Faces of the Force: Melissa Garcia

Faces of the Force: Melissa Garcia

POSITION: Contracting Officer/Team Lead UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command–Fort Bliss/919th Contingency Contracting Battalion TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service EDUCATION: MBA and B.A. in marketing, University of Texas at El Paso From Latrines to Role Players: Contracting Requires Depth and Breadth By Susan L. Follett Melissa Garcia got her start in contracting by accident. “I responded to a request for resumes for an internship when I was in college, but I wasn’t really sure who I was submitting my resume to,” said Garcia, now contracting officer and team lead for the 919th Contingency Contracting Battalion in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC). […]

Faces of the Force: Deborah Ault

Faces of the Force: Deborah Ault

POSITION: Supervisory Contract Specialist/Director UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 36 AWARDS: Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting AbilityOne Award (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Outstanding Contracting Officer Award, ACA, Southern Region (2); NCMA Fellow Award; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: B.S. in commerce (business administration), Bellarmine University ‘Army brat’ continues family history of service By Susan L. Follett Deborah Ault has spent nearly four decades in civilian service, working her way up from typing purchase requests to serving as the director of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Knox, earning a B.S. in business administration along the way. One […]

CRL Graduates to Government Work

CRL Graduates to Government Work

A nontraditional defense contractor success story By Michael Klein and James Cummiskey Late last year, the Army Contracting Command–New Jersey (ACC-NJ) awarded the contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) to Carnegie Robotics, LLC (CRL). The signing of the contract, awarded on behalf of the Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems (PM CCS), was a proud moment for the entire acquisition team, which had invested months of effort to reach that goal. From a contracting perspective, the award also highlighted a larger success story that began several years earlier, when ACC-NJ awarded a competitive project […]

Faces of the Force: Maj. Mark Corn

Faces of the Force: Maj. Mark Corn

POSITION: Contingency Contracting Officer UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command, 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion, 419th Contracting Support Brigade TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 22 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal (4); Joint Service Commendation Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal (4); Army Achievement Medal (5) EDUCATION: M.A. in human resource management, Webster University; B.S. in criminal justice, Cameron University Combining stateside work with field experience By Susan L. Follett Contingency contracting requires its people to go where the action is, and as a contingency contracting officer, Maj. Mark Corn has spent a lot of time in the field, strengthening his skills during field exercises in Germany and a deployment to Djibouti. But, in […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

  By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board held here and concluded early December selected 10 candidates for reclassification. This board was the first of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We continue to receive a record number of applications, which ensures competition and that the best qualified Soldiers are selected for reclassification,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C Proponent NCO. Sears noted that the high level of competition during this board resulted in a seven percent selection rate. The purpose of the board is to ensure that the […]

December Army DACM Office Hot Topics

December Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In the August 2014 Army Director Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Hot Topics, the Army DACM Office highlighted the future intent to expand the use of the SRPE across the Army Acquisition enterprise on an annual basis. Steps have been taken to update the SRPE instructional documents. SRPEs are still required for all Army Acquisition Workforce Best Qualified Boards, e.g., the Centralized Select List Boards and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows Program. You may access and view all SRPE-related documents in CAMP/CAPPMIS, under the SRPE tab. Hot Topic #2: Introducing Acquisition Career Field (ACF) Civilian Career Models! The Army Director for Acquisition […]

Faces of the Force: Roderick Redman

Faces of the Force: Roderick Redman

POSITION: Branch Chief, Contract Pricing UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: DA Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; B.S. in business administration, University of Denver   Making the most of mentoring opportunities By Susan L. Follett After 20 years in the private sector as a litigator and consultant in telecommunications, Roderick Redman decided to look for a position that offered a more equitable work-life balance along with the opportunity to use his skills and experience. That exploration led him to the Army Contracting Command, where he currently serves as branch chief for contract pricing. He recently marked five years in government […]

Army’s networked communications equipment supports National Guard at home and in theater

Army’s networked communications equipment supports National Guard at home and in theater

By Amy Walker, staff writer for PEO C3T Army National Guard units wear two hats: they support state missions, such as domestic disaster relief efforts, and federal missions, when mobilized to deploy during national emergencies. The guard’s advanced radios, network communications equipment and mission command systems are flexible enough to support both of these objectives. “When we deployed in Afghanistan, we were the brigade headquarters over two expeditionary signal battalions; one was active duty and one was guard,” said Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Stephens, network technician for the National Guard 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade. “We did the same job, in the same theater, at the same time.” The Army’s […]

Army workforce recognized in annual acquisition awards

Army workforce recognized in annual acquisition awards

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. –The Army claimed four winners in the 2014 Defense Acquisition Awards, announced last week, recognizing individual and collective contributions to the defense acquisition mission. Army Acquisition Workforce members took home top individual honors in the business, engineering and facilities engineering categories and the Army Contracting Command–Rock Island was one of six organizations that earned Workforce Development Awards. “The work that acquisition professionals do to accomplish this is almost never easy, but it is always critical to our Soldiers and the nation. That is why it is so very important that we honor excellence,” said the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army Acquisition Executive. “The […]

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Keith Joseph

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Keith Joseph

POSITION: Battalion Sergeant Major UNIT: 922nd Contingency Contracting Battalion TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 18 years AWARDS: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Order of Saint Barbara Medallion EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in business management, Excelsior University   Contingency contractor Joseph follows the action By Susan L. Follett When Master Sgt. Keith Joseph tells people about his contracting work for the Army, “they’re always surprised that we have our hands in so many things. The people building the new facility, the movers handling a PCS [permanent change of station] from one part […]