Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

The U.S. Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) Program has earned the distinction of having the 2011 top information technology (IT) team from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). The AMSUS Information Technology Award honors organizations that have made significant contributions in IT, specifically those that improve the effectiveness and cohesiveness of federal health care initiatives. In 2010, MC4 helped field the rapid expansion of technology used to connect Soldiers remotely with mental health physicians in the combat zone. The Army’s MC4 Program, within Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems,  trains, fields, and supports IT systems that allow deployable medical staff to document and […]

AbilityOne Partnerships a ‘Good Fit’ for Army Contracting

AbilityOne Partnerships a ‘Good Fit’ for Army Contracting

[author type="author"]David San Miguel[/author] One needs only to read the headlines, listen to the radio, or watch the evening news to learn that the unemployment rate is high and that thousands of people are without jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor statistics reports that the Nation’s unemployment rate for November stood at 8.6 percent—meaning an estimated 13.3 million Americans are without work. Employment can prove even more challenging for disabled people, said Deborah A. Ault, Chief, Contracts Division, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Knox, KY. Ault was recognized in March as an AbilityOne Champion by NISH, formerly the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped. According to […]

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. A lot of exciting and great things have occurred since the last time I reported out to everyone. One of the most significant was the change of duty by LTC Amanda Greig back to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and her replacement by COL Lary Chinowsky as my new Military Assistant. COL Chinowsky has hit the ground running and has already represented me at the 19th Annual  U.S. Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) Science Symposium […]

Nominations Invited for 63rd Annual Flemming Awards

Nominations Invited for 63rd Annual Flemming Awards

The George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission are accepting nominations for the 63rd annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Dec. 9 is the deadline to submit nominations.   The Flemming Awards honor federal government employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service on either a sustained basis or through a single exceptional accomplishment achieved or completed during 2011. Awards are made in five categories: Leadership and/or Management. Legal Achievement. Social Science, Clinical Trials, and Translation Research. Applied Science and Engineering. Basic Science. Any career civilian employee of the federal government or member of the uniformed services who has at least three, but no more than 15, […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

DAU Senior Service College Fellowship The 2012-13 Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) announcement is open from Nov. 15 through March 15, 2012, to all eligible GS-14s and 15s who have met their current position certification requirements. The 2012-13 DAU-SSCF will be offered at Huntsville, AL, Warren, MI, and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/announcement/. Federal Executive Institute Announcement The Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society announcement is open through June 13, 2012. Any interested GS-15s who have met their position certification requirement should read the announcement at http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/federal-executive-institute-leadership-for-a-democratic-society/ for additional information and details on specific offerings and submission requirements. Starting […]

Army Acquisition Support Center Publications Earn Three Awards from International Competition

Army Acquisition Support Center Publications Earn Three Awards from International Competition

FORT BELVOIR, VA— Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T have earned 2011 MarCom Awards in three categories; including one platinum award, the competition’s highest honor.  “These awards validate the hard work our editorial staff put forth in producing these high-quality publications,” said Mr. Craig Spisak, Director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). “Together, Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T have set a new standard of excellence across the Army in telling the Army Acquisition Workforce story and how they support the Soldier.” The awards earned by the publications were as follows:  Platinum Award: Army AL&T Magazine in the Magazine/Government category Gold Award: Army AL&T Magazine in the Design […]

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

[author type="author"]Sofia Bledsoe[/author] The world’s most lethal attack helicopter just got even better. Inside a hangar against a backdrop of lights and fog, looking as intimidating as ever, the first AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) was revealed to the public for the first time during a Roll Out ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production plant in Mesa, AZ. “To say that I’m proud would be a tremendous understatement,” said COL Shane Openshaw, Project Manager Apache Helicopters. “This first step took a tremendous amount of teamwork and is a reflection of great accomplishment with the combined efforts of this team.” That teamwork was evidenced by the attendance of […]

Army Reserve Soldiers Get Cooking at Connelly Competition

Army Reserve Soldiers Get Cooking at Connelly Competition

[author type="author"]SPC Monte Swift[/author] U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers from the 847th Human Resources Company (HRC) competed in the final stage of the Philip A. Connelly food service competition at Fort Snelling, MN, in October, after winning at the 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and USAR Command competitions. The five-Soldier team, along with other supporting members from the 847th, competed in a field environment to best demonstrate real-world conditions and the challenges associated with maintaining a kitchen in the field. The Philip A. Connelly Competition, established in 1968, recognizes excellence in Army food service. The objective is to improve the professionalism of Army food service personnel and maintain high-quality food for […]

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

This is the third and final installment in a series of articles about improving Army services acquisition. The first two articles focused on the general features, applicability, and governance structure of the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan,” which was recently approved by the Secretary of the Army. In this final installment, we describe new reporting requirements for assessing success in meeting Army fiscal and performance objectives for services acquisition. Earlier this year, an Armywide data call established, for the first time, a baseline of all Army services acquisition requirements by command and by portfolio group for FY12 through FY16. In the baseline report, commands provided detailed services acquisition […]

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

This is the second in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  On Sept. 28, the Secretary of the Army approved the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan.” The plan describes the roles and responsibilities of HQDA and subordinate organization leaders, the processes they will use to acquire services, and the governance and review mechanisms to improve visibility and accountability of the requiring activities. Most important is that the plan launches a new way of doing business in services acquisition. Integral to the approach is a new governance structure that includes portfolio management and processes designed to identify, track, and monitor projected […]