STAVANGER, Norway – Master Sergeant Julie G. Hansen, NATO Joint Warfare Centre’s (JWC) Purchasing and Contracting Officer, is awarded the title of “2019 Allied Command Transformation Military Member of the Year”.
Congratulating her and commending her upon her success, Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack, Commander JWC, said: “I am immensely proud of Master Sergeant Julie Hansen. Her recognition identifies not only her outstanding commitment, hard work, leadership and professionalism within the Joint Warfare Centre’s Budget and Finance Branch, but also identifies her active role in our community and organizational culture programme that underpins and inspires our thriving ‘One Team’ ethos.”
“Thank you for all your exemplary hard work at the Joint Warfare Centre and in support of Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and our great Alliance,” Rear Admiral Kaack added.
Allied Command Transformation's (ACT) Military Member of the Year (MMOY) Programme was established in 2003.
In unison with NATO’s Human Capital Initiative, the Programme recognizes and shows appreciation for the the vital role played by the non-commissioned officers of ACT and its subordinate headquarters, which includes the JWC, the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), and NATO School Oberammergau.
Some of the key factors for an ACT MMOY nomination include sustained superior performance, leadership, professionalism and dedication to self-improvement in order to support the enduring achievements of the NATO Alliance.
General André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), recognized Master Sergeant Julie Hansen’s accomplishments and presented her with a Letter of Commendation during a virtual ceremony, which took place in Virginia, Norfolk, United States.
“It is with great pleasure that I notify you of your selection as the 2019, Allied Command Transformation, Outstanding Military Member of the Year,” General Lanata said.
“Your selection as the best, amongst the best, within the participating organizations is yet another great testimony that performance, accountability, professionalism are truly matters in the Allied Command Transformation. I recognize your integrity, accountability and professionalism as they are unquestionable and influencing your peers and leaders within NATO Joint Warfare Centre and NATO.”
“On behalf of the men and women of Allied Command Transformation, congratulations for being recognized as our 2019 Outstanding Military Member of the Year!” General Lanata added.
A profile of success
“Being recognized as a NATO non-commissioned officer is an incredible privilege,” emphasized Master Sergeant Julie G. Hansen, adding: “Non-commissioned officers are tasked now more than ever to be the relied upon technical specialists in our respected career fields. I am so proud to be a valued collaborator at the Joint Warfare Centre, a NATO non-commissioned officer, and humbly honored to be Allied Command Transformation’s Military Member of the Year.”
Throughout 2019, Master Sergeant Hansen ensured the Joint Warfare Centre’s success through her dedicated management of the Centre’s competitive acquisition processes, which involved high value contracts and framework acquisitions. Throughout this work, Master Sergeant Hansen managed to deliver significant savings covering a period of five years.
Furthermore, she expertly co-authored the Joint Warfare Centre’s first contract with imbedded innovation deliverables for the geospatial branch, thus strengthening the Centre’s mission capacity as it relates to the delivery of exercises.
In October 2019, Master Sergeant Hansen was nominated as the first non-commissioned officer in NATO to receive an “unlimited contracting warrant”, permitting her the explicit authority to manage contracts and commercial legal liabilities on behalf of NATO.
As one of the JWC’s Deputy Senior Enlisted Leaders, Master Sergeant Hansen is dedicated to support her 31 fellow enlisted staff members at the Joint Warfare Centre in their professional development, paving the way for their future success.
Outside her full-time job, Master Sergeant Hansen is an active participant in the Joint Warfare Centre’s major community events. Last year, for example, she designed and led the Centre’s first brain games as part of the annual Sports Day. She is involved with broader community events as well, including basketball coaching for six and seven-year-olds at a local international school and she also volunteers for the cleaning up of the community parks in our beautiful city Stavanger.
Master Sergeant Hansen follows a personal development curriculum and she dedicated a total of 130 hours last year to online contracting courses, including a Danish language proficiency test. In 2019, she was also selected by Switzerland to represent the United States at the "International Non-Commissioned Officer Intermediate Leadership Course" of the same year.
An interview with Master Sergeant Hansen will be published in the fall issue of the JWC’s The Three Swords Magazine.