Training Boom

Training Boom

Suite of trainers for towed artillery systems blends realism, modularity By Maj. Daniel Cowling and Mr. Joshua Zawislak   Engineers from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and the Army’s project manager for towed artillery systems (PM TAS) have been collaborating on an innovative training package that will take an avatar-based gaming approach to training for the M777A2 and M119A3 towed howitzers. The current overseas conflict has required Soldiers and Marines to deploy for extended periods in nonstandard missions, without their howitzers and performing jobs outside their normal military occupational specialties (MOSs). While this flexibility has been essential to managing a complex conflict, often it has […]

Shannon H. Shelton

Shannon H. Shelton

UNIT: Army Contracting Command – Redstone TITLE: Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contracting AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 33 AWARDS: Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting EDUCATION: Master’s in the Science of Management (MSM), University of Alabama, Huntsville; B.S., business administration, Athens State University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I manage the procurement of all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for the Army. We also procure systems for U.S. Marine Corps and foreign military sales. My mission is important to the warfighter because use of UAS have significantly reduced the need for Soldiers to be placed in […]

Tsungming A. “Tony” Shih

Tsungming A. “Tony” Shih

UNIT: U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense TITLE: Lead neuroscientist and principal investigator AAC MEMBER SINCE: 1995 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 36 AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Outstanding Supervisor (Grades 13 and above); Excellence in Federal Career Silver Medal, by Federal Executive Board, Baltimore, Md.(2); Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award for Technical Excellence, by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology); The Best Paper Award in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Session, at the 22nd Army Science Conference, Baltimore, Md.; – Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award for Technical Achievement, by Deputy Chief of Staff (Research, Development […]

Lisa J. Stangle

Lisa J. Stangle

UNIT: Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal TITLE: Deputy Director for Aviation AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2001 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 30 AWARDS: Dellamonico Award, UASA Redstone Civilian Management/Executive Award (2); Superior Civilian Service Award; Secretary of Army Award for Weapons Systems Contracting EDUCATION: M.S., management, University of Alabama, Huntsville; B.S., social work, University of Alabama   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As deputy director for aviation at the Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, I support the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aviation in developing, procuring and sustaining the Army aviation platforms. As a contracting professional, I am a key member of the […]

Robert Steigerwald

Robert Steigerwald

UNIT: U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC) TITLE: Decision Gate Coordinator AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2010 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 20 AWARDS: Excellence in Federal Career Award, Army Civil Service Award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal EDUCATION: MBA, Touro University; B.A. in geo-environmental science, Shippensburg University; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Level III certification in acquisition, Defense Acquisition University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As the coordinator for the DOD acquisition program for medical drugs, vaccines, and devices, I lead and coordinate one of USAMRMC’s most challenging programs. I’ve […]

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

By Karen Kurtz WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the establishment of the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Award for Writing to be presented to the winners of the writing competition launched earlier this summer to help shape the public dialogue on Army acquisition issues. “Harry Greene was a Soldier, a leader, a mentor and a friend who inspired all of us to tackle complex problems on behalf of Soldiers,” Williamson said. “I can think of no better way to honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service […]

Dennis Anthony Teefy

Dennis Anthony Teefy

UNIT: Program Executive Office: Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T), Project Director Network Enablers TITLE: Product Director, Key Management AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2000 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 18 AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (5); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (4); Superior Civilian Service Award; Mr. Mountaineer Finalist EDUCATION: M.S. in environmental science and policy, Johns Hopkins University; M.A. in management and leadership, Webster University; B.S. in agriculture, West Virginia University; Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College; Level III certified in program management and test and evaluation, Army Management Staff College Civilian Education System Advanced Course   What do you do and why is it important to […]

Col. Charles A. Wells

Col. Charles A. Wells

UNIT: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) TITLE: Director, Plans, Programs, and Resources, ASA(ALT) AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 28 AWARDS: Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal EDUCATION: M.A. in computer resources and information management, Webster University; M.S. in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Army Forces; B.A. in political science, University of Illinois   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As the director for plans, programs, and resources in ASA(AL&T), I am responsible for […]

Army transitions WIN-T sustainment support back to the U.S.

Army transitions WIN-T sustainment support back to the U.S.

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T As the Army continues to upgrade WIN-T Increment 1, the tactical communications network backbone that first began supporting forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is also transitioning its sustainment strategy for the equipment from worldwide contracted support centers to standard organic support back in the U.S. According to Caroline McCarthy, Readiness Management Division chief for Product Manager (PdM) WIN-T Inc 1, sustainment efforts will enable Soldiers to order repair and spare parts for WIN-T Increment 1 from the Standard Army Retail Supply System (SARSS) instead of relying on contractor operated Regional Support Centers (RSCs). “We are also for the first time teaming with Tobyhanna Army […]

USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As the result of budget constraints and the cost of print production, the Army has not printed its traditional coffee table-style Weapon Systems Handbook for the last two years. However, because of the publication’s popularity, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), which produces the handbook, created a Web-based version for this year. Like a lot of good print products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Readers can currently find information on 30 key systems at that website, and the program executive offices (PEOs) are adding new systems and updating […]