Faces of the Force: Lee James

Faces of the Force: Lee James

Position and Unit: Product Director, Army Human Resource Systems, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems Total Years of Service: 15 Awards: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Certificate of Achievement Education: M.S. in information resource management, Central Michigan State University; B.S. in computer science, Langston University Lee James: Surrounded by good examples By Susan L. Follett Spend just a few minutes with Lee James and you’ll quickly realize that the likes his job and loves the people he works with—including past supervisors, current coworkers, former team members and the Soldiers he supports through his work as product director for Army Human Resource Systems in Program […]

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

POSITION AND UNIT: Aerospace Engineer, Concept Design and Assessment Tech Area, Aviation Development Directorate, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 (2 in Army acquisition; 3 in Navy acquisition) AWARDS: Army Modeling and Simulation Award; Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered Lift Field – Army Advanced Design Office; Aviation Development Directorate-AFDD Peer Award for Technical Excellence in Research and Development; 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing, Innovation Category. EDUCATION: M.S. and B.S. aerospace engineering, Virginia Tech Short tenure, lots of accolades By Susan L. Follett Ernest Keen has worked in Army acquisition for just two years, but in that […]

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

POSITION AND UNIT: Force Project and Sustainment Portfolio Lead; Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 12 AWARDS: 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing; Honorable Mention, Lessons Learned EDUCATION: M.S. in systems engineering in material science; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; M.S. in chemical engineering and B.S. in chemical engineering, Tufts University Swapping a lab coat for a spreadsheet By Susan L. Follett Chenxi Dong-O’Malley began her Army civilian career a dozen years ago, working on protective clothing and equipment for Soldiers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). “Most people are unaware of the amount of technology development that’s behind the […]

Faces of the Force: David Cook

Faces of the Force: David Cook

POSITION AND UNIT: Industrial Engineer in the Program Evaluation Division, Program Management Directorate of the Lower Tier Project Office; Program Executive Office Missiles and Space TOTAL YEARS SERVICE: 32 AWARDS: The 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Army Acquisition Writing; Honorable Mention, Innovation EDUCATION: M.S. in industrial engineering, University of Alabama; M.S. in wood science and technology and B.S. in forestry, Mississippi State University A subset of one By Susan L. Follett It’s likely that the subset of people with master’s degrees in forestry and wood utilization sciences who work in defense acquisition is very small in number. And it’s possible that it’s a subset of just one: […]

Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

POSITION AND UNIT: Human Resources Specialist, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, Human Resources Management Division TOTAL YEARS OF CIVILIAN SERVICE: 16 TOTAL YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 3 active duty; 16 years U.S. Army Reserve AWARDS: Civilian: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Distinguished Service Award Military: Bronze Star Medal/Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2); Armed Forces Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War On Terrorism Service Medal (2); Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2); Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device (2); Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal (3); Afghanistan Army Superior Unit Award (2) […]

Faces of the Force: Laurie Hull

Faces of the Force: Laurie Hull

POSITION AND UNIT: Chief, Regional Contracting Office – Wiesbaden; 409th Contracting Support Brigade (CSB) – Europe TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: 409th CSB Commander’s Award, Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award EDUCATION: MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu; B.S. in business and management from the University of Maryland Contracting expert hopes to become a long-term expat By Susan L. Follett Don’t look for Laurie Hull stateside anytime soon. During overseas postings to Okinawa, Japan and Portugal’s Azores while her husband served in the Air Force, Hull acquired a love for living internationally, and she’s been able to leverage her expertise in defense contracting to satisfy her travel bug. After living overseas for […]

Faces of the Force: Howard Rosbury

Faces of the Force: Howard Rosbury

POSITION: Systems Acquisition Manager for Mobile Strike Force Vehicle UNIT: Product Manager Allied Tactical Vehicles (PdM ATV), Project Manager Transportation Systems, Program Executive Office Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: M.S., engineering management, University of Michigan – Dearborn; B.S., mechanical engineering, GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University) Childhood fascination leads to grown-up career By Susan L. Follett Howard Rosbury, systems acquisition manager (SAM) for PEO CS&CSS, has an issue we’re all familiar with: too much to do and not enough time. Faced with the current climate of shrinking budgets and hiring freezes, he and […]

Faces of the Force: Lisa Benjamin

Faces of the Force: Lisa Benjamin

POSITION: Contracting Officer UNIT: 918th Contracting Battalion, Mission and Installation Contracting Command–Fort Carson TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 32 (21 active duty and 11 civilian) AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation (6) EDUCATION: MBA, Regis University, B.S. in business management/business administration, Colorado State University Contracting role requires flexibility, capacity to manage change By Susan L. Follett Lisa Benjamin isn’t big on down time. Two weeks after she graduated from high school in 1982, she headed for Army basic training. She spent 21 years on active duty, and six months later she began working for the Army as a civilian—work she’s done for more than a decade. […]

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

POSITION: GPC Agency/Organization Program Coordinator UNIT: ACC-APG/Tenant Contracting Division TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 26 (20 years on active duty, 6 years as a civilian) AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; MBA, Oklahoma City University; B.S. in business administration, University of Louisville. Level III certified in contracting and Level II certified in program management Meal Ticket Becomes a Career Path By Susan L. Follett When Jim Bushnell joined the Army in 1984, his goal was fairly simple: to make sure he knew where his next meal was coming from. While the Army isn’t known for gourmet cooking, it is known […]

Faces of the Force: James C. Risner

Faces of the Force: James C. Risner

POSITION: Pentagon Liaison, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 31 (3 years in the Marine Corps; 28 years as an Army civilian) AWARDS: Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2), Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2), 2002 Award for Excellence in Ammunition Management (GS-14/15) EDUCATION: M.S. in management, Florida Institute of Technology; Certificate of Advanced Studies in public administration, Syracuse University; B.S. in criminal justice and B.A. in public administration, Truman State University Opening the Door to Opportunities By Susan L. Follett When opportunity knocks, you have to open the door. Some people, like Jim Risner, just go on out to the front porch and […]