CJTF-HOA contracting office contributes to regional stability, prosperity with first vendor day in Mogadishu

CJTF-HOA contracting office contributes to regional stability, prosperity with first vendor day in Mogadishu

The Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting Office (CCO) initiated and organized a vendor day at Mogadishu International Airport, Somalia, July 12. Engaging employment from local businesses helps shape the environment of the U.S. and its regional partners through relationships and agreements, which builds trust, dependability and shared security interests. According to CJTF-HOA contracting officer U.S. Army Maj. Curtis Sampson, the groundwork for this initiative was laid before his April 2017 arrival to Camp Lemonnier, and the contracting office leadership fully supported the idea of helping open the local vendor market in Mogadishu. “This effort stemmed from a proposal to decrease the number of items being […]

Give more, get more

Give more, get more

PM Mission Command gave potential developers of the new artillery command and control system more time, more information and more latitude to approach the problem in new ways. In return, the government got more competitive proposals and a more flexible solution that ideally will yield a more user-friendly interface. by Ms. Sandra Lindecamp, Ms. Elizabeth A. Keele and Mr. Dan Lafontaine Like any complex command-and-control system, the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) has undergone multiple software upgrades and enhancements since its first fielding in 1995. AFATDS provides critical fires command-and-control capability for the Army and Marine Corps, and the upgrades have included automatic processing of fire requests, munition […]

FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug 24, 2017)—The 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected six candidates for reclassification. U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Tony Badger Sgt. Adrian Baladad Sgt. Josephine Bergren Staff Sgt. Henry Caldera Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Garza Sgt. Amanda Payton This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the USAASC and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. Selectees and non-selectees soon will receive an email with post-board guidance. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce.  

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

By Tristin Maximilian FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Two noncommissioned officers (NCOs) have been selected for the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program, offering the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in acquisition and business disciplines at civilian universities. “The Army offers so many untapped opportunities to service members. There truly is no other program for enlisted service members like ACS,” said Staff. Sgt. Kailey Good-Hallahan, one of the selectees. She will pursue an MBA with a focus on supply chain and operations at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in the next year. Good-Hallahan  serves as a contracting NCO for the 715th Senior Contingency Contracting Team at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. “Being able to […]

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 […]

Assignment: Audit Readiness

Assignment: Audit Readiness

As DOD faces a Sept. 30 deadline to be ready for its first-ever independent financial review, ACC zeroes in on contractors’ government-furnished property to improve accountability. by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Heath M. Stone For years, the government has authorized contractors to use or acquire its property when the contracting officer deems that doing so is in the government’s best interest. Supporting a government program as an on-site contractor requires office space. Offices, in turn, require desks, chairs, bookcases, conference tables, phones, copying machines, whiteboards—the list goes on, and much of that equipment typically belongs to the government. After all, it is in the government’s best interest to furnish the […]

Keeping Contracts from Crashing

Keeping Contracts from Crashing

When reality strikes in contract administration for Army helicopters, DCMA Sikorsky Aircraft – Stratford fills in the gaps with real-time information and critical multifunctional expertise. by Maj. Rob Massey and Staff Sgt. Daniel Martin In every contracting course and every contracting office, you hear a familiar sentiment: “The perfect contract is just a modification away.” Yet even after incorporating that modification, circumstances and events inevitably will require input and intervention from the organization charged to administer the contract. Enter the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), an organization responsible for providing contract management support to some of the most complicated contracts across DOD. A case study is the Army’s contract for […]

Army Announces Excellence in Contracting Awards

Army Announces Excellence in Contracting Awards

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—The Secretary of the Army has announced its FY16 Awards for Excellence in Contracting, honoring Army contracting organizations and individuals who’ve exemplified excellence in productivity, process improvement and quality enhancement. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) – Rock Island, Illinois, netted three awards: an individual honor for outstanding contract specialist and group awards for contingency contracting and systems, research and development, logistics support (sustainment) contracting. More than 60 nominations were received for the FY16 awards, which span 13 honors in three categories. Mary P. Hernandez, ACC-Warren, Michigan, was named Contracting Professional of the Year, and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Girard was named Contracting Noncommissioned […]

Faces of the Force: Anthony Dunaway

Faces of the Force: Anthony Dunaway

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: 411th Contracting Support Brigade, U.S. Expeditionary Contracting Command TITLE: Government Purchase Card Branch chief; supervisory procurement analyst DAWIA CERTIFICATION: Level III in contracting; Level I in logistics and program management YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 6 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 (U.S. Air Force, retired 2010) EDUCATION: MBA, University of Phoenix; B.S. in resource management, Troy University AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Award (Civilian) The challenges and rewards of OCONUS work Ms. Susan L. Follett Anthony Dunaway is a busy guy. As Government Purchase Card (GPC) Branch chief and supervisory procurement analyst for the 411th Contracting Support Brigade in Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, he manages a […]

Speed Contracting

Speed Contracting

DIUx, DOD’s outreach to the tech community, has developed commercial solutions opening, an OTA mechanism that moves from first contact to final contract in 60 days or less. And DIUx is about to share how to use CSO with the rest of the federal government. by Mr. Michael Bold When Secretary of Defense Ash Carter started the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in August 2015 in a bid to re-establish DOD’s once robust ties to the technology innovation of Silicon Valley, DIUx needed to find a way to move “at the speed of business.” Silicon Valley considered the department a bad customer, if it considered DOD at all. The federal […]