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 […]

Deisy R. D’Ambrosio

Deisy R. D’Ambrosio

UNIT: Army Contracting Command POSITION: Director, Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft/Foreign Military Sales Directorate AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 years AWARDS: Women of Achievement Award, New Brunswick Business and Professional Women EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and contract management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in English education, University of Puerto Rico – Cayey University College   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I support the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office on all contractual actions, including the Mi17 Program and most importantly the Contract Logistic Support (CLS), which is in direct support of President Obama’s exit strategy from Afghanistan in a […]

Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis

UNIT: Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Belvoir Division TITLE: Supervisor and Contracting Officer, Branch Chief AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2), Special Act or Service Award (12), Army Superior Unit Award, Team C4ISR Employee of the 3rd Quarter, Performance Award (13) EDUCATION: B.S. in mathematics, Towson State University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I have worked in Army contracting for nearly 30 years, starting my career as an Army Materiel Command (ACC) intern and progressing to a branch chief at ACC-APG. Throughout […]

Thomas C. Dooley, Jr

Thomas C. Dooley, Jr

UNIT: Power and Environmental Division Product Realization Engineering & Quality Directorate, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center POSITION: General Engineer AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2007 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 26 years AWARDS: Civilian Achievement Medal EDUCATION: M.S. engineering, Catholic University; M.S. engineering management, Catholic University; B.S. mechanical engineering, West Virginia University; Registered Professional Engineer   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As a DOD Project Manager – Expeditionary Energy and Sustainment Systems (PM E2S2) Standard Mobile Power Sources acquisition efforts, I oversee and participate in all elements of the acquisition process—requirements analysis, development documents, prototype testing, production […]

Lane Gary

Lane Gary

UNIT: Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Division B TITLE: Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer/R2-3G Team Leader AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2009 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 11 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, Iraq, GWOT service award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Afghanistan EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration, University of South Carolina   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? In my current role, I serve as the team leader and primary contracting officer for the $16.4 billion Rapid Response Program (R2-3G) ACC-APG Contracting team. I guide, lead and mentor a team of eight contract specialists. My efforts are critical to the warfighter because we award […]

Jerry M. Harvey

Jerry M. Harvey

UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command POSITION: Supervisor, Quality Assurance, Oversight and Compliance AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2009 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 6 AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: B.S. in industrial engineering, Lamar University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? Whether with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) or now with the Army, I’ve always been involved in contractor oversight, helping to ensure that our warfighters get the supplies and services that we contracted for. What are some of the milestones you’ve achieved? As for February 25, 2015, I will have notched 30 years of […]

Kenneth M. Insco

Kenneth M. Insco

UNIT: Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS), PEO Ammunition POSITION: Deputy Product Director AAC MEMBER SINCE: 1999 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 33 AWARDS: Army Packard Award, DOD Value Engineering Award, Army’s Greatest Inventions EDUCATION: M.S. in quality systems management, the National Graduate School of Quality Management; B.S. in mechanical engineering technology, University of Tennessee at Martin   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As deputy product director, I lead four NH-IV team leads and six GS project management engineers with responsibility for the development, production and fielding of cannon caliber munitions (20 mm, 25 mm, LW30 mm, 30 mm x 173 mm […]

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 […]