• THE WRITE STUFF: Army AL&T Magazine Announces Annual ALTies Winners

    EDITOR AND REPORTER
    Army AL&T magazine Senior Editor Peggy Roth talks about working with contributors to shape their stories to fit an issue’s theme at the magazine’s second annual writer’s workshop. At right is Claire Heininger, editor/lead writer for PEO C3T, who was guest speaker at the workshop. (Photo by Catherine DeRan, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center)

     

    By Steve Stark

     

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced the winners of its annual “ALTies” awards, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph from 2013. Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch III presented the awards here today, following Army AL&T magazine’s second annual writer’s workshop at the U.S. Army Acquisition Service Center (USAASC) headquarters.

    “Each issue of Army AL&T is a collaborative process, a team effort,” McCouch said. “Without our contributors, who help us continually raise the bar on quality, we would not have a magazine. But we have a great one that gets better with every issue.” Claire Heininger, editor/lead writer for Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), and a regular Army AL&T contributor, was guest speaker at the workshop.

    McCouch also announced the new online version of Army AL&T, available at http://usaasc.armyalt.com/. The new online version of the magazine offers a significantly improved interface, simpler navigation, and enables users to share stories with friends and colleagues and through social media.

    This year’s ALTies went to:

    HONORABLE MENTION
    Writers workshop guest speaker, Claire Heininger, receives her ALTies runner-up award for best photograph from Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch III at the second annual Army AL&T writer’s workshop, March 27. (Photo by Uri Bombasi, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center)

    BEST ARTICLE (tie)
    Wired for Success, by Lt. Col. Jeffery T. Yon and Mr. Jeffrey C. Faulkner, Reserve Component Automation Systems, Program Executive Office (PEO) Enterprise Information Systems, October–December 2013 issue.

    Path to Success, by Ms. Kelly Courtney, PM Force Projection, PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support, January–March 2013 issue.

    First Runner-up
    It Takes a Team, by Col. (now Brig. Gen.) William E. Cole, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (OASA(ALT)), July–September 2013 issue

    BEST COMMENTARY
    Speaking of Savings, by Mr. Thom Hawkins, PEO Command, Control and Communications – Tactical, and Mr. Vince Dahmen, PEO Ammunition, October–December 2013 issue

    First Runner-up
    Driving Competition, by Lt. Col. T.J. Wright, Product Manager for Precision-Guided Missiles and Rockets, PEO Missiles and Space, April–June 2013 issue

    BEST PHOTO
    Total Logistics Integration, Product Director, U.S. Army Logistics Modernization Program, January–March 2013 issue

    First Runner-up
    Introducing Capability Set 13, by Ms. Claire Heininger, OASA(ALT), January–March 2013 issue

    BEST GRAPHIC
    The Five Phases of the Unit Set Fielding Process, PEO Command, Control and Communications – Tactical, April–June 2013 issue

    First Runner-up
    Tiered Technical Knowledge, C4ISR Integrated Process Team, July–September 2013 issue

    BEST AD
    U.S. Army Logistics Modernization Program, PEO Enterprise Information Systems, October–December 2013 issue

    First Runner-up
    Connecting Tomorrow’s Warriors, PEO Command, Control and Communications – Tactical, October–December 2013 issue

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  • Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

    Members of the PEO STRI team are recognized at the 2013 Acquisition Award Ceremony on Nov. 13, 2013 at the Pentagon. From left: Lt. Col. Paul Weizer, Mr. Joe Giunta, Lt. Col. Richard Haggerty, Ms. Lovisa Parks, Dr. James Blake and Maj. Tom Monaghan. (Photo by Robert Coultas, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center)

    By Steve Stark

     

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Twenty-five winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting were honored Nov. 13 by the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology) (ASA(AL&T) and Army acquisition executive, Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy to the ASA(AL&T), Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) for procurement, and Wimpy Pybus, DASA for Acquisition Policy and Logistics at a small ceremony November 13 at the Pentagon.

    “These awards recognize our very best and acknowledge our superior, dynamic and dedicated professionals. Our central mission is to equip Soldiers so they can execute their mission quickly and successfully and return home safe. That’s our priority,” said Shyu of the acquisition awards.

    “It is a privilege to witness the outstanding work of our acquisition and contracting professionals and the work they do to support our warfighters. Today, we celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding employees and recognize them for their hard work,” she added.

    This is the 37th year for the Army Acquisition Awards, which recognize individuals and teams within the U.S. Army acquisition community as “exceptional” among their peers for their skill, efficiency, and dedication. The Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting are presented annually to recognize individuals, teams, and organizations for their outstanding performance, dedication and professionalism in executing the contracting mission worldwide. This was the first year both the acquisition and contracting awards were presented together.

    For the 23 award categories, 228 nominations were considered and a total of 25 U.S. Army awards were presented. Winners were tied in two categories.
    Also new this year was the presentation of the first-ever Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager award honoring Army civilian, Brian Sharkey, Project Manager of Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS).

    “Much of the work that the Acquisition Workforce does goes under the radar. These awards give us a chance to shine a bright light on the excellence, professionalism and ingenuity that we all know happens every day in Army Acquisition,” said Col. Wil Riggins, deputy director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and master of ceremonies for the event.

    U.S. ARMY ACQUISITION AWARD WINNERS

     

    Continuous Performance Improvement

    Winner: Streamlining Special Operations Forces Program Management, Lean Six Sigma Project Team, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)

    Team Members:
    Lt. Col. Richard Haggerty, Black Belt Candidate
    John Kirch, PEO STRI Deployment Director
    Christopher Rozycki, PEO STRI Master Black Belt
    Fran Fierko, Project Sponsor
    James Golden, Resource Manager
    Maj. Thomas Monaghan, Black Belt Candidate
    Brian Serra, Contracting
    Sam Walsh, Finance
    Jennifer Schneider, Logistics

    The Black Belt project “Streamlining Special Operations Forces” (SOF) addressed the challenges and inefficiencies within the Product Manager for SOF Training Systems (PM STS), PEO STRI. The approach to improving this process was to use the principles and practices of Lean Six Sigma, as learned in the Army Black Belt program of instruction, and to apply this knowledge to streamline the acquisition process within PM STS.

    Through the identification of non-value added activities within the STS process and the implementation of multiple indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracting vehicles, PM STS was able to reduce the average contracting cycle time from the 102 day standard to 52 days. This process efficiency also allows PM STS to attract an additional $15 million per year in customer-funded requirements, resulting in nearly $83 million in additional capacity, while providing $820,000 in cost avoidance over the course of FY13-FY18.

    Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence (Tie)

    Winners: Sgt. 1st Class Tracy A. Drowne, PEO STRI, and Master Sgt. Andrea Dailey, Mission & Installation Contracting Command-Fort Hood

    Sgt. 1st Class Tracy A. Drowne excelled as the only contracting NCO in the U.S. Army to issue and negotiate modifications to Warfighter FOCUS, a performance-based contract valued at more than $11.2 billion, the largest ever at PEO STRI. She was directly responsible for 17 actions under this contract, valued at more than $111.4 million. Sgt. 1st Class Drowne directly supported multinational training objectives in Afghanistan where she assisted with the fulfillment of the Afghanistan National Security Force training, consisting of 175,000 Afghan soldiers. During FY13, she obtained her Level III certification in contracting. In addition, she is enrolled in an MBA program and maintaining a 3.5 grade point average.

    “Today, we celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding employees and recognize them for their hard work.”

    Master Sgt. Andrea Dailey’s actions led directly to the success of the Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise(JCRX) – 13; the establishment of a Contracting Ready Team to support Army North; pre-deployment training of warfighters; and the enhancement of the Army Contracting Command’s Proficiency Guide for Contracting Leaders. During JCRX 13, the largest joint contracting pre-deployment exercise, Dailey ensured that more than 1,200 contracting master scenario exercise lists were injected to more than 18 regional contracting centers with a total of 198 Army, Marine, National Guard and Reserve contracting officers and NCOs from more than 50 U.S. and overseas locations. She single-handedly prepared more than 90 contracting packets and developed, managed and executed over 100 scripted scenarios for a multitude of role players to ensure a consistent, realistic, and challenging exercise.

    Director, Acquisition Career Management Award

    Winner: Mr. Robert T. Kowalski, PEO Ammunition, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS)

    Throughout his 32 years of Army service, Kowalski led the program management and engineering teams that fielded the Army’s top tank and artillery munitions. As an acquisition manager, he has consistently delivered solutions and crafted portfolio strategies that balance program risk, cost, contractor performance and industrial base considerations. In 2005, Kowalski created the pathway and was the first to use Small Business Authority (SBA) teaming to consolidate 28 40mm contracts into two, creating the largest SBA award in Army history. Another achievement was his initiation and leadership of the program that resulted in fielding a new general purpose bullet, the 5.56mm M855A 1 Enhanced Performance Round, the first significant improvement to this key munition in 30 years, which eliminated 2000 tons of lead per year from Army ranges.

    In FY13, in support of Better Buying Power 2.0, Kowalski identified over $233 million in funds captured from lower costs for the Lake City Army Ammo Plant competition that the Army is now considering how to use for higher priority needs. He did this while carefully balancing operational requirements, industrial base needs and inventories. Kowalski’s steady, commonsense application of proven management and problem-solving tools resulted in the reliable delivery of up to 2.1 billion rounds of ammunition per year to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and coalition forces while achieving remarkable results in maturing the capabilities of suppliers, crafting smart acquisition initiatives and solving tough issues.

    Project Manager of the Year

    Winner: Col. Patrick Mason, Technology Applications Program Office, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

    Col. Patrick Mason has delivered results across the spectrum of acquisition—from technology development through sustainment and divestiture. He has demonstrated the ability of small dedicated teams to execute rapidly, with precision, and provide innovative capability, novel sustainment support, and critical services to our combat forces. His team rapidly accelerated a flight controls modification for the MH-47G that has undoubtedly saved the lives of crews operating in degraded environments. In addition, he also achieved initial operational capability for the MH-60M, on schedule.

    Acquisition Director of the Year at the Colonel level

    Winner: Col. James Winbush Jr., White Sands Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC)

    Col. James Winbush Jr.’s performance leading the White Sands Test Center (WSTC) has been exemplary during one of the most demanding and fiscally challenging times the Army has faced. WSTC provides Army, Navy, Air Force, DOD, allied nations, and other customers with high quality services for test, research, assessment, development, training and experimentation in support of the Nation at war and many high profile major defense acquisition programs.

    Winbush is an exceptional leader who led the White Sands Test Center with distinction, providing high quality services for test, research, assessment, development, training and experimentation. Some 1,500 engineers, scientists, technicians and information technologists support his operations. To unify these operations, Colonel Winbush established the “Army Profession” program. This program established the standard for Army Test and Evaluation Command and has been touted as one of the top two implementation programs in the Army.

    Product Manager of the Year

    Winner: Lt. Col. Steven Clark, Product Manager, MH-60 SOF Aircraft, U.S. Special Operations Aviation Command

    Tasked with fielding the MH-60M to a force that has remained constantly deployed since 2001, Lt. Col. Steven Clark had to precisely execute a complex test, production, fielding, turn-in and harvest program to ensure the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) could continue to deploy combat power worldwide in support of high priority missions.

    Clark was further challenged by having no operational replacement aircraft; therefore, combat capability would be standing down as new MH-60M aircraft were fielded. Additionally, for legacy aircraft, he was responsible for turn-in and harvesting of special operations unique equipment. This equipment would then be used in the production line to reduce cost. Finally, the transition of legacy special operations flight training courses was tied to the block fielding schedule. Given manpower limitations, the old courses would terminate and switch to the MH-60M in a very short period. Faced with engineering, production and funding issues, he demonstrated an unparalleled ability to solve complex problems, innovate and bring unique solutions.

    Acquisition Director of the Year at the Lieutenant Colonel Level

    Winner: Lt. Col. Maria Schneider, Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC)

    Lt. Col. Maria Schneider commands the MICC Fort Belvoir contracting office, a workforce of more than 100 acquisition personnel (military, civilian and contractors). Serving as the overall acquisition integration officer for the Arlington National Cemetery, Schneider identified and negotiated savings in excess of $16.5 million. Additionally, she is recognized for her leadership and team-building in a large and geographically dispersed workforce including Fort Belvoir, Fort AP Hill, and Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall; where the contracting missions are both high visibility and of the highest priority.

    Logistician of the Year

    Winner: Kenneth W. Virgil, U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Activity

    Kenneith Virgil is recognized for leading the development and publication of the industry standards for product support analysis that provides a single, uniform, systems engineering approach to conducting the activities required to perform product support analysis throughout the materiel life cycle, resulting in large scale life-cycle cost savings to the government. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is credentialed in multiple acquisition areas to include Level III in life cycle logistics. The lasting impact of Virgil’s accomplishments are that the DoD and services now have a standard approach and implementation guidance to identify and tailor the analysis tasks, and contract for product support analysis and its resultant logistics product data required to develop and sustain all weapon systems throughout their materiel life cycle in a uniform manner. Materiel developers no longer need to develop different processes and procedures for each contract.

    Acquisition Excellence Awards

     

    Transforming the Way We Do Business Award

    Winner: The CH47 Chinook Multiyear II (MY II) Evaluation Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone

    Team Members:
    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Caldwell, Contracting Officer
    Robin Hadlock, Senior Contract Specialist
    Michael Allison, Contract Specialist
    Georgia Walker, Contract Specialist
    Jonathan Hitt, Contract Specialist

    The team is recognized for their significant contributions that led to the successful negotiation of the Multiyear 2 program requirements for up to 215 CH-47F cargo helicopters, including advance procurement of required long lead items, implementation of engineering change proposals, and recapitalization of CH-47D aircraft components, all resulting in $810 million of cost savings.

