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Hanscom employee captures BIG award

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – An Air Force Life Cycle Management Center program manager here will receive the Air Force Blacks in Government Military Meritorious Service Award at a ceremony during the organization’s annual conference in Dallas later this summer.

Jacquelynn Coles is the lead for Air Force Distributed Common Ground System Network Infrastructure Transformation Acquisition Category III.

She received the award for attributes that “epitomize the qualities and core values” of the Air Force.

“Jacquelynn was instrumental in the upgrades to several Air Force DCGS sites,” said Daniel Hickey, chief of the AF DCGS Branch, who nominated Coles for the award. “Her extraordinary leadership enabled the program to coordinate and quickly award contracts that were critical for program success.”

In addition to her performance on duty, Hickey highlighted Coles’ efforts in the local community.

“As president of the Ralph F. Browne, Jr., chapter of Blacks in Government, Jacquelynn led an annual networking event for more than 500 minority members of the Hanscom community,” said Hickey. “She also led an effort to donate more than 100 items to local homeless shelters.”

According to the nomination, Coles was also a mentor to junior employees at Hanscom Air Force Base.

The period of performance for this award is from April 2018 through April 2019.

Coles has been involved in the Hanscom BIG chapter since 2014.

According to the recognition eligibility listed on MyPers, nominees must meet one or more of eight items. Among them are that “nominees must promote the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations and/or public service.”

Blacks in Government was established in 1975 by a small group of African-American employees working with the Public Health Services.

According to the organization’s website, BIG's goals are to promote equity in all aspects of American life, excellence in public service and opportunity for all Americans.