Soldier makes a point of helping somebody every day

Soldier makes a point of helping somebody every day

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Julie Saorrono     POSITION: Plans & Operations Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) UNIT: 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Army Contracting Command LOCATION: Fort Knox, Ky. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 18 DEPLOYMENTS: Uzbekistan, 2002-2003; Afghanistan, 2010-2011 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal-2, Joint Service Commendation Medal-1, Army Commendation Medal-4, Army Achievement Medal-7, Army Good Conduct Medal-6 EDUCATION: Currently earning B.S. Business, Trident University International   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? SAORRONO: : I am currently the 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion NCOIC at Fort Knox. My daily routine revolves around procuring supplies and services for a variety of […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

Tara Clements   Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 18, 2013) – The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) convened a 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board, administered by the 51C Proponent Office, Feb. 26-27, 2013 at Fort Belvoir, Va. “This was a very competitive board and we received the largest number of applications than ever before,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Maneri, FA 51C Proponent Officer. “The selection rate was only 28 percent,” he said. Out of 182 candidates, 44 were selected for reclassification. The purpose of the board was to ensure the best qualified NCOs from across the Army were selected for reclassification into military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C, an Acquisition, […]

Army prepares for next Network Integration Evaluation

Army prepares for next Network Integration Evaluation

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army   FORT BLISS, TEXAS — With two units now readying for Afghanistan with the Army’s new tactical communications network, the service will continue to drive technology forward through its next Network Integration Evaluation this spring. Soldier training, vehicle integration, system check-outs and other preparations are well underway in advance of NIE 13.2, which begins in May at Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range, N.M. It is the fifth in the series of semi-annual field evaluations designed to keep pace with rapid advances in communications technologies and deliver proven and integrated network capabilities to Soldiers. The NIEs are not stand-alone events, but build on previous exercises […]

Humvee training sets support Army network fielding

Humvee training sets support Army network fielding

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army   RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, Texas — The Army is preparing to deploy the first Security Forces Advise and Assist Team to Afghanistan equipped with the latest suite of integrated network communications gear, but first the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), must train on the new equipment and learn how it will aid in the advise and assist mission. To get the brigade’s Soldiers quickly trained and ready for the deployment, the Army has integrated some of the network capability into a familiar vehicle platform. The Humvees rolling off the line here — more than 330 over the course of four months […]

First unit readies for Afghanistan with new network

First unit readies for Afghanistan with new network

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army   FORT POLK, La. — When they deploy to Afghanistan this summer to assist in the drawdown of U.S. forces, the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, will have a new edge. The unit will be the first to use an on-the-move communications network that stays connected over vast distances, providing information throughout the brigade down to the lowest echelons. That capability will be critical as U.S. troops work closely with the Afghan forces, take down fixed infrastructure and become increasingly mobile and dispersed in their operations, leaders said. “This is much needed in Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, deputy […]

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Frank Lozano     POSITION: Product Manager, Soldier Protective Equipment UNIT: Program Executive Office Soldier Fort Belvoir, VA TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 19 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia, 1995-1996; Kuwait, 1999; Bosnia, 2001; Iraq, 2005 EDUCATION: B.A. History, Texas A&M University; M.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? LOZANO: I am currently the program manager for Soldier Protective Equipment. My portfolio includes hard and soft body armor plates and vests as well as combat helmets, ballistic eyewear, concealable body armor, pelvic protection, and traumatic brain injury helmet sensors. Our products […]

Detailed geospatial map data provides Soldiers greater technology, in less time

Detailed geospatial map data provides Soldiers greater technology, in less time

Nancy Jones-Bonbrest   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya reinforced the need for U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) to have at its fingertips the ability to draw upon the most up-to-date detailed maps and imagery of any given region at a moment’s notice. Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC) is helping to streamline the delivery of maps and imagery through the use of specialized geospatial products that work with the Army’s primary mission command information system, known as Command Post of the Future (CPOF). Although CPOF users have an initial set of digital maps at their disposal, there is usually […]

Army aviation advancing strategies for degraded visual environment

Army aviation advancing strategies for degraded visual environment

Kris Osborn   WASHINGTON – Army acquisition officials are pursuing an effort to identify solutions able to help aircraft crews navigate through a Degraded Visual Environment (DVE), a circumstance wherein weather, obscurants or obstacles thwart the ability of a crew to see properly or accurately know where they are in relation to surrounding terrain, service officials explained. Army officials view potential DVE solutions through what could be called a three-pronged approach; solutions include improving the existing flight controls systems and handling characteristics to assist the pilot in managing workload when vision or situational awareness is challenged or obscured, examinations of “queuing” technologies able to give pilots needed information to make […]

Long-term strategic planning spurs agile consolidation

Long-term strategic planning spurs agile consolidation

Katie Cain   Army Acquisition leaders are implementing a new approach to equipment modernization—a comprehensive 30-year strategic planning process designed to harvest key lessons learned from more than a decade of war, identify current and anticipated capability gaps, recognize emerging threats and provide a detailed analysis of the service’s investments in science and technology (S&T) and material development. As part of the 30-year plan, the Army is re-assessing S&T across all portfolios to create a detailed road map of our future capabilities, linking S&T investments with Programs of Record (PORs) and long-term sustainment strategy. This approach seeks to harness near-term capability and identify emerging technologies for the future in order […]

PEO C3T majors use Lean Six Sigma training to take on thorny issues

PEO C3T majors use Lean Six Sigma training to take on thorny issues

Meg Carpenter   If necessity is the mother of invention, then aggravation is the father of process improvement. Undocumented methods for in-processing were so frustrating to Maj. Marty Jackson, he leveraged his Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training to find a solution. It took the former assistant product manager for Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) 15 days to set up his e-mail when he in-processed. Jackson, now the Executive Officer to the Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), refused to let his experience be the norm. He completed a Green Belt LSS project to increase in-processing efficiencies within Project Manager JBC-P. His LSS team made two recommendations. First, […]