DVIDS – News – Beacon of Light: NSWC Philadelphia Division Employee Receives Armed Forces Civilian Medal for Pandemic Support

Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division employee Andrew C. Lucas was awarded the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal (AFCSM) for his participation in the Joint Assisted Acquisition (JA2) program which provided acquisition and technical expertise needed to make the transition and accelerate the US government. COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. Lucas helped shine a glimmer of light during those dark days.

COVID-19 has killed more than one million Americans, and worldwide more than six million lives have been lost to the virus. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense’s Joint Assisted Acquisition (JPEO-CBRND) JA2 team was created to serve as part of the U.S. government’s response, working on the front lines to ensure that global health goals were supported, and that the international community was well equipped to fight this pandemic.

JA2 is part of a whole-of-government approach, led by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). JA2 brings together medical specialists and logisticians, advanced technology, acquisition experts, agile business practices and unique authorities that enable the acquisition of life-saving vaccines and medical countermeasures, protective equipment, supplies essential and expanding industrial base for the continued national production of life saving products for the DOD and the Nation. In May 2021, DOD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HHS that facilitates these activities in support of HHS requirements to provide medical countermeasures to the nation.

Lucas, who is Head of Acquisitions at NSWCPD, was part of the JA2 Analytics team from June 2021 to July 2022.

“It was both exciting and a little nerve-wracking, as analytics was not part of my professional skillset. Before this detail, my professional career was mainly focused on acquisition, compliance and supply chain management. sourcing, which turned out to be a benefit because that detail required me to visualize acquisition and supply chain data,” Lucas said.

One of the goals of the program was to increase the expansion of the testing and diagnostics industrial base and ensure supply chain resilience for current and future industry production. This included ongoing coordination with the Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell (DA2) of the Joint Rapid Acceleration Cell (JRAC) and the HHS Testing and Diagnostics Working Group (TDWG) – totaling approximately 5.9 billion+ / 38+ contracts, testing and diagnostic capabilities, and expanding industrial base.

“Throughout my details, I have supported several visual analytics initiatives, however, there are two that I have found most rewarding. The first was to create an application that visualized the President’s initiative of donate 200 million vaccines internationally over a period of 100 days. This was not only used by JA2/JPEO management, but also sent to the Executive Office of the President (EOP) to assist them in follow-up and rapport building. I was excited and surprised to know that something I helped build could reach this level,” Lucas said.

“The second was to support ongoing international donation tracking, which tracked all donations, both for adults and, more recently, for pediatrics. This application was used at JA2/JPEO, but was also shared with representatives from HHS, the Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) Cell, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),” continued Lucas. “In both cases, I felt I had the easy part of meeting the analysis requirements of the clients while the heavy lifting was handled by the logistics and acquisition teams who made sure the contracts and the follow-up mechanisms were in place for the visualization to happen.”

The AFCSM was created to recognize the contributions and achievements of the U.S. Department of Defense civilian workforce who directly support military forces, when such members are engaged in military peacekeeping or military operations. prolonged humanitarian nature.

“When the Chief of Staff and the Deputy of JA2 informed me of this award, I was shocked and felt honored. I did not expect this type of recognition. I personally felt that I was just a small contributor to the team where I know others played a much bigger role,” Lucas said.

The AFCSM symbolizes the importance the Department of Defense places on civilian service and recognizes the value of civilian service in helping to achieve the goals of the United States government. This award honors employees who support designated operations under the same or similar conditions as the U.S. military, strengthening the partnership between the civilian and uniformed services.

“As with all endeavors, this is never a one person show…without the JPEO Analytics team who provided support and guidance, the JA2 team who set the standard and the JA2 management who provided created a caring and family environment, I would not have succeeded in my mission. I see this as a team award and if I could share it, I would!” Lucas says.

He continued, “Overall it was a great opportunity and I’m grateful to be part of JA2. It was simply amazing how quickly this team came together, how team members from multiple organizations, commands, and backgrounds came together virtually to succeed in times of crisis. That says a lot about what people can do!

The NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civil engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff. The NSWCPD team performs research and development, test and evaluation, acquisition support, and in-service and logistics engineering for non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and equipment and materials related for Navy surface ships and submarines. The NSWCPD is also the organization responsible for cybersecurity for all ship systems.

Date taken: 27.09.2022
Date posted: 27.09.2022 12:40
Story ID: 430171
Location: WE

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