Grace Hopper Awards

76 SWEG Wins Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper Award for Software Maintenace Excellence

The 76th Software Engineering Group (76 SWEG) at Tinker Air Force Base, OK recently received the Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper award for Software Maintenance Excellence.

This award is part of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Selection. This program recognizes the Department of Defense’s (DoD) most outstanding military maintenance units in four categories: Sustainment Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Military Forces Award; the Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence; the Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper Award for Software Maintenance Excellence; and the field-level awards.

The 76 SWEG Extreme Digital Development Group-Enterprise Team (EDDGE) distinguished itself by pursuing internal capabilities to rapidly innovate, develop, integrate, and deploy warfighting capabilities. Through in-depth weapon system engineering knowledge, paired with Agile and DevSecOps principles, they grew to lead innovation for weapon systems software across the DoD.

The 76th SWEG acted as the primary Technical Advisor for the Standard, and provided the Warfighter and contractors with training and tools to implement Open Mission Systems across the warfighter. This included a Government developed Critical Abstraction Layer, a multimillion-dollar piece of software, which allowed the Warfighter and smaller contractors to design Open Mission Systems Compliant systems without vendor lock issues.

The group’s efforts enabled over 11 programs and 12 contactors to successfully apply Open Mission Systems to improve Warfighter efficiency and reduce the risk of vendor lock. The professionalism and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the men and women of the 76TH SWEG reflect great credit upon themselves, Air Force Materiel Command, the United States Air Force, and the Department of Defense.

Rick McIver, Director of the 76th Software Engineering Group comments, “This recognition is a testament to the outstanding work employees of the 76 SWEG are doing every day to innovate and provide critical software capabilities to our nation’s warfighters at the speed of relevance. I could not be more proud of our entire team”.

With the mission of “providing the best value software engineering solutions (for the Air Force), enabling global airpower”, 76 SWEG is certainly following through and executing real solutions to the most demanding problems the DoD faces today.

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