AEDC Quality Assurance Program Coordinator receives 2018 AFMC award
By Deidre Ortiz, AEDC/PA
/ Published June 17, 2019
ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. --
Stacey Lamb, the AEDC Quality Assurance Program Coordinator (QAPC) and Small Business Specialist at Arnold Air Force Base, received the 2018 Air Force Material Command Award for Outstanding Quality Assurance Program Coordinator.
Lamb said she’s elated to have received such a prestigious award.
“It almost feels like a bigger-than-life accomplishment,” Lamb said. “To win this award at the AFMC level, it makes me very proud.”
Lamb has been in the field of government contracting for 15 years, previously working with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She said she is happy to now be at Arnold and has been part of the contracting office here since 2016.
“I love my job,” she said. “I grew up in Manchester and this position was an opportunity to come back home.”
According to Lamb’s supervisor, Rebecca Gardner, the chief of the Test Range and Specialized Contracting Division at Arnold, the role of a QAPC is to ensure that all services acquisitions integrate mission needs with performance based service requirements and that all regulatory and administrative requirements of the program are met.
“Stacey is responsible for overseeing the training of Contracting Officer’s Representatives over multiple contracts, and keeping CORs, COR Supervisors, Contracting Officers, and AEDC leadership aware of changes in policy that may affect COR performance and contract surveillance,” Gardner said.
The nomination package for Lamb’s award commends her for the overhaul of the QAPC program and creating trackers for compliance monitoring, as well as ensuring QAPC oversight of all contracts. It also mentions that Lamb partnered with AFTC during a review of CORs and resulted in 100 percent compliance.
In addition to a plaque, Lamb received a letter from Heidi Bullock, AFMC Director of Contracting, congratulating her on her award.
The letter reads, “Congratulations on being selected as the AFMC FY18 Outstanding Quality Assurance Program Coordinator award winner. Your high-quality contributions resulted in this outstanding achievement. Your accomplishments directly and positively impacted the successful performance of our mission supporting the warfighter.”
One aspect of her job that Lamb especially enjoys is getting to interact with the community.
“Part of my job as Small Business Specialist is promoting AEDC and trying to encourage small businesses to do business with us at Arnold,” she said. “Therefore, I do a lot out in the community. I’ll soon be going out to the Chamber of Commerce meetings as part of that outreach. It really does take a smiling face and getting out there and getting to know everyone.”
Though proud of her recent accomplishment, Lamb also hopes it will make a lasting impression on her daughter, Tiffany.
“I like to show my daughter that you can be anything you want,” she said. “I always wanted to serve my country in some way and even though I wasn’t able to join the military, I have the opportunity to do it in a different way. I absolutely love my job and the Air Force.”