USAASC Employees Support Charities Through Combined Federal Campaign

FORT BELVOIR, VA–The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) marks its 50th anniversary this year, and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) employees already are participating in the campaign’s golden anniversary, pledging donations to a cause of their choice from a list of nearly 4,000 charities. “Over the last 50 years, the CFC has raised nearly $7 billion to help combat disease, protect our planet, feed the hungry, and lift up individuals and communities at home and around the world,” wrote President Barack Obama in a message sent on September 13. Robert Coultas, USAASC’s CFC point of contact, said that each directorate at USAASC has a book listing the charities eligible for […]

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

By Dana Finney Master planners and energy managers can study select buildings’ energy loads using the Net Zero Energy Tool. Here, Vince Guthrie (from left), Fort Carson, CO Utilities Program Manager, Cambrey Torres, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Engineer, and Hal Alguire, Director of Public Works, discuss the LEED features of Fort Carson’s Wilderness Road Complex. (U.S. Army photo by Susan C. Galentine, Fort Carson.) The first tool of an integrated virtual model to help installations meet the Army’s ambitious Net Zero goals provides engineering analysis for planners seeking to achieve Net Zero energy at the facilities level. The new tool, which debuted at the GovEnergy conference in Cincinnati, […]

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

By Dr. Clint Smith ERDC Research Biologist Dr. Clint Smith prepares the first six prototypes of AQUA PATH wireless geospatial networked biosensors for field testing and evaluation at Belmont Bay of the Potomac River in Woodbridge, VA in the summer of 2008. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) Water supply safety and quality for human use create major challenges for both our deployed forces and homeland security. Current operations in Afghanistan, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Pacific Command, and other worldwide locations need safe water supplies to ensure stability and security for local populations. Water for the warfighter in theater is a limited resource and can halt major military […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: October 2011

New Requirement for Federal Executive Institute and Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship Starting this fiscal year, any applicant for the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) or Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) must have either completed the Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course or received equivalency or constructive credit before submitting an application. Applicants who apply for the 2011-12 DAU-SSCF program must have completed the CES Advanced course or an approved equivalent, or received constructive credit for it. Interested applicants should visit the Army Management Staff College website https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas/help/CES_Course_Credit.asp. The DAU-SSCF announcement is open Nov. 15 through March 15, 2012. The FEI announcement is being […]

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

By Sara Leach The MPS-OHC with segmented beams undergoes bare-charge testing at ERDC’s Big Black Test Site in Vicksburg in July. The test involved a total of five shots placed at different locations on the upper roof layer. The structure and the newly designed beam connection performed well on all tests. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) A series of recent demonstrations conducted by the Geotechnical and Structure Laboratory in the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers validated the protective performance of an overhead cover structure, built with no equipment, using ERDC’s Modular Protective System (MPS). The MPS is a rapidly […]

Tracking Data Through the Storm

Tracking Data Through the Storm

By Dr. Jesse McNinch and Kerry Larsen Researchers test the Coastal LIDAR and Radar Imaging System tracked vehicle at the ERDC Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is on the cutting edge of mobile mapping systems for coastal areas, using remote sensing to measure depths and land elevation, as well as waves and currents. Dr. Jesse McNinch and Dr. Katie Brodie, researchers in the ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), have designed the Coastal LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and Radar Imaging System (CLARIS). Using LIDAR technology coupled with radar, the pair has […]

Acquisition Career Counselors Kept Busy at AUSA Annual Meeting

Acquisition Career Counselors Kept Busy at AUSA Annual Meeting

Yves Jackson, USAASC Acquisition Career Manager, offered career advice at the USAASC booth during the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition. (Photo by McArthur Newell, BRTRC/USAASC.) WASHINGTON, DC—Hundreds of military and civilian acquisition workforce personnel received career counseling and advice at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) booth at the 2011 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 10-12 in Washington, D.C.  Career counselors answered questions covering a wide spectrum of topics, from entering the acquisition workforce to improving the chances of commanding. “We are covering the gambit,” said LTC David Hosna, Chief, Acquisition Management Branch and Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.  “By […]

Army Completes Chemical Stockpile Destruction at Anniston

Army Completes Chemical Stockpile Destruction at Anniston

Ted Gerth, a Westinghouse Anniston Control Room Operator, guides Timothy K. Garrett, Government Site Project Manager, at the  ANCDF, as he uses a computer to move destroyed chemical munitions out of the facility’s metal parts furnace on Sept. 22. (Photo by Westinghouse Anniston Protocol.) The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (ANCDF) at Anniston Army Depot, AL, completed disposal of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at Anniston on Sept. 22. The ANCDF is a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA). Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, CMA has the mission to provide safe, secure storage of the Nation’s chemical weapons and to safely destroy 90 percent of […]

U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Honors Annual Award Winners

U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Honors Annual Award Winners

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The acquisition community paid tribute to uniformed and civilian acquisition workforce professionals Oct. 9 at the 2011 U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) Annual Awards Ceremony. The AAC awards recognize those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide combatant commanders and their Soldiers the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of the global contingency operations. The categories and winners of the 2011 AAC awards are: 2011 Army Life Cycle Logistician of the Year Award — Jeffrey Forgach, Program Executive Office (PEO) for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical 2011 ASA(ALT) Contracting Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence — MSG Sandra Williams, 409th Contracting Support Brigade […]

PEO Aviation Wins Performance-Based Logistics Award

PEO Aviation Wins Performance-Based Logistics Award

An AH-64D Apache Longbow Block III, the newest variant of the Apache helicopter, conducts flight testing in Mesa, AZ. The first full-production aircraft will be unveiled during a rollout ceremony scheduled for Nov. 2. The Apache Block III is the next iteration of the world’s most lethal attack helicopter; it resets the aircraft to 21st-century technology, including Level 4 Manned-Unmanned Teaming. (Photo courtesy of PEO Aviation.) On Sept. 27, the Office of the Secretary of Defense recognized the Apache Sensors Product Office in Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation as one of three recipients of the 2011 Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Award. The AH-64D Apache Sensors Team won the […]