Transforming military operations by advancing communications

Transforming military operations by advancing communications

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. (P) Robert M. Collins     POSITION: Product Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 UNIT: Program Executive Office (PEO) for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia and Kosovo, 2000; Iraq, 2005 AWARDS: Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Army Service Ribbon EDUCATION: B.A. Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University; M.S. Human Resource Management, Oklahoma University; M.A. Information Systems, Webster University   By […]

Project officer manages ‘everything explosive’

Project officer manages ‘everything explosive’

Faces of the Force: Patrick Scheerer     POSITION: Project Manager UNIT: Office of the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems, Program Executive Office Ammunition LOCATION: Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. EDUCATION: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   Project Officer Patrick Scheerer’s job is a blast—literally. One of the projects he manages, the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS), was originally designed to allow Soldiers to conduct safe breaching through enemy antipersonnel minefields and multistrand wire obstacles, and later repurposed to defeat improvised explosive devices. All of that makes APOBS a popular tool with Soldiers and other warfighters in Afghanistan. But the program, as Scheerer explains below, ran […]

Top-Notch staff fuels success for Apache program

Top-Notch staff fuels success for Apache program

Faces of the Force: Col. Jeffrey Hager     POSITION: Project Manager UNIT: Apache Attack Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) Location: Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: Army Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), Defense MSM, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal DEPLOYMENTS: Panama, 1989; Iraq, 1990 EDUCATION: B.S. Management of Technology, Northwest Missouri State University; M.S. Procurement and Acquisition Management, Webster University   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? HAGER: I am the project manager for the Apache, the world’s premier attack helicopter. I’m responsible for the development, production, fielding and sustainment of the entire aircraft system, for […]

Soldier makes a point of helping somebody every day

Soldier makes a point of helping somebody every day

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Julie Saorrono     POSITION: Plans & Operations Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) UNIT: 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Army Contracting Command LOCATION: Fort Knox, Ky. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 18 DEPLOYMENTS: Uzbekistan, 2002-2003; Afghanistan, 2010-2011 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal-2, Joint Service Commendation Medal-1, Army Commendation Medal-4, Army Achievement Medal-7, Army Good Conduct Medal-6 EDUCATION: Currently earning B.S. Business, Trident University International   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? SAORRONO: : I am currently the 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion NCOIC at Fort Knox. My daily routine revolves around procuring supplies and services for a variety of […]

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Frank Lozano     POSITION: Product Manager, Soldier Protective Equipment UNIT: Program Executive Office Soldier Fort Belvoir, VA TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 19 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia, 1995-1996; Kuwait, 1999; Bosnia, 2001; Iraq, 2005 EDUCATION: B.A. History, Texas A&M University; M.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? LOZANO: I am currently the program manager for Soldier Protective Equipment. My portfolio includes hard and soft body armor plates and vests as well as combat helmets, ballistic eyewear, concealable body armor, pelvic protection, and traumatic brain injury helmet sensors. Our products […]

Tracking Career Development

Tracking Career Development

Faces of the Force: Anthony “Cory” Foster     POSITION: Contracting Proponency Officer UNIT: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 10 EDUCATION: B.A. Business Finance, Morehouse College; M.B.A. and M. Sci. Procurement and Contract Management, University of Maryland University College   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do for the Army? Why is it important? FOSTER: I am part of the Acquisition Career Development Division, which has a mission to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce on behalf of the Director/Deputy Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM/DDACM). Specifically, I am the Proponency Officer for Contracting, one of 14 acquisition […]

Former Marine Joe Wright brings a positive approach to second military career

Former Marine Joe Wright brings a positive approach to second military career

Faces of the Force: Henry J. “Joe” Wright     POSITION: System Acquisition Project Officer and LCM8 MOD I & II/Barge Derrick 115 Ton System Acquisition Manager UNIT: Product Director, Army Watercraft Systems (PD AWS), Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) LOCATION: Warren, Mich. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3, U.S. Army; 30, U.S. Marine Corps DEPLOYMENTS: Vietnam, 1972-73 and 1974-1975; Iraq, 2004 EDUCATION: B.A. Business Leadership, Baker University   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? WRIGHT: I serve as a system acquisition manager and systems acquisition project officer for PD AWS. In that role, I manage the modification […]

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force

Linking unlikely allies for mission success   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? VERGEZ: I am the first Project Manager (PM) for the NSRWA PMO, which was established three years ago. We field, sustain, and support rotary wing aircraft used by the U.S. military that are not in DOD’s inventory. That includes more than 300 helicopters, including the Russian Mi-17 and the MD530F, used in DOD operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and 38 other countries. FOTF Editor’s Note: The NSWRA PMO was established by the Under Secretary of Defense (USD) Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ALT) to consolidate all nonstandard rotary wing aircraft under a […]

Connecting the dots for aviation mission success

Connecting the dots for aviation mission success

Faces of the Force: John Beck     POSITION: Assistant Program Executive Officer for Life Cycle Management UNIT: Program Executive Office Aviation TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 EDUCATION: B.S. Liberal Arts, Columbus State University; M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College; currently pursuing M.S. Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? BECK: I help facilitate all aspects of integrated logistics support (ILS) for the program managers (PMs) and their respective systems and products. Our PMs manage manned and unmanned aviation weapon systems (UAS) and all the enablers that make aviation viable on […]

Newly minted engineer tracks environmental regs for JAMS

Newly minted engineer tracks environmental regs for JAMS

Faces of the Force: Mary Ingram   POSITION: Systems Engineer/Value Engineering Lead UNIT: Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS), PEO Missiles and Space Redstone Arsenal, AL TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: DOD Value Engineering Award, 2011 EDUCATION: B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Alabama Huntsville; M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama Huntsville By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? INGRAM: I facilitate environmental requirements for programs related to the Army’s aviation rockets and missiles, including the Hydra 70 family of rockets, the Hellfire family of missiles, and the joint air-to-ground missile. I review contract deliverables, statements of work, program plans, and […]