022 - MANILA, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially opened this month a new country office in Manila as part of its commitment to strengthen and expand its existing...

Japan and U.S. Conduct Bilateral Exercise
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command aircraft conducted a bilateral exercise with Japan
Air Self-Defense Forces 25 May, 2022. This exercise was conducted to
demonstrate our nation's rapid reaction capabilities, high levels of force
readiness, close coordination, bilateral interoperability, and credible
deterrent capacity amid the increasing tensions and destabilizing regional
security events brought about by North Korea.  (Courtesy Photo)
May 25, 2022 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – To showcase combined capabilities to deter and counter regional threats, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command aircraft conducted a bilateral exercise with Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force 25 May, 2022 in the Sea...