#AAC25 Guardrail turns 40, modernization keeps it going

#AAC25 Guardrail turns 40, modernization keeps it going

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., July 8, 2011 — A dinner celebration on Aberdeen Proving Ground during the 2011 Special Electronic Mission Aircraft conference represented more than just an opportunity to bring together the numerous military, government and industry personnel that had been instrumental in the development and continued success of the Guardrail program, it served as an opportunity to reflect on 40 years of success with more to come. Guardrail aircraft were first employed in Germany in 1971 to monitor Soviet Block troop movements in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, and they continued to perform that function for nearly 30 years. At the end […]

#AAC25 Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache helicopter

#AAC25 Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache helicopter

By Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Troth, 1st CAB Public Affairs FORT RILEY, Kan. (Army News Service, Dec. 30, 2011) — A new helicopter is coming to the Block. The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache helicopters replaced with the comprehensively upgraded Apache (AH-64D) Block III beginning in February. “There are new components to the aircraft — new head tracker, a new helmet and new flight pages,” said Lt. Col. Edward Vedder, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Bn., commander. “It takes some getting used to.” The Apache Block III incorporates 26 new […]

#AAC 25 PEO Soldier details notable achievements

#AAC 25 PEO Soldier details notable achievements

By PEO Soldier Activated in April 2002, PEO Soldier develops, acquires, fields and sustains affordable, integrated, state-of-the-art equipment to improve Soldier dominance in Army operations today and in the future. It manages 450 programs and products that provide warfighters with the best available equipment, training and capabilities so that they’re ready for anything they encounter across the full spectrum of military operations—offensive, defensive, stability and civil support. Six months after activation, PEO Soldier developed the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI), which aimed to equip all deploying Soldiers with enhanced capabilities for overseas operations. RFI—the Army’s largest equipment fielding effort since World War II—supplements unit and Soldier equipment with state-of-the-art modernization items […]

Reginald L. Bagby

Reginald L. Bagby

UNIT: Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems POSITION: Portfolio Manager, Enterprise Management Systems AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2002 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 36: 1975-1999, active duty; 2002-present, civilian. AWARDS: Meritorious Service Award (5); Civilian Superior Service Award; Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 Award EDUCATION: B.S. in psychology, Park University; MBA, Strayer University. Graduate of George Washington University’s Contracting Program; Level III certified in acquisition program management.   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) is the Army’s enterprisewide technical leader for business information systems, providing Soldiers with the decisive edge through information dominance. Within that framework, […]

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 […]

Kevin Coggins

Kevin Coggins

UNIT: Program Executive Office-Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors POSITION: Product Director Positioning, Navigation & Timing AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2011 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: Commander’s Award EDUCATION: B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Florida   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I serve as the product director for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), responsible for the development, procurement, fielding and life-cycle support of the Army’s PNT capabilities. These capabilities provide the warfighter with the ability to access accurate and trusted time and position information—critical enablers for all Army warfighting functions and almost every Army system. What are some of the milestones you’ve […]

#AAC25 Army accepts last PTDS Aerostat

#AAC25 Army accepts last PTDS Aerostat

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S PAO On May 29, the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) system entered its next chapter as Lt. Col. Michael Parodi, product manager Meteorological and Target Identification Capabilities, was on hand at the Lockheed Martin facility in Akron, Ohio; to accept the delivery of the last PTDS ordered. Since its original introduction as a quick reaction capability the Army has procured 66 systems that have been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. PTDS is a large aerostat tethered to a mooring platform, which is accompanied by a Ground Control Station (GCS). The system is equipped with both visual and audio surveillance technology. Since the Civil War, […]

#AAC25 Army refines airburst technology, XM25 ‘Punisher’

#AAC25 Army refines airburst technology, XM25 ‘Punisher’

By Kris Osborn WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2012) — The U.S. Army is preparing to conduct a second Forward Operational Assessment of its XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement airburst weapon system. Program managers are seeking to expedite development of the system, refine and improve the technology, and ultimately begin formal production by the fall of 2014, service officials said during a roundtable, Sept. 20, at Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga. The weapon fires a high-explosive airburst round capable of detonating at a specific, pre-determined point in space near an enemy target hidden or otherwise obscured by terrain or other obstacles. “The XM25 brings a new capability to the Soldier […]

Portia I. Crowe, Ph.D.

Portia I. Crowe, Ph.D.

UNIT: Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical POSITION: Chief Engineer, Command Post Computing Environment, Technical Management Division; Branch Chief, Software Applications and Common Operating Environment AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 11 AWARDS: DOD Top Five Systems Engineering Award from the Systems Engineering Directorate within the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering and the Systems Engineering Division of the National Defense Industrial Association; Best of Visions Award from Product Development & Management Association; Civilian Excellence Award, CECOM Research, Development and Engineering Center; Quality of Service Increase, CERDEC Science and Technology Communications Directorate; DA Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); DA Commander’s […]

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 […]