Fort Riley, Kansas



Fort Riley contractors earn awards

By Kalene Lozick | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | October 27, 2017

     “When thinking of a single person that supports the con­tracting effort in a most posi­tive manner, Mr. Todd Dies stands out as most worthy,” said Bill Bunting, director of resource management Fort Ri­ley garrison.

     The 923 Contracting Battalion along with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Riley announced the 418th Contracting Support Brigade recognized three individuals with a few fiscal year end awards Oct. 5 during the town hall meeting.

     The mission statement for the 923 Contracting Bat­talion and MICC-Fort Riley, as defined by their website, “provides contracting support to the warfighter, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley to en­able global readiness through tailored and innovative busi­ness advice solutions.”

     James (Todd) Dies, chief financial operations, resource management for the Fort Ri­ley garrison, was nominated by Bunting and received the Out­standing Contracting Out­reach Award.

     Lt. Col. Mary Olufunmi Drayton, commander and director for 923 CBN and MICC-Fort Riley, recognized Dies for “his dedication and support that he provides from the Resource Management side of contracting.”

     “It was just an honor to be recognized for this award from our local MICC, (and) then to find out that (I) won at the brigade level too, made it even more special,” Dies said.

     Dies said he worked with MICC personnel since going live in General Fund Enter­prise Business System and the Standard Procurement System, Purchasing Request Process in FY 2011.

     “We have worked hard in trying to understand all the ins and outs … together as a team,” Dies said. “The joint effort has led to us to a better understanding of both systems of GFEBS/PD2 (Procurement Desktop Defense) and know­ing what causes issues and how to prevent them.”

     The GFEBS is the software the Army uses for budgeting and a software that has caused installations to stumble.

     “In 2011 when GFEBS first went live, our installation along with every other installation, stumbled through the processes on how to work with this new system,” Bunting said. “Mr. Dies approached our office in order to develop the processes that our installation would fol­low when creating a Purchase Request, submitting a Purchase Request to MICC, releasing a contract or contract modifi­cation in PD2 and closing of awards and modifications.”

     In short, Dies has solved Purchase Request problems for the Fort Riley garrison MICC office.

     “So if I was to sum up this award, it is just a validation between our two different offices (and) commands working together and trying to do things right the first time,” Dies said. “It takes a lot of personnel to make this happen, so to me it was an honor and is very much appreciated that the MICC took the time to nominate me.”