Army workforce recognized in annual acquisition awards

Army workforce recognized in annual acquisition awards

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. –The Army claimed four winners in the 2014 Defense Acquisition Awards, announced last week, recognizing individual and collective contributions to the defense acquisition mission. Army Acquisition Workforce members took home top individual honors in the business, engineering and facilities engineering categories and the Army Contracting Command–Rock Island was one of six organizations that earned Workforce Development Awards. “The work that acquisition professionals do to accomplish this is almost never easy, but it is always critical to our Soldiers and the nation. That is why it is so very important that we honor excellence,” said the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army Acquisition Executive. “The […]

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Keith Joseph

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Keith Joseph

POSITION: Battalion Sergeant Major UNIT: 922nd Contingency Contracting Battalion TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 18 years AWARDS: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Order of Saint Barbara Medallion EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in business management, Excelsior University   Contingency contractor Joseph follows the action By Susan L. Follett When Master Sgt. Keith Joseph tells people about his contracting work for the Army, “they’re always surprised that we have our hands in so many things. The people building the new facility, the movers handling a PCS [permanent change of station] from one part […]

Elite Training

Elite Training

New game-based simulation expands to teach new leaders ‘soft skills’ By Mr. Timothy G. Wansbury, Dr. Randall W. Hill Jr. and Ms. Orli Belman Effective leaders counsel subordinates for a variety of reasons, from providing feedback for exceptional duty performance to giving guidance to those dealing with personal or work-related problems. Army Field Manual (FM) 6-22 (Army Leadership: Competent, Confident, and Agile) aptly states that counseling is one of the most important leadership development responsibilities for Army leaders. Traditional training for counseling has relied on a mixture of classroom lectures and discussion, role-playing exercises and hands-on practice filling out counseling forms. However, as early as this fall, the Army will […]

Faces of the Force: Al Rinaldi

Faces of the Force: Al Rinaldi

TITLE: Contracting Officer UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Official Commendation, Department of the Army (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Star Note, Program Executive Office Ammunition (2); Superior Civilian Service Award; Honorable Mention Elmer B. Staats Young Acquisition Professional Award EDUCATION: MBA, St. Peter’s College; B.A. in history and B.S. in criminal justice, The University Of Scranton   Army acquisition career provides chance to lead and mentor By Susan L. Follett Roughly 10 years ago, Al Rinaldi was working for a rental car company while earning an MBA and looking for something more in a career. “A friend of mine was an engineer at […]

Smart Sustainment

Smart  Sustainment

Tobyhanna workforce supports the current and future Army network, one idea at a time By Mr. Gary P. Martin, MG Daniel P. Hughes and COL Gerhard P.R. Schröter When you’re at war, sustainment can be one of the last things on your mind. The Army acquisition community’s top priority for the last 13 years was to get equipment out the door rapidly and into Soldiers’ hands. If that required the occasional but necessary increased cost for repair or field support to ensure that troops had what they needed when they needed it, that was something to sort out later. Later has arrived—and with it, an opportunity to be more strategic […]

Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

POSITION: Chief, Training and Readiness, G-3 UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 16 AWARDS: Air Force Women-Owned Small Business Outreach Excellence Award; Randolph Air Force Base Most Outstanding Woman; 12th Contracting Squadron Professional of the Quarter (3); Dept. of the Army Commendation EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and acquisitions management, Webster University; B.S. in business administration, St. Thomas Aquinas College   Have Career, Will Travel By Susan L. Follett As a military spouse, the need to have a portable career eventually landed Donna VanGilder in a position with Army acquisition. “My husband was on active duty for the Army and I knew that we’d be moving […]

Adapting Artillery

Adapting Artillery

Design change strengthens battle-worn M119A3 howitzer at less cost than new system By Mr. Joseph Lipinski and MAJ Wade Perdue  Over a decade has passed since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and the Army has asked more from its artillerymen than at any time in history. No matter what the mission, from multiple deployments to conducting nonstandard missions in some of the most remote locations in the world, artillerymen have always been flexible and adaptable. But high-altitude mountain warfare has tested more than the limits of our Soldiers; it has tested the limits of the howitzers they fire, as witness the M119A3. With its extended range, accuracy, reliability […]

November Army DACM Office Hot Topics

November Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is pleased to announce the 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program. This program offers an opportunity for eligible Army Acquisition Workforce members to complete coursework toward a master’s degree during duty time. The program covers tuition costs including book fees and travel expenses. The application window closes Dec. 1, 2014. Eligible applicants include GS 14-15 civilians (or broadband equivalent) and O5-O6 military. High-performing GS-13s and O4s may be considered by exception. NOTE: Acquisition workforce members who already […]

‘Semper Gumby’

‘Semper Gumby’

A former Marine recruiter’s job with Starbucks is all about connection Chat with Starbucks’ Tom Tice awhile about his job, and you get the impression that the retired Marine is like a kid in a candy store when he goes to work each day. It’s not the caffeine talking; he is just that enthusiastic about what he does. Now he’s working to recruit some 10,000 former military personnel and active-duty military spouses to become Starbucks partners—the employees who provide what the company calls the Starbucks Experience. Tice started his career as a Marine in the late 1980s as a heavy machine gunner, then served duty in U.S. embassies before becoming […]

Time for Talent

Time for Talent

By Tara Clements and Steve Stark The Army DACM Discusses Talent Management FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 3, 2014) – Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, acquisition career management (DACM), discusses his approach to talent management in the latest Workforce Minute video from the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). His approach includes “several initiatives to help our leaders identify and develop talent” within the Army acquisition workforce. Williamson established a talent management team within the Army DACM Office at USAASC earlier this year, which he charged with instituting enterprisewide acquisition talent management for the civilian and military workforce. “Talent management is focused on creating a pool of the right […]