Army plans to consolidate educational offerings

Army plans to consolidate educational offerings

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 16, 2015) – For the Army Acquisition Workforce, education is a key component of career development and, ultimately, mission success for the warfighter. Armywide, thousands of Soldiers and civilians are involved in professional education programs, making the Army’s educational enterprise one of the largest academic systems in the United States. Last month, the Army announced The Army University—a multiyear plan to bolster its educational offerings by aligning most of its military education programs under a unified academic structure. A February 2015 white paper from LTG Robert B. Brown, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, spelled out the research behind the effort, […]

Army DACM Office announces training, leadership and educational opportunities for FY16

Army DACM Office announces training, leadership and educational opportunities for FY16

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 15, 2015) – Open up your calendars: The Office of the Army, Director of Acquisition Career Management has scheduled a host of Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) education, training and leadership development opportunities for FY16. A handful of AAW leadership development opportunities are on the schedule, including four sections of the Acquisition Leader Challenge Program, a series of seminars that focus on developing leadership skills for civilians, identifying challenges for new leaders, and incorporating individual talents into a cohesive workforce. Applications will be accepted in August for the Competitive Development Group, a three-year developmental program for board-selected applicants that offers expanded training, leadership, […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – A reclassification board held here earlier this month selected 12 candidates for accession into the 51C military occupational specialty (MOS)—the second and final board of the fiscal year resulted in a nine percent selection rate. The 51C MOS is an acquisition, logistics and technology contracting specialty for noncommissioned officers (NCOs). “The competition among applicants continues to be very strong,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, Chief 51C proponent NCO. “The quality of NCOs we have in the Army who are competing for these contracting positions makes it tough for the board members—but that’s a good thing.” The number of selected applicants varies across each board […]

Army acquisition career news featured in Army DACM newsletter

Army acquisition career news featured in Army DACM newsletter

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 4, 2015) — Members of the Army acquisition workforce (AAW) can access updated career news and information in the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter published by the director, acquisition career management (DACM). Produced by the Army DACM Office since 2012, the publication highlights current career news, development opportunities, new offerings, policy changes and updates relevant to the AAW. “We are really focused on supporting the workforce by serving as their one-stop shop for everything career-related,” said Diane Murtha, concept and policy development chief in the Army DACM Office. “This newsletter is a primary vehicle for us to provide regular news and information […]

ASA(ALT) launches second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition

ASA(ALT) launches second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition

By Karen D. Kurtz WASHINGTON (June 1, 2015) – 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 second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition issues. “It is important that members of the acquisition workforce and other interested individuals drive the dialogue about meeting and overcoming challenges in delivering capabilities to our Soldiers now and in the future,” said Williamson. “This writing competition was created to allow members of the acquisition community to tell their own stories to internal and […]

Army DACM Office efforts echo senior Army leader direction

Army DACM Office efforts echo senior Army leader direction

Recently, senior Army leaders published two tri-signed memos: Army Civilians – A Critical Component of the Army Total Force, highlighting the importance of two-way communication between supervisors and employees; and Army Supervisor – Employee Engagement, which provides leaders with focused areas to improve communication. These messages highlight strategic components of the Army DACM’s talent management initiatives, which include both individual and leader accountability. Talent management challenges are complex and sustainment of the AAW depends upon the investment we make today. We must use the tools, processes and programs currently in place to ensure we develop our workforce. There is no substitute for proactive, day-to-day personnel development and management. It is […]

Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success

Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success

By Natalie Duncan FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 29, 2015) – The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson kicked off the first-ever Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, earlier this month. The three-day pilot course was aimed to prepare two dozen centrally selected program managers, contracting commanders and product directors to assume new leadership responsibilities. Williamson challenged the students to make sense of disparate information from multiple sources to inform their decisions; take ownership of their environment early; and apply lessons learned so that they don’t “relive others’ mistakes.” Leaders from the office responsible for supporting the Army DACM, […]

Army program offers unique experience; grooms next generation of acquisition leaders

Army program offers unique experience; grooms next generation of acquisition leaders

By Tara Clements and Bob Coultas FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 22, 2014) – Eight members of the 2012 Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) were recognized at a graduation ceremony here hosted by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Procurement, Harry Hallock, concluding their three-year, career-broadening experience across various Army acquisition positions and missions. Hallock advised the graduates to keep a good “balance” through their acquisition career as their leadership responsibilities increase. “I think people who stay in this job honestly, truly understand it’s a calling. We’re supporting Soldiers… we’re providing them equipment and services to help them in wartime and to come back alive. How much bigger can you get […]

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

By Tara Clements FT. BELVOIR, Va. (April 22, 2015) – Leaders from the office responsible for supporting the director of acquisition career management for the Army, or Army DACM Office, held a virtual town hall to discuss the 13 new acquisition career models and answer career-related questions from members of the Army Acquisition Workforce on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Facebook page Tuesday. “This was a great opportunity to hear from and interact with members of the workforce,” said Diane Murtha, Chief of the Army DACM Office Concept & Policy Development Branch. “This was my first time participating in this type of forum and felt that it was […]

Training with Industry welcomes new cohort

Training with Industry welcomes new cohort

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 9, 2015) – Army acquisition’s Training with Industry (TWI) Program welcomed its new cohort of 10 officers at an orientation at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club, March 31. Joined in a day-long session by representatives from participating companies including Amazon, Boeing, Cisco, CSC, General Dynamics Land Systems, Intel, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft, the new participants got a primer on what to expect and what will be expected of them in their new assignments. The Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems, Doug Wiltsie, kicked off the event. According to Lt. Col. Clif Sawyer, a current TWI participant, Wiltsie “did a great job highlighting […]