Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

BySteve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 1, 2014)—The new edition of Army AL&T magazine is here and it’s all about people—the 38,000-strong Army Acquisition Workforce with special recognition for the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). The AAC, the core of the workforce, is made up of more than 12,000 men and women, experts in engineering, physics, robotics, mathematics, and other Acquisition fields, serve as an example of the professionalism and excellence of those who dedicate themselves to protect and support Soldiers across the globe. October 13, 1989, marks the date that then Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the AAC, in […]

Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

POSITION: Chief, UAS Operations, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office UNIT: Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 22 years. AWARDS: Department of the Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service, AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year for Technical and Professional, and Order of Prometheus. EDUCATION: BS Business Administration, Athens State University; Athens, Alabama.   Rocky start leads to solid career By Susan Follett Dana Osborne’s first day on the job was almost her last. But with a little determination and some help from a couple of managers, she turned a rocky start into a 22-year career, continuing a family legacy of service that […]

ASA(ALT) general hosts first-ever Facebook town hall

ASA(ALT) general hosts first-ever Facebook town hall

By Tara Clements FT. BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 24, 2014) – The Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) connected virtually with members of the Army acquisition community for ASA(ALT)’s first ever Facebook town hall, “Acquisition Workforce Opportunities,” with the top officer in charge of career management. The event was hosted on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Facebook page on Sept. 11. “I view this event as a great way to interact directly with Army acquisition professionals,” said Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson in an email to acquisition leaders promoting the event. Williamson is the principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and […]

Soldier-based training

Soldier-based training

C4ISR Field Support Vision 2020: Preparing the self-sufficient force By Maj. Robert C. Moyer Since the start of contingency operations, the Army has acquired a variety of urgently needed quick reaction capabilities, such as communications, networking, surveillance and counter-IED solutions, in response to urgent operational needs. In addition to being fast-tracked through the acquisition process to meet critical warfighting demands, these systems, designed to better connect Soldiers and commanders and provide visibility into battlefield threats, represented increasingly complex technology requirements for operators and maintainers alike. To deliver immediate support for these systems to Soldiers in theater, the Army successfully implemented a robust, contractor-based field support model. However, with the drawdown […]

Army acquisition officers: Get your advanced degree!

Army acquisition officers: Get your advanced degree!

Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) provides opportunities for officers to pursue advanced degree programs at civilian universities on a full-time, fully funded basis. The purpose of this program is to help our Acquisition Corps officers receive the best and most appropriate graduate degrees available in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether you wish to attend Naval Postgraduate School, Penn State or even Yale, the Acquisition Management Branch (AMB) of the Army Human Resources Command will take your education preferences into consideration and work with you in getting a quality education. Are you technically inclined? We encourage Acquisition Corps officers to pursue an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Or […]

Faces of the Force: Adam J. Bross

Faces of the Force: Adam J. Bross

POSITION: Budget Analyst UNIT: Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Program Management Directorate, Fort Belvoir, Virginia TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3 years AWARDS: Performance awards (2012, 2013) EDUCATION: B.S. Finance, George Mason University   Young finance professional knocks on opportunity’s door By Tara Clements Most students start looking for a job around the time they graduate from college—but most students aren’t Adam Bross. Rather than waiting for ‘opportunity to knock’ on his door, Bross walked up to the front door and did the knocking himself. In 2004, while most high school graduates were enjoying the summer and surfing at the beach, Bross was surfing USAJOBS looking for work. […]

A leg up

A leg up

Wounded warrior develops first-of-a-kind leg prosthesis By Mr. Steve Stark For most people, the 21st birthday is life-changing in one sense only, and a trivial one at that—they can purchase alcohol. For Edward Lychik, who turned 21 on Sept. 30, 2011, while serving as an Army combat engineer in Afghanistan, that birthday was profoundly life-changing in more ways than one. “We always like to say the combat engineers lead the way. We’re out there in the front, leading, driving five miles an hour and looking for bombs. Once I’d find something, we’d dig it up and go blow it up somewhere else,” he said. Lychik’s job as a specialist was […]

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: The Annual Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In November 2004, the Army director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) spearheaded the implementation of the automated Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) at grades GS-13 and above, including broadband equivalents. The directive was suspended in January 2005, but the SRPE remained a requirement for civilian AAW members applying for Centrally Selected List positions, Senior Service College and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows program. SRPE has been very successful in ensuring equitable competition for these programs, and has also provided senior leaders with a tool to assess and identify leadership potential among their workforce. […]

Training Boom

Training Boom

Suite of trainers for towed artillery systems blends realism, modularity By Maj. Daniel Cowling and Mr. Joshua Zawislak   Engineers from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and the Army’s project manager for towed artillery systems (PM TAS) have been collaborating on an innovative training package that will take an avatar-based gaming approach to training for the M777A2 and M119A3 towed howitzers. The current overseas conflict has required Soldiers and Marines to deploy for extended periods in nonstandard missions, without their howitzers and performing jobs outside their normal military occupational specialties (MOSs). While this flexibility has been essential to managing a complex conflict, often it has […]

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

By Karen Kurtz WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the establishment of the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Award for Writing to be presented to the winners of the writing competition launched earlier this summer to help shape the public dialogue on Army acquisition issues. “Harry Greene was a Soldier, a leader, a mentor and a friend who inspired all of us to tackle complex problems on behalf of Soldiers,” Williamson said. “I can think of no better way to honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service […]