Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

‘Be a leader regardless of what position you’re in’ Ms. Susan L. Follett Like most members of the Army Acquisition Workforce, a desire to give back sparked Kristy Tierney’s career. “I wanted a career that had more of a positive impact on the world than simply helping a company improve its bottom line, and I saw public service as a way to do that,” she said. “This career allows me to use my business knowledge and skills to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and to support the warfighters who sacrifice so much for all of us.” She started at the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command at […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Lesley Sullivan

Faces of the Force: Ms. Lesley Sullivan

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando TITLE: Policy Branch chief YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 16 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: MBA, Monmouth University; B.A. in psychology and business administration, Georgian Court University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Superior Medal for Civilian Service Chart your own course By Susan L. Follett When it comes to discussions of what’s wrong with acquisition, many fingers point at regulation: There’s too much of it and it slows everything down. Lesley Sullivan, Policy Branch chief for the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando (ACC-Orlando), agrees that there has been an increase in regulatory policy over the years. “But that’s not […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center; U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command TITLE: Supervisory general engineer and team leader, Infantry Combat Equipment Team YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level II in program management EDUCATION: M.S in engineering management, Tufts University; B.S in mechanical engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst AWARDS: Maj. Gen. Harold “Harry” J. Greene Award for Innovation; Specialty Professional of the Year Award; Greater Boston Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government; Commanders Award for Civilian Service Thinking differently to keep Soldiers protected By Susan L. Follett In his 13 years in acquisition, Robert DiLalla […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Department of the Army systems coordinator YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management; Level III in test and evaluation; Level I in science and technology management EDUCATION: M.S. in management, University of Maryland University College; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Delaware AWARDS: U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Certificate in Recognition of Achievement; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; DA Commendation for Exemplary Performance and Outstanding Achievement A front-row participant in the acquisition process By Susan L. Follett Looking for a little motivation? Consider Aladrian […]

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Waveforms

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Waveforms

BICOASTAL TEAM PROVIDES KEY WAVEFORMS FOR RADIOS by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin When a Soldier needs to communicate, he picks up his radio and starts talking. He doesn’t think about how his radio works. When Soldiers rely on their radios to talk, send texts and share data, it is the networking waveforms that connect the radio “box” and enable the radio to function and perform different tasks. For instance, some waveforms provide network connectivity between Soldiers on the ground and in the air, and other waveforms provide connectivity between Soldiers who are spread across large distances or in mountainous areas. The Product Manager (PM) Waveforms team, which comprises a staff in […]

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 […]