Iowa Army Ammunition Plant professionals earn Lean Six Sigma belts

Iowa Army Ammunition Plant professionals earn Lean Six Sigma belts

Annette Parchert   MIDDLETOWN, Iowa — Staff members with the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant recently completed a Lean Six Sigma black belt project designed to decrease excessive transportation costs to ship ammunition with no, or a long, lead-time required-delivery date to storage facilities. Previously, the process relied on a single mode of transportation, which may not have been the most-efficient mode of transportation. The project title was “IAAAP Improves Transportation Mode Efficiencies.” In early 2011, former commander, Lt. Col. Tommie Hewitt, asked for cost-cutting ideas from IAAAP staff. Ideas were gathered from a focus group and IAAAP Installation Transportation Officer Robert Brewster presented an idea that was selected as a […]

Army deploying service-wide intelligence system

Army deploying service-wide intelligence system

David Vergun   WASHINGTON — The Army has been given the green light to fully deploy a combat-proven intelligence system to globally network forces with mission-critical information. On Dec. 14, the Distributed Common Ground System – Army, or the “DCGS-A,” as Soldiers call it, was approved for full deployment by the Defense acquisition executive, also known as DAE. DAE is the highest approving authority in the Department of Defense for new systems. “Previously, DCGS-A was a quick-reaction capability used successfully and extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management. “DCGS-A is now approved for use across the entire Army, which will […]

USASAC looks back at busy, productive 2012

USASAC looks back at busy, productive 2012

Mr. Paul J Stevenson (USASAC)   Redstone Arsenal, Ala. — By all accounts 2012 was a banner year for the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command in terms of carrying out its mission of overseeing the Army’s Security Assistance Enterprise and managing its Foreign Military Sales program. In reviewing the year’s accomplishments by USASAC and the entire Security Assistance Enterprise, start by looking at the numbers. In Fiscal Year 2012 USASAC managed and oversaw active FMS cases in 144 countries. During that time they added 620 new FMS cases with almost six-thousand lines to the workload, totaling $19.7 billion worth of new business, the second highest year ever in terms of […]

SDDC teleconference fills void in DOD shipper training, education

SDDC teleconference fills void in DOD shipper training, education

Mark Diamond   SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill – When the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Training Symposium and Traffic Management Workshop were cancelled this year, a vital link between the command and its customers was severed. The symposium and workshop were cancelled in response to Department of Defense guidance that promotes further efficiency and cost consciousness in federal government operations. According to SDDC transportation experts, in years past, the symposium and workshop were conduits for the exchange of ideas and, more importantly, an avenue for education, training and policy updates related to the movement of DOD cargo in support of military contingency operations, exercises and humanitarian missions around […]

The Best of Army AL&T Magazine

The Best of Army AL&T Magazine

USAASC Public Affairs   McLean, Va. – Army AL&T Magazine’s first Annual Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Awards (ALTies) for magazine contributors were announced at SAIC Inc., January 17. Nelson McCouch III, Army AL&T Magazine Editor-in-Chief, announced and recognized the ALTie winners for their outstanding articles and artwork in the categories of Best Article; Best Commentary; Best Headline; Best Photo; Best Graphic; and Best Advertisement. “You have succeeded memorably in telling the many and varied stories of how the Army AL&T Workforce develops, acquires, fields, and sustains the world’s best equipment and services to our Soldiers,” McCouch said. In his remarks, he noted that the telling of those stories brings “news […]

ATEC shares opportunities, opens dialogue with contract partners

ATEC shares opportunities, opens dialogue with contract partners

Robin Boggs   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Senior leaders from across the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command shared opportunities for test and evaluation contracts with members of industry and small business during the ATEC segment of the Advance Planning Briefing for Industry and Small Business Forum at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dec. 5. Maj. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco, commanding general of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, welcomed all contract partners from across the country as part of the three-day event that was the first of its kind at APG. The segment also included a command overview from Brian Simmons, ATEC executive technical director, and all of ATEC’s […]

Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Eloise Lundgren   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 11, 2012) –Testers, Soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays. Managed by a group known as the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, “TRIAD”– Army Test and Evaluation Command, System of Systems Integration Directorate and Brigade Modernization Command — NIE 13.1 included several program tests for record, additional tests for record from distributed sites and less formal assessments called SUEs, which is short for Systems Under Evaluation. NIEs are […]

Fort Bliss Soldiers first to fire Army’s new near-precision artillery rounds

Fort Bliss Soldiers first to fire Army’s new near-precision artillery rounds

Audra Calloway   PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (Dec. 11, 2012) — Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment from Fort Bliss, Texas, this October became the first troops to fire the Army’s upcoming near-precision projectile, the XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit (PGK), during tests at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz. “PGK is a global positioning system guidance kit with fuzing functions that turns the U.S. Army’s conventional stockpile of 155mm high explosive M549A1 and M795 cannon artillery projectiles into near precision munitions,” said Joseph Galyean, Test & Evaluation Integrated Product Team Leader. The Program Executive Office for Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is scheduled to begin fielding the Precision Guidance Kit […]

Strategic approach drives MICC realignment

Strategic approach drives MICC realignment

Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office   JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials realigned six field directorate offices into four Dec. 4 in a strategic effort to bring consistency to its operations and improve contract administration and oversight. The four field directorate offices will be located at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Eustis, Va., Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Knox, Ky. Of the two other field directorates, MICC-Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington was realigned under Fort Bragg, and MICC-Fort Sam Houston is serving as the headquarters’ activity responsible for acquisitions not normally provided by other MICC elements as […]

MICC member earns Army award

MICC member earns Army award

Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office   JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — The chief of the contracts division for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Knox, Ky., is a winner of the 2012 Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting for her efforts to increase contract opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Deborah Ault was recognized for her support of the AbilityOne Program, which offers several products and a wide range of services to the federal government. She worked closely with National Industries for the Severely Handicapped, or NISH, managers to identify contract requirements to be added to […]