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 […]

Faces of the Force: Michael Doney

Faces of the Force: Michael Doney

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Distributed Common Ground System – Army; Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors TITLE: Product director, Machine Foreign Language Translation System YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 33 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering management, George Washington University; B.S. in civil engineering, Virginia Tech AWARDS: Meritorious Civilian Service Award; Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (multiple); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (multiple)   Product director puts translators in Soldiers’ pockets by Mary Kate Aylward “There will never be enough human linguists to meet the Army’s varied translation requirements.” That’s the problem Michael Doney’s team works to […]

Faces of the Force: Shannon Western

Faces of the Force: Shannon Western

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Lee, Virginia TITLE: Quality assurance specialist YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 10 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MILITARY: 19 (6 on active duty and 13 in the Army Reserve) DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level I in quality assurance EDUCATION: B.A. in contract management and acquisitions, Strayer University AWARDS: Afghanistan Campaign Medal (one campaign star); NATO Afghanistan Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Certificate of Achievement; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device THE SECRET TO LONGEVITY by […]

Faces of the Force: Gary Thibault

Faces of the Force: Gary Thibault

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Manager for Force Sustainment Systems, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support TITLE: Supervisory mechanical engineer, cargo aerial delivery team leader YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 39 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering EDUCATION: B.S. in mechanical engineering and bachelor of engineering technology in mechanical engineering, Northeastern University AWARDS: Top Ten U.S. Army Materiel Command Personnel of the Year; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Association of the U.S. Army Citation for Exceptional Service; U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center Technical Director’s Silver Pin for Development and Engineering; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award Part of […]

Faces of the Force: Lawrence Nevins

Faces of the Force: Lawrence Nevins

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space TITLE: Assistant product manager, field artillery launchers YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 5.5 years active duty, U.S. Air Force; 10 years, U.S. Air Force Reserve DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in electrical engineering, Brigham Young University AWARDS: Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Award, Support Professional of the Year; Acquisition Hero Award from the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Relationships are key to his success By Susan Follett Assistant Product Manager Lawrence Nevins has been […]

Faces of the Force: Stefanie A. “Alix” Gayton

Faces of the Force: Stefanie A. “Alix” Gayton

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office for Aviation TITLE: Chief, Acquisition Management Branch; Supervisory Procurement Analyst, Business Management Division YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MILITARY: 15 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: Master of public administration, Troy University; B.S. in business and communication, West Texas A&M University AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award as a member of the Defense Energy Support Center’s Operation Iraqi Freedom Bulk Helium Support Team; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Meritorious Service Medals; Air Force Commendation Medals; Air Force Achievement Medals MAXIMIZING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES by Ms. Susan Follett Stefanie A. “Alix” […]

Faces of the Force: Clinton Spratley

Faces of the Force: Clinton Spratley

Command/organization: Aircraft Survivability Equipment Project Management Office, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors Title: Lead systems engineer Years of service in workforce: 10 Years of military service: 3 DAWIA certifications: Level III in systems engineering; Level II in program management Education: Completing a dual MBA and master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering, Auburn University (expected December); B.S. in physics, Baylor University Seeking heat at the ACAT I level by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward Clinton E. Spratley spent three years on active duty with the Air Force before lending his engineering background to the Army’s efforts to improve aircraft survivability. After leaving the Air Force, he joined […]

Faces of the Force: Tara Clark

Faces of the Force: Tara Clark

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama TITLE: Ballistic missile defense project manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in facilities engineering EDUCATION: MBA, The Citadel; B.S. in mechanical engineering, Geneva College; Professional Engineer – Pennsylvania and certified Project Manager Professional AWARDS: Huntsville Center Project Manager of the Year; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Europe District Hero of the Battle; Certificate of Achievement, NATO Special Operations Headquarters Project Delivery Team; Certificate of Achievement, Interagency and International Services Project Delivery Team; Certificate of Achievement, Phased Adaptive Approach Romanian Planning Charrette A CAREER MARKED BY BIG TRANSITIONS By Susan Follett In her 14 years of working […]