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Ms. Shyu Recognizes Our Own: Honoring Mr. Wiltsie and Ms. Watson

By Jamie Lien, PEO EIS Public Affairs

The Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistic and Technology) and the Army Acquisition Executive, visited Fort Belvoir June 18, 2013, for a Town Hall with Program Executive Offices Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) and Soldier (PEO Soldier), and the United States Army Acquisition Support Center. Before her presentation, Ms. Shyu awarded the EIS Program Executive Officer (PEO), Mr. Doug Wiltsie, and Deputy PEO, Ms. Terry Watson, with the Meritorious Civilian Service medal, the second highest Department of the Army honorary award.

Mr. Wiltsie was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his performance of duty while serving as the PEO EIS since his assumption of command in October 2011. His efforts to encourage continued development while keeping cost savings a priority has resulted in improved communication, creative use of commercial solutions and the achievement of critical steps necessary to achieve audit readiness by 2017. Ms. Shyu praised his unparalleled judgment and intensive focus that has elevated PEO EIS to the forefront of IT acquisition in this environment focused on information technology modernization.

Ms. Watson was recognized for her demonstrated program management and technical expertise and the ability to lead with a high level of efficiency while serving as the Acting PEO from December 2010 to October 2011, and then subsequently as the DPEO. Her actions rendered her a renowned expert for IT Acquisition at both the Army and Department of Defense (DoD) levels, and most importantly, allowed PEO EIS organizations to execute program in support of Soldiers around the world. During a time when the DoD is focusing on which programs to cut, she has been able to successfully identify inefficiencies and enhance the way that DoD implements and manages programs while retaining a high level of effectiveness and quality control.

The medal was established by directive of the Secretary of the Army on January 26, 1959.

Posted June 18, 2013