Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas L. Adams

Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas L. Adams

UNIT: 413th Contracting Support Brigade POSITION: Command Sergeant Major AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Education: M.A. in leadership and management, Liberty University; B.S. in management, University of Maryland   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As command sergeant major, I’m responsible for ensuring the individual and collective readiness for our contingency contracting workforce to provide expeditionary contracting support in our area of […]

#AAC25 Army marks 10-year Stryker anniversary

#AAC25 Army marks 10-year Stryker anniversary

By Kris Osborn, ASA(ALT) WARREN, Mich. (Army News Service, May 6, 2011) – What began as an ambitious vision in the minds of Army leaders in 1999 – to build a medium-class armored vehicle able to deploy quickly, transport troops safely, and bring agility and lethality across multiple platforms – has evolved into the battle-tested Stryker vehicle now celebrating its 10-year anniversary. “Stryker really filled an interesting niche because the heavy forces were too difficult to deploy in certain austere environments,” Scott Davis, program executive officer, Ground Combat Systems, said. “But it wasn’t just the vehicles. The Army benefited greatly from the concept of putting multiple mission packages on a […]

#AAC25 PEO Ammo looks back over 12 years

#AAC25 PEO Ammo looks back over 12 years

By PEO Ammunition In the dozen years since it was first chartered, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition (PEO Ammo) has fielded 12 billion rounds of ammo, demilitarized nearly a million tons more, and had a hand in upgrading production plants and depot facilities in the United States and abroad. It has earned a number of awards for that work, honoring individual contributions as well as team efforts. Chartered in January 2002, PEO Ammo provides acquisition management for all of the Army’s conventional munitions and munition systems, including mortar weapons and fire control. Also chartered in 2002 were Project Managers Combat Ammunition Systems (PM CAS), Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) and […]

#AAC25 Q&A with Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison (Part II)

#AAC25 Q&A with Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison (Part II)

By Army Contracting Command Public Affairs The Army Contracting Command NewsBlast editor recently sat down with the ACC commanding general to get his thoughts on the command, events and the future of military contracting. This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Part 1 is available at http://www.army.mil/article/118018/. How will the ACC get to the right size workforce? As the Army and the budget gets smaller there will be fewer dollars spent on everything, including contracts. As the contracting workload is scaled back, we are going to have to reduce our resources. That said, we don’t plan to take a salami slice approach. In selected areas there may be growth. […]

#AAC25 Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

#AAC25 Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

By PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 28, 2014) — The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios using full and open competition. The draft Request for Proposal, known as an RFP, which was posted May 21, to the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov, moves the Army toward Full Rate Production for the Rifleman Radio, part of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit program. Under the full and open competition approach, the Army will award contracts to multiple vendors, creating a “radio marketplace” where vendors will compete for delivery orders as needed, after they achieve technical and operational requirements. “The full […]

#AAC25 Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

#AAC25 Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PM Tactical Radios ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 13, 2014) — With the Army’s new tactical network, squads and platoons can share data and images, track friendly and enemy locations and stay connected while covering more ground. Now, the Army is advancing a new radio capability that will more seamlessly connect those units to their higher headquarters. Known as the Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radios (MNVR), the system will allow Soldiers at the platoon and company levels to rapidly exchange digital information with battalion and brigade. With the recent approval of the program’s acquisition strategy and preparation for upcoming tests, the MNVR capability is on target for fielding […]

#AAC25 101st Airborne advances training with Army network

#AAC25 101st Airborne advances training with Army network

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (March 20, 2014) — As they prepare for their first large-scale air assault exercise since before 9/11, the Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are not just getting “back to basics” with their core mission — they are using the Army’s new tactical network to take it to the next level. In April, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and other elements of the 101st Airborne Division will conduct Operation Golden Eagle, a four-day training event focused on executing the expeditionary air assault mission and updating the doctrine that supports it, known as the Gold Book. New to that fight are […]

#AAC25 Double Arm Transplant Restores Function, Quality of Life for Soldier

#AAC25 Double Arm Transplant Restores Function, Quality of Life for Soldier

By Carey Phillips, USAMMDA PAO Every day, men and women ages 18 and over volunteer to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. These brave service members protect the citizens of the United States from enemies foreign and domestic, and also provide humanitarian support around the world. With advances in protective equipment, battlefield evacuation and medical care, service members are surviving injuries that would previously have resulted in death, and they are learning how to live without one or more limbs. Recent advances in regenerative medicine provide hope to these service members who look toward a future where they may once again have arms and hands that they can use. Since […]

#AAC25 20 years of Army research yields hope for malaria vaccine

#AAC25 20 years of Army research yields hope for malaria vaccine

By Valecia L. Dunbar, D.M., Army Medicine Public Affairs Reports of the successful trials that could lead to the world’s first malaria vaccine led the headlines of international news outlets this week. Hidden within the story line is the critical role of researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) who have worked steadfastly for more than 20 years to help bring the vaccine to reality. “Congratulations are due to the many former and current WRAIR investigators who have helped to develop and test this vaccine over the last 20 years,” said Col. Robert Paris, director of the U.S. Military Malaria Research Program at the WRAIR Results on […]

#AAC25 Beyond JTRS

#AAC25 Beyond JTRS

Pentagon, Army realign radio programs, stand up Joint Tactical Networking Center By Mr. Kris Osborn and Ms. Claire Heininger To provide needed communication capabilities to Soldiers, the Army has placed significant emphasis on advances in tactical radio technology aimed at driving industry innovation in hardware while leveraging years of government investment in software. In recent months, DOD transitioned the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS), reassigning its key hardware programs to the Army and Navy. Additionally, the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) was established to provide secure joint tactical networking applications that can operate in a variety of hardware transport solutions through an affordable, government-controlled open […]