THE WRITE STUFF: Army AL&T Magazine Announces Annual ALTies Winners

THE WRITE STUFF: Army AL&T Magazine Announces Annual ALTies Winners

  By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced the winners of its annual “ALTies” awards, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph from 2013. Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch III presented the awards here today, following Army AL&T magazine’s second annual writer’s workshop at the U.S. Army Acquisition Service Center (USAASC) headquarters. “Each issue of Army AL&T is a collaborative process, a team effort,” McCouch said. “Without our contributors, who help us continually raise the bar on quality, we would not have a magazine. But we have a great one that gets better with every issue.” Claire Heininger, editor/lead writer for Program Executive […]

Soldier, now Army civilian, finds his place after 9/11

Soldier, now Army civilian, finds his place after 9/11

Faces of the Force: Jorge L. Caballero     POSITION: Integrated Project Team Lead – Korea UNIT: Projects, Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E) Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Fort Belvoir, Va. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 8 civil service; (20 active duty) AWARDS: Civilian: (2) Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Military: Defense Meritorious Service Medal EDUCATION: B.S.O.E Business, Wayland University; Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma, Master of Science and Project Management, George Washington University   By Tara Clements   BACKGROUND After 20 years of military service as a U.S. Army Soldier, Jorge Caballero discovered what he wanted to do—program management. Caballero discovered his interest during his […]

P2E Achieves Full Operational Capability of the Main Communications Facility, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

P2E Achieves Full Operational Capability of the Main Communications Facility, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

By Courtney N. Cashdollar   FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Product Manager Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E) team, led by Lt. Col Mollie A. Pearson and Art Olson, achieved full operational capability (FOC) of the Main Communications Facility (MCF) on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 28, 2013, three days ahead of schedule and approximately $3 million under budget. PdM P2E initiated the contract on Sept. 14, 2012. The project aimed to increase efficiency, performance, data security and command and control of the information technology (IT) environment on Camp Arifjan. The previous environment, a largely ad-hoc build without coordinated architecture, included a main data processing facility with several data storage sites that […]

Army engineer powers remote bases

Army engineer powers remote bases

Faces of the Force: Stephen Smith     POSITION: Senior Logistician, Product Manager, Medium Power Sources UNIT: Project Manager Mobile Electric Power Total Years of Service: 12 years civil service; 20 years active duty Army EDUCATION: M.S. aeronautical science, aerospace management, B.S. professional aeronautics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla. AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award (2); Commanders’ Award for Civilian Service (3) Deployments: Afghanistan 2007- 2008; 2010 – 2011; 2012-2013   By Steve Stark   Steve Smith volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan from May 2012 to February 2013 as the government lead logistics manager for Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) Forward Theater Team to field the Army’s […]

Mechanical engineer’s ‘shock’ing deployment

Mechanical engineer’s ‘shock’ing deployment

Faces of the Force: Neil Cooper     POSITION: Systems Engineer UNIT: Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP), Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support, Warren, Mich. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3 EDUCATION: Oakland University B.S.E., mechanical engineering DEPLOYMENTS: Afghanistan, 2013   By Steve Stark   Neil Cooper is an engineer who spent several months deployed to Afghanistan performing power assessments of austere base camps in support of Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) and its effort to “right size” mobile power equipment. In an unusual twist, Cooper deployed while he was an intern in the TARDEC [U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center] […]

Army completes migration to DOD Enterprise Email

Army completes migration to DOD Enterprise Email

By Margaret McBride   WASHINGTON — The Army successfully completed the bulk of its migration to one of the Army’s highest priority IT initiatives, DOD Enterprise Email, at the end of July. Army users can now access their email securely from anywhere in the world at any time. This effort began in January 2011 and improves operational effectiveness, security, and efficiency. Before migration, the Army spent considerable resources managing and securing disparate legacy email systems. More than 1.43 million Army users migrated on the unclassified Non-classified Internet Protocol (IP) Router Network, or NIPRNet, and 115,000 users on the classified Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNet. This includes Active Army, […]

Product Manager Power Projection Enablers support retrograde operations in Southwest Asia

Product Manager Power Projection Enablers support retrograde operations in Southwest Asia

By Erin E. Rusnak and Aurora V. Speed   A recent DOD report estimates that more than 750,000 major end items, worth in excess of $36 billion remain in Afghanistan, much of which must be brought back to the United States by the end of 2014. The sheer amount and value of equipment make this operation one of the largest retrograde efforts in U.S. military history. Over the past several months, the Power Projection Enablers (P2E) program has been heavily involved in mission support for the return of a portion of that staggering number of end items. Overview for Success To meet this demand, P2E organized an integrated logistics support […]

AcqBusiness rolls out the Army Acquisition Dashboard

AcqBusiness rolls out the Army Acquisition Dashboard

By Carla Faison   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – For the last year and a half, the AcqBusiness program office has been hard at work prototyping, developing and piloting an executive dashboard to support the Army acquisition community. The Army Acquisition Dashboard (AAD) provides Army acquisition leaders with critical data from the program executive office level down to the program level including associated assessments, contracts, funding, risks, and schedules. The goal is to leverage outputs from existing authoritative data sources to allow for consistent views across programs to Acquisition community senior leadership. “The Army Acquisition Dashboard introduces a fundamental change to how Army Acquisition Leaders manage and convey information,” said Mr. […]

CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

Michael Dorsey The Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) opened the 15th Consolidated Buy (CB) for ordering June 18 with the announcement that tablets and slates are now available to all government organizations purchasing desktops, notebooks, and printers during CB-15. The ordering period runs through Sept. 30. Tablets offer a highly mobile platform that performs similar to laptops but weighs less and has touch-screen capability. Slates—smaller tablets with touch-screen imprint—are also being offered. Customers can choose from eight tablets and slates. What distinguishes the tablets and slates offered in CB-15 is their ability to meet network standards and run the Microsoft Windows-based Army Golden Master. This means […]

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

Robert Grasso Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) has awarded an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for Oracle licenses and maintenance that consolidates more than 250 existing maintenance contracts across Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) and U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), avoiding at least $10 million in costs and potentially as much as $50 million when taking into account contractual administration and other issues. The ELA, awarded May 29, affords all PEO EIS programs and AMC organizations the unlimited use of 11 licensed products, quantity buys for an additional eight products, and discounts on others. The Oracle product mix is based on the most commonly […]