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Lieutenant Colonel Ross Monta is enthusiastically recommended for the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding meritorious service while serving as the Product Manager (PdM) for the Marine Corps Total Force Information Technology Systems (TFITS), Program Management Marine Corps - 110, Information Systems and Infrastructure, Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), Quantico, Virginia, from October 2010 to June 2012. During this period, Lieutenant Colonel Monta distinguished himself through consistent meritorious service as a Product Manger and Acquisition Professional.

As the TFITS Product Manager, LtCol Monta inherited 86 programs and applications, most of which were not properly aligned. He lead several efforts to mitigate significant delays in contracting actions that would have lead to the loss of critical services, finding viable solutions that enabled mission completion and promoted competition at the earliest possible opportunity. LtCol Monta directed and approved the following: The successful transition of the Total Force Structure Management System (TFSMS) through Milestone-B, briefing the MDA, Brigadier General Kelley, Commanding General MCSC. The program successfully avoided a schedule breach and resumed course direction toward Milestone-C schedule for 3rd quarter FY12. He focused program prioritization and developed a common message for PM TFITS' programs to align personnel appropriately.  This resulted in a reduction of portfolio to 62 programs and applications just by simply adjusting communication of TFITS portfolio priorities to internal and external stakeholders. The effort was adopted by PMM-110, who supported realignment of PdM shops, which reduced the PdM TFITS portfolio down to 30 Programs and applications with 44 Marine and civilian personnel entering the 1st quarter of FY12. LtCol Monta increased organization workforce alignment, in the midst of a hiring freeze, by successfully realigning 8 internal and external employees TFITS to support the...