Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

POSITION: Chief, Training and Readiness, G-3 UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 16 AWARDS: Air Force Women-Owned Small Business Outreach Excellence Award; Randolph Air Force Base Most Outstanding Woman; 12th Contracting Squadron Professional of the Quarter (3); Dept. of the Army Commendation EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and acquisitions management, Webster University; B.S. in business administration, St. Thomas Aquinas College   Have Career, Will Travel By Susan L. Follett 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 […]

Adapting Artillery

Adapting Artillery

Design change strengthens battle-worn M119A3 howitzer at less cost than new system By Mr. Joseph Lipinski and MAJ Wade Perdue  Over a decade has passed since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and the Army has asked more from its artillerymen than at any time in history. No matter what the mission, from multiple deployments to conducting nonstandard missions in some of the most remote locations in the world, artillerymen have always been flexible and adaptable. But high-altitude mountain warfare has tested more than the limits of our Soldiers; it has tested the limits of the howitzers they fire, as witness the M119A3. With its extended range, accuracy, reliability […]

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 […]

‘Semper Gumby’

‘Semper Gumby’

A former Marine recruiter’s job with Starbucks is all about connection Chat with Starbucks’ Tom Tice awhile about his job, and you get the impression that the retired Marine is like a kid in a candy store when he goes to work each day. It’s not the caffeine talking; he is just that enthusiastic about what he does. Now he’s working to recruit some 10,000 former military personnel and active-duty military spouses to become Starbucks partners—the employees who provide what the company calls the Starbucks Experience. Tice started his career as a Marine in the late 1980s as a heavy machine gunner, then served duty in U.S. embassies before becoming […]

Time for Talent

Time for Talent

By Tara Clements and Steve Stark The Army DACM Discusses Talent Management FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 3, 2014) – Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, acquisition career management (DACM), discusses his approach to talent management in the latest Workforce Minute video from the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). His approach includes “several initiatives to help our leaders identify and develop talent” within the Army acquisition workforce. Williamson established a talent management team within the Army DACM Office at USAASC earlier this year, which he charged with instituting enterprisewide acquisition talent management for the civilian and military workforce. “Talent management is focused on creating a pool of the right […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Robert Strob

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Robert Strob

POSITION: Chief, Southern Regional Contracting Office UNIT: Healthcare Acquisition Activity, MEDCOM TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: Bronze Star (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (3) EDUCATION: Master’s degrees in management and procurement and acquisition, Webster University; B.S. in finance, Providence College   Contracting work supports 500,000-plus Soldiers and families By Susan Follett 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). Strob, chief of MEDCOM’s Southern Regional Contracting Office […]

Train to Sustain: Interactive multimedia instruction uses lifelong learning methodologies to support battlefield communication systems

Train to Sustain: Interactive multimedia instruction uses lifelong learning methodologies to support battlefield communication systems

By Mr. Peter Nesby The product director for Defense Wide Transmission Systems (PD DWTS) is using interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) to enhance sustainment training for key battlefield communication systems. IMI employs computer-based technology integrating a host of components, including text, graphics, animation, sound and video. IMI training applications can take many forms, including tutorials, simulations, virtual reality and expert systems, as well as “just-in-time” training embedded in performance support systems. PD DWTS, assigned to the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, recently launched a training support package using distributed learning to support new equipment training and unit sustainment training for the Combat Service Support (CSS) Automated Information Systems Interface […]

Army evaluates DARPA’s futuristic soft exosuit

Army evaluates DARPA’s futuristic soft exosuit

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 28, 2014) — Army researchers are evaluating prototype devices developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, Warrior Web program’s goal is to create a soft, lightweight undersuit to help reduce injuries and fatigue, while improving mission performance. DARPA is responsible for the development of new technologies for the U.S. military. Researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering spent the past two years developing a biologically inspired smart suit that aims to boost efficiency through a new approach. A series of webbing straps contain a microprocessor and a network of strain sensors. “The […]

Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Program: A True National Asset

Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Program: A True National Asset

By Michael Mcgarvey, Deputy Product Manager, Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems From the foxhole to the Oval Office, effective communications are critical to the execution of countless DOD operations across the globe and around the clock. Comprising orbiting satellites and the earth terminals from and to which they relay data, satellite communications, or SATCOM, systems are perhaps the most strategic communications tools available to DOD, including its commander in chief. At a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark initial operational capability (IOC) of the latest generation of DOD SATCOM terminals, Brig. Gen.(P) John B. Morrison, commander of the Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), said, “This terminal is designed to be there when […]

Army advances technology at Base Camp Integration Laboratory

Army advances technology at Base Camp Integration Laboratory

By Bob Reinert, USAG-Natick Public Affairs FORT DEVENS, Mass. (Oct. 24, 2014) — As the Army rightsizes and transitions to a more expeditionary force, how efficiently its Soldiers can live during deployments becomes increasingly important. Current and future technologies that will help realize that goal by saving fuel, water and money were on display here, Wednesday, during the annual stakeholders meeting at the Base Camp Integration Laboratory, or BCIL, which contains systems that are already deployed, those being tested, and new technologies. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, supported this event, hosted by Lt. Gen. Gustave Perna, the Army G-4, and Scott Davis, program […]