Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Position and Unit: Chief, Interior Design Section, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Years of Service: 8 DAWIA Certification: Level III in facilities engineering Awards: Corps of Engineers – Huntsville Center Senior Leadership Development Fellow; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interior Designer of the Year Education: B.S. in building science and architecture, Auburn University Furnishing a connection By Susan L. Follett Most of us have logged a few minutes at the local furniture store or spent some time wandering through the aisles of home improvement stores. But when it comes to interior design purchases, Carol Elder probably has everyone beat: As section chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

Small Ammo, BIG Benefits

Small Ammo, BIG Benefits

PM MAS partners with small businesses to develop the next generation of small caliber ammunition, designed to reduce the weight by up to 30 percent. by Ms. Natasha Owens When it comes to small caliber ammunition acquisition, many instinctively think of large ammunition production companies manufacturing massive quantities of tactical and training ammunition. For the past five years, the production levels of the 7.62 mm caliber ammunition alone have consistently exceeded 160 million rounds annually. Meeting the high-volume production levels for small caliber ammunition is challenging for small companies, to say the least. The Army has taken great strides to partner with small companies to develop small caliber ammunition technologies […]

Clear Requirements, Level Playing Field

Clear Requirements, Level Playing Field

ARDEC and JMC worked together to develop an ammunition standard that reduces ambiguity, ensures quality and safety for Soldiers and promotes competition by making the procurement process more transparent for all stakeholders. by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward If the goal is to get more small businesses competing for government contracts, the government has several levers to pull to make that happen. One option is to make it easier for small businesses to compete—or, put another way, to level the playing field so that it’s no harder for small businesses to play. Clarifying requirements can foster competition and provide an opening for small businesses to enter a marketplace, whether used alone […]

Letterkenny Munitions Center Named Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Missile Maintenance

Letterkenny Munitions Center Named Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Missile Maintenance

by Justine Barati CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — On March 7, 2015, the Acting Secretary of the Army, Patrick J. Murphy, designated Letterkenny Munitions Center, on Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Army Tactical Missile Systems; Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems; and Low-Cost, Reduced-Range, Practice-Rocket Missile Maintenance. This designation identifies LEMC as the Army’s premier center for missile maintenance. Through this designation, LEMC will now be able to enter into public-private partnerships to perform additional missile maintenance work. In the memo authorizing the CITE designation for LEMC, Murphy states that “LEMC possesses the subject matter expertise in missile maintenance for the… Army missile […]

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Allison Barrow, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Radar detectors signaling speeding motorists of police presence are about to get a run for their money, as the Army is developing innovative radar technology that could someday be common practice for users wanting to mask their radar emissions. Over the past several years, the threat of being compromised has become an increasing issue for Soldiers in theater. The need to preserve radar system performance while operating in both a contested (adversarial attack) and congested (high traffic) radio frequency environment has presented a significant challenge to radar system designers. These challenges led the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development […]

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Mission Installation and Contracting Command, 419th Contracting Support Brigade TITLE: Administrative officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration, Franklin University; A.A.S. in business administration with a concentration in banking and finance, Fayetteville Technical Community College AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Employee of the Quarter Award; Morale, Welfare and Recreation Employee of the Quarter Award Military spouse changes roles by Susan L. Follett “This time, he followed me.” That’s how Travia Rowe, administrative officer for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) and Army spouse, ended up in her current position—administrative officer with the 419th Contracting Support Brigade […]

DRIVING SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

DRIVING SMALL BUSINESS  SUCCESS

With AMC accounting for more than half of the Army’s total small business awards, its Offices of Small Business Programs use numerous approaches to set the stage for success in changing—and challenging—times. by Ms. Beth Scherr The numbers may not tell the whole story, but they do say a lot. In FY15, for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) surpassed all its assigned goals for total contract awards to small businesses and to the various socioeconomic small business programs. AMC’s accomplishments in FY14 allowed both DA and DOD to exceed their goals for the first time. In FY15, AMC awarded over $9.2 billion in 63,039 contract […]

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Upgrades to the CH-47 Chinook will allow it to serve until the 2060s by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army plans to fly its Vietnam-era workhorse CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter for 100 years by continuously upgrading the platform through a series of ongoing technological adjustments designed to improve lift, weight, avionics and cargo handling, among other things. The Army goal is to allow the helicopter, which was first produced in the early 1960s, to serve all the way into the 2060s – allowing the aircraft service life to span an entire century. “Our primary goal is maintaining the CH-47F’s relevance to the warfighter,” Lt. Col. Ricard Bratt said in a […]

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 10, 2016) – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected a total of eight candidates for reclassification. USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Charles Prihoda Staff Sgt. Tyshaun Carter Staff Sgt. Frances Gaskins Sgt. Dawn Johnson Staff Sgt. William Greenier Sgt. Tianna Proctor Sgt. Krystal Frank Sgt. Debra Stokes This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “This was by far our most competitive board to date, making the decision tough for the board members to […]

‘Should’ Does

‘Should’ Does

Five years after its introduction, will-cost/ should-cost has proved its value as a tool for boosting productivity and affordability in ­acquisition programs—more so in some ­circumstances than others. The question now is how to further that success. by Mr. Michael E. Lebrun and Mr. Dale N. Fletcher The evidence is in: The Better Buying Power (BBP) initiative known as “will-cost/should-cost management” has resulted, as intended, in improving cost and schedule performance of DOD acquisition programs. Because should-cost is a success, it makes sense to ask what parts are working and why, so that the success can be duplicated. Dr. Ashton B. Carter, then the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology […]