MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- By Monique Randolph, MCSC Corporate Communications
A gunnery sergeant from Marine Corps Systems Command received the prestigious Eugene M. Stoner Award Nov. 4 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
Gunnery Sgt. Raymond Jentz, project officer for the Radio Reconnaissance Equipment Program in MCSC’s Marine Intelligence, or PM MI, received the Stoner Award for his work with the Signals Intelligence Electronic Warfare team in 2012.
“This was a surprise for me, but it’s also validation that the work I’m doing doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Jentz, a native of Kamiah, Idaho. “It’s an honor to receive an award named after someone who made such great contributions to weapons development for the Marine Corps and other military services.”
The Stoner Award is presented to a Marine Corps staff noncommissioned officer for superior professional excellence and innovation in pursuit of the acquisition, fielding and support of systems and equipment to the operating forces. The award is named after Eugene M. Stoner, designer of the Stoner System, a modular system that can be configured into various weapons ranging from assault rifles to fixed heavy machine guns.
The Stoner Award was one of three Marine Corps Awards for Acquisition Innovation and Excellence presented to employees for accomplishments within MCSC and Program Executive Officer Land Systems Nov. 4. MCSC is the Department of the Navy’s systems command for Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology systems, and the commandant's agent for acquisition and sustainment of warfighting systems and equipment. PEO LS is the Marine Corps acquisition arm for major land programs.
Jentz worked with the Signals Intelligence Electronic Warfare Integrated Product Team and Capability Development and Integration Directorate to restructure two SIGINT collection systems into a single program called Tactical SIGINT Collection System.
The new structure will reduce development and sustainment costs for the Marine Corps and give Marine radio battalions more flexibility in the equipment they carry, said Mike Stanford, Signals Intelligence Electronic Warfare team lead. Operators will also save time training on equipment and software because both systems will use similar equipment.
Jentz also helped take PM MI from a paper document routing system to an electronic document signature and routing system. This lets the office track acquisition documents at every stage of the process, Stanford said. Jentz created document templates and a comprehensive training package to help employees adopt the new system.
“His contributions not only had an impact on operators in terms of training and use of equipment, but on the Marine Corps by saving money and PM MI by increasing our productivity,” Stanford said. “Gunnery Sergeant Jentz’ vision and ability to anticipate the needs of the organization and then give us products to meet those needs makes him stand out.”