Faces of the Force: Lee James

Faces of the Force: Lee James

Position and Unit: Product Director, Army Human Resource Systems, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems Total Years of Service: 15 Awards: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Certificate of Achievement Education: M.S. in information resource management, Central Michigan State University; B.S. in computer science, Langston University Lee James: Surrounded by good examples By Susan L. Follett Spend just a few minutes with Lee James and you’ll quickly realize that the likes his job and loves the people he works with—including past supervisors, current coworkers, former team members and the Soldiers he supports through his work as product director for Army Human Resource Systems in Program […]

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

POSITION AND UNIT: Aerospace Engineer, Concept Design and Assessment Tech Area, Aviation Development Directorate, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 (2 in Army acquisition; 3 in Navy acquisition) AWARDS: Army Modeling and Simulation Award; Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered Lift Field – Army Advanced Design Office; Aviation Development Directorate-AFDD Peer Award for Technical Excellence in Research and Development; 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing, Innovation Category. EDUCATION: M.S. and B.S. aerospace engineering, Virginia Tech Short tenure, lots of accolades By Susan L. Follett Ernest Keen has worked in Army acquisition for just two years, but in that […]

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 […]

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 […]