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Nashville District announces employee of the month for August 2011

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Sept. 29, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2011) – Dennis Woodruff, a supervisory civil engineer, in the Engineering and Construction Division Construction Branch is the Nashville District Employee of the Month for August 2011.

Woodruff began his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in March 1977 with the St. Louis District. He remained there as a hydraulic engineer, project manager, and resident engineer until moving to Nashville in October 2007.

“Dennis came to the Nashville District ready to hit the ground running, “said Valerie K. Carlton, chief of the Contracting Division. “He was instrumental in identifying individuals that needed to be certified in accordance with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. He developed a feeder group to ensure they obtained the required DAWIA training through the Defense Acquisition University.”

Carlton said that the DAWIA certification program was very much in the red… “Blazing red!”

The DAWIA training program was really in need of help, and Carlton said Woodruff demonstrated outstanding organizational and management skills in putting a program in place to bring the Nashville District up to the standards set by the Department of the Army. 

Officials noted that it was pertinent that DAWIA certifications be completed by Sept. 30, 2011 because DAU planned to change the DAWIA training requirements on Oct. 1, 2011.  The new requirements would have come with additional mandates that would have added processes for the construction contracting officer's representatives and administrative contracting officers.

“If our folks don’t have the required training, they will not be allowed to administer our construction contracts” said Woodruff.   

Completing the certifications required extensive coordination with Contracting Division and the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division to ensure individuals received credit for previous training and experience while at the same time urging team members to push hard to complete the acquisition training and meet the upcoming deadline. 

To achieve an ACO warrant, individuals must be Level 2 DAWIA certified, which requires a baccalaureate degree, a minimum of 24 semester credit hours in business related courses, a minimum of two years acquisition experience, and over 280 of hours of combined DAU online and classroom training.  Woodruff’s hard work and perseverance helped seven employees with their warrant certification. 

“Dennis, once again, demonstrated his passion for professional improvement by ensuring that all construction team members are fully trained and certified so they are poised for future jobs that require these skills,” said Carlton.

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