Project manager’s team takes flight

Project manager’s team takes flight

Faces of the Force: Col. Brian Tachias     POSITION: Project Manager, Fixed Wing Aircraft UNIT: Program Executive Office Aviation – Fixed Wing Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 24 DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq, 2004 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration, College of Santa Fe; M.S. Information Resource Management, Central Michigan University; M.S. Strategic Studies, Army War College   By Tara Clements   FOTF Editor’s Note: With a long legacy of service in his family, Tachias may bleed Army green, but what fuels this leader’s motivation is knowing that the “great group of professionals” […]

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Faces of the Force:     POSITION: Logistics Management Specialist UNIT: Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq, 2011 AWARDS: Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration, The University of Alabama; B.S. Management Information Systems, Auburn University; M.S. Logistics Management, Florida Institute of Technology   By Tara Clements   FOTF Editor’s Note: Working “above your pay grade”? For Carrie Caldwell Clinard, that phrase quickly became a reality three years into her Army Civilian career when she deployed to Iraq. When she arrived in Iraq, instead of the job she thought she was going […]

Educating future acquisition leaders

Educating future acquisition leaders

Faces of the Force: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kahyai     POSITION: Instructor / Mission Ready Airman Course (MRAC) UNIT: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) LOCATION: Lackland Air Force Base, Texas TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 years, Army active duty DEPLOYMENTS/MISSIONS: Croatia and Bosnia 1995-1996; Bosnia 1999; Mbabane, Swaziland 2009; Kitgum, Uganda 2009; Afghanistan 2010-2011; Panama City, Panama 2012; and Belize City, Belize 2012 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4) EDUCATION: B.A. Psychology, Saint Leo University   By Steve Stark   FOTF editor’s note: Sgt. 1st Class (P) Michael Kahyai (rhymes with “Aye aye”) said that his most rewarding mission […]

Working to ensure mission readiness

Working to ensure mission readiness

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Cynthia Perryman   POSITION: Senior Enlisted Advisor UNIT: 918th Contingency Contracting Battalion (CCB), Fort Carson, Colo. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: Army active duty (13 years); Alabama Army National Guard (10 years) DEPLOYMENTS: Kuwait, 1991; Iraq, 2004; Afghanistan, 2010 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medals (4) EDUCATION: B.A. General Studies, Selma University   By Susan L. Follett and Tara A. Clements   From logistician to contracting officer, Master Sgt. Perryman’s drive is fueled by her passion to take care of Soldiers—providing them what they need, when they need it […]

Transforming military operations by advancing communications

Transforming military operations by advancing communications

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. (P) Robert M. Collins     POSITION: Product Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 UNIT: Program Executive Office (PEO) for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia and Kosovo, 2000; Iraq, 2005 AWARDS: Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Army Service Ribbon EDUCATION: B.A. Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University; M.S. Human Resource Management, Oklahoma University; M.A. Information Systems, Webster University   By […]

Project officer manages ‘everything explosive’

Project officer manages ‘everything explosive’

Faces of the Force: Patrick Scheerer     POSITION: Project Manager UNIT: Office of the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems, Program Executive Office Ammunition LOCATION: Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. EDUCATION: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   Project Officer Patrick Scheerer’s job is a blast—literally. One of the projects he manages, the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS), was originally designed to allow Soldiers to conduct safe breaching through enemy antipersonnel minefields and multistrand wire obstacles, and later repurposed to defeat improvised explosive devices. All of that makes APOBS a popular tool with Soldiers and other warfighters in Afghanistan. But the program, as Scheerer explains below, ran […]

Top-Notch staff fuels success for Apache program

Top-Notch staff fuels success for Apache program

Faces of the Force: Col. Jeffrey Hager     POSITION: Project Manager UNIT: Apache Attack Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) Location: Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: Army Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), Defense MSM, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal DEPLOYMENTS: Panama, 1989; Iraq, 1990 EDUCATION: B.S. Management of Technology, Northwest Missouri State University; M.S. Procurement and Acquisition Management, Webster University   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? HAGER: I am the project manager for the Apache, the world’s premier attack helicopter. I’m responsible for the development, production, fielding and sustainment of the entire aircraft system, for […]

Soldier makes a point of helping somebody every day

Soldier makes a point of helping somebody every day

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Julie Saorrono     POSITION: Plans & Operations Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) UNIT: 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Army Contracting Command LOCATION: Fort Knox, Ky. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 18 DEPLOYMENTS: Uzbekistan, 2002-2003; Afghanistan, 2010-2011 AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal-2, Joint Service Commendation Medal-1, Army Commendation Medal-4, Army Achievement Medal-7, Army Good Conduct Medal-6 EDUCATION: Currently earning B.S. Business, Trident University International   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? SAORRONO: : I am currently the 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion NCOIC at Fort Knox. My daily routine revolves around procuring supplies and services for a variety of […]

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Frank Lozano     POSITION: Product Manager, Soldier Protective Equipment UNIT: Program Executive Office Soldier Fort Belvoir, VA TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 19 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia, 1995-1996; Kuwait, 1999; Bosnia, 2001; Iraq, 2005 EDUCATION: B.A. History, Texas A&M University; M.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? LOZANO: I am currently the program manager for Soldier Protective Equipment. My portfolio includes hard and soft body armor plates and vests as well as combat helmets, ballistic eyewear, concealable body armor, pelvic protection, and traumatic brain injury helmet sensors. Our products […]

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force

Linking unlikely allies for mission success   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? VERGEZ: I am the first Project Manager (PM) for the NSRWA PMO, which was established three years ago. We field, sustain, and support rotary wing aircraft used by the U.S. military that are not in DOD’s inventory. That includes more than 300 helicopters, including the Russian Mi-17 and the MD530F, used in DOD operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and 38 other countries. FOTF Editor’s Note: The NSWRA PMO was established by the Under Secretary of Defense (USD) Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ALT) to consolidate all nonstandard rotary wing aircraft under a […]