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BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION IN GOVERNMENT


Maj. Marc Fulson Acting Deputy Branch Chief Rapid Acquisitions Branch U.S. Air Force


PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN INDUSTRY


Shelvy Marbury Area Manager Network Engineering AT&T


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aj. Marc Fulson calls himself “Wizc.” We can only assume the nick- name relates to his top-flight achievements as conveyed


by the resounding support for his nomination for Outstanding Technical Contribution. Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves, commander, Space and Mis- sile Systems Center, writes, “Without a doubt, he is one of the center’s best junior field grade officers. My predecessor recog- nized his outstanding leadership abilities and assigned him as the deputy of one of the center’s most selective and prestigious team, the Independent Readiness Review Team.” In this capacity, “Marc directly advised both my predeces- sor and me on the ‘go, no-go’ decisions for the launch of nine National Security satellites.


“In recognition of this, Maj. Fulson was recently hand- picked to fill a critical leadership position in the Military Satellite Communications Systems directorate. His superb leadership skills and mastery of systems engineering principles have had an immediate impact on a highly critical advanced satellite commu- nications project, which will provide a game-changing capability for our nation.” Maj. Fulson is now acting deputy branch chief and lead proj- ect manager for the Space Segment, Rapid Acquisitions Branch, Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center.


This impressive young man already has his share of awards and decorations: the 2013 Air Force Winner of the Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award; the 2013 A.F. Space Command Winner of the NAACP Roy Wilkins Brown Renown Service Award; Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; and Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster. U.S. Air Force Col. Xavier Chavez, deputy director, MIL-


SATCOM systems directorate, summed up Maj. Fulson’s talents and character: “Maj. Fulson is an incredible leader, highly skilled engineer, and talented speaker. He is a caring and dedicated mentor, both up and down the Air Force chain, and has devoted significant time with inner-city teens.”


Commenting on his current role, Col. Loralee Manas, chief, advanced development division, observes that, “Maj. Fulson clearly was the perfect fit for this demanding position … his me- chanical engineering, flight test discipline, program management and root cause corrective action knowledge for advanced satel- lites give him all the necessary tools and he has quickly made a significant impact on the future of the United States’ strategic communications.”


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rs. Shelvy Marbury has been a stand-out employee since joining AT&T in 2005. She is a trusted voice with the AT&T network organization and a subject matter expert in engineering. Sabrena Lampley-Talbert, director, construction and engi-


neering, AT&T planning, says Mrs. Marbury, “is often called on by AT&T leadership to represent the organization in solving difficult issues or to trial new procedures to decrease cost and cycle time. Shelvy is highly regarded — not only because of her results and achievements — but also because she leads her team by example when it comes to quality, professionalism, and work ethic.”


Mrs. Marbury, area manager of network engineering, is responsible for leading two distinct AT&T work groups, plus an extended team of turf vendors, general contractors, and construc- tion crews.


One work group ensures the engineering and timely delivery of equipment to cell sites across Michigan and Indiana with a budget in excess of $75 million.


Her second high-profile assignment is the implementation


of LTE installation through effective project management of key milestones.


“Shelvy is extremely effective at leading both teams through creative problem solving and collaboration to exceed corporate goals,” says Ms. Lampley-Talbert.


Among her top-flight achievements, Mrs. Marbury has: - Developed a national training curriculum/program for the equipment engineering job function – now mandatory training for all new hires


- Earned the Service Excellence Award for leading the Mid- west region and the nation to more than 100 percent attainment in the CASPR vs. EPL initiative - Earned the Project Fast Track Award for construction in process reduction of $700 million and cycle time reduction of 10-40 percent in a year


- Received two Net Ops Star Awards for LTE (4G) and UMTS (3G) plan of execution achievement - Earned a Six Sigma yellow belt - Worked with NASA’s Space Agricultural Program to de- velop a micro-porous plate membrane to grow food in space on extended missions


- Developed a new equipment decommissioning procedure for the Midwest region


- Consulted with human resources to develop nationwide competency mapping and job assessment for various technical disciplines throughout AT&T


- Led equipment engineering forum to develop standardized best practices for the Midwest region - Consulted with the national NT2.5 One AT&T team to


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