USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 29, 2015) — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) has received a prestigious Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for its 2014 campaign recognizing the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). USAASC is the only award winner from the United States in the Government Communication Programs category, which also recognized organizations from Canada, Russia, Slovenia and Australia. The winning campaign—AAC25—aimed to leverage the silver anniversary of the AAC to foster pride and camaraderie among the entire Army acquisition workforce while raising the profile and prestige of Army acquisition and the Acquisition […]

Army acquisition leaders commemorate milestone anniversary; look to the next 25

Army acquisition leaders commemorate milestone anniversary; look to the next 25

By Tara Clements   WASHINGTON (Oct. 13, 2014) – Today, Army acquisition leaders marked the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) at a commemorative event on the opening day of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting. The Hon. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the Army acquisition executive hosted the event along with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and the director of acquisition career management. More than 100 people gathered to hear Shyu and Williamson’s remarks, including Gabriel Camarillo, Shyu’s principal deputy, several program executive officers, and former ASA(ALT) […]

25 years and counting

25 years and counting

Army Acquisition Corps coalesces around dedication, professionalism By Hon. Heidi Shyu, Army Acquisition Executive   “We know that the quality of our people is an essential ingredient to our success as an acquisition enterprise.”—Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton B. Carter The Army Acquisition mission is to provide our Soldiers a decisive advantage by developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining the best-equipped Army the world has ever known. Accomplishing that feat requires a dedicated workforce of career civilians and military professionals. This year, we celebrate 25 years of acquisition excellence, marking the creation in 1989 of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), the civilian and military specialists who develop and procure […]

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 7, 2014) — As part of its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is hosting a contest for best “shout-out” video. In celebration of the silver anniversary of the AAC, leaders and teams across the Army acquisition community recorded 25 videos of congratulations and thanks to the members of the AAC. Among the senior leaders included are the Hon. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, the ASA(ALT) Principal Deputy, Mr. Gabriel Camarillo and the Principal Military […]

Army Acquisition: A brief history

Army Acquisition: A brief history

Legislation, scandal, regulation, reform By Mr. Steve Stark and Ms. Susan L. Follett   The U.S. Army has been procuring goods and services from the private sector since long before there was a United States. Individual handcrafted rifles and pistols, food and clothing, gunpowder and lead were some of the not particularly sophisticated needs of the nascent republic’s Army. But acquisition today is more than procurement, and today the Army’s needs are very sophisticated indeed. The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive, is also the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and nowadays “acquisition” is an umbrella term that indicates not only procurement, logistics, and […]

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Next Monday marks 25 years since then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), a specially trained, dedicated group of military and civilian acquisition leaders who develop, field and sustain the critical systems and services that enable our Soldiers to fight and win our nation’s wars. Not surprisingly, the Army acquisition community is celebrating in a big way. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), along with the Army acquisition community, has launched a campaign focused on people—the more than 12,000 members of the […]

#AAC25 Army marks 10-year Stryker anniversary

#AAC25 Army marks 10-year Stryker anniversary

By Kris Osborn, ASA(ALT) WARREN, Mich. (Army News Service, May 6, 2011) – What began as an ambitious vision in the minds of Army leaders in 1999 – to build a medium-class armored vehicle able to deploy quickly, transport troops safely, and bring agility and lethality across multiple platforms – has evolved into the battle-tested Stryker vehicle now celebrating its 10-year anniversary. “Stryker really filled an interesting niche because the heavy forces were too difficult to deploy in certain austere environments,” Scott Davis, program executive officer, Ground Combat Systems, said. “But it wasn’t just the vehicles. The Army benefited greatly from the concept of putting multiple mission packages on a […]

#AAC25 PEO Ammo looks back over 12 years

#AAC25 PEO Ammo looks back over 12 years

By PEO Ammunition In the dozen years since it was first chartered, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition (PEO Ammo) has fielded 12 billion rounds of ammo, demilitarized nearly a million tons more, and had a hand in upgrading production plants and depot facilities in the United States and abroad. It has earned a number of awards for that work, honoring individual contributions as well as team efforts. Chartered in January 2002, PEO Ammo provides acquisition management for all of the Army’s conventional munitions and munition systems, including mortar weapons and fire control. Also chartered in 2002 were Project Managers Combat Ammunition Systems (PM CAS), Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) and […]

#AAC25 Q&A with Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison (Part II)

#AAC25 Q&A with Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison (Part II)

By Army Contracting Command Public Affairs The Army Contracting Command NewsBlast editor recently sat down with the ACC commanding general to get his thoughts on the command, events and the future of military contracting. This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Part 1 is available at http://www.army.mil/article/118018/. How will the ACC get to the right size workforce? As the Army and the budget gets smaller there will be fewer dollars spent on everything, including contracts. As the contracting workload is scaled back, we are going to have to reduce our resources. That said, we don’t plan to take a salami slice approach. In selected areas there may be growth. […]

#AAC25 Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

#AAC25 Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

By PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 28, 2014) — The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios using full and open competition. The draft Request for Proposal, known as an RFP, which was posted May 21, to the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov, moves the Army toward Full Rate Production for the Rifleman Radio, part of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit program. Under the full and open competition approach, the Army will award contracts to multiple vendors, creating a “radio marketplace” where vendors will compete for delivery orders as needed, after they achieve technical and operational requirements. “The full […]