Air Force Research Laboratory energy

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Team was recently named the recipient of the Air Force John J. Welch, Jr. Excellence in Acquisition Leadership Award.

The prestigious award recognizes the accomplishments of an Air Force team who, over the course of a year, make significant improvements and impacts in the field of acquisition leadership.

“This is recognition of exceptional contributions and accomplishment,” said Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley, AFRL commander, in a note to the staff. “Congratulations, and thanks for all you do for the AFRL and Air Force mission.”

The AFRL Energy and Environment Team stood out for their efforts in executing a $157 million budget dedicated to improving energy and weapons efficiency and reducing environmental impacts and pollution for the Air Force.

The 21-member team, based out of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, drove the work of more than 200 government and contractor personnel to address over 80 Congressional special interest items. The team included members from the directorate finance team, contracting unit and Acquisition Systems Support Branch, which manages the Advanced Power Technology Office for the Air Force.

Impacting areas such as waste-to-energy conversion systems, flexible armor, next-generation carbon-fiber C-5 inlet replacements, and clean solutions for remote radar power generation for early warning radar systems, the challenge of managing such large and diverse projects across the U.S. is of no small feat. The team’s leadership expertise is shown through work with program offices, project partners and industry…

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