Acquisition Career Counselors Kept Busy at AUSA Annual Meeting

Acquisition Career Counselors Kept Busy at AUSA Annual Meeting

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. […]

DACM Corner: Selecting, Mentoring, and Developing Interns

DACM Corner: Selecting, Mentoring, and Developing Interns

As I look around at my fellow professionals in the Army acquisition, logistics, and technology (AL&T) community, I see a dedicated, seasoned workforce—and I wonder, who will take the place of these experienced professionals when they decide to retire? This is something that leadership throughout AL&T should be thinking about: Where do we find the best and the brightest young people to bring into government service, and how do we help them develop into future AL&T leaders? Fortunately, we have some very successful internship programs to guide us. Experience has shown us that, despite the advantages that private industry may have over government in hiring, many talented college graduates want […]

USAASC to Provide Acquisition Career Counseling at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition

USAASC to Provide Acquisition Career Counseling at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition

FORT BELVOIR, VA—Army Acquisition Workforce career counseling sessions will be available during this year’s Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. The sessions will be held in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) booth, part of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT) exhibit. The AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held October 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The ASAALT exhibit number is 6328 and is located on Level 2 of the convention hall. Career counseling is available to military and civilian members of the Acquisition Workforce or those interested in joining the Workforce. Among those offering career counseling advice is LTC […]

New App to Spotlight Army Exhibits, Forums at AUSA

New App to Spotlight Army Exhibits, Forums at AUSA

By Gary Sheftick, Army News Service A new application for smartphones allows Soldiers worldwide to visit Army exhibits and watch presentations taking place at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting at the Washington (DC) Convention Center Oct. 10-12. The Army Exhibit Mobile App helps visitors find what they’re looking for at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, and allow those who can’t be there to take a virtual tour. The app also allows users to watch Secretary of the Army John McHugh, U.S. Army Chief of Staff GEN Raymond T. Odierno, and other senior leaders discuss leading-edge issues facing the Army, such as advancing the network, cyber […]

New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training

New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training

By Brandon Pollachek The mission to defeat one of the enemy’s number one threats—improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—recently received a big boost in terms of the knowledge and capabilities of those assigned to operate and maintain Counter-Radio-Controlled IED Warfare (CREW) devices. Designed to offer maintainers and operators more realistic training, the new CREW Maintenance University opened its doors to students this spring at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The course is a five-day, intensive, hands-on program that provides Soldiers, civilians, and contractors who are responsible for CREW systems the opportunity to troubleshoot and actually handle  the multiple variations of fielded devices. The CREW Family of Systems, managed by Program Executive Office Intelligence, […]

DACM Corner: Selecting and Developing Acquisition Officers and NCOs

DACM Corner: Selecting and Developing Acquisition Officers and NCOs

By LTG William N. Phillips As we continue to build a world-class Acquisition Workforce with military and civilian professionals, we are faced with two equally important requirements: accessing the right skill sets to do the job and advancing career opportunities for the people who work diligently to execute the AL&T mission. All while staying focused on our vital mission to support Soldiers by getting the resources they need into their hands as quickly as possible, a mission in which we cannot fail. This vital mission is not possible without a robust, highly skilled, and professional AL&T Workforce that includes Acquisition Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Army Civilian members. The challenge is […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: August 2011

Update on FY12 Contracting Certification Changes The Army Deputy Director of Acquisition Career Management is seeking a reprieve to the Defense Acquisition University contracting curriculum changes, scheduled to go in effect October 1. The following alternative plans are under consideration:  extensions that would allow workforce members to complete their certification training under the current FY11 Contracting Certification requirements; an extended grace period to meet experience requirements; and permission for those to complete training already in progress. More up-to-date information will be provided once the vetting process is concluded. Defense Acquisition University Updates Registration is open for FY12 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses. Students should continue to apply through the Army Training […]

Acquisition Employees Graduate from Excellence in Government Fellows Program

Acquisition Employees Graduate from Excellence in Government Fellows Program

WASHINGTON–Nineteen members of the acquisition workforce were among 263 federal employees, spanning 23 government agencies, that graduated from the Excellence in Government Fellows (EIGF) program at a graduation luncheon held in their honor at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Aug 18. The EIGF program is a year-long leadership development program designed to build and enhance the skills of government employees to help them increase their effectiveness in their positions and to work toward becoming an executive. The program is organized by the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to help revitalize the federal government. “Over the course of a year, what we try to […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: July 2011

Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience Catalog Several educational and leadership opportunities are available in the near term through the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). The updated Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience Catalog provides in-depth information on all training and developmental opportunities. For information on opportunities available to acquisition civilian and military workforce members, view the catalog at http://asc.army.mil/career/pubs/aete/default.cfm. Eligible individuals may apply for programs by using the Army Acquisition Professional Development System tab within the Career Acquisition Management Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAMP/CAPPMIS) at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp. Excellence in Government Fellows Program Project managers and acquisition professionals can receive hands-on leadership development through Excellence in Government Fellows […]

Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

[author type="author"]William G. Balliew[/author] The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has established the first fully accredited unit-level Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator system in the Army at Fort Rucker, AL, fulfilling a vision for a simulation training strategy that closely replicates real-life air traffic control situations. The system is just what planners from the USAR Command (USARC) Aviation Directorate had in mind when the 2nd Airfield Operations Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (2-58) was activated in 2007 to train air traffic controllers. The planners foresaw the unit developing a realistic simulation training strategy, and an accredited ATC simulator system was critical to that strategy. “Simulation is the future of aviation training. This […]