    Equipping and Sustaining Our Soldier’s Systems

    Winner: Stryker Double-V Hull Army Test and Evaluation Integrated Program Team, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Program Manager Stryker Brigade Combat Team, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center

    Team Members:
    LTC John K. Wilwerding, ATEC, initial ATEC System Team Chair
    Robert E. McCown, ATEC, ATEC System Team Chair and Lead Evaluator
    Angelo Christino, ATEC, Reliability and Maintainability Evaluator
    David T. Zebron, ATEC, Ballistic Survivability Evaluator
    Robert Thomas Harman, ATEC, Automotive Performance and Mobility Evaluator
    Robert Barnas, ATEC, Nonballistic Survivability Evaluator
    Grace Deng, ATEC Methodology and Analysis Evaluator
    Casey Turner, ATEC Methodology and Analysis Evaluator
    Paul Wallace, ATEC, Mortar Systems Evaluator
    Shepherd “Kermit” Okamura, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, Yuma Test Center
    Wade Harvey, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Kevin M. Mintzer, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer (Live Fire), Aberdeen Test Center
    Michelle Hicks, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer (Live Fire), Aberdeen Test Center
    Jim Smith, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, Electronic Proving Ground
    Alfredo Perez, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, White Sands Missile Range
    George Edward Knotts, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Charles Braungart, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Paula Hoak, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Jim Robinson, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Patty Jonez, ATEC, Mortars Test Officer, Yuma Test Center
    Matt Reiss, ATEC, Instrumentation Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Tim Mallen, ATEC, Instrumentation Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Kevin L. Betz, ATEC, Live Fire Test Manager
    Neil C. Jorgenson, ATEC, Operational Test Officer
    Bruce F. Portz, ATEC, Operational Research Systems Analyst for Operational Testing
    Cathy Miller, ATEC, Operational Research Systems Analyst for Operational Testing
    Clifford Kummer, ATEC, Operational Research Systems Analyst for Operational Testing
    Ryan Sunderman, ATEC, Operational Test Officer
    George McNees3, ATEC, Operational Test Officer
    George Schurr, TCM SBCT, TRADOC Capabilities Manager
    Shelton Raine, PM SBCT, Program Manager Test and Evaluation Lead
    Mark Reiter, AMSAA, Modeling and Simulation Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Peter Melick, AMSAA, Modeling and Simulation Officer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Brian Narizzano, Analyst, ARDEC Firing Tables Division
    Matt Schaffer, Analyst, ARDEC Firing Tables Division
    Richard zum Brunnen, ARL-SLAD, Ballistic Survivability Analyst
    David Hendrickson, ARL-HRED, Human Factors Engineering Analyst

    The members of the Stryker Double-V Hull (DVH) Army Test and Evaluation (T&E) Integrated Product Team (IPT) demonstrated great initiative, creativity, and skill in designing and conducting streamlined test and evaluation efforts in support of rapid fielding of eight improved survivability Stryker combat vehicle variants to our Soldiers in Afghanistan. The T&E team successfully balanced the need to validate the capabilities and limitations of the new design with the demand to provide increased protection to our deployed Soldiers. They ensured the proposed double-V hull solution provided increased protection without sacrificing tactical mobility or the effectiveness of the equipment packages that enable the crews of each Stryker variant to accomplish their role on the battlefield.

    Their rapid, focused test and evaluation program resulted in Soldiers receiving increased protection many months earlier than traditional test programs would have allowed, significantly reducing casualties from improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

    Individual Sustained Achievement

    Winner: Lt. Col. Raymond Morgan III, DCMA Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale Contract Management Office

    Lt. Col. Raymond Morgan III led an organization of 125 personnel and was responsible for the administration of 168 contracts, valued at $63.5 billion. He consistently performed and delivered extraordinary results in support of the warfighter as a program integrator for the acquisition category (ACAT) I Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program, as well as director of operations. Morgan directs the delivery of weapons systems and oversees the contractor performance, with a workforce of more than 7,000 personnel, to ensure the quality systems make it to the warfighters’ hands. As the THAAD program integrator, Morgan was responsible for the $9.6 billion ACAT I program. He led government team across 19 critical suppliers driving the on-time delivery of the two most advanced interceptors in the Army arsenal to maintain the perfect 14-in-a-row test record, making THAAD the most successful ballistic missile defense system produced by the MDA.

    Information Enabled Army

    Winner: USSOCOM Global Video Surveillance Activity (GVSA) Team, Program Executive Office-Special Operations Forces Warrior

    Team Members:
    David O’Nan, Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity (Team Leader)
    Lt. Col. Frank Moore, Asst. Program Mgr., Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance
    Lt. Col. (S) Domenic Smeraglia, USAF, Asst. Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    Tyle Kanazawa, Assistant Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    Eugene Rooker, Assistant Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    James Powell, Assistant Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    Joyce Sawyer, Contractor, Science & Technology Project Support
    Kris Tobin, Contractor, Science & Technology Project Support
    Sonia Cervantes, Contracting Officer
    James Goodwin, Contracting Specialist
    Jane Pellegrino, Budget & Financial Manager
    Allison Hutchens, Contracting Officer
    Israel Reyes, Security Specialist
    Jennifer Williams, Contracting Officer
    Elizabeth Holland, Contracting Officer
    Greg Metty, Contracting Specialist
    Tony Anderson, Deputy Asst. Program Mgr., Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance
    Sherry Balderson, Resource Manager
    Lamar Jones, Security Manager
    Gwen McBride, Contracting Officer

    The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Global Video Surveillance Activity (GVSA) program established a chartered joint integrated product team (IPT) to manage a family of interrelated systems enabling enterprise information technology capabilities for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and National Mission Force’s Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, and Analyze mission. The products fielded by the GVSA team supported overseas contingency operations that directly contributed to the capture and kill of numerous high value individuals and targets by Army Special Operations units in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and current ongoing missions abroad.

    This team was responsible for the development of a family of systems that was enabled by a net-centric enterprise communications architecture. This development approach ensured operators received actionable information in a timely manner, and it allowed users the ability to operate worldwide in all environments. The architecture leveraged proven commercial and government infrastructures to reduce project schedule and cost and to support the rapid kit delivery to fulfill critical solutions. Several innovative acquisition approaches, including project management, agile contracting support and adept financial management enabled operators to stay ahead of ever-changing adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures while integrating to maximum extent possible advances in commercial off-the-shelf communications technologies and other government agency efforts.

    During the award period, the GVSA team, in close collaboration with the Special Operations Research Development Acquisition Center’s Science & Technology Directorate, multiple government agencies, and two national labs, successfully transitioned five basic and applied research efforts valued at over $25 million into the GVSA program of record. In three cases, prototypes were successfully operationally employed in sensitive missions. The delivery of these operationally suitable prototypes allowed the resource sponsors to re-prioritize $12 million to address other critical priorities in fiscal year 2013 and beyond.

