PM E2S2 reaches 50-year milestone

PM E2S2 reaches 50-year milestone

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug. 24, 2017)—Steffanie B. Easter, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive, led a ceremony today marking the 50th anniversary of the Project Manager for Expeditionary Energy and Sustainment Systems (PM E2S2)—five decades of fielding operational energy solutions that save lives, reduce the logistical footprint and provide important combat capability to warfighting commanders. Part of the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS), PM E2S2 was stood up Aug. 3, 1967—when gas was 33 cents a gallon, Lyndon Johnson was president and U.S. forces were deploying to Southeast Asia. […]

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 […]

Civilian contracting professional development symposium

Civilian contracting professional development symposium

By Giselle Whitfield Acquisition Proponent for Program Management, Contracting, Information Technology, Facilities Engineering and Small Business The director for procurement policy for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement) (DASA-P) hosted a Civilian Professional Development Symposium June 22 at the Defense Acquisition University. Speakers included Brig. Gen. Michael Hoskin, acting director of DASA-P, with an overview of civilian contracting professional and leader development, including lessons learned for success, benefits of counseling, and the importance of work-life balance. Ms. Steffanie Easter, the Army acquisition executive, provided the audience with the four C’s of contracting: commitment, communication, collaboration and courage. She stated that a contracting professional should be […]

I2WD’s Blohm to serve as CERDEC’s acting director

I2WD’s Blohm to serve as CERDEC’s acting director

   Edric Thompson, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army has selected Gary W. Blohm to serve as acting director of its Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) as the search continues to fill the position left open in the wake of Henry J. Muller Jr.’s retirement on March 31. “Within RDECOM, Gary Blohm has demonstrated his leadership in many ways. As a former director at CERDEC, he is a long-time member of the communication-electronics family and has the trust and support of many peers and associates,” said Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). […]

Annual ASA(ALT) acquisition writing competition showcases workforce talent; creativity

Annual ASA(ALT) acquisition writing competition showcases workforce talent; creativity

By Karen D. Kurtz WASHINGTON (June 26, 2017) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Maj. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, announced the fourth annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition. “The annual writing competition is designed to showcase the tremendous talent and creativity within the acquisition community and those associated with it,” said Ostrowski. “Each year, we invite participants to candidly share their ideas, expertise, and experiences by writing about them,” he continued. “In doing so, we honor a leader who was passionate about our […]

Army showcases latest technologies at 2017 DOD Lab Day

Army showcases latest technologies at 2017 DOD Lab Day

By Tracie Dean, ARL Public Affairs Dr. Stuart Young of ARL’s Computational & Information Sciences Directorate presents the Autonomous Systems Manned/Unmanned Teaming technology to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, during DOD’s Lab Day at the Pentagon. (Photo Credit: Jhi Scott) VIEW ORIGINAL ARL researchers discuss Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin technology with Lab Day attendees during DOD’s Lab Day at the Pentagon. 2 / 2 Show Caption + ARL researchers discuss Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin technology with Lab Day attendees during DOD’s Lab Day at the Pentagon. (Photo Credit: Jhi Scott) VIEW ORIGINAL WASHINGTON — Scientists and engineers from […]

USD(AT&L) awards an opportunity to highlight successes

USD(AT&L) awards an opportunity to highlight successes

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 18, 2017) — Award nominations are now being accepted for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) Acquisition Awards—a chance for the Army to highlight the organizations and individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to defense acquisition. Awards will be given in six categories:   The Workforce Development Innovation Award recognizes organizations for exceptional outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling workforce development challenges. The Individual Achievement Award This award recognizes individuals in each of the acquisition functional disciplines. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes civilian and military teams that demonstrate innovation and technical excellence in acquisition to […]

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

By Scott Sundsvold, I3MP The Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on April 15, improving Army voice and data networks for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the National Cancer Institute, all located at Fort Detrick. Part of a multi-year project, the modernization enabled Fort Detrick to provide a new building for USAMRIID, with Enterprise Survivable Servers and gateways to support Voice over Internet Protocol and analog requirements. Alberto Dominguez, an I3MP assistant product manager, led the $1.02 million effort’s […]

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

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

N.J. Lt. Gov. visits where ‘engineering meets operations’

N.J. Lt. Gov. visits where ‘engineering meets operations’

By Kelly White, CERDEC Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The lieutenant governor of New Jersey visited the U.S. Army Material Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, Ground Activity, or CGA, last month, to learn about the mission growth path. The CGA, which is part of CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, or S&TCD, is on the cutting edge of supporting this generation and next generation’s operational gaps for training and cyber activities, something Lt. Gov. Kimberly Guadagno wants to support from outside the wire. “To support the Army’s active duty component, the state has the ability and purview to help quality of life issues that […]