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 the end of the expo, we will have personally interviewed around 120 officers, which is phenomenal.”
The civilian counselors were also meeting with several workforce members.
“I’m thinking we’ve seen probably 40 or 50 people. Today [October 12] has been about 15 or more,” said Yves Jackson, Acquisition Career Manager for USAASC.
In addition to offering the advice to current members of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), counselors had the opportunity to speak to those outside of the acquisition workforce interested in joining.
“I brought assignment officers from the Majors, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel assignment desks to ensure that we have 100 percent coverage, given that we know how many people are here at AUSA. We wanted to maximize this as a target of opportunity,” said Hosna.
Hosna advised those interested in joining the acquisition career field to regularly read the Military Personnel Messages, which are quarterly messages providing the most up-to-date information to the military community. Personnel interested in transferring to the acquisition corps should also become familiar with the Voluntary Transfer Incentive Program, which is the Army’s primary branch transfer mechanism.
For those who were not able to attend the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition and want career counseling and advice, both the military and civilian counselors are available at any time.
“We have a very aggressive travel and engagement plans within the regions that assignment officers cover. If any officer was unable to be here at AUSA, we will be throughout the regions doing a branch brief and then interviewing the officers. And they are always available for one-on-one counseling and mentorship by the phone,” said Hosna.
“We offer page on the website called ‘Ask an ACM.’ So, at any time at any point when they have questions that they need to ask, they can go there and we will answer them or email them back. We also have a help desk phone line that they can call for the same reason,” said Jackson.
The acquisition workforce management points of contact, including the “Ask an ACM” information, can be found at USAASC’s website at http://asc.army.mil/web/contact/poc/acquisition-workforce-management-pocs/.
- USAASC supports Army warfighter readiness by developing a world-class professional acquisition workforce, effectively acquiring and stewarding resources and providing customers with the best possible products and services. For more information about USAASC, visit http://asc.army.mil.
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