    SECRETARY OF THE ARMY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN CONTRACTING

     

    The Barbara C. Heald Award

    Barbara C. Heald retired after 27 years of service, but came out of retirement to volunteer to deploy overseas. She was killed on her third tour of duty during a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad. The award is presented to the DA civilian who clearly demonstrates selfless service, extraordinary and uncompromising professionalism in contracting and true commitment to the personal and professional growth of others.

    Irvin G. Bonus, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Regional Contracting Office – Hawaii, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Wheeler Army Airfield.

    As a warranted contracting officer, Bonus was instrumental in the successful transition of the division from purely contract administration to service and contract administration, handling nonpersonal service type requirements. He also led the implementation of Paperless Contract Files; the conversion from Standard Finance System to the General Fund Enterprise Business System; and transition from paying offices in Rome, NY, to Vendor Pay Kuwait.

    AbilityOne

    New England Soldier Systems and Individual Equipment (NESSIE) Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natick Contracting Division

    Team Members:
    Sean Murphy, Branch Chief
    Roberta Boswell, Contracting Officer
    Mark Marchioli, Contracting Officer
    Matthew Buchanan, Contract Specialist

    The New England Soldier Systems and Individual Equipment (NESSIE) team maintains a Total Army Quality acquisition program that selects the best sources and ensures best value for the government. The NESSIE team has continually demonstrated commitment to the AbilityOne Program and throughout FY13 they increased the job opportunities for individuals who are blind or have other severe disabilities Americans, including disabled veterans returning home from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

    In FY13 they increased the job opportunities for individuals who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Overall, the Team processed 120 contracting actions and obligated over $57 million to AbilityOne and its agencies.

    Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst

    Linda M. Finan, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command

    Finan is honored for exceptional performance as procurement analyst during the period July 2012 to June 2013. She displayed the highest level of contracting expertise and provided unparalleled support. Finan has demonstrated the ability to overcome challenges by becoming the “go to” professional for brigade personnel on alternative acquisition strategies and contract structures. Her innovative efforts led to a reduction in time and material/labor hour contract line items with an increase in firm-fixed-price actions. Forward thinking in long-term mission achievement, Ms. Finan meticulously prepared the ECC Monthly Procurement Report for procurements greater than $5 million and expiring within 12 months. She coordinated with each regional contracting office to ensure accuracy of information; and to stimulate early procurement planning, she proactively increased the scope of the report to procurements greater than $1.5 million expiring within 15 months.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Installation Level – Directorate of Contracting

    Thomas R. Guyer, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Theater Contracting Center

    Having only been assigned to the 409th Contracting Support Brigade since June 2012, Thomas R. Guyer, has proven to be a powerhouse contracting officer, leader and masterful strategic thinker. He has significantly improved customer service responsiveness resulting in multiple large dollar actions being brought back in-house, which had been previously off-loaded to other contracting activities.

    A life-long learner, Guyer brings a robust academic atmosphere to the Theater Contracting Center, IT Contracting Division. A prior Defense Acquisition University Adjunct, at Bellevue University College of Business in contract management and a well studied Level III contracting professional, he drives weekly training events into the IT Division with a passion and has increased the magnitude of his training program by including all prospective contracting officers into a warrant board preparatory program. He is currently attending the Air Command and Staff College via correspondence.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting

    Lovisa D. Parks, PEO STRI, Program Executive Office

    Parks’ extensive contracting knowledge and leadership was instrumental in the expeditious assessment of 27 acquisition packages, 50 determination and findings and 17 justifications and approvals with an estimated value of over $305 million. She also chaired the Price Evaluation Team conducting a comprehensive analysis of offers and preparing a critical pricing report to support the Source Selection Authority’s decision for the more than $40 million U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Total Maintenance Contract.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Specialized Services & Construction Contracting

    Sonya DeLucia, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Huachuca Contracting Division

    In support of Operations, Maintenance and Defense of Army Communications Systems in Southwest and Central Asia, Ms. DEL-U-SHA provided support to more than 40 sites in several countries with more than 1,700 contractor personnel. She awarded the contract, without protest, for an estimated total contract value of $788 million, a decrease from the previous contract valued in excess of $1 billion.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Contingency Contracting

    Maj. William J. Griffin, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Regional Contracting Office – Hawaii, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Wheeler Army Airfield

    Accepting a mission in Micronesia, Major Griffin conducted arduous negotiations with suppliers, across 18 time zones, saving the government of Micronesia $600,000. Immediately upon his return, he was hand-selected to be the senior contingency contracting officer in support of Cobra Gold. During that exercise, his team supported more than 13,000 multinational combined task force participants, and was responsible for $3.6 million in contract actions spanning across 10 different exercise locations.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Awards

     

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting (Tie)

    Winner: Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) Evaluation Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Army Contracting Command-Warren, TACOM LCMC and CH47 Multi Year II Contract Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal

    FHTV Team Members:
    Jennifer Meyer, Procuring Contracting Officer (PCO)
    Sally Petrous, Chief, MTV/HTV Pricing Team
    Lennie Schwerdtfeger, Contract Price/Cost Analyst
    Scott Nyboer, Contract Specialist
    Jason Miller, Contract Price/Cost Analyst
    Angel Estep, Contract Price Cost Analyst
    John Wagner, Legal Advisor

    The Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) Evaluation Team demonstrated outstanding efforts to analyze and negotiate the FHTV proposal. The team quickly implemented a highly effective strategy that successfully leveraged both Defense Contract Audit Agency and Defense Contract Management Agency assets to evaluate and negotiate the FHTV Phase Ill Extension. These efforts established FY13 and FY14 vehicle prices and allowed for a timely award to preserve the customer’s funding. Of special note, 15 of the 23 variant prices were negotiated lower than FY12 prices.

