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 […]

Faces of the Force: Abraham Curry Jr.

Faces of the Force: Abraham Curry Jr.

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Transatlantic Middle East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers TITLE: Section chief and contracting officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: M.S. in human resources, Central Michigan University; B.S. in human resources, Saint Leo University AWARDS: Kansas City District Heartland Award; Certificate of Appreciation, Hurricane Katrina/Rita Support; Department of Army Certificate of Appreciation, Hurricane Katrina/Rita Support; Department of Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Iraq; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; NATO Non-Article 5 Medal for service in support of Balkans Operations Army experiences pay off in civilian career By Susan L. Follett Now a section chief and […]

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Director for Army Watercraft Systems, Project Manager for Transportation Systems (PM TS), Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS) TITLE: Assistant product manager, Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), Landing Craft Mechanized-8 and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 29 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management, life cycle logistics, and business – financial management EDUCATION: M.S. in logistics management administration and master of public administration, Georgia College and State University; B.A. in chemistry and business management, Mary Baldwin University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (4); Army Superior Unit Award; Detroit Federal Executive Board Employee Recognition as part […]

Faces of the Force: Maj. Shawn Chu-Quinn

Faces of the Force: Maj. Shawn Chu-Quinn

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical TITLE: Assistant product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MILITARY: 16 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in program management and in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in modeling and simulation, University of Central Florida; master’s of public administration in national security affairs, Troy University; B.S. in environmental science, Creighton University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star); Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NATO […]

Faces of the Force: Patty Seals

Faces of the Force: Patty Seals

POSITION AND UNIT: Chief, Resource Management Division, Lower Tier Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 28 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in business – financial management; Level II in program management; Level III DOD Financial Management Certification EDUCATION: B.S. in business, Athens State College; Certified Defense Financial Manager AWARDS: Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Order of St. Barbara Managing missile money By Mary Kate Aylward Managing the funds for one of DOD’s highest-profile weapon systems is, as you would imagine, stressful. But Patty Seals keeps in mind the Soldiers and the international customers who […]