FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug 24, 2017)—The 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected six candidates for reclassification. U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Tony Badger Sgt. Adrian Baladad Sgt. Josephine Bergren Staff Sgt. Henry Caldera Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Garza Sgt. Amanda Payton This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the USAASC and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. Selectees and non-selectees soon will receive an email with post-board guidance. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce.  

Moving forward, giving back

Moving forward, giving back

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Product support manager and logistics director YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 32 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in acquisition logistics; Level I in program management EDUCATION: M.S. in business management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in education, Alabama State University AWARDS: Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Logistician of the Year Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; U.S. Army Materiel Command Outstanding Integrated Product/Weapon System of the Year     MS. SUSAN L. FOLLETT Alfreda Green’s realization more than 30 years ago that teaching wasn’t the career for her might […]

A new ‘FACE’ for aviation acquisition

A new ‘FACE’ for aviation acquisition

Using the Future Airborne Capability Environment open system approach to disrupt the current acquisition process. by Dr. Alicia Taylor Technology is changing and progressing rapidly. Upgrades to sensors, cameras, communication devices and navigation have improved not only automobile safety, but also our driving experience. When it comes to incorporating new technologies, the automotive industry has an advantage over military platforms because the automotive industry’s business model is entirely different. Whereas most consumers might upgrade a vehicle by buying a new one, the military generally plans on a 30-year life cycle for a vehicle, and upgrades the actual vehicle instead of replacing it. That includes aviation vehicles. So, while many vehicle […]

BOMBS AWAY

BOMBS AWAY

PEO Ammunition helps the Army meet Air Force bomb demand head-on by Mr. Sean D. Brandt and Mr. Robert M. Moreira  After more than a decade of combat operations, the U.S. Air Force’s expenditures for 2,000- pound general purpose bombs have increased at a rate substantially higher than anticipated. These high-tempo operations are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. As bomb expenditures began to outpace funded orders, the Air Force increased its requirements to meet warfighter demand. In FY16, the Air Force more than quadrupled its budget for general purpose bombs, compared with a historical average. As the executor for the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA), the Program […]

Security cooperation for the 21st century

Security cooperation for the 21st century

Strengthening allied nations’ defense abilities through training, equipment sales and other forms of cooperation is a vital part of U.S. national security. The FY17 NDAA was the first NDAA to recognize this, reorganizing and reforming the security cooperation enterprise.  by Mr. Jim Stocks and Mr. Adam Genest Security cooperation—the United States government’s effort to build partner capacity through the provision of defense articles, military training and other defense services—has been a critical component of U.S. national security policy for decades. In recent years, people within and outside DOD have studied how to better organize and execute the government’s security cooperation mission in the 21st century. As a result of these […]

Decades to ‘ZAP’

Decades to ‘ZAP’

Everybody—at least, every branch of the military—wants a laser gun. The theoretical possibility of a silent beam of energy that turns enemy weapons to toast has been explored in the pages of AL&T magazine for decades. With high-energy lasers on Stryker combat vehicles and an Apache helicopter downing drones in tests, it now seems a matter of time before lasers are in use on the battlefield. by MS. Mary Kate Aylward Lasers, synonymous with precision from eye surgery to targeting, have long held out the possibility of an elegant and cheap solution to some of the messier, more expensive problems of war. A bomb is a single-use weapon; a laser […]

A test of medical readiness

A test of medical readiness

U.S. military efforts in biological warfare defense readiness prove themselves with Ebola response. by Dr. George W. Christopher, Lt. Col., USAF, MC (Ret) The 2014-2016 outbreak of Ebola virus disease triggered an unprecedented public health disaster. For the first time since its discovery in 1976, Ebola struck large, crowded and mobile urban populations. It was the largest Ebola outbreak in both numbers of cases and geographic distribution, with more than 28,000 cases, 11,000 deaths, and 10 times the number of all previous Ebola outbreaks combined. The virus spread rapidly through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, striking Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States as well. In […]

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

By Tristin Maximilian FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Two noncommissioned officers (NCOs) have been selected for the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program, offering the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in acquisition and business disciplines at civilian universities. “The Army offers so many untapped opportunities to service members. There truly is no other program for enlisted service members like ACS,” said Staff. Sgt. Kailey Good-Hallahan, one of the selectees. She will pursue an MBA with a focus on supply chain and operations at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in the next year. Good-Hallahan  serves as a contracting NCO for the 715th Senior Contingency Contracting Team at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. “Being able to […]

Managing the frontiers of military medical research

Managing the frontiers of military medical research

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Principal assistant for research and technology YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 23 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management and engineering; Level I in program management EDUCATION: Ph.D. in veterinary science, University of Wisconsin; M.S. in wildlife biology, Colorado State University; B.S. in zoology, University of Maryland AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Medal, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; Civilian Employee of the Year, Category III, U.S. Army Medical Command; Superior Civilian Service Medal, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Commissioner’s Special Citation; Certificate […]

Design and engineering sleuths uncover time, cost savings

Design and engineering sleuths uncover time, cost savings

By Daniel Smith and Kathryn Bailey It’s possible that this is the most expensive phrase in the English language: “We have always done it this way.” For Army programs of record (PORs), “this way” may be to contract exclusively with industry partners to refresh, upgrade or redesign their systems rather than turning to the government organic base. However, keeping that work in-house can yield substantial cost and time-to-field savings—important drivers for Army force modernization and readiness—often because the government explores commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) options before diving into a custom design. The government’s prototype integration facilities (PIFs) are positioned to help PORs determine the most cost-effective, streamlined solution available. PIFs perform […]