US Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center

Patterson recognized as Employee of the Month

Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville
Published June 13, 2019
Acquisition Support Specialist Bonnie Patterson (left) receives a certificate recognizing her award as the Huntsville Center Employee of the Month for June from Colleen O’Keefe (right), Center contracting chief. Patterson is a 17-year employee at the Center and was chosen for her tireless efforts in supporting three different energy programs as well as her many other contributions.

Acquisition Support Specialist Bonnie Patterson (left) receives a certificate recognizing her award as the Huntsville Center Employee of the Month for June from Colleen O’Keefe (right), Center contracting chief. Patterson is a 17-year employee at the Center and was chosen for her tireless efforts in supporting three different energy programs as well as her many other contributions.

Huntsville Center recently recognized acquisition support specialist Bonnie Patterson as the June Employee of the Month.

Patterson supports multiple programs within the Energy Division, and her supervisor, Alan Fearns, highlighted her recent achievements in supporting three energy programs this year. Fearns noted Patterson’s efforts helped make sure stakeholders received early, or on-time project delivery.

Fearns says Patterson helped increase program efficiencies with model contractual documents, and completed 100 percent of annual contracting officer’s representative, COR, inspections and monthly COR report reviews for three energy programs. 

But it was more than professional proficiency that make Patterson worthy of recognition said Fearns.

“Ms. Patterson is as excellent a person as she is a professional, and everyone who knows her seems to share a kind comment about both qualities,” Fearns said.

As for herself, Patterson gives credit to her family and upbringing as well as the nature of Huntsville Centers’ mission for the inspiration to see a job well done.

“My family has instilled a hard work ethic in me from a young age,” Patterson said.  “Combine that with the fact that I get to serve and work for our soldiers, the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and give us all of the privileges that we have today, it provides me extra motivation to give my absolute best in all I do.”

According to her Employee of the Month nomination form, Patterson’s work ethic led her to reliably inform project managers, contracting officers, and other key staff on the requirements to meet advertised milestones, while at the same time training, encouraging, and inspiring those with whom she worked.

It was also noted that her contract actions for the Resource Efficiency Manager, REM, Program were recognized during the Army Audit Agency's May pre-brief of their June draft report. 

Patterson has been with Huntsville Center for 17 years. Prior to her current position with the Energy Division, she spent the majority of her time supporting the Furnishings Program and the Military Munitions Design Center as an acquisition support specialist.

Huntsville Center is a unique U.S. Army Corps of Engineers organization. The Center is not defined by geographic boundaries; its missions provide specialized technical expertise, global engineering solutions, and cutting edge innovations through centrally managed programs in support of national interests.

Huntsville Center’s more than 1,000 employees manage nearly 3,000 ongoing projects at any given time. These projects fall into one of five portfolios: Medical, Facilities and Base Operations, Energy, Operational Technology, and Environmental. The portfolios comprise 42 different program areas, as well as six mandatory and six technical centers of expertise, and 17 centers of standardization. Projects are generally broad in scope, require technical expertise, centralized management or are functions not normally accomplished by a Headquarters, USACE organizational element.