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: Deborah Ault

Faces of the Force: Deborah Ault

POSITION: Supervisory Contract Specialist/Director UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 36 AWARDS: Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting AbilityOne Award (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Outstanding Contracting Officer Award, ACA, Southern Region (2); NCMA Fellow Award; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: B.S. in commerce (business administration), Bellarmine University ‘Army brat’ continues family history of service By Susan L. Follett Deborah Ault has spent nearly four decades in civilian service, working her way up from typing purchase requests to serving as the director of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Knox, earning a B.S. in business administration along the way. One […]

Faces of the Force: Maj. Mark Corn

Faces of the Force: Maj. Mark Corn

POSITION: Contingency Contracting Officer UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command, 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion, 419th Contracting Support Brigade TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 22 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal (4); Joint Service Commendation Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal (4); Army Achievement Medal (5) EDUCATION: M.A. in human resource management, Webster University; B.S. in criminal justice, Cameron University Combining stateside work with field experience By Susan L. Follett Contingency contracting requires its people to go where the action is, and as a contingency contracting officer, Maj. Mark Corn has spent a lot of time in the field, strengthening his skills during field exercises in Germany and a deployment to Djibouti. But, in […]

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 […]

Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

Faces of the Force: Donna VanGilder

POSITION: Chief, Training and Readiness, G-3 UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 16 AWARDS: Air Force Women-Owned Small Business Outreach Excellence Award; Randolph Air Force Base Most Outstanding Woman; 12th Contracting Squadron Professional of the Quarter (3); Dept. of the Army Commendation EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and acquisitions management, Webster University; B.S. in business administration, St. Thomas Aquinas College   Have Career, Will Travel By Susan L. Follett As a military spouse, the need to have a portable career eventually landed Donna VanGilder in a position with Army acquisition. “My husband was on active duty for the Army and I knew that we’d be moving […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Robert Strob

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Robert Strob

POSITION: Chief, Southern Regional Contracting Office UNIT: Healthcare Acquisition Activity, MEDCOM TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: Bronze Star (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (3) EDUCATION: Master’s degrees in management and procurement and acquisition, Webster University; B.S. in finance, Providence College   Contracting work supports 500,000-plus Soldiers and families By Susan Follett Lt. Col. Robert Strob joined the Army in 1991, looking to travel the world, serve his country, learn new skills and support his family and community. Along the way, he’s managed to notch some significant savings for the Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). Strob, chief of MEDCOM’s Southern Regional Contracting Office […]

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: Adam J. Bross

Faces of the Force: Adam J. Bross

POSITION: Budget Analyst UNIT: Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Program Management Directorate, Fort Belvoir, Virginia TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3 years AWARDS: Performance awards (2012, 2013) EDUCATION: B.S. Finance, George Mason University   Young finance professional knocks on opportunity’s door By Tara Clements Most students start looking for a job around the time they graduate from college—but most students aren’t Adam Bross. Rather than waiting for ‘opportunity to knock’ on his door, Bross walked up to the front door and did the knocking himself. In 2004, while most high school graduates were enjoying the summer and surfing at the beach, Bross was surfing USAJOBS looking for work. […]