Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 14, 2015) – More than 30 Army acquisition career development leaders representing 24 agencies and all 14 acquisition career fields met Sept. 9 to discuss key issues affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and share best practices. Attendees from across the 37,000-strong AAW represented the acquisition career fields, from contracting to small business to engineering, known as Army Acquisition Functional Advisors, or AAFAs; as well as key career advocates within major command and organizations, known as Acquisition Career Management Advocates, or ACMAs. “This community of practice is here today to help communicate with the workforce,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army […]

US Army contracting team trains local institutions in Kosovo

US Army contracting team trains local institutions in Kosovo

By Mr. David Chace U.S. Army Soldiers with the 1960th Contingency Contracting Team out of Huntsville Ala., and currently assigned to Area Support Team-Balkans in Kosovo, marked the completion of a five-day training series on market management and technical specifications, for approximately 20 members and officials from Ministry of Kosovo Security Force and their Land Forces Command, during a ceremony Aug. 14 in Pristina, Kosovo. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Lesly Richardson, one of the instructors of the training, said the training’s value exceeded her expectations. “They had a lot of questions, and that made the training much more energetic,” Richardson said. “There was a good exchange of information.” AST-Balkans serves […]

Making and Finding Solutions

Making and Finding Solutions

For chemicals manufacturer Arkema Inc., customer and regulatory requirements are opportunities for product change and improvement. Arkema Inc., headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, may be a company that most Army AL&T readers have never heard of. But it’s also likely that most readers have come in contact with the company’s products, which can be found in a wide variety of industries, including building and construction, agriculture, automotive, water purification, household and industrial cleaning, dental hygiene, batteries and energy storage, and solar energy. Among those products are “chemical intermediates,” substances fundamental to chemical processes, coatings or materials in coatings, and additives that enable a component to be manufactured or improve […]

Many Eyes, Same Pictures

Many Eyes, Same Pictures

Multifunction Video Display system integrates full-motion video from all sources at all vehicle crew stations By Mr. Sean Jellish and Mr. Brian Wilson A crew of four combat engineers is buttoned up in a Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV) Type II, moving down the road in search of suspected explosive hazards, with a mission to ensure that the route is safe for a convoy to travel. Each crew member has a set mission and, other than the driver, each is most likely using an enabler or sensor to help find the hazards. Each Soldier can only see what that sensor displays, requiring him or her to alert the rest of […]

‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘Required’ Reading: Latest Army AL&T magazine online By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 30, 2015) — The newest edition of Army AL&T magazine is all about requirements and in keeping with the theme, this “required” reading is now available online. In Army acquisition, everything begins with requirements, with all facets of a system or service examined through the lens of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities—DOTMLPF—which is why Army AL&T spoke with Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, director of the TRADOC’s Army Capabilities Integration Center Requirements Integration Directorate. Read how ARCIC is working to bring all stakeholders into the development of requirements in “From Concept […]

Army Acquisition Workforce Invited to Tell How They Honor the Oath through “AAWHonorsTheOath”

Army Acquisition Workforce Invited to Tell How They Honor the Oath through “AAWHonorsTheOath”

By Ms. Karen Kurtz, ASA(ALT) Strategic Communications WASHINGTON (June 2, 2015) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and Director, Acquisition Career Management, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, today said that he wants to hear from military and civilian members of the Army Acquisition Corps and greater Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) about how they honor the oath of office each day. “Whether military or civilian, we all began our careers by taking an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.” Williamson said. “I want to hear from our acquisition professionals about how they honor the oath of office […]

USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 29, 2015) — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) has received a prestigious Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for its 2014 campaign recognizing the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). USAASC is the only award winner from the United States in the Government Communication Programs category, which also recognized organizations from Canada, Russia, Slovenia and Australia. The winning campaign—AAC25—aimed to leverage the silver anniversary of the AAC to foster pride and camaraderie among the entire Army acquisition workforce while raising the profile and prestige of Army acquisition and the Acquisition […]

Digital pioneer Edwards bids farewell to Army after 33 years

Digital pioneer Edwards bids farewell to Army after 33 years

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T staff writer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 22, 2015) – With laughter, tears and an outpouring of thanks for his fellow explorers on the Army’s digital communications journey, Terence M. “Terry” Edwards concluded his 33-year Army civilian career at a retirement ceremony here on April 21. “Being a first-generation immigrant and being able to have a career like mine can only happen in a country like ours,” Edwards said. “To play a tiny role in protecting its freedom has been like a dream.” Edwards, who began his career as an engineer at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, rose through the ranks to become a member of […]

The Army Reserve as part of the Army Acquisition Corps: Strategic, Operational, Responsive and Relevant

The Army Reserve as part of the Army Acquisition Corps: Strategic, Operational, Responsive and Relevant

By Col. Marc Wilson As the United States Army Reserve celebrates 107 years of service to the nation today, it’s also important to recognize that contributions made by Army reservists within the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) in the last decade are apparent and significant, demonstrating tremendous success to the many technological advances made to support the longest war in our nation’s history. For example in 2005, two United States Army Reservists, Lt. Col. Johnnie Edmonds and then Maj. Jeff Etienne were involved in new equipment training and fielding operations for the Combat Service Support Very Small Aperture Satellite and Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface (CSS VSAT and CAISI). […]

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

By Tara Clements FT. BELVOIR, Va. (April 22, 2015) – Leaders from the office responsible for supporting the director of acquisition career management for the Army, or Army DACM Office, held a virtual town hall to discuss the 13 new acquisition career models and answer career-related questions from members of the Army Acquisition Workforce on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Facebook page Tuesday. “This was a great opportunity to hear from and interact with members of the workforce,” said Diane Murtha, Chief of the Army DACM Office Concept & Policy Development Branch. “This was my first time participating in this type of forum and felt that it was […]