Keeping an eye on ‘true north’

Keeping an eye on ‘true north’

KENNETH BERTRAM COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Command TITLE: Principal assistant for acquisition YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and in science and technology management EDUCATION: M.D. and Ph.D. in microbiology, University of Minnesota; B.S. in microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign AWARDS: Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service; Meritorious Civilian Service Medal; Superior Civilian Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Order of Military Medical Merit; U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal; U.S. Army Commendation Medal Keeping an eye on ‘true north’ by Ms. Susan Follett  Ask anyone in acquisition what they’d change if they […]

Homing in on a contracting career

Homing in on a contracting career

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Bragg POSITION: Contracting officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and acquisitions management, Webster University; B.A. in sociology and social work, Fayetteville State University AWARDS: ‘Commander’s Civilian of the Quarter Award; Achievement Award for Civilian Service Homing in on a contracting career Nicole Jones came to the acquisition workforce nine years ago, opting to leave a job in human resources in Northern Virginia for the chance to move back to her hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She found a position as a contract specialist for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) […]

Making hazard detection safer

Making hazard detection safer

Mr. Phillyp Lawson TITLE: Project Officer ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Close Combat Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition Making hazard detection safer Phillyp Lawson works as project officer on the Standoff Robotic Explosive Hazard Detection (SREHD) System. The program sets out to accomplish three important missions: to detect explosive hazards, mark a clear path for Soldiers to traverse and neutralize a threat when the system identifies unexploded ordnance. “I get to come to work and play with robots,” said Lawson, who has been a project officer/project lead on the SREHD system for about 14 months. “My eight-year-old self is living my dream career, and I get to see the development […]

Success brackets a 13-year career

Success brackets a 13-year career

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Army Contracting Command – Warren, Michigan OFFICIAL TITLE: Supervisory contract specialist YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 years DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting; Level I in program management and in information technology EDUCATION: M.S. in administration, Central Michigan University; B.S. in business administration and marketing, Eastern Michigan University AWARDS: Secretary of the Army Contracting Professional of the Year; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; U.S. Army Materiel Command Frank S. Besson Jr. Award for Contracting Excellence – Civilian Intern Success brackets a 13-year career by MS. SUSAN L. FOLLETT Not long into her acquisition career, Mary Hernandez received the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Frank […]

Lt. Col. Beire Castro

Lt. Col. Beire Castro

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Manager for Force Protection Systems, Project Manager for Terrestrial Sensors, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electric Warfare and Sensors POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: MBA in defense acquisition and contract management, Naval Postgraduate School; B.A. in criminology and criminal justice, East Tennessee State University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters (OLCs)), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLCs), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) A short career that’s long on experiences By Susan L. Follett Logging just over nine years in acquisition, […]

India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots

India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Joint Program Manager for Towed Artillery Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition and Marine Corps Program Executive Office for Land Systems TITLE: M777 India production lead, program management engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE WORKFORCE: 7 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in engineering; Level I in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in mechanical engineering, Rutgers University India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots By Susan L. Follett Two M777A2 howitzers arrived in India in May, marking an early milestone under a contract that eventually will provide that country with 145 M777A2s starting in late 2018. Christopher Ayoub is a key player in that effort, as program management engineer for the Program Manager […]

Integrating systems, experiences

Integrating systems, experiences

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Soldier Warrior; Program Executive Office for Soldier TITLE: Project manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 18 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 26 (including almost two years as an enlisted Soldier) DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and contracting EDUCATION: M.S. in national resource strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy; M.S. in management, industrial procurement and contracting, Florida Institute of Technology; B.B.A., Marshall University AWARDS: Dwight D. Eisenhower School and National Contract Management Association Award for Excellence in Research and Writing; National Reconnaissance Office Director’s Circle Award  Integrating systems, experiences By Susan L. Follett “If you want to have a direct impact […]

Strengthening the Defense of Army Data

Strengthening the Defense of Army Data

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command TITLE: Chief, Cryptographic Modernization Branch YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in systems engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology AWARDS: Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Science and Technology Professional of the Year; CERDEC Supervisor of the Quarter; Dr. William A. Novick Award As chief of the Cryptographic Modernization Branch of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Matthew Lazzaro finds himself on a front line of a different sort. “In this age of […]

Moving forward, giving back

Moving forward, giving back

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Product support manager and logistics director YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 32 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in acquisition logistics; Level I in program management EDUCATION: M.S. in business management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in education, Alabama State University AWARDS: Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Logistician of the Year Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; U.S. Army Materiel Command Outstanding Integrated Product/Weapon System of the Year     MS. SUSAN L. FOLLETT Alfreda Green’s realization more than 30 years ago that teaching wasn’t the career for her might […]

Managing the frontiers of military medical research

Managing the frontiers of military medical research

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Principal assistant for research and technology YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 23 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management and engineering; Level I in program management EDUCATION: Ph.D. in veterinary science, University of Wisconsin; M.S. in wildlife biology, Colorado State University; B.S. in zoology, University of Maryland AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Medal, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; Civilian Employee of the Year, Category III, U.S. Army Medical Command; Superior Civilian Service Medal, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Commissioner’s Special Citation; Certificate […]