UNIT: Army Materiel Command/Research, Development and Engineering Command/Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center matrix support to Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
POSITION: Systems Engineer/Foreign Military Sales Lead for Joint Product Manager CBRNE Analytics and Response Systems
AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005
TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 19
AWARDS: AMC Coin of Excellence; ASA(ALT) Coin of Excellence; Civilian NATO Service Medal; Civilian Global War on Terrorism Medal; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; DA-Official Commendation (2); David Packard Award for Excellence in Acquisition
EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in chemical engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla
What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter?
As a matrix employee, I supported Joint Program Executive Office (PEO) for Chemical and Biological Defense for all 11 years, and before that was supporting Army acquisition activities in Joint Program Office for Biological Defense and Program Manager for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense since I began my career back in 1995. It’s important to the warfighter that I bring years of civil service experience and I’m widely knowledgeable about the Defense Acquisition Framework and how it meets their needs for new material.
What are some of the milestones you’ve achieved?
I worked on an Acquisition Category II program and was part of a successful low-rate initial production decision that eventually led to a full-rate production decision. In support of that program, I fielded more than 300 biological detection systems. I also worked on several operational need statements that provided urgently needed equipment to the warfighters. In addition, I’m Level III certified in program management and systems engineering.
What is your greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army Acquisition Corps?
My greatest satisfaction was being able to deploy as a civilian and work side by side with other PEO representatives. Although we came from different PEOs, we all were there to support the warfighter.
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