Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

POSITION AND UNIT: Human Resources Specialist, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, Human Resources Management Division TOTAL YEARS OF CIVILIAN SERVICE: 16 TOTAL YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 3 active duty; 16 years U.S. Army Reserve AWARDS: Civilian: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Distinguished Service Award Military: Bronze Star Medal/Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2); Armed Forces Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War On Terrorism Service Medal (2); Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2); Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device (2); Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal (3); Afghanistan Army Superior Unit Award (2) […]

Digital pioneer Edwards bids farewell to Army after 33 years

Digital pioneer Edwards bids farewell to Army after 33 years

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T staff writer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 22, 2015) – With laughter, tears and an outpouring of thanks for his fellow explorers on the Army’s digital communications journey, Terence M. “Terry” Edwards concluded his 33-year Army civilian career at a retirement ceremony here on April 21. “Being a first-generation immigrant and being able to have a career like mine can only happen in a country like ours,” Edwards said. “To play a tiny role in protecting its freedom has been like a dream.” Edwards, who began his career as an engineer at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, rose through the ranks to become a member of […]

Vested Interest

Vested Interest

PEO Soldier and DLA devised a way to upgrade the body armor vest for just half the cost of replacement, potentially saving tens of millions By MAJ Chris Getter It’s not every day you can get half off the latest and greatest product in any industry, but that’s exactly what a team from the Product Manager for Soldier Protective Equipment (PdM SPE) and Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support (DLA-TS) has done. Their efforts are now culminating in the first deliveries of more than 148,000 Generation III Improved Outer Tactical Vest (Gen III IOTV) body armor conversion kits, acquired at approximately half the cost of procuring new systems; $791 versus $413. […]

Army program offers unique experience; grooms next generation of acquisition leaders

Army program offers unique experience; grooms next generation of acquisition leaders

By Tara Clements and Bob Coultas FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 22, 2014) – Eight members of the 2012 Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) were recognized at a graduation ceremony here hosted by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Procurement, Harry Hallock, concluding their three-year, career-broadening experience across various Army acquisition positions and missions. Hallock advised the graduates to keep a good “balance” through their acquisition career as their leadership responsibilities increase. “I think people who stay in this job honestly, truly understand it’s a calling. We’re supporting Soldiers… we’re providing them equipment and services to help them in wartime and to come back alive. How much bigger can you get […]

The Army Reserve as part of the Army Acquisition Corps: Strategic, Operational, Responsive and Relevant

The Army Reserve as part of the Army Acquisition Corps: Strategic, Operational, Responsive and Relevant

By Col. Marc Wilson As the United States Army Reserve celebrates 107 years of service to the nation today, it’s also important to recognize that contributions made by Army reservists within the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) in the last decade are apparent and significant, demonstrating tremendous success to the many technological advances made to support the longest war in our nation’s history. For example in 2005, two United States Army Reservists, Lt. Col. Johnnie Edmonds and then Maj. Jeff Etienne were involved in new equipment training and fielding operations for the Combat Service Support Very Small Aperture Satellite and Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface (CSS VSAT and CAISI). […]

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

By Tara Clements FT. BELVOIR, Va. (April 22, 2015) – Leaders from the office responsible for supporting the director of acquisition career management for the Army, or Army DACM Office, held a virtual town hall to discuss the 13 new acquisition career models and answer career-related questions from members of the Army Acquisition Workforce on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Facebook page Tuesday. “This was a great opportunity to hear from and interact with members of the workforce,” said Diane Murtha, Chief of the Army DACM Office Concept & Policy Development Branch. “This was my first time participating in this type of forum and felt that it was […]

The New ‘Gansler Report’

The New ‘Gansler Report’

The New ‘Gansler Report’ Seven years after the commission he chaired released its landmark report, Jacques Gansler assesses the current state of defense acquisition Army AL&T magazine usually looks outside the world of defense acquisition for our Critical Thinking feature, but for this issue, with its theme of revamping acquisition, we could think of no better person to address the topic than a former undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics who has spent much of his professional life working in and studying defense acquisition—the Hon. Jacques S. Gansler. He’s currently director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland School of Public […]

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 14, 2015) —The nomination period for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (USD (AT&L)) Awards Program begins today and runs through May 27. The awards include the Individual Achievement Award, which recognizes top performers in each of the 16 functional categories. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award recognizes field organizations for their excellence in creating a highly qualified and professional workforce. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes organizations, groups or teams that have demonstrated exemplary innovation and best practices in acquisition. New this year is the Should Cost and Innovation Award, which […]

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts By Amy Walker, PEO C3T staff writer The Army of the future will need to deploy units and teams to austere environments at a moment’s notice, with the ability to connect and access information at the point of need. To support these requirements, the Army and DOD are leveraging the Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems (GTACS) contract to deliver technologies that enable Soldiers to connect anytime, anywhere. “The wide variety of GTACS awards to date highlights the versatility of the technologies that we can deliver to the force using this contract vehicle,” said Lt. Col. Leonard Newman, product manager (PdM) for Satellite Communications […]

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Leveraging a decade of hard lessons, CERDEC’s NVESD looks to bolster the Army’s technology investments by embracing change By Dr. Richard Nabors and Mr. Nathan Burkholder Science and technology (S&T) initiatives historically have been seen as a primary support mechanism in helping to address long-term challenges that the U.S. Army will face from conventional military threats. However, as demonstrated in Iraq and Afghanistan, unconventional (asymmetric) threats, defined as those strategies and tactics employed by an often inferior force to offset their deficiencies and exploit weaknesses, continue to impact Army strategic land power, significantly raising the sustainment and life-cycle costs for military equipment. The dynamic evolution of threats necessitates that conventional S&T […]