UNIT: Program Executive Office: Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T), Project Director Network Enablers
TITLE: Product Director, Key Management
AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2000
TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 18
AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (5); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (4); Superior Civilian Service Award; Mr. Mountaineer Finalist
EDUCATION: M.S. in environmental science and policy, Johns Hopkins University; M.A. in management and leadership, Webster University; B.S. in agriculture, West Virginia University; Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College; Level III certified in program management and test and evaluation, Army Management Staff College Civilian Education System Advanced Course
What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter?
As a chartered acquisition life-cycle manager, I am responsible for all aspects of my assigned weapon system, including development, testing, production, training, fielding, sustainment and demilitarization. The equipment contained within the key management system of systems enables the Army’s strategic and tactical networks to pass voice and data securely. My vision is to provide the Army intuitive, simple and reliable capabilities to make the creation, distribution, management and destruction of electronic keying material transparent to the warfighter.
What are some of the milestones you’ve achieved?
Membership with the Army Acquisition Corps has provided me with a wide array of experiences and opportunities in the testing and program management communities. Previously, as a test director specializing in training range sustainment and unexploded ordnance (UXO) within the Army Test and Evaluation Command, I was responsible for the development and construction of the DOD’s Standardized UXO Technology Demonstration Site. During the height of the insurgency of Operations Iraq Freedom and Enduring Freedom in 2005, I stood up an office to fundamentally change the manner in which the Aberdeen Test Center conducted testing in order to react to the rapid fielding of systems necessary to meet emerging threats. As the product director for cryptographic systems, I established the Army-Wide Cryptographic Network Standardization program in order to modernize every cryptographic circuit within the Army infrastructure while demilitarizing over 200,000 obsolete pieces of communications security equipment.
What is your greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army Acquisition Corps?
The Army’s Civilian Creed challenges each of us to live the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. The Army Acquisition Corps gathers a cross-cutting group of professionals who believe there is no better use of their skills and talents than to dedicate themselves in support of the men and women in uniform. This knowledge provides me the moral strength as a selfless servant to do what is right, not what is easy, convenient or popular.
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