USAASC announces contracting NCO reclassification board results

USAASC announces contracting NCO reclassification board results

Fort Belvoir, Va. (June 5, 2013) – Forty-nine candidates were selected for reclassification during the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board here May 14-15. The board was administered by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) 51C Proponent Office. “This was an impressive group of candidates and the competition was tough,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Maneri, FA 51C Proponent Officer. The 49 selected NCOs represent the best of the best and we welcome them into the Army acquisition workforce.” The board’s purpose is to ensure the best qualified NCOs are selected for reclassification into Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51C (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Contracting NCO)—a part of the Army acquisition, […]

Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

By Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort   DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility vehicles don’t have a compact car’s fuel efficiency. A perfect, one-size-fits-all vehicle doesn’t exist. The same goes for unmanned ground vehicles, known as UGVs. Soldiers use UGVs — such as the 40-pound PackBot or the larger, 115-pound TALON — to detect and defeat roadside bombs, gain situational awareness, detect chemical and radiological agents, and increase the standoff distance between Soldiers and potentially dangerous situations. Just as SUVs offer utility smaller cars can’t match, larger UGVs provide capabilities not available with smaller platforms. The 300-pound iRobot Warrior, developed in […]

Educating future acquisition leaders

Educating future acquisition leaders

Faces of the Force: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kahyai     POSITION: Instructor / Mission Ready Airman Course (MRAC) UNIT: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) LOCATION: Lackland Air Force Base, Texas TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 years, Army active duty DEPLOYMENTS/MISSIONS: Croatia and Bosnia 1995-1996; Bosnia 1999; Mbabane, Swaziland 2009; Kitgum, Uganda 2009; Afghanistan 2010-2011; Panama City, Panama 2012; and Belize City, Belize 2012 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4) EDUCATION: B.A. Psychology, Saint Leo University   By Steve Stark   FOTF editor’s note: Sgt. 1st Class (P) Michael Kahyai (rhymes with “Aye aye”) said that his most rewarding mission […]

Engineers work to better monitor missile health

Engineers work to better monitor missile health

By Evelyn Teats   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s (RDECOM) aviation and missile center is leveraging micro-electro-mechanical systems research in a new application to detect potentially damaging vibrations encountered by missiles during handling, transport and operation. Stephen Marotta, Engineering Directorate project principal investigator, said MEMS research has been ongoing at Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center for many years and many different applications have been successfully transitioned from the lab to the Soldier in the field. In an effort to improve missile health monitoring, Marotta began collaborating with Mohan Sanghadasa, from AMRDEDC’s Weapons Development and Integration Directorate, and Stephen Horowitz, an […]

Mobile Tower System delivers life saving upgrades

Mobile Tower System delivers life saving upgrades

By Sofia Bledsoe   When Soldiers and aircraft deploy in any part of the world, air traffic control operations become one of the most important functions to ensure that all aircraft supporting military operations maintain safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. The Mobile Tower System, or MOTS, provides the effective and reliable solution that can be deployed anywhere in the world, in any weather condition and will support both military and civilian air operations. MOTS will also network with other air control and battle-management systems, and complies with Federal Aviation Administration/International Civilian Aviation Organization regulations. The Air Traffic Control Product Office, under the Project Office for Aviation Systems, […]

Army proving ground, academia partner to improve Soldier communication networks

Army proving ground, academia partner to improve Soldier communication networks

By Ray K. Ragan   FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – The U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG) recently started work with an academic partner at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Security and Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) in Arizona to assist USAEPG in its mission to test the Army’s networks. “We [USAEPG] wanted to team up with someone in the academic world and take advantage of the latest research and see if we could apply that to our mission,” said Pat Kerr, a computer scientist at USAEPG. The Fort Huachuca-headquartered USAEPG found a willing partner in ASU’s SDSI, who was looking for just this sort of partnership, to bring academic knowledge and research […]

MilUniversity adds to Army online learning opportunities

MilUniversity adds to Army online learning opportunities

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A new learning portal provides enhanced training and access to Department of Defense professional networking tools. Developed by the Army’s Military Technical (MilTech) Solutions Office, milUniversity bridges the gap between how people prefer to learn — those who enjoy attending training classes, but may have questions afterward, and those who prefer to learn at their own pace by reading text and viewing videos. “At the end of the day, people want to learn how to use each of these tools to make their jobs easier and better,” said Claudia DeCarlo, deputy director of MilTech, which is assigned to the Program Executive […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Even in the face of significant fiscal constraints, our acquisition workforce still has statutory requirements to meet. Therefore, we will still be offering many of our Acquisition Education, Training and Experience (AETE) opportunities. In addition, the Hon. Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense, published a memorandum (“Continuation of Centrally Funded Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund Initiatives”) on March 13, 2013. In that memorandum, he states we “must continue acquisition workforce initiatives centrally funded by…the DAWDF [Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund]. These initiatives include…DAWDF initiatives to bolster and sustain the quality of the acquisition workforce. Quality initiatives include training, development, recruitment, and retention initiatives.” Below are three of our programs that […]

Working to ensure mission readiness

Working to ensure mission readiness

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Cynthia Perryman   POSITION: Senior Enlisted Advisor UNIT: 918th Contingency Contracting Battalion (CCB), Fort Carson, Colo. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: Army active duty (13 years); Alabama Army National Guard (10 years) DEPLOYMENTS: Kuwait, 1991; Iraq, 2004; Afghanistan, 2010 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medals (4) EDUCATION: B.A. General Studies, Selma University   By Susan L. Follett and Tara A. Clements   From logistician to contracting officer, Master Sgt. Perryman’s drive is fueled by her passion to take care of Soldiers—providing them what they need, when they need it […]

Army engineers enhance EOD Soldiers’ safety with ‘batwings’

Army engineers enhance EOD Soldiers’ safety with ‘batwings’

By Daniel Lafontaine   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — U.S. Army engineers in Afghanistan recently designed and fabricated a tool to help Soldiers investigate possible improvised explosive devices from a safer distance. Capt. Chad M. Juhlin, commander of the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), said his Soldiers needed an attachment for use with the iRobot 310-SUGV when searching for IEDs. The iRobot’s explosive ordnance disposal capabilities were limited, requiring Soldiers to operate close to the potential hazards. The forward deployed engineering cell from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, took on the challenge. The RDECOM Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center developed the first iteration […]