Research analyst named new workforce advocate

Research analyst named new workforce advocate

By Tara Clements   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 10, 2013) – Diane Bullis, a supervisory operations research analyst for Program Executive Office (PEO) Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), was appointed as Army’s newest Acquisition Career Management Advocate (ACMA) who will now serve as an advocate for the acquisition workforce among those who support the Army’s $10.6 billion chemical weapons demilitarization program. With more than 31 years of federal service, Bullis will serve as a key communications conduit for acquisition specialists assigned to PEO ACWA and to senior acquisition executives in the DOD and the Army. An ACMA is a senior acquisition leader appointed to be a lead resource to […]

ACU-Alternate uniform offers more fit options

ACU-Alternate uniform offers more fit options

By Spc. Danielle Gregory   FORT SILL, Okla. – A new Army Combat Uniform with special consideration to the female form is now at Fort Sill, and it is being issued to new Soldiers going through basic combat training. The new uniform, several years in the making, was initially considered as being the first female-only uniform, but instead is now approved for both sexes and is being called ACU-A for Army Combat Uniform-Alternate. “We started issuing them slowly in April, and we’ve since been issuing them more frequently as our fitters get more comfortable placing Soldiers in them,” said Trevor Whitworth, central initial issue point (CIIP) project manager, where new […]

Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

By ECBC Communications   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — First responders occasionally come across suspicious powders, requiring them to have technology on hand to screen samples and identify whether or not they are a chemical or biological agent. Current technology performs a test to determine whether or not protein exists on the sample, an indication that the sample is live, or active. With this technology, specificity is low, false positives are common and the cost is very high: one test costs $26. Researchers at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, are seeking alternate technology that is more effective and lower in cost. Originally funded by Section 219 […]

Project manager’s team takes flight

Project manager’s team takes flight

Faces of the Force: Col. Brian Tachias     POSITION: Project Manager, Fixed Wing Aircraft UNIT: Program Executive Office Aviation – Fixed Wing Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 24 DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq, 2004 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration, College of Santa Fe; M.S. Information Resource Management, Central Michigan University; M.S. Strategic Studies, Army War College   By Tara Clements   FOTF Editor’s Note: With a long legacy of service in his family, Tachias may bleed Army green, but what fuels this leader’s motivation is knowing that the “great group of professionals” […]

Army Announces ACC Senior Leadership Changes

Army Announces ACC Senior Leadership Changes

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.—Two of U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC’s) senior leaders have been selected for reassignment, the Army announced June 28. Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general (CG), has been selected for assignment as deputy CG for support and chief of staff, Installation Management Command (IMCOM), San Antonio, Texas. Brig. Gen. Theodore “Ted” C. Harrison, CG, U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) has been selected to succeed Nichols as the ACC CG. The change of command date has not been set. ACC and ECC are both headquartered on Redstone Arsenal. “It has been an honor to serve in the ACC,” Nichols said. “The Soldiers and civilians are inspirational […]

Army AL&T magazine now “mobile-ized”

Army AL&T magazine now “mobile-ized”

Fort Belvoir, Va. — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) announced today the release of the app version of its award-winning trade publication, Army AL&T magazine. The app is now available for Android and iOS devices on the iTunes Store and Google Play. “We found from our reader surveys that a significant portion of our audience reads the magazine online and that many would like to be able to read it on-the-go too,” said Army AL&T Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch. “Now it’s available as a free download for mobile devices.” The app resembles the online version of the magazine that readers are familiar with, and issues are available beginning in […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Civilian Education System (CES) Per Army Regulation 350-1, many civilians are required to complete the appropriate Civilian Education System course(s) depending on their grade level and supervisory responsibility. This becomes especially important as individuals desire to apply to more senior level programs sponsored by the Army’s Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, the Army, and/or the Department of Defense. Army DACM Office-sponsored programs such as the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP) and the Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship Program are coordinated through the Army G-3/5/7 Office, and the Army DACM Office is now required to enforce completion of the applicable CES courses (basic, intermediate, or […]

New DASA for Procurement Announced

New DASA for Procurement Announced

The Hon. Heidi Shyu assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology announced on June 14, that Harry P. Hallock, executive director of the Army Contracting Command (AAC)-Warren, Mich., will be the next the next deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) (procurement), effective July 15. “Mr. Harry Hallock has more than 20 years of acquisition, logistics and contracting experience, most of which has been in direct support of our war fighters. His leadership and contracting expertise will make him an invaluable asset to our team,” said Shyu. Hallock leaves his position as the executive director of the Army Contracting Command-Warren, Mich., after six years at the helm. […]

Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

By Chris Mewett   Members of the security cooperation (SC) community gathered in Arlington, Va., last month to share ideas about how their organizations can continue to provide effective support to both international partners and national strategic objectives in a time of austerity and change. The 2013 Security Cooperation Workshop, hosted by the Office of the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for defense exports and cooperation (DASA (DE&C)), brought together people from across the Departments of State and Defense – from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the military departments, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, and other […]

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

By Michael A. Wilson and Michael J. Glenn   Embracing the Army agile process, the Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS) Project Office’s Sentinel Product Office (SPO), went from early planning, to prototype and then qualification testing of a new Enhanced Sentinel Radar in just over 12 months. Sentinel will showcase this latest evolution enhancing force protection and Soldier survivability in a roll-out of the AN/MPQ 64A3 Enhanced Sentinel Radar first production unit on a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) in October at Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa. (LEAD). Sentinel is the only 360-degree coverage air defense radar in the Army’s current inventory and features a 3 DX Band phased array […]