Army scores big at acquisition awards

Army scores big at acquisition awards

by Ms. Susan L. Follett FT. BELVOIR, Va. (November 15, 2016) – Three Army civilians and four organizations have garnered top acquisition honors from the DOD, earning 2016 Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement Awards in individual and group categories as well as the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition and Should Cost and Innovation Awards. “These awards were established to recognize individuals and teams that have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Defense,” said Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announcing the winners on Nov. 14. “It is with great pride that we recognize the outstanding accomplishments of all […]

Corralling Contracts

Corralling Contracts

Handed new responsibilities, Army Sustainment Command builds services contract management from the ground up. by Mr. Jerome Jastrab Government contracting is indeed a complicated and, at times, perplexing business. It’s an arena governed by the massive Federal Acquisition Regulation, where lack of knowledge and failure to perform due diligence can significantly increase the government’s exposure to cost and performance risks. Imagine you’re building a house and you ask the general contractor how many subcontracts he had open, which companies held them, what type of work the subcontractors were performing and how he would assess the quality of their work. Now imagine his or her response to those questions is, “I’m […]

Army AL&T ready to read

Army AL&T ready to read

By Mary Kate Aylward Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 30, 2016) – The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine is online now, and it’s two in one. The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine on sustainment is just the beginning. First up, experts from the acquisition, logistics and technology fields delve into sustainment: what it means and how to do it better. Then, flip the magazine over and find a different cover and a special 54-page section on Army acquisition’s role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, with dispatches from workforce members working with NATO and the government of Afghanistan to reform the procurement process, and fund […]

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

By Susan L. Follett ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive (AAE) and the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, recognized more than a dozen groups and individuals from the acquisition community yesterday, as she announced the winners of the 2015 AAE Excellence in Leadership Awards. The awards represent repeat victories for two of the winners, who were also honored last month by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(ATL)). “Since 1989, the Corps has provided an elite cadre of highly-skilled, technically-proficient professionals delivering world-class products to our Soldiers,” said Shyu in her […]

Faces of the Force: Staff Sgt. Adela Tacla

Faces of the Force: Staff Sgt. Adela Tacla

POSITION AND UNIT: Contract specialist, 419th Contracting Support Brigade YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 1 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 10 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in contracting EDUCATION: B.S. in criminal justice administration, Columbia Southern University AWARDS: Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)); Army Achievement Medal (3 OLCs); Army Good Conduct Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (4); North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal Year one: lots to learn By Susan L. Follett Looking for a way to support her family, Staff Sgt. Adela Tacla joined the Army […]

Faces of the Force: Amy Hayden

Faces of the Force: Amy Hayden

POSITION: Civilian Deputy Director UNIT: Army Contracting Command-Rock Island TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 30 AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Superior Civilian Service Award (2); Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting – Outstanding Team Award EDUCATION: MBA, St. Ambrose University; B.A. in accounting, Augustana College LOGCAP work highlights workforce dedication By Susan L. Follett In her 30-year Army career, Amy Hayden has worked with what she calls “some very dedicated people.” But her work on one of the Army’s biggest logistics contracts showed her even greater levels of dedication—that’s pretty remarkable for someone who admits she “stumbled into” a career that a previous manager tried to […]

Faces of the Force: Melissa Garcia

Faces of the Force: Melissa Garcia

POSITION: Contracting Officer/Team Lead UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command–Fort Bliss/919th Contingency Contracting Battalion TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service EDUCATION: MBA and B.A. in marketing, University of Texas at El Paso From Latrines to Role Players: Contracting Requires Depth and Breadth By Susan L. Follett Melissa Garcia got her start in contracting by accident. “I responded to a request for resumes for an internship when I was in college, but I wasn’t really sure who I was submitting my resume to,” said Garcia, now contracting officer and team lead for the 919th Contingency Contracting Battalion in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC). […]

Faces of the Force: Roderick Redman

Faces of the Force: Roderick Redman

POSITION: Branch Chief, Contract Pricing UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: DA Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; B.S. in business administration, University of Denver   Making the most of mentoring opportunities By Susan L. Follett After 20 years in the private sector as a litigator and consultant in telecommunications, Roderick Redman decided to look for a position that offered a more equitable work-life balance along with the opportunity to use his skills and experience. That exploration led him to the Army Contracting Command, where he currently serves as branch chief for contract pricing. He recently marked five years in government […]

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Keith Joseph

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Keith Joseph

POSITION: Battalion Sergeant Major UNIT: 922nd Contingency Contracting Battalion TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 18 years AWARDS: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Order of Saint Barbara Medallion EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in business management, Excelsior University   Contingency contractor Joseph follows the action By Susan L. Follett When Master Sgt. Keith Joseph tells people about his contracting work for the Army, “they’re always surprised that we have our hands in so many things. The people building the new facility, the movers handling a PCS [permanent change of station] from one part […]

Faces of the Force: Al Rinaldi

Faces of the Force: Al Rinaldi

TITLE: Contracting Officer UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Official Commendation, Department of the Army (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Star Note, Program Executive Office Ammunition (2); Superior Civilian Service Award; Honorable Mention Elmer B. Staats Young Acquisition Professional Award EDUCATION: MBA, St. Peter’s College; B.A. in history and B.S. in criminal justice, The University Of Scranton   Army acquisition career provides chance to lead and mentor By Susan L. Follett Roughly 10 years ago, Al Rinaldi was working for a rental car company while earning an MBA and looking for something more in a career. “A friend of mine was an engineer at […]