Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

POSITION: Director, Utility Helicopter Contracts UNIT: U.S. Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, 2013; Secretary of the Army, Excellence in Contracting, Team Award, 2004; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, 1991; Frank S. Besson Award for Procurement Excellence, Army Materiel Command Intern of the Year, 1991. EDUCATION: MBA and B.S. in finance and marketing, University of North Alabama   ‘More opportunities than I ever anticipated’ By Susan Follett Ask Sheri Baskins if she thought she’d be with the Army Contracting Command 25 years after she started, and her answer will be a resounding yes. “I’ve always liked the stability that comes from working […]

Future [WORK]Force

Future [WORK]Force

Developing the Army’s next generation of scientists and engineers By Dr. Grace M. Bochenek and Ms. Jessica A. Smith   To maintain dominance, the Army must posture itself to proactively innovate, to identify promising technologies, to develop solutions and to deliver capabilities. A key part of delivering future capabilities is the creation of a flexible workforce of engineers and scientists with the right skills to support emerging areas of research and development. To achieve this, the Army must answer some not-so-straightforward questions: Which technical competencies will be required within the workforce in the next 25 years? The next 50? What will maintain the knowledge base and technology overmatch built over […]

Faces of the Force: Barbara Nelson

Faces of the Force: Barbara Nelson

POSITION: Contracting Officer UNIT: Southern Regional Contracting Office, Brooke Army Medical Center TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 16 years, Army; 10 years, Air Force EDUCATION: B.B.A in finance, University of Texas at San Antonio; M.A. in procurement and acquisition management, Webster University. National Contract Management Association Certified Federal Contracts Manager. Level III certified in contracting and Level I certified in logistics   Ensuring the Army gets its money’s worth By Susan Follett Barbara Nelson likes to get a good deal. Over the course of her 26-year career, she’s brought that focus to bear on behalf of servicemen and -women, making sure that the government gets what it pays for and that […]

Forging new links

Forging new links

With Supply Chain Transformation initiative, Army Materiel Command seeks greater efficiencies, better communication By Mrs. Jamie Miller   It’s a new era for Army supply chain management. We are looking for more efficient ways to improve the end-to-end management of spare parts, from supplier to Soldier, for the Army’s combat systems. The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) has a challenge to stay relevant and shift from a reactive war environment to a proactive drawdown environment of managing and resolving supply chain issues before they become problems. Starting in 2003, the Army began implementing the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), an enterprise solution that integrates supply chain, maintenance, repair and overhaul planning […]

October Army DACM Office Hot Topics

October Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: FY 15/16 Announcement – The Army Acquisition Pilot Product Director Board closes Nov. 14 The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) are pleased to announce the initial FY15/16 Pilot Product Director (PD) Selection Board. This is a pilot opportunity to compete for centrally selected PD positions within one of the Army’s program executive offices (PEOs). USAASC direct reporting unit Army Acquisition Workforce members and GS-14 or broadband equivalents are eligible to apply. A PD is defined as a leader for an Army acquisition system or program management office that has been designated by the assistant secretary of the Army […]

Army acquisition leaders commemorate milestone anniversary; look to the next 25

Army acquisition leaders commemorate milestone anniversary; look to the next 25

By Tara Clements   WASHINGTON (Oct. 13, 2014) – Today, Army acquisition leaders marked the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) at a commemorative event on the opening day of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting. The Hon. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the Army acquisition executive hosted the event along with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and the director of acquisition career management. More than 100 people gathered to hear Shyu and Williamson’s remarks, including Gabriel Camarillo, Shyu’s principal deputy, several program executive officers, and former ASA(ALT) […]

25 years and counting

25 years and counting

Army Acquisition Corps coalesces around dedication, professionalism By Hon. Heidi Shyu, Army Acquisition Executive   “We know that the quality of our people is an essential ingredient to our success as an acquisition enterprise.”—Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton B. Carter The Army Acquisition mission is to provide our Soldiers a decisive advantage by developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining the best-equipped Army the world has ever known. Accomplishing that feat requires a dedicated workforce of career civilians and military professionals. This year, we celebrate 25 years of acquisition excellence, marking the creation in 1989 of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), the civilian and military specialists who develop and procure […]

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 7, 2014) — As part of its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is hosting a contest for best “shout-out” video. In celebration of the silver anniversary of the AAC, leaders and teams across the Army acquisition community recorded 25 videos of congratulations and thanks to the members of the AAC. Among the senior leaders included are the Hon. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, the ASA(ALT) Principal Deputy, Mr. Gabriel Camarillo and the Principal Military […]

Army Acquisition: A brief history

Army Acquisition: A brief history

Legislation, scandal, regulation, reform By Mr. Steve Stark and Ms. Susan L. Follett   The U.S. Army has been procuring goods and services from the private sector since long before there was a United States. Individual handcrafted rifles and pistols, food and clothing, gunpowder and lead were some of the not particularly sophisticated needs of the nascent republic’s Army. But acquisition today is more than procurement, and today the Army’s needs are very sophisticated indeed. The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive, is also the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and nowadays “acquisition” is an umbrella term that indicates not only procurement, logistics, and […]

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Next Monday marks 25 years since then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), a specially trained, dedicated group of military and civilian acquisition leaders who develop, field and sustain the critical systems and services that enable our Soldiers to fight and win our nation’s wars. Not surprisingly, the Army acquisition community is celebrating in a big way. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), along with the Army acquisition community, has launched a campaign focused on people—the more than 12,000 members of the […]