Aviation PM relishes job challenges

Aviation PM relishes job challenges

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James “Chris” Mills   POSITION: Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, Program Executive Office for Aviation TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal. EDUCATION: University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.S. Civil Engineering; University of Tennessee Space Institute, M.S. Aviation Systems. DEPLOYMENTS: 2010, Afghanistan. Spend the day in Lt. Col. Chris Mills’ shoes and you’ll get to experience the entire acquisition life cycle. As Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, he and his team are responsible for the Army’s scout helicopter and training helicopter fleets, managing […]

‘Army to the Corps’ Electrical engineer helps change the face of aviation

‘Army to the Corps’  Electrical engineer helps change the face of aviation

Faces of the Force: Mary Ottman     POSITION: Deputy Product Director UNIT: Product Directorate, Unmanned Systems Airspace Integration Concepts, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 24 EDUCATION: B.S.E.E., University of Alabama in Huntsville; MBA, Auburn University; Master of Management and Leadership, Webster University   By Steve Stark   The Army’s Ground-Based Sense-and-Avoid System (GBSAA) is the first system of its kind and it’s changing the face of unmanned aviation—and as its deputy product director Mary Ottman is at the heart of the development effort. It’s a DOD system that the Army has taken the lead on, specifically within the Army’s Project Management Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM […]

What Really Matters in Defense Acquisition

What Really Matters in Defense Acquisition

From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall   My first inclination for this issue’s article was to discuss the newly released DoDI 5000.02. We recently implemented this new acquisition policy document as interim guidance. I provided a cover letter explaining why I had done a new version and outlined some of the features of this edition. I do recommend that you look at both the cover letter and the new document, but on reflection I decided to write about something else for this issue. An enormous amount of time and energy goes into designing our processes and implementing them, but at the end of […]

Artillery-to-acquisition officer provides innovative technology to Soldiers on the ground

Artillery-to-acquisition officer provides innovative technology to Soldiers on the ground

Faces of the Force: Maj. Thomas Jagielski     POSITION: Assistant Product Manager (APM) for the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) UNIT: OSRVT APM Common Systems Integration, Program Executive Office Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 19 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (8), Army Achievement Medal (8), Combat Action badge EDUCATION: B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Arizona; M.S. Business Management, Texas A&M Central Texas   By Tara Clements   BACKGROUND For this Army-grown artillery officer, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and he keeps that in mind everyday as he uses his experience as a Soldier, a leader and an innovator to bring the […]

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James Kennedy     POSITION: Product Manager Common Systems Integration UNIT: Project Management Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS), Program Executive Office Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 22 AWARDS: Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal EDUCATION: B.S. business administration, University of Northern Colorado M.S. acquisition management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.   By Tara Clements   For this aviation officer, the last two years of his career have taken flight—both on and off the ground. While he found his passion as a pilot early in his career, […]

Shadows provide mission support from the sky

Shadows provide mission support from the sky

By Spc. Joshua Edwards   FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan — On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircrafts to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The Soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield in order to keep situational awareness at all times in support of friendly forces who could be conducting missions anywhere in the area of operations. The RQ7B Shadow Technical Unmanned Aircraft System allows the troops to maintain communications during operations and follows movements through video feed and infrared technology. The […]

Mobile Tower System delivers life saving upgrades

Mobile Tower System delivers life saving upgrades

By Sofia Bledsoe   When Soldiers and aircraft deploy in any part of the world, air traffic control operations become one of the most important functions to ensure that all aircraft supporting military operations maintain safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. The Mobile Tower System, or MOTS, provides the effective and reliable solution that can be deployed anywhere in the world, in any weather condition and will support both military and civilian air operations. MOTS will also network with other air control and battle-management systems, and complies with Federal Aviation Administration/International Civilian Aviation Organization regulations. The Air Traffic Control Product Office, under the Project Office for Aviation Systems, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Connecting the dots for aviation mission success

Connecting the dots for aviation mission success

Faces of the Force: John Beck     POSITION: Assistant Program Executive Officer for Life Cycle Management UNIT: Program Executive Office Aviation TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 EDUCATION: B.S. Liberal Arts, Columbus State University; M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College; currently pursuing M.S. Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? BECK: I help facilitate all aspects of integrated logistics support (ILS) for the program managers (PMs) and their respective systems and products. Our PMs manage manned and unmanned aviation weapon systems (UAS) and all the enablers that make aviation viable on […]