Faces of the Force: Catherine J. “Jainie” Bell

Faces of the Force: Catherine J. “Jainie” Bell

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Knox POSITION AND TITLE: Procurement Analyst, Government Purchase Card Program Manager DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 years AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Recognition Letter from the Office of the Secretary of Defense EDUCATION: Bachelor of General Studies, Western Kentucky University ‘I thought I had died and gone to heaven’ By Susan L. Follett Although she has been in acquisition for just 14 years, Catherine J. “Jainie” Bell’s federal civilian career dates back to the mid-1980s, when she left the banking industry for better-paying opportunities in the Army. “Banks were notorious for low […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Synchronized Fielding Division, System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Chief engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 25 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level III in test and evaluation EDUCATION: M.S. in mechanical engineering, Drexel University; B.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Baltimore Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government Award   Get your hands dirty By Ms. Susan L. Follett Want to do your job more effectively? Consider Robert Puhalla’s advice: Go talk to the people you work with and work for. “A lot of us now have […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

‘Be a leader regardless of what position you’re in’ Ms. Susan L. Follett Like most members of the Army Acquisition Workforce, a desire to give back sparked Kristy Tierney’s career. “I wanted a career that had more of a positive impact on the world than simply helping a company improve its bottom line, and I saw public service as a way to do that,” she said. “This career allows me to use my business knowledge and skills to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and to support the warfighters who sacrifice so much for all of us.” She started at the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command at […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Lesley Sullivan

Faces of the Force: Ms. Lesley Sullivan

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando TITLE: Policy Branch chief YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 16 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: MBA, Monmouth University; B.A. in psychology and business administration, Georgian Court University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Superior Medal for Civilian Service Chart your own course By Susan L. Follett When it comes to discussions of what’s wrong with acquisition, many fingers point at regulation: There’s too much of it and it slows everything down. Lesley Sullivan, Policy Branch chief for the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando (ACC-Orlando), agrees that there has been an increase in regulatory policy over the years. “But that’s not […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center; U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command TITLE: Supervisory general engineer and team leader, Infantry Combat Equipment Team YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level II in program management EDUCATION: M.S in engineering management, Tufts University; B.S in mechanical engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst AWARDS: Maj. Gen. Harold “Harry” J. Greene Award for Innovation; Specialty Professional of the Year Award; Greater Boston Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government; Commanders Award for Civilian Service Thinking differently to keep Soldiers protected By Susan L. Follett In his 13 years in acquisition, Robert DiLalla […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Department of the Army systems coordinator YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management; Level III in test and evaluation; Level I in science and technology management EDUCATION: M.S. in management, University of Maryland University College; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Delaware AWARDS: U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Certificate in Recognition of Achievement; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; DA Commendation for Exemplary Performance and Outstanding Achievement A front-row participant in the acquisition process By Susan L. Follett Looking for a little motivation? Consider Aladrian […]

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Waveforms

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Waveforms

BICOASTAL TEAM PROVIDES KEY WAVEFORMS FOR RADIOS by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin When a Soldier needs to communicate, he picks up his radio and starts talking. He doesn’t think about how his radio works. When Soldiers rely on their radios to talk, send texts and share data, it is the networking waveforms that connect the radio “box” and enable the radio to function and perform different tasks. For instance, some waveforms provide network connectivity between Soldiers on the ground and in the air, and other waveforms provide connectivity between Soldiers who are spread across large distances or in mountainous areas. The Product Manager (PM) Waveforms team, which comprises a staff in […]

Faces of the Force: Susan Hamilton

Faces of the Force: Susan Hamilton

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center TITLE: Civil engineer YEARS IN THE WORKFORCE: 10 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in facilities engineering EDUCATION: B.S. in civil engineering, Auburn University   Preventing the boom By Susan L. Follett Sure, your job might be difficult at times. But Susan Hamilton, a civil engineer for the U.S Army Engineering and Support Center, might have you beat: One of the biggest challenges she faces is reminding Soldiers and civilians that explosives can—and do—blow up. And there’s more to her work than just keeping people safe. “Sometimes, people working on a project fail to recognize that there are explosives safety requirements or they fail to […]

Faces of the Force: Barbara Whitney

Faces of the Force: Barbara Whitney

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center (HNC) TITLE: Contract specialist YEARS IN THE WORKFORCE: 4 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 21 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level I in contracting (expected December 2016) EDUCATION: B.S. in liberal studies with a concentration in acquisition and contract management, Athens State University; A.S. in child development, Copiah Lincoln Community College AWARDS: Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commander’s Coin (2); HNC Commander’s Coin (2); HNC Commander’s Certificate of Achievement (2); Army Commendation Medal (2); Army Achievement Medal (6); Army Good Conduct Medal (5)   ‘What I have been called to do’ By Susan L. Follett Although she’s a relative newcomer to Army acquisition with just […]

Faces of the Force: Orlando “Fritz” Gordon

Faces of the Force: Orlando “Fritz” Gordon

Position and Unit: Deputy product director, Javelin Missile System, Close Combat Weapon Systems Project Office Years of Service: 23 DAWIA Certification: Level III in engineering Awards: AMRDEC Laboratory Demonstration Extraordinary Performance Pay Increases; Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award Education: M.S. in management and management of technology, University of Alabama in Huntsville; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville   The man behind the HELLFIRE Romeo By Mary Kate Aylward Fritz Gordon spent the early part of his career working with various missiles (PATRIOT, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, Multiple Launch Rocket System, HELLFIRE). Then, with guidance from mentors, he transitioned into a program management role, […]