Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Position and Unit: Contracting Officer, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Army Contracting Command-Redstone Years of Service in Workforce: 12 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting and purchasing; Level I in program management Education: M.S. in management with a concentration in contracting and acquisition management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in organizational management, Oakwood University; associate degree in computer information systems, Faulkner University Awards: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command FY12 Competition Award for Outstanding Achievement; Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Outstanding Unit/Team Award; Outstanding Performance Award for participation in the Small Business Innovative Research Program ‘The best decision I ever made’ By Susan L. Follett […]

Faces of the Force Profile: Brian Benis

Faces of the Force Profile: Brian Benis

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: PEO Missiles and Space, Lower Tier Project Office (PATRIOT) Title: Hardware engineer DAWIA Certifications: Level III in engineering, production and quality management; Level I in program management Years of Service in Workforce: 29 Education: B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Arizona Awards: Order of Saint Barbara; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Sustaining a signature system By Mary Kate Aylward Brian Benis has been taking things apart for as long as he can remember—a clock radio here, a desktop fan there—because he was curious about how they worked. That lifelong fascination earned him his mother’s constant refrain of, “You’d better put that back together before your dad comes home!” but […]

Faces of the Force: Kevin Vo

Faces of the Force: Kevin Vo

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TITLE: Senior program analysis officer DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III, business, cost estimating and financial management; Level III, program management YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 EDUCATION: MBA, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in finance, Pennsylvania State University AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Sometimes it’s tough to be the new guy By Susan L. Follett Like a lot of married people, Kevin Vo has his spouse to thank for his success in the working world, but not in the way you might think. “My wife has worked at Picatinny Arsenal for a long […]

Faces of the Force: Brad Costello

Faces of the Force: Brad Costello

POSITION AND UNIT: Operations officer, Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II, program management; Level I, business and financial management EDUCATION: B.A. in business administration, Centenary College AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Never enough time By Susan L. Follett Brad Costello is good at juggling. “I usually have 10 or 15 taskers open at one time, in addition to my usual work. There’s never enough time in my day.” As operations officer for Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems (PM CAS) in the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition, Costello and his team answer “about 400 to […]

Faces of the Force: Donna Bader

Faces of the Force: Donna Bader

POSITION AND UNIT: Contracting Officer/Team leader, Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS:Level III in contracting; Level I in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in business marketing, Towson University; Level III certified in contracting; Level I certified in program management Walking a familiar path By Susan L. Follett For Donna Bader, following in her family’s contracting footsteps will likely require several pairs of comfortable shoes and considerable endurance: her family’s legacy totals more than 100 years. Bader’s mother was a contracting officer, division chief and supervisor in what is now known as the Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) Edgewood Division, […]

Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

POSITION AND UNIT: Human Resources Specialist, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, Human Resources Management Division TOTAL YEARS OF CIVILIAN SERVICE: 16 TOTAL YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 3 active duty; 16 years U.S. Army Reserve AWARDS: Civilian: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Distinguished Service Award Military: Bronze Star Medal/Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2); Armed Forces Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War On Terrorism Service Medal (2); Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2); Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device (2); Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal (3); Afghanistan Army Superior Unit Award (2) […]

Faces of the Force: Lisa Benjamin

Faces of the Force: Lisa Benjamin

POSITION: Contracting Officer UNIT: 918th Contracting Battalion, Mission and Installation Contracting Command–Fort Carson TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 32 (21 active duty and 11 civilian) AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation (6) EDUCATION: MBA, Regis University, B.S. in business management/business administration, Colorado State University Contracting role requires flexibility, capacity to manage change By Susan L. Follett Lisa Benjamin isn’t big on down time. Two weeks after she graduated from high school in 1982, she headed for Army basic training. She spent 21 years on active duty, and six months later she began working for the Army as a civilian—work she’s done for more than a decade. […]

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

POSITION: GPC Agency/Organization Program Coordinator UNIT: ACC-APG/Tenant Contracting Division TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 26 (20 years on active duty, 6 years as a civilian) AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; MBA, Oklahoma City University; B.S. in business administration, University of Louisville. Level III certified in contracting and Level II certified in program management Meal Ticket Becomes a Career Path By Susan L. Follett When Jim Bushnell joined the Army in 1984, his goal was fairly simple: to make sure he knew where his next meal was coming from. While the Army isn’t known for gourmet cooking, it is known […]

Faces of the Force: James C. Risner

Faces of the Force: James C. Risner

POSITION: Pentagon Liaison, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 31 (3 years in the Marine Corps; 28 years as an Army civilian) AWARDS: Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2), Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2), 2002 Award for Excellence in Ammunition Management (GS-14/15) EDUCATION: M.S. in management, Florida Institute of Technology; Certificate of Advanced Studies in public administration, Syracuse University; B.S. in criminal justice and B.A. in public administration, Truman State University Opening the Door to Opportunities By Susan L. Follett When opportunity knocks, you have to open the door. Some people, like Jim Risner, just go on out to the front porch and […]

Faces of the Force: Steven Bryant

Faces of the Force: Steven Bryant

POSITION: Deputy Director, Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground. UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: MBA, Loyola University; B.S. in business and marketing, Towson University Change in plans leads to 29-Year Career By Susan L. Follett “I had no intention of working for the government—I wanted to make money.” That’s what Steven Bryant told his father, an Army sergeant major who served 33 years, when his dad suggested he look for a job with the Army. “So, after I got my MBA, I went to work for a builder-developer […]