Army network stays connected even when ‘jumping the TOC’

Army network stays connected even when ‘jumping the TOC’

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T   FORT BLISS, Texas (Dec. 9, 2013) — Brigade and battalion command posts, the heart of battlefield operations, are more mobile and agile than ever before, and through ongoing improvements in network capability, the Army is increasing their ability to move forward in the fight while retaining commanders’ critical situational awareness. Current technologies such as Warfighter Information Network Tactical, known as WIN-T, Increment 2, the Army’s mobile tactical communications network backbone, and emerging solutions like the Modular Integrated Command Post, or MiCP — a vehicle that efficiently provides networking equipment and power to support a command post — are enhancing a commander’s ability to lead […]

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force

Working towards culture change   By Tara Clements   EDITOR’S NOTE: Two women with very different backgrounds come together to achieve a common goal: inform and educate the PEO Ammunition workforce to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault. But what started as an initiative for one community quickly grew into a larger challenge. Not having met prior to volunteering, Veronica Morgante and Brenda Eiseman acted as a team and volunteered to develop and implement a Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program for PEO Ammunition and later, for Picatinny Arsenal, to meet the Army’s requirement for the program. The Army SHARP Program reinforces the Army’s commitment to eradicating sexual […]

‘FOCUSING ON SOLUTIONS’

‘FOCUSING ON SOLUTIONS’

An interview with Mr. Charlie E. Williams Jr., outgoing director, Defense Contract Management Agency   Mr. Charlie E. Williams Jr. was director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) from May 2008 until his retirement on Dec. 3, 2013. In that capacity, he led a DOD agency of more than 10,600 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 19,800 contractors and more than $236 billion in unliquidated obligations. This Q&A was originally published in the Fall 2013 edition of ACC Today magazine (http://www.acc.army.mil/news/today/). Q. How does the Defense Contract Management Agency mission support the Soldier in the field? A. Our mission is to ensure […]

Army researchers build portable “fake pot” detector prototype to curb Soldier designer drug abuse

Army researchers build portable “fake pot” detector prototype to curb Soldier designer drug abuse

By T’Jae Gibson, Army Research Laboratory, Public Affairs Office   Army researchers are building a portable drug detector that, soon, could help military and civil law enforcement agencies throughout the country more quickly catch synthetic drug abuse. The Army Research Laboratory’s prototype biosensor model is expected to directly detect the active chemical substitutes that help “fake pot” fade from notice in commercially available synthetic cannabinoid detectors. It would be the first field-ready test on the market. In 2012, the Army Criminal Investigation Command conducted 1,675 investigations involving Soldiers and spice, bath salts, or other synthetic drugs, according to a May 2013 Army Times article. ARL is collaborating with ACIL on […]

Carter Presents Awards for Excellence in Acquisition

Carter Presents Awards for Excellence in Acquisition

By Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service   WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2013 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter today presented four acquisition teams with the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, the highest Defense Department-bestowed honor for acquisitions. “I can think of no better way to spend one of my last days as deputy secretary of defense than by acknowledging these men and women who have worked so hard to make our department succeed,” Carter said. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award was first awarded in 1997 in honor of the late David Packard, a former deputy secretary of defense and advocate of excellence in defense acquisition practices. The […]

An Army of Two: Yolanda and Sean Friendly

An Army of Two: Yolanda and Sean Friendly

By Steve Stark   Editor’s Note: The Army family—a way of life and a core foundation of what makes our Army strong. As the holiday season is upon us, it’s fitting for Access AL&T to share just one of the many Army family stories within our AL&T community that most, if not all Army families can relate to. Happy holidays. Sean and Yolanda Friendly’s marriage is an Army marriage—the Army brought them together and, now and again, it’s kept them apart. In 1990, while stationed in Korea, Yolanda got a flu shot from young medic. For her, the flu shot wasn’t particularly memorable. For the young medic—Sean Friendly—however, it was […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and training opportunities   By USAASC Acquistion, Education and Training Branch   Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The DAU-SSCF Announcement will open Jan. 29 and close April 2, 2014. This Military Education Level One (MEL-1) Army-approved Senior Service College (SSC) Fellowship provides SSC equivalency at your local commuting area if you live in either Maryland (APG), Alabama (Huntsville), or Michigan (Warren). The purpose of the SSCF Program is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as product and project managers, program executive officers and other key acquisition leadership positions. Participants not only graduate from an SSC, they will […]

Zardecki secures highest DoD civilian employee award

Zardecki secures highest DoD civilian employee award

By Jacqueline Boucher   TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — A winner of this year’s Defense Department’s highest civilian employee award could be described as a product of evolution. Deputy Commander Frank Zardecki, whose unwavering commitment to Tobyhanna Army Depot has ensured its position as a leader within the Army’s organic industrial base, accepted the 58th Annual Distinguished Civilian Service Award during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Monday. “Frank’s achievements exemplify the highest standards of public service,” said Col. Gerhard P.R. Schröter, depot commander. “He devotes his career to individual and organizational excellence and inspires others to settle for nothing less.” Armed with a long-term vision and the ability to […]

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Twenty-five winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting were honored Nov. 13 by the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology) (ASA(AL&T) and Army acquisition executive, Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy to the ASA(AL&T), Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) for procurement, and Wimpy Pybus, DASA for Acquisition Policy and Logistics at a small ceremony November 13 at the Pentagon. “These awards recognize our very best and acknowledge our superior, dynamic and dedicated professionals. Our central mission is to equip […]

USAASC announces October MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces October MOS 51C reclassification board results

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 18, 2013) – A total of 26 candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held here October 21-22, 2013. The first board of the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We had 106 applicants compete for the 26 positions and the competition was stiff,” said Cory Foster, contracting proponency officer. The number of selected applicants varies across each board and is dependent upon the accession needs of the Army at the time. “We expect to bring many NCOs by next September and we will […]