Faces of the Force: Joseph Marotta

Faces of the Force: Joseph Marotta

Position and Unit: Program analyst, Combat Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition Years of Service in Workforce: 5 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in business – financial management Education: B.A. in marketing, Rutgers University Awards: Army Achievement Award for Civilian Service   From telecom to tanks By Susan L. Follett Much is made of the differences between working in the commercial world and working for the public sector. But when Joseph Marotta joined the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, he found that the biggest differences stemmed from moving from a small operation—a 10-person consulting firm—to a much larger one. “It took a little while to get used to, but ultimately […]

Faces of the Force: Gloria Atkins

Faces of the Force: Gloria Atkins

Position and Unit: Contracting officer, Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground Years of Service in Workforce: 6 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting Education: M.S. in acquisition and contract management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in accounting, Hawaii Pacific University Awards: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service   Atkins contributes to FMS success By Susan L. Follett Gloria Atkins started in defense contracting a dozen years ago, looking to contribute to the military in the same way as her husband, a Navy officer. She got her start at the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) in 2004, and switched to the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) in 2010. She currently serves […]

Faces of the Force: Monica Clemons

Faces of the Force: Monica Clemons

Position and Unit: Contract specialist, Missile Defense Agency Years of Service in Workforce: 10 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting; Level I in program management Education: MBA, Texas A&M University; BBA, Lipscomb University Awards: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service   Two fellowships build a wide-ranging career By Mary Kate Aylward Two fellowships—the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) Fellows Program and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF)—have taken Monica Clemons from business school to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)), and from audit preparation to missile defense. Taking advantage of the […]

Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Position and Unit: Chief, Interior Design Section, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Years of Service: 8 DAWIA Certification: Level III in facilities engineering Awards: Corps of Engineers – Huntsville Center Senior Leadership Development Fellow; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interior Designer of the Year Education: B.S. in building science and architecture, Auburn University Furnishing a connection By Susan L. Follett Most of us have logged a few minutes at the local furniture store or spent some time wandering through the aisles of home improvement stores. But when it comes to interior design purchases, Carol Elder probably has everyone beat: As section chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Mission Installation and Contracting Command, 419th Contracting Support Brigade TITLE: Administrative officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration, Franklin University; A.A.S. in business administration with a concentration in banking and finance, Fayetteville Technical Community College AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Employee of the Quarter Award; Morale, Welfare and Recreation Employee of the Quarter Award Military spouse changes roles by Susan L. Follett “This time, he followed me.” That’s how Travia Rowe, administrative officer for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) and Army spouse, ended up in her current position—administrative officer with the 419th Contracting Support Brigade […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne

POSITION AND UNIT: Product lead, Defense-Wide Transmission Systems, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: Ed. D. in organizational leadership, Argosy University; M.A.in computer resource and information management, Webster University; B.A.in business management, St. John’s University AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service […]

Faces of the Force: Kenneth Telsee

Faces of the Force: Kenneth Telsee

POSITION AND UNIT: Management analyst, Workforce Development Branch, Enterprise Resources Division, Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 3 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level I in contracting EDUCATION: B.A. in business administration, Triton University International Make the most of what comes your way By Susan L. Follett “Growing up in small-town Louisiana, I learned to be thankful for every opportunity—even the bad ones,” said Shreveport native Ken Telsee. With that mindset, he turned a difficult Army post into a learning experience and now works to facilitate career development for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Telsee enlisted in the Army after high school, thanks to a recruiter “who […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Position and Unit: Contracting Officer, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Army Contracting Command-Redstone Years of Service in Workforce: 12 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting and purchasing; Level I in program management Education: M.S. in management with a concentration in contracting and acquisition management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in organizational management, Oakwood University; associate degree in computer information systems, Faulkner University Awards: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command FY12 Competition Award for Outstanding Achievement; Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Outstanding Unit/Team Award; Outstanding Performance Award for participation in the Small Business Innovative Research Program ‘The best decision I ever made’ By Susan L. Follett […]

Faces of the Force Profile: Brian Benis

Faces of the Force Profile: Brian Benis

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: PEO Missiles and Space, Lower Tier Project Office (PATRIOT) Title: Hardware engineer DAWIA Certifications: Level III in engineering, production and quality management; Level I in program management Years of Service in Workforce: 29 Education: B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Arizona Awards: Order of Saint Barbara; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Sustaining a signature system By Mary Kate Aylward Brian Benis has been taking things apart for as long as he can remember—a clock radio here, a desktop fan there—because he was curious about how they worked. That lifelong fascination earned him his mother’s constant refrain of, “You’d better put that back together before your dad comes home!” but […]

Faces of the Force: Ralph Kaminski

Faces of the Force: Ralph Kaminski

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground TITLE: Lead contract specialist DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 EDUCATION: B.A. in business, Excelsior College Air Force background yields soft landing in Army acquisition By Susan L. Follett Ralph Kaminski is leveraging the skills he acquired during a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force to ensure that Soldiers have the test and assessment services to support developmental and operational testing of weapon systems and other programs. Kaminski’s transition from one service to the other was relatively seamless, he said. His work for the Air Force included supporting local purchase requirements, developing […]