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Meet a US Dept of Defense Award Winner

Pauline Smith Created Civilian and Military Linkages


In mid-September 2016, Army scientist Pauline M. Smith received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. It is given to individuals in the civilian service that made a significant contribution to the mission of the Department of Defense (DOD).

Smith received her award for support to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Tactical Warfare Systems, Land Warfare and Munitions, while she worked there from June 2015 to May 2016.

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Originally from Jamaica, in 1998 Smith joined the Army Research Lab (ARL), the Army’s corporate, or central, laboratory located in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Smith is now an ARL liaison to Assistant Secretary of the Army, in the Acquisition, Logistics and Technology area.

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She received her MS in Chemistry from the University of Louisville and an MS in Program Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Jose Gonzalez is the Deputy Director, Land Warfare and Munitions, within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

He nominated Smith for the award as “she worked exceptionally well with high-ranking civilian and military personnel and in situations requiring a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy and sound judgment.”

Gonzalez joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2001 and the DoD in 1985. He career in the defense industry, and has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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