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SORDAC nets DoD’s highest award for excellence in acquisition
The Special Operations Research, Development and Acquisition Center (SORDAC) at U.S. Special Operations Command was recognized Dec. 9, in a Pentagon ceremony with the highest level award within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics.

By: By Tech. Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence - 12/16/2014

  • The Honorable Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology & logistics presents James Geurts, acquisition executive, U.S. Special Operations Command, the 2014 Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award.  To Geurts’ left is Jim Smith, deputy AE, USSOCOM and Lt. Gen. Thomas Trask, vice commander, USSOCOM. Courtesy photo.
The Special Operations Research, Development and Acquisition Center (SORDAC) at U.S. Special Operations Command was recognized Dec. 9, in a Pentagon ceremony with the highest level award within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics.

“The sustained excellence by SORDAC is second to none within the Department,” said James Geurts, USSOCOM acquisition executive. “This award truly embraces the commander’s priorities, ‘The right people, skills, and capabilities ... now and in the future.’”

“Additionally, the award exemplifies the SORDAC ‘Truths,’ that humans are more important than hardware,” added Geurts.

Despite dynamic mission demands and budget uncertainties, SORDAC continues to achieve its vision of being the recognized expert and trusted provider to the finest SOF the world has ever known. As such, 2014 marks SORDAC’s fourth consecutive year for recognition and validation from the highest levels within OSD-AT&L.

With a team of less than 400 members, SORDAC professionals have not only fielded numerous military items and systems, but have executed more than 500 programs and projects, overseen nearly $9 billion in funds, and awarded $3.1 billion in contracts in the last fiscal year alone.

“To win this award one time is a feather in your cap;” said Geurts, “to win it four years in a row is unheard of and speaks directly to SORDAC’s commitment to its workforce and ensuring we have the best acquisition workforce in the world to support our warfighters.”


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