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The Pace Award


Frank Pace, Jr.

The Pace Award is presented annually in the name of former Secretary of the Army Frank Pace, Jr., who served as Secretary from 12 April 1950 through 20 January 1953. The award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes and will receive a Pace Award certificate mounted on a plaque and pen set. Individuals selected as runners-up for the award will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Secretary of the Army.

Purpose - The purpose of this award is to give special recognition to both a civilian employee and a military officer officially assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) for a contribution of outstanding significance to the Army that occurred during the calendar year. The individual contribution must be the result of the nominee’s personal efforts, not the collective effort as head of a staff unit.

Eligibility - Any Army civilian employee, GS-14 equivalent or below, or any military officer, lieutenant colonel or below, who is officially assigned to HQDA in a staff capacity at the close of calendar year 2014 is eligible for nomination. Personnel assigned to Direct Reporting Units are not eligible, but personnel assigned to field operating agencies colocated with their Principal Official in HQDA are.

Basis for Selection - Eligible personnel will be nominated and considered in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Completion of a significant task or staff assignment during calendar year 2015 that brought benefit to the Army, such as a great improvement in service, substantial financial savings, or significant technological or military development. The accomplishments should include efforts above and beyond the routine tasks the individual performed on a daily basis.
  • Performance of assigned duties and responsibilities in such a manner as to have demonstrated outstanding executive, scientific, or technical abilities.

Nomination of Candidates - Principal Officials of HQDA are invited to submit nominations to the Human Resource Management Directorate via email to usarmy.pentagon.hqda-hrmd.mbx.civilian-awards@mail.mil.

Note: Any temporary duty travel associated with receipt of the award is the responsibility of the nominating organization.

What to Submit - The nominating Principal Official will personally endorse each nomination. The nomination packet will consist of the following:

  1. A cover sheet containing:
    1. the nominee’s name, title, grade or rank, organizational location, and length of service;
    2. a brief description of the nominee’s current duties and responsibilities, including the scope of work; and
    3. a point of contact (with telephone extension) for the nomination package.
  2. A written statement of justification that is:
    1. No more than two pages in length (prepared in Arial 12 point); and
    2. As specific as possible and succinctly lists the nominee’s significant contributions and their efforts. Additional materials are not permitted as enclosures.
  3. A proposed citation. A proposed citation consisting of up to 100 words highlighting the significant achievements of the nominee. The citation will be placed on the Pace Award certificate to be signed by the Secretary of the Army.
  4. A DA Form 1256 (Incentive Award Nomination and Approval). Nominating officials will ensure that Part I of the DA Form 1256 is completed. Block 5a (Other) should specify “PACE AWARD.” PRINCIPAL OFFICIALS must sign block 10 of the form.
  5. Biography. The nomination packet must include a biography.

Previous Pace Awards Recipients

1962
LTC C.J. LeVan
Mr. Joseph A. Beauregard

1963
MAJ Charles K. Heiden
Ms. Carolyn Vinci

1964
LTC Joseph Patrick Cribbins
Dr. Lewis H. Blakey

1965
LTC Edwin S. Townsley
Mr. John C. Gilbert

1966
LTC Patricia T. Murphy
Mr. Carleton H. Gray

1967
LTC Stan R. Sheridan
Mr. Paul Curd

1968
LTC George E. Marine
Mr. Kyle F. Davis

1969
LTC James Stanley White
Mr. Mervin A. Frantz, Jr.

1970
LTC William B. Holden
Mr. James W. Dunn

1971
LTC Otto R. Schulz
Ms. Carolyn Jean Gatling

1972
LTC Hugh H. Trumball, Jr.
Mr. Harold M. Cotner

1973
LTC William Baker
Mr. Issa K. Deeb

1974
MAJ Patrick A. Metress
Mr. I. Stanley De Groote

1975
MAJ Charles Sollohub
Mr. Robert A. McDonald

1976
LTC Thomas E. Weber
Mr. John A. Armstrong

1977
LTC John D. Putnam
Mr. Robert D. Wise

1978
LTC James E. Leonard
Mr. James T. Brown

1979
LTC Irvin S. Butler, Jr.
Mr. Robert F. McCoy

1980
LTC Francis E. Mills
Mr. Charles T. Harris

1981
LTC Robert L. Herndon
Mr. Thomas E. Kelly, III

1982
LTC Ira Dorsey
Mr. Robert L. Ruth

1983
LTC James F. McNulty
Ms. Sharon A. Weinhold

1984
LTC Daniel M. Kashporenko
Mr. John Mytryshyn

1985
LTC Daryl R. Kendrick
Mrs. Patricia A. Stone

1986
LTC Eric K. Azuma
Mr. James R. Dominy

1987
LTC Gerald E. Dixon
Mr. Ronald E. Craven

1988
LTC William D. Knox
Mr. Bruce E. Sullivan

1989
MAJ Robert R. Sigl
Mr. Carl W. Biersack

1990
LTC Donald L. Trautner
Mr. Van B. Cunningham

1991
LTC Daniel W. Hearn
Mr. Harvey H. Perritt, III

1992
MAJ Michael J. Clark
Mr. Mervyn M. Copeland

1993
LTC Timothy S. Muchmore
Ms. Jill D. McLean

1994
LTC Joseph E. Martz
Ms. Maureen E. Wylie

1995
LTC Ronald W. Johnson
Mr. Mervyn Copeland

1996
LTC Victoria Diego-Allard
Mr. Gary Bounds

1997
LTC John J. Spinelli
Mr. Joseph S. Vallone

1998
LTC Jerry P. Brown
Ms. Brigitt S. Seymour

1999
MAJ Gregory P. Oelberg
Mr. Bruce Allen Park

2000
MAJ Maria M. Donovan
Mr. Alan R. Butler

2001
LTC Joseph W. Corrigan
Ms. Sandra M. Carpenter

2002
LTC Roderick K. Wade
Mr. John P. Boyce, Jr.

2003
MAJ Paul B. Olsen
Ms. Deborah K. Todd

2004
LTC Thomas H. Barth
Ms. Lynne McCann

2005
LTC Frederick J. Gellert
Mr. Robert P. Sipe

* During calendar year 2008, a Noncommissioned officer also was recognized in honor of the “Year of the NCO.”

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