Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting Winners Announced

Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting Winners Announced

On behalf of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement) (DASA(P)), the Acquisition Support Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting. Please join the DASA(P) in congratulating the award winners. The Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting are presented annually to recognize individuals, teams, and organizations for their outstanding performance, dedication and professionalism in executing the contracting mission worldwide. We would like to thank each nominating official for the submission of your 2013 award nominations. We also want to thank each board member for your participation in evaluating the award nominations. We appreciate all […]

USAASC announces 2013 U.S. Army Acquisition Awards winners

USAASC announces 2013 U.S. Army Acquisition Awards winners

By Tara Clements   Fort Belvoir, Va. — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) announced the winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards. These awards recognize thirteen individuals and teams within the U.S. Army acquisition community as “exceptional” among their peers for their skill, efficiency, and dedication. This year marks the 37th anniversary of recognizing acquisition excellence across the U.S. Army. “These awards are the most prestigious in our field. They represent the professionalism, dedication, and innovation across our acquisition community,” said the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)). The 13 winners were chosen from more than 120 nominations. Twelve senior […]

Army engineer powers remote bases

Army engineer powers remote bases

Faces of the Force: Stephen Smith     POSITION: Senior Logistician, Product Manager, Medium Power Sources UNIT: Project Manager Mobile Electric Power Total Years of Service: 12 years civil service; 20 years active duty Army EDUCATION: M.S. aeronautical science, aerospace management, B.S. professional aeronautics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla. AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award (2); Commanders’ Award for Civilian Service (3) Deployments: Afghanistan 2007- 2008; 2010 – 2011; 2012-2013   By Steve Stark   Steve Smith volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan from May 2012 to February 2013 as the government lead logistics manager for Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) Forward Theater Team to field the Army’s […]

Common Hardware Systems: one stop for total lifecycle management

Common Hardware Systems: one stop for total lifecycle management

By Amy Walker   The Army’s Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program takes a holistic approach to contracting by providing a one-stop-shop across a system’s lifecycle, supporting it from cradle to grave. “Because CHS is a consolidated acquisition source that can provide total lifecycle systems management, it allows the Army and Department of Defense (DoD) to reduce inefficient single-point solution procurement, lifecycle sustainment costs and field support manpower requirements,” said Danielle Kays, product director (PD) for CHS. The CHS program provides a rapid and proven means to deliver modified commercial-off-the-shelf information technology (COTS IT) solutions to its DoD customers, primarily the Army’s operational force. Its consolidated acquisition approach can design, develop, […]

Army develops lightweight ballistic protection for aircraft

Army develops lightweight ballistic protection for aircraft

By Heather R. Smith   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Army tactics and training are constantly changing to meet the threat on the battlefield, and one such example is the attack helicopter. Originally the AH-1 Cobras were designed to arrive on station quickly, eliminate the threat, and move on to the next target. But in today’s battlefield, attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apaches are providing air support to ground convoys, and often hovering over convoys to eliminate any sign of threats. These combat operations result in increased exposure to enemy ground fire and increased need for ballistic protection systems, and the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Prototype […]

New method uses water, motion to develop delicious military food

New method uses water, motion to develop delicious military food

By Alexandra Foran, NSRDEC Public Affairs   NATICK, Mass. (Sept. 17, 2013) — One of life’s greatest necessities, water, is a key ingredient for the new gentle motion retort used by the Combat Feeding Directorate at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to develop Meals, Ready-to-Eat and Tray Pack products. This simple molecule is heated to 240 degrees Fahrenheit in order to cook and sterilize foods using one of three different thermal processing methods. After the successful “retort” process items do not require refrigeration because they have achieved commercial sterilization, the removal of certain pathogenic organisms. The retort vessel installed at the NSRDEC in January 2013 […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and training opportunities   By USAASC Acquistion, Education and Training Branch   Continuous Learning Points (CLP) Glide Path Each Acquisition Workforce member must obtain 80 continuous learning (CL) points every two-year cycle. To help enforce and track this statutory requirement, the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office has instituted a CLP Glide Path, a reference to assist with benchmarking ideal CLP goals within the two-year cycle. The DACM Memorandum #7 – “Amendment Acquisition Workforce Standards” signed on March 15, 2013 provides updated standards and the FY13 – 14 CLP glide path. Training must be documented on your Individual Development Plan (IDP).   Implementing DACM Mentoring Programs The Army […]

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James Kennedy     POSITION: Product Manager Common Systems Integration UNIT: Project Management Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS), Program Executive Office Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 22 AWARDS: Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal EDUCATION: B.S. business administration, University of Northern Colorado M.S. acquisition management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.   By Tara Clements   For this aviation officer, the last two years of his career have taken flight—both on and off the ground. While he found his passion as a pilot early in his career, […]

Shadows provide mission support from the sky

Shadows provide mission support from the sky

By Spc. Joshua Edwards   FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan — On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircrafts to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The Soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield in order to keep situational awareness at all times in support of friendly forces who could be conducting missions anywhere in the area of operations. The RQ7B Shadow Technical Unmanned Aircraft System allows the troops to maintain communications during operations and follows movements through video feed and infrared technology. The […]

Mechanical engineer’s ‘shock’ing deployment

Mechanical engineer’s ‘shock’ing deployment

Faces of the Force: Neil Cooper     POSITION: Systems Engineer UNIT: Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP), Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support, Warren, Mich. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3 EDUCATION: Oakland University B.S.E., mechanical engineering DEPLOYMENTS: Afghanistan, 2013   By Steve Stark   Neil Cooper is an engineer who spent several months deployed to Afghanistan performing power assessments of austere base camps in support of Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) and its effort to “right size” mobile power equipment. In an unusual twist, Cooper deployed while he was an intern in the TARDEC [U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center] […]