PEO C3T hosts third annual Army AL&T magazine writer’s workshop

PEO C3T hosts third annual Army AL&T magazine writer’s workshop

By Tara Clements The award-winning Army AL&T magazine, the premier career and professional news source for the Army acquisition, logistics and technology community, held its third annual writer’s workshop at the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, April 29. At the end of the program, Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch presented the annual ALTies awards for the best article, commentary, photo, graphic and advertisement, which were announced in the magazine’s April – June issue. “Army AL&T magazine is almost entirely written by nonprofessional writers, most of whom are acquisition professionals and subject matter experts,” McCouch said. “That’s one of the reasons […]

Where our rubber meets their road

Where our rubber meets their road

The new ASA(ALT) sergeant major’s first 90 days Change seems to be an everyday occurrence within our Army. At the helm of Army change is the Soldier, led by very capable noncommissioned officers. From the very beginnings of our Army, senior leaders have recognized the value and importance of NCOs. In 1776, GEN George Washington established the position of sergeant major as part of our first standardized regiments. Later, during the winter of 1778 at Valley Forge, PA, Inspector General Friedrich von Steuben first defined the duties and responsibilities of NCOs in a regulation historically known as the “Blue Book.” Although the Army no longer has a “von Steuben” to […]

Army Acquisition Corps Recognized

Army Acquisition Corps Recognized

By Chris Geisel HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (April 29, 2015) — Senior Acquisition Corps leaders recognized the expertise and commitment of uniformed and civilian acquisition and contracting professionals dedicated to delivering capability to Soldiers during the 2014 Army Acquisition and Contracting Awards Ceremony on 28 April here. “What a great event and honor to recognize the many successes of our acquisition professionals from across the various program offices and commands in support of the current fights and future defense of our Nation,” said Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT))/Army Acquisition Executive. “I am always very impressed and humbled by the professionalism, commitment and dedication […]

Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success

Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success

By Natalie Duncan FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 29, 2015) – The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson kicked off the first-ever Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, earlier this month. The three-day pilot course was aimed to prepare two dozen centrally selected program managers, contracting commanders and product directors to assume new leadership responsibilities. Williamson challenged the students to make sense of disparate information from multiple sources to inform their decisions; take ownership of their environment early; and apply lessons learned so that they don’t “relive others’ mistakes.” Leaders from the office responsible for supporting the Army DACM, […]

USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 29, 2015) — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) has received a prestigious Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for its 2014 campaign recognizing the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). USAASC is the only award winner from the United States in the Government Communication Programs category, which also recognized organizations from Canada, Russia, Slovenia and Australia. The winning campaign—AAC25—aimed to leverage the silver anniversary of the AAC to foster pride and camaraderie among the entire Army acquisition workforce while raising the profile and prestige of Army acquisition and the Acquisition […]

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). […]