Faces of the Force: Susan Hamilton

Faces of the Force: Susan Hamilton

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center TITLE: Civil engineer YEARS IN THE WORKFORCE: 10 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in facilities engineering EDUCATION: B.S. in civil engineering, Auburn University   Preventing the boom By Susan L. Follett Sure, your job might be difficult at times. But Susan Hamilton, a civil engineer for the U.S Army Engineering and Support Center, might have you beat: One of the biggest challenges she faces is reminding Soldiers and civilians that explosives can—and do—blow up. And there’s more to her work than just keeping people safe. “Sometimes, people working on a project fail to recognize that there are explosives safety requirements or they fail to […]

Faces of the Force: Barbara Whitney

Faces of the Force: Barbara Whitney

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center (HNC) TITLE: Contract specialist YEARS IN THE WORKFORCE: 4 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 21 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level I in contracting (expected December 2016) EDUCATION: B.S. in liberal studies with a concentration in acquisition and contract management, Athens State University; A.S. in child development, Copiah Lincoln Community College AWARDS: Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commander’s Coin (2); HNC Commander’s Coin (2); HNC Commander’s Certificate of Achievement (2); Army Commendation Medal (2); Army Achievement Medal (6); Army Good Conduct Medal (5)   ‘What I have been called to do’ By Susan L. Follett Although she’s a relative newcomer to Army acquisition with just […]

Faces of the Force: Orlando “Fritz” Gordon

Faces of the Force: Orlando “Fritz” Gordon

Position and Unit: Deputy product director, Javelin Missile System, Close Combat Weapon Systems Project Office Years of Service: 23 DAWIA Certification: Level III in engineering Awards: AMRDEC Laboratory Demonstration Extraordinary Performance Pay Increases; Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award Education: M.S. in management and management of technology, University of Alabama in Huntsville; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville   The man behind the HELLFIRE Romeo By Mary Kate Aylward Fritz Gordon spent the early part of his career working with various missiles (PATRIOT, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, Multiple Launch Rocket System, HELLFIRE). Then, with guidance from mentors, he transitioned into a program management role, […]

Faces of the Force: John Nebelsick

Faces of the Force: John Nebelsick

Command: Military Munitions Division, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama Title: Division chief Years of Service in Workforce: 27 DAWIA Certification: Level III in facilities engineering Education: B.S. in biology and chemistry, Nebraska Wesleyan University Awards: Corps of Engineers Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Department of the Army Corps of Engineers Outstanding Chemist Award; Corps of Engineers Huntsville Center Senior Leadership Development Fellow; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Contracts and Project Management Award   Words of wisdom By Susan L. Follett Having spent more than 25 years in federal service, John Nebelsick has a lengthy resume and four words of advice: Slow down. Work less. But he doesn’t mean […]

Faces of the Force: Porscha Porter

Faces of the Force: Porscha Porter

Command/Organization: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama Title: Chief, Energy Division Strategy and Business Management Branch Years of Service in Workforce: 11 Education: M.S. in management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, Alabama A&M University DAWIA certifications: Level III in engineering; Level II in program management; Level II in facilities engineering; Level I in test and evaluation. Certified Project Management Professional; member of the Huntsville Project Management Institute and the Society of American Military Engineers. Awards: Women of Color in Technology Rising Star Award; DA Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service   Thanks, Mom By Susan L. Follett Around the acquisition and contracting […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Position and Unit: Contract specialist, Aviation Logistics Directorate, Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (ACC-Redstone) Years of Service in Workforce: 4 DAWIA Certifications: Level II certified in contracting Education: M.S. in logistics management, M.S. in acquisition and contract management and M.S. in management, the Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in telecommunications, Alabama A&M University Awards: Coin for excellence from Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive; coin from Brig. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, then-Program Executive Officer for Missiles and Space   Using SCEP as a stepping stone By Susan L. Follett Cynthia Hubbard used the Student Career […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Al Niles Jr.

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Al Niles Jr.

Position and Unit: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Training with Industry Officer at Lockheed Martin DAWIA Certifications: Level III in program management Total Years of Service: 19 Education: Master’s degree in aeronautical science and safety, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Master’s degree in management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in history, Tuskegee University Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medals (2), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medals (2), Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals (3), Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas ribbons (3), NATO Medal   Chinook pilot turned acquisition […]

Faces of the Force: Matthew Thompson

Faces of the Force: Matthew Thompson

Position and Unit: Supervisory program manager, Utility Monitoring and Control Systems Branch, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama. Years of Service: 4 Certifications: Project Management Professional certification, Project Management Institute Education: MBA, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S., aerospace maintenance management, Middle Tennessee State University   Army Corps of Engineers position fills need to serve By Susan L. Follett Matthew Thompson’s acquisition career started with a desire to serve his country. “I served for three years with the Army National Guard as an AH-1 crew chief,” he explained. “I spent seven years on active duty after graduating from college, and separated from active duty in 2005.” He worked as […]

Faces of the Force: Jeffrey “Jeff” Stevens

Faces of the Force: Jeffrey “Jeff” Stevens

Position and Unit: Chief engineer/technical director, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space Years of Service in Workforce: 19 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in systems engineering; Level II in program management Education: M.S. in engineering and policy and M.S. in management of technology, Washington University in St. Louis; B.S. magna cum laude in engineering physics, University of Tulsa; graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College Officer’s Course Awards: Superior Civilian Service Award; Commendation for Special Act or Service; Department of Defense Graduate Fellowship   Bitten by the missile defense bug By Mary Kate Aylward From the first “explosion in the sky,” […]

Faces of the Force: Lauren Johnsky

Faces of the Force: Lauren Johnsky

Position and Unit: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship Location: Aberdeen Proving Ground DAWIA Certifications: Level III in program management Total Years of Service: 5 Education: M.S. in molecular biology, Towson University; B.S. in biology, Boston University Awards: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service   CDG/AAF helps to fill leadership gaps By Susan L. Follett Looking for the best way to get the experience you need to advance your career? Consider taking a page from Lauren Johnsky’s playbook: She’s in the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF), working in different positions throughout Army acquisition with an eye toward developing the experience and […]