Former Marine Joe Wright brings a positive approach to second military career

Former Marine Joe Wright brings a positive approach to second military career

Faces of the Force: Henry J. “Joe” Wright     POSITION: System Acquisition Project Officer and LCM8 MOD I & II/Barge Derrick 115 Ton System Acquisition Manager UNIT: Product Director, Army Watercraft Systems (PD AWS), Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) LOCATION: Warren, Mich. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3, U.S. Army; 30, U.S. Marine Corps DEPLOYMENTS: Vietnam, 1972-73 and 1974-1975; Iraq, 2004 EDUCATION: B.A. Business Leadership, Baker University   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? WRIGHT: I serve as a system acquisition manager and systems acquisition project officer for PD AWS. In that role, I manage the modification […]

Nichols addresses JCRX audience

Nichols addresses JCRX audience

Larry D. Mccaskill   FORT BLISS, Texas – The more than 380 cadre and trainees at the Army Contracting Command Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise 2013 were all eyes and ears as Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general, spoke on the merits and importance of the JCRX training Jan. 24. After passing out JCRX Gold Eagle Hero of the Day awards, Nichols thanked the exercise planners. “I just want to thank the 412th Contracting Support Brigade and everyone involved in putting this together,” she said. “They have ensured that this will be the most professional event that we could put on given our resources and our expertise and I […]

Army advances Better Buying Power

Army advances Better Buying Power

Kris Osborn   WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army has achieved significant cost savings and cost avoidance as result of its implementation of Better Buying Power (BBP), an initiative led by the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at improving the management of acquisition programs, incentivizing competition, eliminating redundancy, and achieving the maximum amount of savings, senior service officials explained. In place since 2010, BBP is also geared toward incentivizing innovation and productivity while improving the capabilities of the acquisition workforce and strengthening the tradecraft of acquisition services, among other things. “Better Buying Power has produced large savings. We’re continuously looking to optimize the use of the Army’s money,” said […]

Raiders enter ‘the wild blue’ with UAV training

Raiders enter ‘the wild blue’ with UAV training

Pfc. Andrew Ingram   FORT CARSON, Colo. — Unmanned aerial vehicles soared through the sky under the control of 16 “Raider” Brigade Soldiers during QR-11 Raven training on Fort Carson, Jan. 7-18. During the two-week training certification course, Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in a variety of career fields, learned how to launch, maneuver and land the small, unmanned aircraft in a variety of situations, including aerial security during movement operations, terrain reconnaissance and target acquisition during night operations. “The benefit of this training can’t be overstated,” said 2nd Lt. Theresa Ross, intelligence officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. […]

Corps of Engineers completes Army’s largest solar array installation

Corps of Engineers completes Army’s largest solar array installation

James Campbell   WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — The largest solar power system in the U.S. Army is coming online at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and officials gathered Jan. 16, to mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Energy Savings Performance Contract, or ESPC, project, awarded and managed by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, provides the sprawling desert base with a new 4.465 megawatt solar photovoltaic system, guarantees energy savings of 35,358M British thermal units per year, and reduces their energy consumption by 10 percent, said Wesley Malone, Huntsville Center project manager. “To date this is the largest solar project in the Army,” said […]

Army Ground Combat Vehicle acquisition strategy revised

Army Ground Combat Vehicle acquisition strategy revised

Todd Lopez   WASHINGTON — The Ground Combat Vehicle, or GCV, acquisition strategy was modified, Jan. 17, to further reduce risk and maintain an affordable program. The decision by the Department of Defense extends the current technology development phase of the program by six months to allow industry greater time to refine vehicle designs. These efforts will support a full and open competition at milestone B in 2014, the next major decision point in the program. The revised strategy calls for selection of a single vendor for the engineering and manufacturing development and production phases of the program. The six month extension to the technology development phase will provide contractors […]

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force

Linking unlikely allies for mission success   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? VERGEZ: I am the first Project Manager (PM) for the NSRWA PMO, which was established three years ago. We field, sustain, and support rotary wing aircraft used by the U.S. military that are not in DOD’s inventory. That includes more than 300 helicopters, including the Russian Mi-17 and the MD530F, used in DOD operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and 38 other countries. FOTF Editor’s Note: The NSWRA PMO was established by the Under Secretary of Defense (USD) Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ALT) to consolidate all nonstandard rotary wing aircraft under a […]

First Annual ALTie Awards Announced

First Annual ALTie Awards Announced

USAASC Public Affairs   McLean, Va. – Army AL&T Magazine’s first Annual Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Awards (ALTies) for magazine contributors were announced at SAIC Inc., January 17. Nelson McCouch III, Army AL&T Magazine Editor-in-Chief, announced and recognized the ALTie winners for their outstanding articles and artwork in the categories of Best Article; Best Commentary; Best Headline; Best Photo; Best Graphic; and Best Advertisement. “You have succeeded memorably in telling the many and varied stories of how the Army AL&T Workforce develops, acquires, fields, and sustains the world’s best equipment and services to our Soldiers,” McCouch said. In his remarks, he noted that the telling of those stories brings “news […]

Team Apache announces nickname for the Apache Echo Model

Team Apache announces nickname for the Apache Echo Model

Sofia Bledsoe   ARLINGTON, Va. — The world’s most advanced and lethal attack helicopter received a nickname by Team Apache at the annual government-industry Team Apache meeting at the Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., Jan. 8. The Apache Project Office selected “Guardian” as the winning entry for the AH-64E Apache. The “AH-6E Apache Guardian” will be a distinction from the AH-64D Apache Longbow that has been in service with the U.S. Army and with allied defense forces since the 1990s. The winning nickname was submitted by Gina Gill, Logistics Management Specialist from the Aviation and Missile Command Logistics Center, who wrote the following justification: “Although the Apache is known as […]

Army lays out Network path ahead at industry day

Army lays out Network path ahead at industry day

Claire Heininger   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Facing both new missions and fiscal constraints, the Army will use the Network Integration Evaluations to respond to emerging requirements, make smarter acquisition decisions and keep pace with technological change, Army senior leaders told industry partners last week. Attended by approximately 200 industry representatives, with at least 45 percent of participants representing small businesses, the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 14.1 Industry Day served to emphasize the Army’s commitment to the NIE construct, outline improvements to the process and keep the network industrial base informed of the Army’s needs and plans. Having listened to industry feedback from the first four NIEs, the […]