TAM construction rep accepts Hard Hat of the Year Award

Middle East District
Published Aug. 12, 2016
Nic Sison, a construction representative with the Middle East District, accepts the USACE Hard Hat of the Year Award Aug. 5.

Nic Sison, a construction representative with the Middle East District, accepts the USACE Hard Hat of the Year Award Aug. 5.

A construction representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, accepted the USACE Hard Hat of the Year award in a ceremony Aug. 5.

Nic Sison, a construction control representative at the District’s United Arab Emirates Resident Office, accepted the award which recognizes excellence in construction quality management.

Sison said he knew he was nominated but realizing he was receiving the award still came as a pleasant surprise.

“I was very pleased,” he said. “But it was really a team effort. The credit goes to all the folks I work with.”

Sison’s first USACE assignment in 2011 was on Masirah Island, Oman, which is one of the most remote locations where USACE personnel are assigned, and only accessible by ferry barge. He was responsible for quality assurance for a $19 million runway repair project and two other projects in other parts of Oman. His projects required extensive travel, and he fostered relationships with contractors, host nation security and engineering personnel as well as U.S. Embassy offices. This allowed the project to be completed in a timely manner despite its challenges.

In 2015, Sison transferred to the UAE resident office, where he began overseeing three projects that were behind schedule. He has worked to bring the projects back on schedule, while maintaining a focus on correcting safety issues with the contractor. He has become known for going above and beyond the usual scope of his duties to ensure the work is being performed correctly.

Khaled Masoud, the Oman area engineer, nominated Sison for the award.

“I looked around my hard-working office and was torn on whom to nominate for this prestigious award,” he said. “However, I quickly remembered how much Nic had sacrificed of his family time traveling to remote areas to execute projects and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Masoud said he has known Sison since he was still active duty in the Air Force, working on Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE, and after Sison retired, Masoud personally selected him for the UAE team.

“His dedication and apparent high energy level made me select him to join my team,” he said. “And, since then, his dedication and energy level have only multiplied.”