A Relic to Relish: Army birthday celebration features an unusual sword

A Relic to Relish: Army birthday celebration features an unusual sword

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 19,2014) – As Army birthday week draws to a close, the team at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) paused to recognize the professionalism of Soldiers and civilians who support the Army acquisition mission and 239 years of service to the nation at a cake cutting ceremony here. “Army acquisition is a profession within the Army profession and what each of you does every day directly contributes to the workforce and ultimately, our Soldiers and their families,” said Col. Wil Riggins, USAASC Deputy Director. “We’re the best-trained, best-led and best-equipped Army and each of you have a direct role in that,” he […]

Acquisition awards season opens

Acquisition awards season opens

Managers encouraged to nominate high-achieving teams, individuals   By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The past year presented more than its share of challenges to the acquisition workforce, and anyone looking for a way to recognize someone who went above his pay grade to overcome those challenges has several opportunities: The deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Acquisition Award Programs is May 23, and the nomination period for the U.S. Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting closes June 20. “With more than 40,000 members of the Acquisition workforce, there are a […]

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

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

  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 […]

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

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 […]

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team wins Packard Award for acquisition excellence

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team wins Packard Award for acquisition excellence

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. “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 […]

McQuistion takes questions during equipment modernization forum

McQuistion takes questions during equipment modernization forum

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 […]

Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting Winners Announced

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 […]

USAASC announces 2013 U.S. Army Acquisition Awards winners

USAASC announces 2013 U.S. Army Acquisition Awards winners

By Tara Clements   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 […]

USAASC announces July MOS 51C reclassification board results

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 […]

USAASC Takes Home Top Prizes in Armywide Public Affairs Competition

USAASC Takes Home Top Prizes in Armywide Public Affairs Competition

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 […]