Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Program: A True National Asset

Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Program: A True National Asset

By Michael Mcgarvey, Deputy Product Manager, Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems From the foxhole to the Oval Office, effective communications are critical to the execution of countless DOD operations across the globe and around the clock. Comprising orbiting satellites and the earth terminals from and to which they relay data, satellite communications, or SATCOM, systems are perhaps the most strategic communications tools available to DOD, including its commander in chief. At a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark initial operational capability (IOC) of the latest generation of DOD SATCOM terminals, Brig. Gen.(P) John B. Morrison, commander of the Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), said, “This terminal is designed to be there when […]

Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

POSITION: Director, Utility Helicopter Contracts UNIT: U.S. Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, 2013; Secretary of the Army, Excellence in Contracting, Team Award, 2004; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, 1991; Frank S. Besson Award for Procurement Excellence, Army Materiel Command Intern of the Year, 1991. EDUCATION: MBA and B.S. in finance and marketing, University of North Alabama   ‘More opportunities than I ever anticipated’ By Susan Follett Ask Sheri Baskins if she thought she’d be with the Army Contracting Command 25 years after she started, and her answer will be a resounding yes. “I’ve always liked the stability that comes from working […]

Faces of the Force: Barbara Nelson

Faces of the Force: Barbara Nelson

POSITION: Contracting Officer UNIT: Southern Regional Contracting Office, Brooke Army Medical Center TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 16 years, Army; 10 years, Air Force EDUCATION: B.B.A in finance, University of Texas at San Antonio; M.A. in procurement and acquisition management, Webster University. National Contract Management Association Certified Federal Contracts Manager. Level III certified in contracting and Level I certified in logistics   Ensuring the Army gets its money’s worth By Susan Follett Barbara Nelson likes to get a good deal. Over the course of her 26-year career, she’s brought that focus to bear on behalf of servicemen and -women, making sure that the government gets what it pays for and that […]

Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas L. Adams

Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas L. Adams

UNIT: 413th Contracting Support Brigade POSITION: Command Sergeant Major AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Education: M.A. in leadership and management, Liberty University; B.S. in management, University of Maryland   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As command sergeant major, I’m responsible for ensuring the individual and collective readiness for our contingency contracting workforce to provide expeditionary contracting support in our area of […]

#AAC25 Q&A with Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison (Part II)

#AAC25 Q&A with Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison (Part II)

By Army Contracting Command Public Affairs The Army Contracting Command NewsBlast editor recently sat down with the ACC commanding general to get his thoughts on the command, events and the future of military contracting. This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Part 1 is available at http://www.army.mil/article/118018/. How will the ACC get to the right size workforce? As the Army and the budget gets smaller there will be fewer dollars spent on everything, including contracts. As the contracting workload is scaled back, we are going to have to reduce our resources. That said, we don’t plan to take a salami slice approach. In selected areas there may be growth. […]

#AAC25 ACC integrates contracting Soldiers into stateside operations

#AAC25 ACC integrates contracting Soldiers into stateside operations

By Mr. Edward G Worley (ACC) REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.–In an effort to streamline command and control of its military contracting Soldiers, the Army Contracting Command is attaching portions of its Expeditionary Contracting Command forces to several of ACC’s stateside organizations. The action reduces the ECC span of control from the day-to-day oversight of Soldiers executing their stateside contracting mission, allowing the ECC commander to focus on overseas installation and contingency support, explained Lt. Col. Kevin Nash, ACC Integration project officer. It also gives the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and ACC contracting centers direct supervision of Soldiers supporting stateside operations within their organizations, he said. Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, […]

#AAC25 Q & A with Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols

#AAC25 Q & A with Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols

By ACC public affairs When you left ECC, did you think that you might be back at ACC as the commander? I’ve been very fortunate and blessed that the advances I’ve been able to make in my career have gotten me to where I am. When I left the Expeditionary Contracting Command to go out to command and combat, I felt I’d go do that and come back to some staff job and that would be the end. I think it’s a great testament to Mr. (Jeff) Parsons (former Army Contracting Command executive director), Dr. (Carol) Lowman (former ACC executive director and deputy to the commanding general) and the great […]

Deisy R. D’Ambrosio

Deisy R. D’Ambrosio

UNIT: Army Contracting Command POSITION: Director, Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft/Foreign Military Sales Directorate AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 years AWARDS: Women of Achievement Award, New Brunswick Business and Professional Women EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and contract management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in English education, University of Puerto Rico – Cayey University College   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I support the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office on all contractual actions, including the Mi17 Program and most importantly the Contract Logistic Support (CLS), which is in direct support of President Obama’s exit strategy from Afghanistan in a […]

Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis

UNIT: Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Belvoir Division TITLE: Supervisor and Contracting Officer, Branch Chief AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2), Special Act or Service Award (12), Army Superior Unit Award, Team C4ISR Employee of the 3rd Quarter, Performance Award (13) EDUCATION: B.S. in mathematics, Towson State University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I have worked in Army contracting for nearly 30 years, starting my career as an Army Materiel Command (ACC) intern and progressing to a branch chief at ACC-APG. Throughout […]

Lane Gary

Lane Gary

UNIT: Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Division B TITLE: Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer/R2-3G Team Leader AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2009 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 11 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, Iraq, GWOT service award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Afghanistan EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration, University of South Carolina   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? In my current role, I serve as the team leader and primary contracting officer for the $16.4 billion Rapid Response Program (R2-3G) ACC-APG Contracting team. I guide, lead and mentor a team of eight contract specialists. My efforts are critical to the warfighter because we award […]