Hot Topics 2.0

Hot Topics 2.0

Army DACM Office introduces Hot Topics 2.0 By Tara Clements and Marti Giella FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Hot Topics is back, providing a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Developed by the Office of the Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Hot Topics 2.0 is designed to provide the AAW an overview of what’s new related to acquisition careers, current training opportunities and changes, as well as a look at new opportunities on the horizon. “We understand how challenging it is to stay on track with all of the opening and closing dates for career opportunities—especially given our […]

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 23, 2015) – New professional development guidelines for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who specialize in Army contracting are outlined in the revised version of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Guide, released earlier this month. “This is the first major revision in the last couple of years and something everyone in our community should be aware of,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief proponent NCO for the Army contracting community, or Military Occupational Specialty 51C. More than 500 pages outline career development guidelines for all Army NCOs—from staff sergeants through master sergeants—in DA PAM 600-25, published Sept. 11. But for anyone in the […]

Army DACM Office-sponsored student takes top honors at naval postgraduate school

Army DACM Office-sponsored student takes top honors at naval postgraduate school

By Mary Kate Aylward FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Mr. James B. “Brent” Logan received the “Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for DOD Students” from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for the 2015 summer quarter. Logan, a production engineer with the Army’s Apache production and fielding group, is completing his studies for a master’s in program management (MSPM) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management, or Army DACM Office, located within the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, sponsored Logan’s studies. NPS presents the award each quarter to a graduating student with an outstanding academic record at the school, strong thesis […]

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 14, 2015) – More than 30 Army acquisition career development leaders representing 24 agencies and all 14 acquisition career fields met Sept. 9 to discuss key issues affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and share best practices. Attendees from across the 37,000-strong AAW represented the acquisition career fields, from contracting to small business to engineering, known as Army Acquisition Functional Advisors, or AAFAs; as well as key career advocates within major command and organizations, known as Acquisition Career Management Advocates, or ACMAs. “This community of practice is here today to help communicate with the workforce,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army […]

Career News Made Easy

Career News Made Easy

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug. 5, 2015) — For any one of the more than 38,000-member Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), most days start with a cup of coffee, checking the morning email and a glance at the news before starting to work through the daily task list. And while individual career development may not be at the top of the list every day, staying on top of training and career development news is everyone’s responsibility. The Office of the Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) makes it easy to manage that responsibility with its quarterly newsletter, DACM News, available now. Produced by the Army DACM Office since […]

$$ for Training? We’ve Got You Covered.

$$ for Training?  We’ve Got You Covered.

By Sue Follett and Dr. James Rich Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series about the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) and the commands and organizations that have used its funding to better their performance or improve their workforce. Quick question: What’s the DAWDF? Unfortunately, that’s a question a lot of people can’t answer. We’re hoping to change that, and to help the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) realize the benefits that the funding program offers. Here’s the nitty-gritty: Created in 2008, DAWDF, or the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund, is designed to address gaps in the acquisition workforce by serving as a funding source for training […]

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 […]