The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) is responsible for ensuring the career development and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce, which consists of approximately 40,000 acquisition civilian and military members. This workforce resides in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices, and direct reporting units.
The Army DACM Office works directly with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), and the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) to enable workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce.
USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results
By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board held here and concluded early December selected 10 candidates for reclassification. This board was the first of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We continue to receive a record number of applications, which ensures competition and that the best qualified Soldiers are selected for reclassification,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C Proponent NCO. Sears noted that the high level of competition during this board resulted in a seven percent selection rate. The purpose of the board is to ensure that the best qualified NCOs from across the Army are selected for reclassification into military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C, an acquisition, logistics and technology contracting NCO, which is part of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce. The primary mission for 51C NCOs is to deploy as contingency contracting officers and serve as members of the early entry module contingency contracting team. When not deployed, selected NCOs will serve as contingency contracting officers in support of a headquarters, principal assistant responsible for contracting, or as a part of contracting support brigades, contingency contracting battalions or installation contracting offices, providing training and mission support. The number of selected applicants varies with each board and is dependent upon the accession needs of the Army at the time the board convenes. The next reclassification board is scheduled for late spring to early summer of 2015. USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Jae Chang Staff Sgt. Formeka Griffin Sgt. John Gyaben Sgt. Lesly Hill Sgt. (P) Marissa Kinder Staff Sgt. Filipp Lassman Staff Sgt. Anthony Patera Staff Sgt. Fitho Simplice Staff Sgt. Dustin Smith Staff Sgt. Archina Twitty Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: USAASC announces October MOS 51C reclassification board results USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results TWI: It Just May Be Your Favorite Year September Army DACM Office Hot Topics
December Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In the August 2014 Army Director Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Hot Topics, the Army DACM Office highlighted the future intent to expand the use of the SRPE across the Army Acquisition enterprise on an annual basis. Steps have been taken to update the SRPE instructional documents. SRPEs are still required for all Army Acquisition Workforce Best Qualified Boards, e.g., the Centralized Select List Boards and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows Program. You may access and view all SRPE-related documents in CAMP/CAPPMIS, under the SRPE tab. Hot Topic #2: Introducing Acquisition Career Field (ACF) Civilian Career Models! The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) is responsible for the development, training and certification of the 38,000 civilian and military acquisition professionals. One of the DACM’s top priorities is a talent management initiative to ensure that future leaders among the military and civilian acquisition workforce are identified and developed. Successful talent management requires both leader and individual accountability. The sustainment and the future of our Army Acquisition Corps depend upon the investment we make in our professionals today. Historically, career guidance for the civilian acquisition workforce has not been as robust as that of their military counterparts. To address this, the Army DACM Office developed civilian career models for each of the 13 Army ACFs. We are happy to introduce these models to you today. The ACF civilian career models are notional guides for professional growth and a well-rounded ACF experience. Not every opportunity presented on the models is required, nor is each opportunity suited for everyone. There are many different paths within an individual’s acquisition career to reach a career goal; all depend on an individual’s current career status as well as their personal, professional and organizational goals and objectives. Acquisition workforce professionals and their supervisors should use these models as a tool for developing a plan to advance throughout their acquisition career. The ACF civilian career models are located on the Army DACM Office website under Civilian Career Planning Steps. ‘Army DACM Office Hot Topics’ is brought to you by the USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch to help Army acquisition professionals stay on top of career information with timely updates including training opportunities, current program offerings and what’s on the horizon. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: September Army DACM Office Hot Topics Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July October Army DACM Office Hot Topics November Army DACM Office Hot Topics
November Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is pleased to announce the 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program. This program offers an opportunity for eligible Army Acquisition Workforce members to complete coursework toward a master’s degree during duty time. The program covers tuition costs including book fees and travel expenses. The application window closes Dec. 1, 2014. Eligible applicants include GS 14-15 civilians (or broadband equivalent) and O5-O6 military. High-performing GS-13s and O4s may be considered by exception. NOTE: Acquisition workforce members who already have a masters degree in a business or acquisition related field, will not be considered. Applicants must also have met certification requirements. Unlike other programs, ADMBA provides sponsoring organizations an opportunity to send their own star employees to study and learn alongside rising stars from customer and supplier organizations. The ADMBA program is a unique setting, fostering an unrivalled growth and networking opportunity. We cannot overemphasize the value of this student-to-student learning and strategic relationship development. UT’s ADMBA is tailored to serve the professional development needs of rising leaders in the defense acquisition community. The program’s unique design allows participants to complete the degree in one year while continuing to serve in their current assignment. Many of the readings and lessons come straight out of the defense industry. This program teaches business skills that ADMBA students will use to improve Army business practices and Soldier support in their current positions and in all assignments that will follow. In this way, the ADMBA delivers strong dividends for the Army, the student, and the supporting unit. A centralized selection board will select candidates from the applicants for the ADMBA. It will then forward the results of the selection board Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army DACM, for final selection in mid-December. All nominations must be submitted by the applicant’s organization. For additional information on how to apply, please contact your organizational acquisition points of contact or Acquisition Career Management Advocate. Hot Topic #2: Army DACM on Talent Management Lt. Gen. Williamson discusses his approach to talent management in his first Workforce Minute video, a series of short, informative videos produced periodically by USAASC to provide relevant, career-related news for the Army Acquisition Workforce. His approach includes “several initiatives to help our leaders identify and develop talent” within the Army acquisition workforce. Learn more and watch the video. ‘Army DACM Office Hot Topics’ is brought to you by the USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch to help Army acquisition professionals stay on top of career information with timely updates including training opportunities, current program offerings and what’s on the horizon. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: October Army DACM Office Hot Topics Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July September Army DACM Office Hot Topics Time for Talent
Faces of the Force
Maj. Mark Corn
Contingency contracting requires its people to go where the action is, and as a contingency contracting officer, Maj. Mark Corn has spent a lot of time in the field, strengthening his skills during field exercises in Germany and a deployment to Djibouti. But, in looking at his career over the long term, he knows he’ll need to balance offsite work with stateside posts. Corn is the team leader for the 717th Contingency Contracting Team (CCT) and contracting officer for the 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion (CCBn) Pre-Award Division.
After 20 years in the private sector as a litigator and consultant in telecommunications, Roderick Redman decided to look for a position that offered a more equitable work-life balance along with the opportunity to use his skills and experience. That exploration led him to the Army Contracting Command, where he currently serves as branch chief for contract pricing. He recently marked five years in government service, making him a relative newcomer to the field. “There are a lot of very bright people working for the government, and I’ve been really impressed by the level of expertise, particularly at the senior…
Master Sgt. Keith Joseph
When Master Sgt. Keith Joseph tells people about his contracting work for the Army, “they’re always surprised that we have our hands in so many things. The people building the new facility, the movers handling a PCS [permanent change of station] from one part of the country to the other, the group making sure the lawns are mowed—that’s all contracting. And it’s rewarding to me to be a part of that.” Joseph joined the Army nearly 20 years ago, and deployed to Saudi Arabia in 2001, Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2008. He took a few minutes to speak…
Roughly 10 years ago, Al Rinaldi was working for a rental car company while earning an MBA and looking for something more in a career. “A friend of mine was an engineer at Picatinny [Arsenal] and I mentioned to him that I was looking for something different,” said Rinaldi. “He offered to bring my resume to some people he knew, and a few months later I got a call about an opening.” But it turned out to be much more than just another job opportunity. He added, “One thing I really enjoyed about my MBA program was the emphasis on…
As a military spouse, the need to have a portable career eventually landed Donna VanGilder in a position with Army acquisition. “My husband was on active duty for the Army and I knew that we’d be moving every few years. I wanted a job that allowed me to relocate and take my skills with me to the next post.” Her 30-year career has included a lot of twists and turns, moving from the Army to the Air Force and back to the Army.
Lt. Col. Robert Strob
Lt. Col. Robert Strob joined the Army in 1991, looking to travel the world, serve his country, learn new skills and support his family and community. Along the way, he’s managed to notch some significant savings for the Army Medical Command (MEDCOM).