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 […]

Faces of the Force: Kay Hyska

Faces of the Force: Kay Hyska

Faces of the Force: Kay Hyska Position and unit: Contracting officer and division chief, Aviation Field Maintenance Division, Aviation Maintenance Directorate, Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Years of Service in Workforce: 20 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting Education: MBA, University of Phoenix; M.S. in acquisition and management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in general education, Columbia College Awards: Army Contracting Command Team of the Quarter; Contracting Command Commander’s Award for Civil Service   Kay Hyska’s ‘long ride’ By Susan L. Follett In her 20 years of working in Army contracting, Kay Hyska has committed more than $5 billion of the government’s money. And in doing so, she […]

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 […]