Army acquisition officers: Get your advanced degree!

Army acquisition officers: Get your advanced degree!

Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) provides opportunities for officers to pursue advanced degree programs at civilian universities on a full-time, fully funded basis. The purpose of this program is to help our Acquisition Corps officers receive the best and most appropriate graduate degrees available in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether you wish to attend Naval Postgraduate School, Penn State or even Yale, the Acquisition Management Branch (AMB) of the Army Human Resources Command will take your education preferences into consideration and work with you in getting a quality education. Are you technically inclined? We encourage Acquisition Corps officers to pursue an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Or […]

Faces of the Force: Adam J. Bross

Faces of the Force: Adam J. Bross

POSITION: Budget Analyst UNIT: Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Program Management Directorate, Fort Belvoir, Virginia TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3 years AWARDS: Performance awards (2012, 2013) EDUCATION: B.S. Finance, George Mason University   Young finance professional knocks on opportunity’s door By Tara Clements Most students start looking for a job around the time they graduate from college—but most students aren’t Adam Bross. Rather than waiting for ‘opportunity to knock’ on his door, Bross walked up to the front door and did the knocking himself. In 2004, while most high school graduates were enjoying the summer and surfing at the beach, Bross was surfing USAJOBS looking for work. […]

A leg up

A leg up

Wounded warrior develops first-of-a-kind leg prosthesis By Mr. Steve Stark For most people, the 21st birthday is life-changing in one sense only, and a trivial one at that—they can purchase alcohol. For Edward Lychik, who turned 21 on Sept. 30, 2011, while serving as an Army combat engineer in Afghanistan, that birthday was profoundly life-changing in more ways than one. “We always like to say the combat engineers lead the way. We’re out there in the front, leading, driving five miles an hour and looking for bombs. Once I’d find something, we’d dig it up and go blow it up somewhere else,” he said. Lychik’s job as a specialist was […]

Col. Ian B. Klinkhammer

Col. Ian B. Klinkhammer

UNIT: Army Contracting Command POSITION: Deputy Executive Director AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2012 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 24 AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Senior Army Staff Identification Badge, Army Aviators Badge, Army Parachutist Badge, Assault Badge EDUCATION: MBA, Florida Institute of Technology; Master of Military Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College; B.S./B.A. in financial accounting, Auburn University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I manage the contract planning, solicitation, execution and procurement programs for PEO Aviation and PEO Air, […]

Robyn Litle

Robyn Litle

UNIT: Army Materiel Command/Research, Development and Engineering Command/Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center matrix support to Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense POSITION: Systems Engineer/Foreign Military Sales Lead for Joint Product Manager CBRNE Analytics and Response Systems AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 19 AWARDS: AMC Coin of Excellence; ASA(ALT) Coin of Excellence; Civilian NATO Service Medal; Civilian Global War on Terrorism Medal; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; DA-Official Commendation (2); David Packard Award for Excellence in Acquisition EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in chemical engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? […]

Roderick Matthews

Roderick Matthews

UNIT: Army Contracting Command, CCAM-CH CH-47 Cargo POSITION: Director, Cargo Contracts AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 30 AWARDS: Contract Professional of the Year; Secretary of the Army Team Award (Partnering Division); Secretary of Army Team Award (CH-47 MY II); Army Acquisition Excellence Award EDUCATION: M.S. in contracts and acquisition management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in business management, Jackson State University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As director of cargo contracts, I direct the Army Contracting Command (ACC) cargo personnel who provide direct contract support to PM Cargo. Three platforms are supported: fleet management inside and outside the […]

Colleen McQuillan

Colleen McQuillan

UNIT: Program Executive Office – Command, Control and Communications – Tactical, Project Manager Warfighter Information Network – Tactical POSITION: Chief, Business Management Division/Program Analysis Officer AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2004 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Army Superior Unit Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service EDUCATION: B.A. in mathematics, University of Delaware   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As the Business Management Division chief for Project Manager Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (PM WIN-T), I am responsible for assisting the program manager in managing and directing multibillion dollar technology and acquisition programs. I manage two Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID […]

Pamela Munoz

Pamela Munoz

UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command POSITION: Director, Mission and Installation Contracting Command AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2006 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 35 AWARDS: ACC Commander’s Award for Civilian Service EDUCATION: MBA, City University, Seattle; B.S. in business administration, Hawaii Pacific University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As the director of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), I lead an organization of approximately 90 military and civilian personnel who are dedicated to our contracting mission. We provide our warfighters the resources they need to deploy and provide installation support services to take care of them and […]

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: The Annual Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In November 2004, the Army director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) spearheaded the implementation of the automated Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) at grades GS-13 and above, including broadband equivalents. The directive was suspended in January 2005, but the SRPE remained a requirement for civilian AAW members applying for Centrally Selected List positions, Senior Service College and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows program. SRPE has been very successful in ensuring equitable competition for these programs, and has also provided senior leaders with a tool to assess and identify leadership potential among their workforce. […]

Lt. Col. (P) Mollie A. Pearson

Lt. Col. (P) Mollie A. Pearson

UNIT: Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems POSITION: Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 21 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal (6); Army Commendation Medal (3); Army Achievement Medal (2); National Defense Service Medal (2); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Air Assault Badge; Parachute Badge EDUCATION: M.A. in human resources management, George Washington University; M.S. in computer resources and information management, Webster University; B.A. in psychology, Pennsylvania State University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? Currently, I serve as a product manager in Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems. I proudly […]