Air Force Col. Edward C. Mahen received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's 1996 Achievement Award for Outstanding Performance for his leadership role in the Bosnian Command and Control Augmentation (BC2A) initiative.

Mahen managed an integrated product team made up of representatives from more than 15 organizations, brought together to field the high-bandwidth BC2A system to Operation Joint Endeavor forces in a matter of months.

DARPA also gave an Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence to Ronald Coifman of Yale University for his work over the past seven years on the agency's applied and computational mathematics program.

DARPA said Coifman's work on compression algorithms formed the basis for development of the FBI's automatic fingerprint identification system. Another of his developments led to breakthroughs in radar detection and classification.

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G. Clay Hollister has replaced John D. Hwang as associate director of the Information Technology Services Directorate at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hwang left the federal government in May to fill a similar role for the city of Los Angeles, according to FEMA.

Hollister was the deputy associate director for the response and recovery directorate at FEMA. His federal service began with the Peace Corps in 1963, followed by Army service in Vietnam in 1966. He joined the U.S. Fire Administration in 1977, where he was responsible for the Sesame Street Fire Safety Program for children.

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Cmdr. Thomas Buckingham took over command of the Annapolis, Md., laboratory of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He relieved Cmdr. Roger Walker, who retired.

Buckingham will serve as the last officer in charge of the Annapolis lab, founded more than 90 years ago, which is due to close in December 1998.

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Two federal contractors have been named state winners in the Small Business Administration's Small Business Person of the Year awards program.

One winner is Floyd Correa, president and owner of Correa Enterprises Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., which offers a variety of information technology support services to customers, including the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center.

The other winner was Robert Ross, president of Xante Corp., Mobile, Ala., which manufactures graphics printers for Apple Computer Inc. Macintosh computers, earning 5 percent of its $14 million in sales from the federal market.

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Bill Bialick has left his position as chief of workstation security applications at the National Security Agency to become technical director for the East Coast operations of Spyrus Inc., an information security firm headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Spyrus' East Coast office is located in Columbia, Md.

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Wilcox Electric Inc. has appointed William P. Marberg as president and chief executive officer. He joined Wilcox in December 1995 as senior managing vice president of navigation systems after leaving Loral Corp., where he was vice president of air traffic control.

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Alan Bechara, a former vice president of Government Technology Services Inc., has joined User Technology Associates Inc., an 8(a) systems integrator in Arlington, Va. Bechara will serve as the general manager of UTA's Systems Integration Division.

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ITS Services Inc., Springfield, Va., was named Small-Business Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Customs Service. The 8(a) company is owned by president Angela Mason and vice president Ramnath Prasad. At Customs, ITS performs network management, information engineering and acquisition support services.


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