USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 7, 2014) — As part of its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is hosting a contest for best “shout-out” video. In celebration of the silver anniversary of the AAC, leaders and teams across the Army acquisition community recorded 25 videos of congratulations and thanks to the members of the AAC. Among the senior leaders included are the Hon. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, the ASA(ALT) Principal Deputy, Mr. Gabriel Camarillo and the Principal Military […]

Army Acquisition: A brief history

Army Acquisition: A brief history

Legislation, scandal, regulation, reform By Mr. Steve Stark and Ms. Susan L. Follett   The U.S. Army has been procuring goods and services from the private sector since long before there was a United States. Individual handcrafted rifles and pistols, food and clothing, gunpowder and lead were some of the not particularly sophisticated needs of the nascent republic’s Army. But acquisition today is more than procurement, and today the Army’s needs are very sophisticated indeed. The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive, is also the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and nowadays “acquisition” is an umbrella term that indicates not only procurement, logistics, and […]

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Next Monday marks 25 years since then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), a specially trained, dedicated group of military and civilian acquisition leaders who develop, field and sustain the critical systems and services that enable our Soldiers to fight and win our nation’s wars. Not surprisingly, the Army acquisition community is celebrating in a big way. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), along with the Army acquisition community, has launched a campaign focused on people—the more than 12,000 members of the […]

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 1, 2014)—The new edition of Army AL&T magazine is here and it’s all about people—the 38,000-strong Army Acquisition Workforce with special recognition for the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). The AAC, the core of the workforce, is made up of more than 12,000 men and women, experts in engineering, physics, robotics, mathematics, and other Acquisition fields, serve as an example of the professionalism and excellence of those who dedicate themselves to protect and support Soldiers across the globe. October 13, 1989, marks the date that then Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the AAC, […]

Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

POSITION: Chief, UAS Operations, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office UNIT: Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 22 years. AWARDS: Department of the Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service, AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year for Technical and Professional, and Order of Prometheus. EDUCATION: BS Business Administration, Athens State University; Athens, Alabama.   Rocky start leads to solid career By Susan Follett Dana Osborne’s first day on the job was almost her last. But with a little determination and some help from a couple of managers, she turned a rocky start into a 22-year career, continuing a family legacy of service that […]

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 […]