CECOM Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major

CECOM Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major

by Mr. Gregory Mahall Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland (Feb. 16, 2016) — The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), welcomed its new Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Matthew D. McCoy to APG in a Change of Responsibility ceremony here today. McCoy arrives from his most recent assignment as the Garrison CSM for the United States Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea. He replaces outgoing CSM William G. Bruns, who was recently assigned as the new CSM for U.S. Army Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), currently based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. McCoy was officially installed into his new role by CECOM Commanding General and APG […]

The renaissance of technology development risk reduction

The renaissance of technology development risk reduction

By Kristen Kushiyama, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (February 10, 2016) – An Army research and development representative addressed electronic warfare, cyber and signal intelligence professionals on how the Army is using field experimentation to mature and validate emerging technologies in their field during an event in Wall Township, New Jersey Feb. 10. The Association of Old Crows’ Garden State Chapter held a lunch-and-learn event for its members to learn about the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, revitalization efforts of field experimentation and integration to the Army’s acquisition and operations communities. Dr. Richard H. Wittstruck, associate director of Field Based Experimentation and Integration […]

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

By Mr. Michael Clow (ASA(ALT)) SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (February 12, 2016) — This week Army leaders took an important step toward a new competition for improved Medium Tactical Vehicles by sharing lessons learned and planned improvements with interested industry partners. The current Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) first entered production in 1991 to replace the iconic 2.5-ton “deuce and a half” and 5-ton trucks. Some of those trucks trace their design legacy back to World War II, but the new generation focused on a common chassis and components. Over the past 25 years, multiple vendors have produced, upgraded, and improved more than 75,000 of these vehicles. The trucks form […]

High-Tech Army Device Helps Mobile Infantry in Combat

High-Tech Army Device Helps Mobile Infantry in Combat

Nett Warrior has already been deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan By Kris Osborn The Army is upgrading and more widely deploying a cutting-edge battlefield force-tracking technology for dismounted Soldiers, enabling them to know the locations of their fellow Soldiers and more quickly find, identify, target and destroy enemy fighters. Called Nett Warrior, the technology is a cell-phone-like device showing graphics on a small, digital moving map identifying fast-moving combat information. “The power of this is to network the Soldier,” Lt. Col. Adrian Marsh, Product Manager, Ground Soldier System, told Scout Warrior in an interview. The Army plans to more-widely deploy Nett Warrior, which has already been fielded […]

Faces of the Force: Kenneth Telsee

Faces of the Force: Kenneth Telsee

POSITION AND UNIT: Management analyst, Workforce Development Branch, Enterprise Resources Division, Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 3 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level I in contracting EDUCATION: B.A. in business administration, Triton University International Make the most of what comes your way By Susan L. Follett “Growing up in small-town Louisiana, I learned to be thankful for every opportunity—even the bad ones,” said Shreveport native Ken Telsee. With that mindset, he turned a difficult Army post into a learning experience and now works to facilitate career development for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Telsee enlisted in the Army after high school, thanks to a recruiter “who […]

Opening Doors

Opening Doors

ASC and JMC, who together support “big Army” in a big way, used set-asides, a regional symposium with other commands and an industry week to award $916 million in work to small businesses in FY15. by Mr. Justin Graff and Mr. Tony Lopez The U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC) and the Joint Munitions Command (JMC) together represent the largest number of employees at Rock Island Arsenal, IL. From the middle of the United States, the two commands support a global array of mission requirements from major commands, and many of these requirements become the responsibility of the ASC/JMC Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). ASC has a mission to provide […]

Networked Stryker unit on-the-move at National Training Center

Networked Stryker unit on-the-move at National Training Center

Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT IRWIN, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2016) — The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, or 2/2 SBCT, leveraged the Army’s latest mobile network equipment package to battle enemy forces during its Decisive Action Rotation at the National Training Center, or NTC, on Fort Irwin, California, which wrapped up last week. As part of the package, the Army’s on-the-move tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, or WIN-T Inc 2, enabled commanders and staff to bring the power of their tactical operations center, or TOC, with them as they crossed the austere terrain of the Mohave Desert. The WIN-T-equipped Stryker vehicles provided […]

FY17 budget provides raise for Soldiers but focuses on readiness

FY17 budget provides raise for Soldiers but focuses on readiness

By Todd Lopez WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 10, 2016) — In its fiscal year 2017 budget request, the Army – similar to its sister services – has requested for Soldiers a 1.6 percent pay raise, the largest increase in four years. “The 2017 request for a 1.6 percent pay raise for our service members … recognizes the unique demands and sacrifices of our service members,” said Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, director of force structure, resources and assessment with the J-8 directorate, part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It buys down that gap between where we want to be and where we are. The increase in that pay […]

Engineering Connections

Engineering Connections

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers five lessons learned for building relationships with and between small businesses. by Ms. Crystal E. Teed At its core, running a successful small business program for a federal agency is about connecting people and business organizations that want to do business with each other. It makes sense for the government to contract with responsible small businesses. According to a study by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the top predictors of a person’s ability to run a successful small business are four personality traits: work drive, emotional resilience, social networking and goal-setting. Each of those traits is conducive […]

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

By Emily Tsambiras, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, Office of Command Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The most efficient solution to a business problem isn’t always the most cost- effective. But when it comes to storage and distribution, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution has discovered that performance-based logistics (PBL) provides the best value for the agency, its customers and its vendors. PBL relies on commercial industry to support and sustain materiel readiness, and focuses on outcomes rather than individual transactions. PBL contracts can motivate manufacturers to produce premium-quality products, saving customers money by reducing the number of necessary repairs, which also decreases parts and labor expenses, said Joe Faris, director of […]