Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

Defense Acquisition University offers various training and education programs for the AL&T Workforce. (DoD photo by Lapedra Tolson.) DAU Senior Service College Fellowship The 2012-13 Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) announcement is open from Nov. 15 through March 15, 2012, to all eligible GS-14s and 15s who have met their current position certification requirements. The 2012-13 DAU-SSCF will be offered at Huntsville, AL, Warren, MI, and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/announcement/. Federal Executive Institute Announcement The Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society announcement is open through June 13, 2012. Any interested GS-15s who have met their position certification requirement […]

Army Acquisition Support Center Publications Earn Three Awards from International Competition

Army Acquisition Support Center Publications Earn Three Awards from International Competition

Army AL&T Magazine received two MarCom Awards, and Access AL&T received one MarCom award. FORT BELVOIR, VA— Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T have earned 2011 MarCom Awards in three categories; including one platinum award, the competition’s highest honor. “These awards validate the hard work our editorial staff put forth in producing these high-quality publications,” said Mr. Craig Spisak, Director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). “Together, Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T have set a new standard of excellence across the Army in telling the Army Acquisition Workforce story and how they support the Soldier.” The awards earned by the publications were as follows: Platinum Award: Army […]

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

By Sofia Bledsoe COL Shane Openshaw, Apache Helicopters Project Manager, accepts the keys from David Koopersmith, Boeing Vice President for Attack Helicopter Programs, during the Apache Block III Roll Out Ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production facility in Mesa, AZ. (Photos by Sofia Bledsoe.) The world’s most lethal attack helicopter just got even better. Inside a hangar against a backdrop of lights and fog, looking as intimidating as ever, the first AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) was revealed to the public for the first time during a Roll Out ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production plant in Mesa, AZ. “To say that I’m proud would […]

Army Reserve Soldiers Get Cooking at Connelly Competition

Army Reserve Soldiers Get Cooking at Connelly Competition

By SPC Monte Swift U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers from the 847th Human Resources Company (HRC) competed in the final stage of the Philip A. Connelly food service competition at Fort Snelling, MN, in October, after winning at the 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and USAR Command competitions. The five-Soldier team, along with other supporting members from the 847th, competed in a field environment to best demonstrate real-world conditions and the challenges associated with maintaining a kitchen in the field. The Philip A. Connelly Competition, established in 1968, recognizes excellence in Army food service. The objective is to improve the professionalism of Army food service personnel and maintain high-quality food for […]

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Regular reporting and reviews will examine the efficiency of management and oversight processes in services acquisition, such as for equipment-related services, one of six portfolio groups. Here, PFC Mark Rios, a UH-60 Black Hawk Repairer with the  25th General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), resets the controls of a hydraulic system on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks, HI, Nov. 15. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Karl Williams, 25th CAB.) This is the third and final installment in a series of articles about improving Army services acquisition. The first two articles focused on the general features, applicability, and governance structure of the […]

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

This is the second in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  On Sept. 28, the Secretary of the Army approved the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan.” The plan describes the roles and responsibilities of HQDA and subordinate organization leaders, the processes they will use to acquire services, and the governance and review mechanisms to improve visibility and accountability of the requiring activities. Most important is that the plan launches a new way of doing business in services acquisition. Integral to the approach is a new governance structure that includes portfolio management and processes designed to identify, track, and monitor projected […]

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

Kimble King (foreground) and Ron Freeman repair a M548 in Anniston Army Depot’s Combat Vehicle Repair Facility. (U.S. Army photo by John Makamson, U.S. Army Materiel Command.) This is the first in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  The Army spends more than $50 billion annually to buy essential services for Soldiers and their families, an amount equating to more than half of the Army’s yearly acquisition spending. The Army and the rest of DOD procure a wide variety of services through contracts with commercial vendors—services as simple as printing, as complex as combat vehicle repair, and as technically sophisticated as […]

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

Deployable medical staff use MC4 to document and track patient care, digitally manage medical supplies, and conduct health surveillance in the combat zone. (U.S. Army photos.) A new interactive guide to help deployed medics, nurses, and commanders in recording medical information is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, the Combined Arms Center – Training announced. In August, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program released the Commander’s Guide to MC4 Version 2.0 on the Army Training Network 2 Go (ATN2GO) application, following the initial release of training materials in April. In July, the ATN added concussion and traumatic brain injury training materials specifically […]

Briefing on Competitive Development Group Offered for DC Area Career Acquisition Employees

Briefing on Competitive Development Group Offered for DC Area Career Acquisition Employees

FORT BELVOIR–Army acquisition employees in the national capital region are invited to learn about the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellow (CDG/AAF) Program at a brown bag lunch on  Nov. 8 at building 213 from 1130-1300. “We will be discussing the CDG/AAF vision and mission, as well as program details, eligibility, benefits, fellowship opportunities, and what is required to complete it,” said Brian Cole, Acquisition Career Manager for the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). “The brown bag lunch will be a briefing outlining the details of the program and explaining who qualifies for the program.  It will also give potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions and address any of […]

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

By Dr. Scott Fish The DASA R&T kiosk in the ASAALT exhibit at the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition showcased programs and initiatives. (Photo by McArthur Newell, BRTRC/U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.)   This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. Time has really flown—it is hard to believe that we are at the beginning of November! It certainly has been a busy time for me and for many people in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). At the end […]