    CH47 Chinook Multiyear II Evaluation Team Members:
    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Caldwell, Contracting Officer
    Robin Hadlock, Senior Contract Specialist
    Michael Allison, Contract Specialist
    Georgia Walker, Contract Specialist
    Jonathan Hitt, Contract Specialist

    The CH-47F Multiyear Two Contract procures up to 215 CH-47F aircraft over five production years, with a potential value of $4.9 billion. The team successfully negotiated the base award, for 155 CH-47F aircraft, from $4.2 billion down to $3.4 billion, saving an estimated $810 million.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Contingency Contracting

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, Super Storm Sandy Immediate Response Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Contracting, North Atlantic Division

    The USACE North Atlantic Division Super Storm Sandy Immediate Response Team worked tirelessly and rapidly to conduct response and recovery contracting operations in support of the Department of Homeland Security-FEMA under the National Response Framework, DoD, and USACE authorities. The team is commended for tireless and rapid response and recovery contracting operations to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining relief support to disaster survivors. Contracts, worth more than $200 million, included task orders for trucks, barges, and other heavy equipment used to swiftly remove debris from the hurricane location. The team also contracted for generators, sewage pumps, sandbags, portable toilets and much more, all within the first 21 days following hurricane landfall.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Installation Level – Directorate of Contracting

    Virtual Procurement Management Review (PMR) Team FY 13, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command

    The team developed and implemented a new streamlined approach and processes that resulted in increased performance of the team, as well as the program. Through the use of virtual PMRs, they reduced travel costs by $250,000.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Specialized Services & Construction Contracting

    Supply, Expeditionary, and Construction Team, 414th Contracting Support Brigade, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command

    The Supply, Expeditionary, and Construction Team provided outstanding contracting support to United States Army Africa (USARAF) and United States Army Garrison (USAG) Vicenza across two continents. These actions allowed for the successful execution of multiple exercises in Africa. In addition, the team was responsible for procuring supplies, services, and construction supporting the build-out of Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy totaling more than $328 million.

    Photos from the ceremony are now available on the USAASC Flickr page.

     


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  • Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team wins Packard Award for acquisition excellence

    Full-pace, full-scope testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes began Sept. 3 and will last for 14 months. Photo by U.S. Army

    By Michael Clow

     

    WARREN, Mich. — Marking another sign of strength for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, joint program office leaders celebrated being named one of the four 2013 recipients of the Department of Defense (DOD) David Packard Award in Acquisition Excellence.

    The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, an Army-led effort partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps, is working to close a capability gap in existing light tactical vehicle fleets and give commanders a flexible, transportable, protected, networked, and reliable expeditionary vehicle capability.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of our teams and their tremendous efforts to keep JLTV on budget, on schedule, and with stable requirements despite tremendous uncertainty.”

    “The days of front lines and rear areas are gone,” said JLTV Project Manager Col. John R. Cavedo, U.S. Army. “Our objective is to eliminate the tradeoffs commanders have to make today between Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles and the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, and to give them a flexible, expeditionary, and networked vehicle able to handle tomorrow’s diverse challenges.”

    The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes DOD civilian and/or military organizations, groups, or teams, whose significant contributions demonstrate exemplary innovation and best acquisition practices. The award recognizes achievements that exemplify the goals and objectives established for furthering life cycle cost reduction and acquisition excellence in DOD.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of our teams and their tremendous efforts to keep JLTV on budget, on schedule, and with stable requirements despite tremendous uncertainty. That speaks volumes about this team’s dedication and character,” said Mr. William Taylor, U.S. Marine Corps program executive officer for land systems.

    Commitment to the program, which has been identified with the defense strategic guidance, runs deep.

    “I’m fully committed to JLTV, and it’s absolutely what our Soldiers need. The JLTV program is tremendously well structured, affordable, and-most importantly-effectively addresses the warfighter’s real needs. My most sincere congratulations to the team for their great work thus far,” said Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.

    “This award is a tremendous honor and recognition of the great teamwork between the Army and Marine Corps on this program,” said Kevin Fahey, the Army’s program executive officer for combat support & combat service support. “A collaborative, joint approach is essential to how we fight, and so it’s equally important to how we acquire interoperable future systems.”

    The JLTV program is currently in the testing portion of its 33-month engineering and manufacturing development phase, leading to an acquisition milestone and low rate initial production decisions in fiscal year 2015. The program has already been cited as a leader in implementing DOD’s Better Buying Power practices, and its innovative efforts substantially reduced costs, emphasized the benefits of competition in all phases, and shortened the acquisition timeline.

    Intended to replace a portion of the Army’s light tactical wheeled vehicle fleet and Marine Corps vehicles with the most demanding mission profiles, over the next three decades, the Army and Marine Corps expect to acquire a total of about 55,000 new vehicles.

    Members of the joint program office will accept the award at an upcoming Pentagon ceremony.



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  • McQuistion takes questions during equipment modernization forum

    Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Lt. -- Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, deputy commanding general of Army Materiel Command, and Gen. James O. Barclay III, deputy chief of staff, G-8; took questions from Army personnel, industry and academia during a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army, Oct. 22, 2013.

    By AMC Public Affairs

     

    WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, deputy commanding general of Army Materiel Command, took questions from Army personnel, industry and academia during a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army Oct. 22.

    The first question addressed to McQuistion was how the Organic Industrial Base and readiness were impacted by sequestration and the Budget Control Act.

    “In January 2013, we were told to cancel all third and fourth quarter depot operations and this caused delays in many of our efforts. We had to redirect work to depots and arsenals that did not have as much work,” said McQuistion.

    “It placed havoc on our ability to plan and work effectively, and it caused an increase the rates we have to charge our customers,” she stated.

    In terms of reset and the lack of Oversees Contingency Operations funding, AMC reset less equipment after the Budget Control Act and Sequestration. Using aviation as an example, AMC reset 111 fewer aircrafts than originally planned for; the rest were shifted to fiscal year 2014, McQuistion explained.

    “On the tactical side, the ability for Soldiers to order parts and receive them affected readiness,” she continued.

    And then AMC had to furlough the workforce at the depots and arsenals; yet the workforce was still able to reset all of the aircraft needed for combat, she added.

    McQuistion also noted the importance of revitalization of the infrastructure at Organic Industrial Bases, many of which are in need of repairs.

    “We do have to commit to the revitalization of the OIB,” she stated frankly.

    Other questions from the audience revolved around science and technology and integrating industry’s platforms to the Army, and policy issues tangled in creating a Program of Record.

    “We do have Prototype Integration Facilities, and they do a lot of work in prototyping technologies for special operations and active Army,” said McQuistion. “We see what sticks and what doesn’t and what will become a Program of Record.”

    McQuistion cited the Army’s Mobile Parts Hospital as an example of taking an industry principal and applying it to the Army. The Army’s Mobile Parts Hospital provides treatment to a vehicle by being able to create a fully dense metal automotive part, replacing a broken part while in the field. To the Soldier this means there is no longer a need to wait weeks to have a part fixed on a vehicle, but a matter of hours.

    The panel was hosted by Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Other panelists were Lt. Gen. James O. Barclay III, deputy chief of staff, G-8; Dr. Robie Samanta Roy, professional staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee; Kevin Gates, professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee; Angela Messer, executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton; and Johnny Barnes, vice president of Intelligence at IBM.


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  • Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting Winners Announced

    On behalf of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement) (DASA(P)), the Acquisition Support Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting. Please join the DASA(P) in congratulating the award winners.

    The Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting are presented annually to recognize individuals, teams, and organizations for their outstanding performance, dedication and professionalism in executing the contracting mission worldwide. We would like to thank each nominating official for the submission of your 2013 award nominations. We also want to thank each board member for your participation in evaluating the award nominations. We appreciate all of your dedication and support for the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting Program to acknowledge the outstanding achievements and services provided by your civilian and military contracting workforce.

