Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

By Tara Clements Just before his retirement in March, we had the opportunity to sit down with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson and capture some of his reflections after more than 34 years of military service, the last three as the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, director acquisition career management (DACM) and director of the Army Acquisition Corps. “I think we have a tremendous workforce. I’m convinced that all of our success for delivering programs is tied to people,” said Williamson, emphasizing that it’s all been done during 15 years of continuous war. It’s difficult for people to understand the […]

June Hot Topics

June Hot Topics

Updates from the Army DACM Office: Acquisition Career Field (ACF) Competency Assessment: The Army DACM Office continues to launch the TrueChoice ACF assessments across the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). AAW professionals are encouraged to take the assessments that were sent to individual email accounts. Assessments should be completed at your earliest convenience, and will be open until July 6. This initiative supports a goal outlined in the FY17-21 AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan to develop and sustain a professional, agile and qualified acquisition workforce. The assessment designed is to collect information from military and civilian acquisition professionals to inform future AAW human capital planning and investments, and it complements the […]

AAE now accepting leadership award nominations

AAE now accepting leadership award nominations

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 19, 2017) – The call for nominations for the 2017 Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open and will close on July 28. The awards provide an opportunity to showcase the professionalism of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), spotlighting individuals and teams whose outstanding contributions merit special recognition. The awards focus not only on the best people and their accomplishments, but also on how those contributions help their organizations and the acquisition community at large. The award categories mirror the functions and organizations of the AAW. Individual awards are given in the following categories: Acquisition Support Professional of […]

Building A Better Mirror

Building A Better Mirror

Crunching data provides clearer image of organizational diversity. by Mr. Thom Hawkins You can never be sure, when you look in a mirror, that what you see is what other people see. For an organization, measuring diversity can elicit the unsettling images of a funhouse mirror, and standing too long in front of the mirror that makes us look tallest or laugh the hardest will not reveal how we truly look. So, how do we know if our ideas of diversity mirror those of others? How can we create the healthiest, most genuinely and appropriately diverse workplace possible? What is the right mirror to use? According to U.S. Equal Employment […]

The View from the Foxhole

The View from the Foxhole

Rotational assignment program develops and retains talent across the security assistance workforce. by Mr. Adam Genest and Ms. Carly Glenn In Huntsville, Alabama, Nick Curry’s bags were packed. He was enjoying a big send-off dinner with his wife, son, daughter, mother, stepfather and younger sisters. Curry promised to FaceTime often and said he would visit over spring break. He had only been away from his family for, at most, a week at a time, and being gone for six months would be a big adjustment. But he knew this was his chance to connect with the people and processes that shaped his daily work. Curry, a logistics management specialist with […]

Energizing the Base

Energizing the Base

JMC brings new employees aboard with its AMPED program to develop a workforce that’s energized, committed and engaged. by Ms. Erica Slattery, Ms. Heather Tahja and Ms. Nicole Kirschmann Faced with two challenges—a big chunk of its workforce nearing retirement age and a growing number of new hires—the Joint Munitions Command has rolled out a new training program that’s increasing connection and motivation among new and existing employees. Launched in January 2015 and based on research conducted across the JMC workforce, the Achieving Maximum Professional Employee Development (AMPED) program is designed to welcome new employees and show them the breadth and depth of JMC—the organization, its mission and its people. […]

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 16, 2017)—Thirty-five future military and civilian Army acquisition leaders completed the fifth Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) last month in Arlington, Virginia, preparing them as future product managers, acquisition directors and contracting commanders. Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, the newly appointed principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and director of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) spoke at AALPC for the first time. He explained what to expect as a new commander and what it means to be successful. “Success as an O-5 commander is based on your knowledge and your ability to articulate what you […]

Leader development program offers unique experience for civilians

Leader development program offers unique experience for civilians

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 25, 2014) – Five members of the 2014 Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) were recognized at a graduation ceremony April 18, marking their completion of the three-year developmental program that provides expanded training through a series of educational, leader development and broadening assignments for members of the Army acquisition workforce. “This is a great day to celebrate achievements in the Army,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and host for the ceremony. Spisak was a member of the very first CDG/AAF program, and recalled his experiences from nearly 20 years ago. “In April 1997, I got […]

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017) – The deadline to submit applications for this year’s military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C reclassification board has been extended to June 21, 2017, and Soldiers with 10 to 13 years of service may now be considered. This will be the only reclassification board for the year, prompting changes to the time in service requirement and the application extension to provide eligible noncommissioned officers (NCOs) as much time as possible to apply. Previously, NCOs with more than 10 years of experience weren’t eligible for reclassification. “We are extending the deadline to ensure that we are getting the best and brightest for the […]

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Earning DAWIA certification is challenging but not impossible, and it creates a smarter, stronger acquisition workforce. By Robert E. Coultas There are jobs, and then there are careers. And for those with careers in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), developing that career means compliance with Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements to complete certification within 24 months of being hired. Getting that certification isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little planning, some effort and an investment of your time. Regardless of the career field, AAW members should have a plan to accomplish required training and establish early on a rhythm of work and training to meet future […]