Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

POSITION: Chief, Training and Readiness, G-3 UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 16 AWARDS: Air Force Women-Owned Small Business Outreach Excellence Award; Randolph Air Force Base Most Outstanding Woman; 12th Contracting Squadron Professional of the Quarter (3); Dept. of the Army Commendation EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and acquisitions management, Webster University; B.S. in business administration, St. Thomas Aquinas College   Have Career, Will Travel By Susan L. Follett As a military spouse, the need to have a portable career eventually landed Donna VanGilder in a position with Army acquisition. “My husband was on active duty for the Army and I knew that we’d be moving […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Robert Strob

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Robert Strob

POSITION: Chief, Southern Regional Contracting Office UNIT: Healthcare Acquisition Activity, MEDCOM TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: Bronze Star (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (3) EDUCATION: Master’s degrees in management and procurement and acquisition, Webster University; B.S. in finance, Providence College   Contracting work supports 500,000-plus Soldiers and families By Susan Follett Lt. Col. Robert Strob joined the Army in 1991, looking to travel the world, serve his country, learn new skills and support his family and community. Along the way, he’s managed to notch some significant savings for the Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). Strob, chief of MEDCOM’s Southern Regional Contracting Office […]

Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

POSITION: Director, Utility Helicopter Contracts UNIT: U.S. Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, 2013; Secretary of the Army, Excellence in Contracting, Team Award, 2004; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, 1991; Frank S. Besson Award for Procurement Excellence, Army Materiel Command Intern of the Year, 1991. EDUCATION: MBA and B.S. in finance and marketing, University of North Alabama   ‘More opportunities than I ever anticipated’ By Susan Follett Ask Sheri Baskins if she thought she’d be with the Army Contracting Command 25 years after she started, and her answer will be a resounding yes. “I’ve always liked the stability that comes from working […]

Faces of the Force: Barbara Nelson

Faces of the Force: Barbara Nelson

POSITION: Contracting Officer UNIT: Southern Regional Contracting Office, Brooke Army Medical Center TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 16 years, Army; 10 years, Air Force EDUCATION: B.B.A in finance, University of Texas at San Antonio; M.A. in procurement and acquisition management, Webster University. National Contract Management Association Certified Federal Contracts Manager. Level III certified in contracting and Level I certified in logistics   Ensuring the Army gets its money’s worth By Susan Follett Barbara Nelson likes to get a good deal. Over the course of her 26-year career, she’s brought that focus to bear on behalf of servicemen and -women, making sure that the government gets what it pays for and that […]

Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

POSITION: Chief, UAS Operations, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office UNIT: Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 22 years. AWARDS: Department of the Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service, AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year for Technical and Professional, and Order of Prometheus. EDUCATION: BS Business Administration, Athens State University; Athens, Alabama.   Rocky start leads to solid career By Susan Follett Dana Osborne’s first day on the job was almost her last. But with a little determination and some help from a couple of managers, she turned a rocky start into a 22-year career, continuing a family legacy of service that […]

Faces of the Force: Adam J. Bross

Faces of the Force: Adam J. Bross

POSITION: Budget Analyst UNIT: Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Program Management Directorate, Fort Belvoir, Virginia TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3 years AWARDS: Performance awards (2012, 2013) EDUCATION: B.S. Finance, George Mason University   Young finance professional knocks on opportunity’s door By Tara Clements Most students start looking for a job around the time they graduate from college—but most students aren’t Adam Bross. Rather than waiting for ‘opportunity to knock’ on his door, Bross walked up to the front door and did the knocking himself. In 2004, while most high school graduates were enjoying the summer and surfing at the beach, Bross was surfing USAJOBS looking for work. […]

Faces of the Force: Doug Wong

Faces of the Force: Doug Wong

POSITION: Chief Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering and Technical Integration Division UNIT: Program Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 years AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2002, 2013); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2000 and 2001) EDUCATION: B.S. in engineering, Polytechnic University; MBA, Monmouth University; Army Management Staff College   Thanks, Mr. Stampp By Susan Follett Chief Systems Engineer Doug Wong traces his interest in science and engineering back some 30-plus years, to his sixth-grade science teacher. “His name was Robert Stampp and he’s the first teacher who got me interested in finding out how things work,” said Wong. “He taught us the basics, […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Mark P. Henderson

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Mark P. Henderson

POSITION: Training With Industry Fellow COMPANY: Cisco Systems, Inc., Herndon, Virginia TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: (2) Bronze Star Medals EDUCATION: MBA and M. Ed. Troy University, Troy, Alabama; BS Political Science and Government, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. DEPLOYMENTS: 2007-2009, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan; 2010-2011, Afghanistan   Acquisition officer trades uniform for a suit   By Tara Clements Having served in the Army for 23 years, six of them as an enlisted Soldier, Lt. Col. Mark Henderson has enjoyed diverse and challenging assignments, but is always looking for ways to grow and improve—leading him to one of the most insightful and rewarding jobs of his career. Several months […]

Aviation PM relishes job challenges

Aviation PM relishes job challenges

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James “Chris” Mills   POSITION: Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, Program Executive Office for Aviation TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal. EDUCATION: University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.S. Civil Engineering; University of Tennessee Space Institute, M.S. Aviation Systems. DEPLOYMENTS: 2010, Afghanistan. Spend the day in Lt. Col. Chris Mills’ shoes and you’ll get to experience the entire acquisition life cycle. As Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, he and his team are responsible for the Army’s scout helicopter and training helicopter fleets, managing […]

An acquisition officer’s ‘unconventional’ path

An acquisition officer’s ‘unconventional’ path

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Mark Talbot   POSITION: Product Manager, Indirect Fire Protection Capability, Increment 2-Intercept UNIT: Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 27 AWARDS: Bronze Star, (2) Defense Meritorious Service Medals; (3) Army Meritorious Service Medals; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal EDUCATION: : B.S. Environmental Engineering, U.S. Military Academy; M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill DEPLOYMENTS: 2009–2010 Baghdad, Iraq   By Sue Follett Lt. Col. Mark Talbot joined the Army nearly 30 years ago “to be all I could be, as the slogan goes,” he […]