    The winners of the 2013 Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Awards are as follows:

    Special Awards

    Barbara C. Heald
    Irvin G. Bonus, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Regional Contracting Office – Hawaii, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Wheeler Army Airfield

    AbilityOne
    New England Soldier Systems and Individual Equipment (NESSIE) Team, United States Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natick Contracting Division, Natick

    Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst
    Linda M. Finan, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, APO AE

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Awards

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Installation Level – Directorate of Contracting
    Thomas R. Guyer, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Theater Contracting Center APO AE

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting
    Lovisa D. Parks, Program Executive Office – Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command, Program Executive Office, Orlando, FL

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Specialized Services & Construction Contracting
    Sonya DeLucia, United States Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Huachuca Contracting Division, Fort Huachuca

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Contingency Contracting
    MAJ William J. Griffin, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Regional Contracting Office – Hawaii, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Wheeler Army Airfield

    Outstanding Unit/Team Awards

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting
    Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) Evaluation Team, United States Army Contracting Command, Army Contracting Command-Warren, TACOM LCMC

    CH47 Multi Year II (MY II) Contract Team, United States Army Contracting Command, Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Contingency Contracting
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, Super Storm Sandy Immediate Response Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Contracting, North Atlantic Division

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Installation Level – Directorate of Contracting
    ECC FY 13 Virtual PMR Team, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Huntsville

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Specialized Services & Construction Contracting
    Supply, Expeditionary, and Construction Team, 414th Contracting Support Brigade, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, APO AE

     


     

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  • USAASC announces 2013 U.S. Army Acquisition Awards winners

    By Tara Clements

     

    “Every day, our goal is to provide Soldiers with critical capabilities. In recognizing the contributions of our acquisition community, we affirm the importance of their professionalism in service to our Nation.”

    Fort Belvoir, Va. — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) announced the winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards. These awards recognize thirteen individuals and teams within the U.S. Army acquisition community as “exceptional” among their peers for their skill, efficiency, and dedication.

    This year marks the 37th anniversary of recognizing acquisition excellence across the U.S. Army.

    “These awards are the most prestigious in our field. They represent the professionalism, dedication, and innovation across our acquisition community,” said the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)).

    The 13 winners were chosen from more than 120 nominations. Twelve senior leaders from across the Army acquisition community served as judges on three review boards.

    “I’ve had the honor of serving as a judge for the past three years and I’ve always been impressed by the caliber of the people and the work they do in the Acquisition Workforce,” said Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, deputy for acquisition and systems management. “It really is a challenge to pick out a winner from the nominations–it really reinforces to me that we have a truly world-class workforce.”

    The USAASC is the proponent for the awards, and is responsible for collecting all nominations coordinating the judging, and planning the awards ceremony.

    “It’s important to recognize excellence across our career field, and I’m proud to be a part of it and make sure it’s done right,” said Stan Eisenhower, USAASC and ASA(ALT) conference manager.

    While the awards ceremony itself has decreased in scale over the last three years due to budget cuts, the importance and the prestige of the awards has become even more significant.

    “Every day, our goal is to provide Soldiers with critical capabilities. In recognizing the contributions of our acquisition community, we affirm the importance of their professionalism in service to our Nation,” said Shyu.

    A ceremony to recognize each of the award winners will be held on November 13, 2013, at the Pentagon.

    Winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards are as follows:

    Army Life Cycle Logistician of the Year Award
    Kenneth W. Virgil, U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Activity

    ASA(ALT) Contracting Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence (tie)
    Master Sgt. Andrea Dailey, U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Hood
    and
    Sgt. 1st Class Tracy A. Drowne, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation

    Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Continuous Performance Improvement Award
    Streamlining Special Operations Forces Program Management Lean Six Sigma Project, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation

    Director, Acquisition Career Management Award
    Mr. Robert T. Kowalski, Program Executive Office Ammunition, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems

     

    2013 Secretary of the Army Acquisition Director, Project Manager, and Product Manager of the Year Awards

    Acquisition Director of the Year at the Lieutenant Colonel Level
    Lt. Col. Maria Schneider, U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Belvoir

    Product Manager of the Year
    Lt. Col. Steven Clark, Product Manager MH-60 SOF Aircraft, U.S. Special Operations Aviation Command

    Acquisition Director of the Year at the Colonel Level
    Col. James Winbush Jr., White Sands Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command

    Project Manager of the Year
    Col. Patrick Mason, Project Manager Technology Applications Program Office, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

     

    2013 Army Acquisition Excellence Awards

    Individual Sustained Achievement Award
    Lt. Col. Raymond Morgan III, director of operations, Defense Contract Management Agency, Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale Contract Management Office

    Equipping and Sustaining Our Soldier’s Systems Award
    Stryker Double-V Hull Army Test and Evaluation Integrated Program Team, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Program Manager Stryker Brigade Combat Team, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center

    Information Enabled Army Award
    U.S. Special Operations Command Global Video Surveillance Activity Team, Program Executive Office-Special Operations Forces Warrior

    Transforming the Way We Do Business Award
    CH47 Chinook Multiyear II Evaluation Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone
     


     

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  • USAASC announces July MOS 51C reclassification board results

    By Tara Clements

    Fort Belvoir, Va. – A total of 36 candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held July 30-31, 2013 here.

    The final board for the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office.

    “It was a privilege to oversee the final board for the year,” said Lt. Col. Joshua Burris, commander of the 905th Contingency Contracting Battalion. “The candidates were highly qualified making for an extremely competitive selection process for the board members.  On behalf of the board, congratulations to our newest 51C NCOs!”

    The overall selection rate for FY13 candidates was 29 percent, of which, 92 percent have less than 10 years of time in service.  All selectees have some college education with 36 percent holding college degrees and 43 percent with 61 or more college credit hours.

    The purpose of the board is to ensure the best qualified NCOs from across the Army are selected for reclassification into military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C, an Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Contracting NCO, which is part of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce.

    This board has particular meaning for Master Sgt. Jason Pitts, chief 51C proponent NCO, who has participated in all 12 boards and is transitioning out of his current position, marking this as his final one.

    “I’ve had the privilege of recruiting and assessing some of the Army’s best NCOs into a new career field,” said Pitts.  “Serving as a contracting NCO requires the skills of the ‘total Soldier’—someone with outstanding leadership skills, education and performance that sets them apart from their peers.  I’m proud that we’ve accomplished our mission this year and am confident that this group of professionals will do great things for the workforce,” he said.

    The primary mission for 51C NCOs is to deploy as contingency contracting officers and serve as members of the early entry module contingency contracting team. When not deployed, selected NCOs will serve as contingency contracting officers in support of a headquarters, principal assistant responsible for contracting, contracting support brigades, contingency contracting battalions, and/or installation contracting offices for training and mission support.

    USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection:

    Sgt. Kevin D. Brown Staff Sgt. Judith A. Lommer
    Staff Sgt. Chiffon T. Canty Staff Sgt. Jonathan Love
    Sgt. Dorian N. Christian Sgt. KeAndre D. Malone
    Sgt. (P) Mark D. Cooley Sgt. Michael J. McCollum
    Sgt. Sara L. Craig Staff Sgt. Ricardo J. Perilla
    Sgt. Angel Del Valle Arroyo Sgt. (P) Steven R. Rocha
    Sgt. Reonel T. Delacruz Staff Sgt. Shane A. Sapp
    Sgt. Justin R. Deschaine Sgt. Jermaine T. Sharples
    Staff Sgt. Armando Dominguez Jr. Sgt. Robert L. Shedrick
    Sgt. Michael D. Floore Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Spinazzola
    Staff Sgt. Richard L. Green Sgt. James D. Sprigler
    Staff Sgt. Kendall J. Haynie Staff Sgt. Armando J. Torres
    Staff Sgt. Paul M. Hernandez Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Warren
    Sgt. Herbert E. Hernandez-Gonzalez, Sgt. Anthony L. Washington
    Sgt. (P) Stephen G. Holzworth Sgt. Gus W. Wessels
    Sgt. Vanity O. Johnson Sgt. Christopher J. West
    Staff Sgt. Paul A. Kenny Staff Sgt. Shatrice L. Willoughby
    Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Lipinski Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Zelbst

    Have questions on what it takes to reclassify and what the career track is like? For Soldiers interested in a career change to MOS 51C, USAASC will be hosting a TweetChat on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m. Details are provided below.

    • What: MOS 51C TweetChat
    • When: Tuesday, August 27 from 1200 – 1300 Eastern Time
    • Who:  Get all of your questions answered directly from the USAASC Chief 51C Proponent NCO
    • Where: www.twitter.com.  Use #51C to join the chat.
    • How: Follow @USAASC via Twitter.  Starting at noon next Tuesday, send your tweet using #51C

    Visit the MOS 51C reclassification web page for more information on how to apply.
    Interested in what 51C all about?  Find out.
    Who is a contracting NCO?  Read personal stories of current contracting NCOs:
    Master Sgt. Julie Saorrono
    Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kahyai
    Master Sgt. Cynthia Perryman

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  • USAASC Takes Home Top Prizes in Armywide Public Affairs Competition

    Army AL&T

    Tara Clements

     

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) took first place honors in two categories of the 2012 Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition, and secured second place in another honoring excellence in Army public affairs.

    Army AL&T magazine was named the Army’s best magazine-format publication and the magazine’s senior editor, Margaret Roth, won first prize for best news feature article (“Building a Better Rotorcraft,” April-June 2012 issue, page 150). Inside STRI, the premier newsletter for Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), placed second in the newsletter/field newspaper category.

    “We have an impressive level of talent in our public affairs community, evident by the quality of the 588 total individual entries submitted this year. Their outstanding efforts helped their commanders and supervisors tell the Army story,” said Brig. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Chief of Army Public Affairs in his email announcing the results.

    The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Annual Public Affairs competition recognizes the best achievements in telling the Army story. First-place winners go on to compete in the Department of Defense’s Thomas Jefferson Awards, which honor the best work in public affairs across DOD.

    “To place in a Keith L. Ware completion category, much less win, is quite an achievement,” said Nelson McCouch, Army AL&T magazine editor-in-chief and chief of communications for USAASC. “These awards validate the professionalism of the various writers, editors and graphics professionals it takes to produce a quality product, and that we’re delivering the best Army acquisition news and information possible to our audience.”

    In early February, USAASC, a Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, conducted its first-ever review board of all entries submitting its first-place winners to compete in the Keith L. Ware Annual Public Affairs competition.

    “I’m very proud of all the efforts across the DRU to communicate the contributions of the Army acquisition community. Army AL&T and PEO STRI’s awards reflect those efforts and demonstrates our effectiveness,” said McCouch. “I look forward to hosting next year’s DRU-level competition and hope to receive even more submissions to compete at the Department of the Army level.”

    To view the electronic edition of Army AL&T Magazine, visit http://armyalt.va.newsmemory.com/.


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  • Nominations now open for 37th Army Acquisition Annual Awards

    Teresa Mikulsky Purcell

    FT. BELVOIR, Va. — Nominations for individuals and teams are now being accepted for the U.S. Army Acquisition Annual Awards now through June 21. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the awards, which honor and recognize excellence among those military and civilian members of the Army Acquisition Workforce who go above and beyond what is expected to provide Soldiers with the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of their missions.

    “These awards allow us the opportunity to highlight our many successes,” said the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. “Our acquisition professionals continue to provide needed capabilities at best value to the Soldier in the field, consistent with the Department’s Better Buying Power initiative. They balance affordability with requirements for agile, deployable and technologically sophisticated equipment.”

    This year’s theme is “Recognizing Acquisition Excellence.” All managers are encouraged to submit nominations for the awards.

    “These awards are the most prestigious in our field. They represent the professionalism, dedication and innovation across our acquisition community,” said Shyu. “Thanks to the determined support and hard work of our acquisition professionals, our Army remains the best-trained, best-equipped fighting force in the world.”

    The former Department of the Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command (now known as the Army Materiel Command) established the first acquisition award in November 1975. The original award, called the Annual Award for Project Management, was the predecessor to the Project and Product Manager Award described below. The first recipient was Maj. Gen. Robert J. Baer, who received the recognition in the fall of 1976.

    Today, the Army Acquisition Annual Awards are comprised of a total of 11 awards in the following five categories:

    • The Army Acquisition Excellence (AAE) Awards recognize Army acquisition workforce individuals and teams whose performance and contributions set them apart from their peers. The awards directly reflect outstanding achievements in support of Soldiers and the Army’s Business Transformation efforts. The AAE awards include the Individual Sustained Achievement Award and three team awards, titled Equipping and Sustaining Our Soldier’s Systems, Information Enabled Army, and Transforming the Way We Do Business.
      Submittal timeline: March 6 – May 3.
    • The Secretary of the Army Award for Project and Product Manager (PM) and Acquisition Director of the Year applaud the PM and acquisition director whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition. Submittal timeline: March 13 – May 10.
    • The ASA(ALT) Contracting Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Award for Contracting Excellence applauds the ASA(ALT) Contracting NCO whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition.
      Submittal timeline: April 11 – June 6.
    • The Director, Acquisition Career Management Award recognizes an acquisition workforce member who has demonstrated exemplary performance and has made significant, long-lasting contributions to the Army Acquisition Corps over the course of his or her career, either as a federal government employee or serving in the military. Submittal timeline: May 1 – June 21.
    • The Army Life Cycle Logistician of the Year Award recognizes a military or civilian logistician who has made significant contributions to the field of life-cycle logistics as well as achievements in improving the total life-cycle systems management process.

