Project officer manages ‘everything explosive’

Project officer manages ‘everything explosive’

Faces of the Force: Patrick Scheerer     POSITION: Project Manager UNIT: Office of the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems, Program Executive Office Ammunition LOCATION: Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. EDUCATION: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   Project Officer Patrick Scheerer’s job is a blast—literally. One of the projects he manages, the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS), was originally designed to allow Soldiers to conduct safe breaching through enemy antipersonnel minefields and multistrand wire obstacles, and later repurposed to defeat improvised explosive devices. All of that makes APOBS a popular tool with Soldiers and other warfighters in Afghanistan. But the program, as Scheerer explains below, ran […]

Guidance clarifies mandatory sources for contracted services

Guidance clarifies mandatory sources for contracted services

By Daniel Elkins   JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (April 12, 2013) — Acquisition workforce members in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) are following revised procedures aimed at ensuring equitable consideration between small businesses and nonprofit agencies for award of Army contracts. The MICC command policy memorandum on the required sources for the acquisition of service published March 18 provides explicit guidance on contracting sources to ensure appropriate acquisition strategy decision-making by MICC contracting officers, according to Lynette Ward, an assistant director for MICC Small Business Programs here. The guidance also ensures procurement actions meet statutory requirements established by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Part 8 […]

10th Mountain Division unit marches forward with network training

10th Mountain Division unit marches forward with network training

By Claire Heininger   FORT DRUM, N.Y. (April 8, 2013) — As the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) prepares for potential deployment with the Army’s new tactical communications network, a recent training exercise marked a key step in increasing unit proficiency and network performance, leaders said. Built around battalion operations and platoon-level live fire scenarios, the Spartan Peak event used the Capability Set (CS) 13 network to connect dismounted infantry Soldiers with the rest of the brigade more than 25 kilometers away. On the move inside tactical vehicles, leaders used voice and digital connections to exchange information and collaborate on a common operational picture as they […]

Army acquisition executive visits contracting students

Army acquisition executive visits contracting students

By Skip Vaughn   The Army acquisition executive looked out over the classroom of contracting student Soldiers and told them how valuable they are. “Thank you for what you guys do every single day,” Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, said. “You guys are the future of our acquisition work force.” Shyu visited the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence on April 3 at its building on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The center is under the Acquisition Support Center, out of Fort Belvoir, Va.; and its classes fall under the Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Va. The 47 students, most of whom are military, represent […]

NCOs, Meet Charlie, the MOS with the Most

NCOs, Meet Charlie, the MOS with the Most

MOS 51C offers NCOs what may just be the best opportunity in the Army   By Steve Stark   There’s more than meets the eye in the world of contracting and “Charlie” has a lot to offer. The Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) 51C classification trains noncommissioned officers (NCOs) to be contracting professionals, provides significant career and educational opportunities, and is one of the few areas of the Army that is expected to grow in the near term. But for Master Sgt. Jason Pitts, the thing that really caught his eye was a map. Specifically, it was the chart of all the missions that 51C supported. The chart, he said, showed […]

Top-Notch staff fuels success for Apache program

Top-Notch staff fuels success for Apache program

Faces of the Force: Col. Jeffrey Hager     POSITION: Project Manager UNIT: Apache Attack Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) Location: Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: Army Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), Defense MSM, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal DEPLOYMENTS: Panama, 1989; Iraq, 1990 EDUCATION: B.S. Management of Technology, Northwest Missouri State University; M.S. Procurement and Acquisition Management, Webster University   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? HAGER: I am the project manager for the Apache, the world’s premier attack helicopter. I’m responsible for the development, production, fielding and sustainment of the entire aircraft system, for […]

The Genius of Simplicity

The Genius of Simplicity

Costco profits by taking great pains to keep it simple and embracing the ‘intelligent loss of sales’   By Margaret C. Roth   Army AL&T Magazine interviews Mr. Richard Galanti, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Costco Wholesale Corp. to offer a perspective outside of the Department of Defense on issues faced by the Army AL&T community. Galanti, who is also a member of Costco’s board of directors, began his retail career in 1964 at the age of 8, bagging groceries at his father’s grocery store in Canton, GA. He went on to earn a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and […]

USAASC Takes Home Top Prizes in Armywide Public Affairs Competition

USAASC Takes Home Top Prizes in Armywide Public Affairs Competition

  FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) took first place honors in two categories of the 2012 Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition, and secured second place in another honoring excellence in Army public affairs. Army AL&T magazine was named the Army’s best magazine-format publication and the magazine’s senior editor, Margaret Roth, won first prize for best news feature article (“Building a Better Rotorcraft,” April-June 2012 issue, page 150). Inside STRI, the premier newsletter for Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), placed second in the newsletter/field newspaper category. “We have an impressive level of talent in our public affairs community, evident […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and Training Opportunities Even in the face of significant fiscal constraints, our acquisition workforce has statutory requirements to meet. Therefore, we will still be offering many of our acquisition education, training, and experience opportunities. On March 13, 2013, the Hon. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense, published a memorandum, Continuation of Centrally Funded Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund Initiatives, wherein 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.” Listed below are three programs that will continue to […]

Nominations now open for 37th Army Acquisition Annual Awards

Nominations now open for 37th Army Acquisition Annual Awards

Teresa Mikulsky Purcell FT. BELVOIR, Va. — Nominations for individuals and teams are now being accepted for the U.S. Army Acquisition Annual Awards now through June 21. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the awards, which honor and recognize excellence among those military and civilian members of the Army Acquisition Workforce who go above and beyond what is expected to provide Soldiers with the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of their missions. “These awards allow us the opportunity to highlight our many successes,” said the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. “Our acquisition professionals continue […]