Call for Nominations for the 2022 DoD PSM Awards
The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment issued a memo dated June 13, 2022 entitled “2022 Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager Award Nominations”, stating that “…as a critical program position in delivering weapon system readiness affordably and effectively, the PSM is the Program Manager’s expert on sustainment planning, responsible for implementing product support capabilities that affordably achieve the user’s requirements for system availability. This award recognizes PSM contributions to controlling cost within affordability caps, promoting industry competition and innovation, and implementing effective product support strategies. “
The memo goes on to remind readers that “the Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager (PSM) Award is a Department of Defense annual award program established in 2013 to recognize PSMs as key leaders in providing the very best product support for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardians.”
It also reiterates that “in recognition of PSM accomplishments and contributions, this memorandum solicits nominations for the 2022 PSM of the Year Award. The award honors outstanding PSMs in two categories: Major Defense Acquisition Programs and Major Acquisition Information Systems, Acquisition (ACAT) I; and Major Weapon System/Other Weapon Systems, ACAT II and below. The winner in each category will be acknowledged at the 2023 Secretary of Defense PSM Workshop and, if possible, by formal presentation of the award at their Command. The memo also indicates that “the winner in each category will be acknowledged at the 2023 Secretary of Defense PSM Workshop and, if possible, by formal presentation of the award at their Command”, and concludes by advising that “award nominations are due not later than Friday, November 4, 2022. Submission criteria and instructions are attached” (to the memo).
This marks the tenth year DoD Product Support Managers have been afforded this important opportunity to receive well-deserved recognition through this Secretary of Defense-level award for the critically important work they do each and every day for our nation’s warfighters. Encourage PSMs across the department to consider submitting. As an added bonus, encourage readers to peruse earlier DAU LOG Blog posts on Writing a Winning Award Nomination Package (Pt. 2) and the Tips for Writing a Winning Award Nomination Package for some potentially helpful hints on writing winning award nominations.