    In addition to the Army awards, DOD has issued a call for nominations for the following two acquisition awards. Multiple awards will be presented to individuals and teams in each category for achievements that exemplify the established goals and objectives that further life-cycle cost reduction and acquisition excellence within DOD.

    Each award has different criteria, submittal timelines, performance periods, and nomination procedures. For detailed information, nomination forms, and examples of winning nominations, visit the Acquisition Support Center website, or contact Stanley Eisenhower at (703) 805-1096, Stanley.O.Eisenhower.Civ@mail.mil.


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  • First Annual ALTie Awards Announced

    Army AL&T Magazine Editor, Nelson McCouch III, announces the ALTies winners for 2012. (USAASC photo)

    USAASC Public Affairs

     

    McLean, Va. – Army AL&T Magazine’s first Annual Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Awards (ALTies) for magazine contributors were announced at SAIC Inc., January 17.

    Nelson McCouch III, Army AL&T Magazine Editor-in-Chief, announced and recognized the ALTie winners for their outstanding articles and artwork in the categories of Best Article; Best Commentary; Best Headline; Best Photo; Best Graphic; and Best Advertisement.

    “You have succeeded memorably in telling the many and varied stories of how the Army AL&T Workforce develops, acquires, fields, and sustains the world’s best equipment and services to our Soldiers,” McCouch said. In his remarks, he noted that the telling of those stories brings “news you can use and actionable intelligence” about programs and processes to the AL&T community to help them do their jobs better. The quality of the magazine, he added, would not be possible without the substantial contributions made by readers.

    The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) established the ALTies to recognize outstanding contributions to the quarterly professional journal of both written and visual content.

    Over the past year, Army AL&T Magazine has won prestigious awards for outstanding content—the Public Relations Society of America’s Bronze Anvil Award in the Magazine category and the 2012 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Best Redesign.

    “Your articles, photos, and graphics define Army AL&T Magazine as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology’s (ASA)ALT) flagship publication, with topical, useful, actionable information that helps the AL&T Workforce execute their broad and diverse missions, overcome challenges, and be highly innovative.”

    The ALTies were announced at the first Army AL&T Magazine writers workshop, held via video conference to enable participation by members of the AL&T Workforce from around the country. McCouch said he hoped to hold workshops on an annual basis to help continuously improve the content of the magazine and bring contributors together to celebrate its successes.

    The winners will receive their awards by mail. Honorable mentions will receive a certificate of the award. First, second, and third prize winners will receive a handsome, glass award.

    And the ALTies go to ….

     

    BEST ARTICLE

    1st Place
    BATTERY POWER
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists bring new energy to critical area of study
    by Dr. Cynthia Lundgren, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Materiel Command
    October-December 2012

    2nd Place
    MATURING THE AGILE PROCESS
    Army uses lessons learned from Network Integration Evaluations to institute faster, more flexible acquisition
    by LTC Ken O’Donnell, System of Systems Integration Directorate, Office of the ASA(ALT)
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    BREAKING IT DOWN
    How stratified sampling of a bill of materials can help determine pricing for large government buys
    by Anthony J. Nicolella, Defense Acquisition University
    October-December 2012

    Honorable Mention
    SUSTAINMENT LESSONS LEARNED
    From force structure to operations to accountability, after-action reports from Iraq and Afghanistan highlight challenges met while fighting two wars
    by COL Scott Fletcher, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-4; CW4 Wayne A. Baugh, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command; and Devon Hylander, L-3 MPRI, Army G-4
    January-March 2012

    MENDING THE MIND
    Multidisciplinary efforts converge to help service members and veterans facing brain injuries
    by COL Karl E. Friedl, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
    January-March 2012

    WHAT THE CUSTOMER SEES
    A capabilities approach to establishing a contingency contracting office
    by LTC Vernon L. Myers, 916th Contingency Contracting Battalion
    April-June 2012

     

    BEST COMMENTARY

    1st Place
    REQUIREMENT PORTFOLIOS AND THE JOINT WARFIGHTER
    Understanding the new methodology of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council
    by Fred Gregory and Dr. Scott Maley, Joint Staff
    July-September 2012

    2nd Place
    KNOWLEDGE BUILDING
    Lessons learned from a contracting intern’s developmental assignment to Kuwait and Italy
    by David M. Hampton, U.S. Army Contracting Command – National Capital Region
    April-June 2012

    3rd Place
    CHANGING THE CULTURE
    ‘Making energy a consideration in everything we do’
    From the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment, Ms. Katherine Hammack
    April-June 2012

    Honorable Mention
    REPORT FROM AFGHANISTAN
    Operational Contract Support Summit highlights the unique responsibilities of contracting in contingency operations
    From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, Mr. Kim Denver
    July-September 2012

     

    BEST HEADLINE

    1st Place
    KILLING A FLY WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER
    Combining mission command and actionable intelligence for overmatch at the tactical edge
    by Osie David and LTC(P) (now COL) Richard J. Hornstein, Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command
    October-December 2012

    2nd Place
    DOTmLPF + dotMlpf = DOTMLPF
    ATEC, TRADOC join forces, perspectives, and expertise for an unusual combined in-theater assessment
    by MAJ Marcus Grimes, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC); Paul Wallace, ATEC; Chris Warshawsky, U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center; and James Brese, SAIC Inc., U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    THE ‘NEW’ ACQUISITION WORKFORCE
    Behind the Agile Process, individuals commit to getting dirty and making it work
    by COL Gail Washington, Project Manager Current, System of Systems Integration Directorate, Office of the ASA(ALT)
    July-September 2012

     

    BEST PHOTO

    1st Place
    Supply Chain Coordination
    By SPC Bryan Willis, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command
    July-September 2012

    2nd Place
    PLASTIC + CIRCUITRY = FLEXIBLE DISPLAY
    By Conrad Johnson, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    TOTAL ASSET VISIBILITY
    By SGT (now SSG) Shannon R. Gregory, 230th Sustainment Brigade
    January-March 2012

    Honorable Mention
    EVOLUTION OF THE SOLDIER
    By LTC Deanna Bague, Brigade Modernization Command
    October-December 2012

    TOWARD A SELF-SUFFICIENT SYSTEM
    By SSG Tanya Green, 3rd Infantry Division
    April-June 2012

    DISMOUNTED DEFENSE
    By Edric Thompson, Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command

     

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    1st Place
    Army S&T Investment Portfolios
    Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology
    October-December 2012

    2nd Place
    The Agile Process and NIE Synchronization
    System of Systems Integration Directorate, Office of the ASA(ALT)
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    Capabilities Integration
    Army G-3/5/7
    July-September 2012

    Honorable Mention
    Engine History
    Common Engine Product Office, Utility Helicopters Project Office, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
    October-December 2012

    Product Line Management
    Program Executive Office Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation
    April-June 2012

     

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