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. […]

USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As the result of budget constraints and the cost of print production, the Army has not printed its traditional coffee table-style Weapon Systems Handbook for the last two years. However, because of the publication’s popularity, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), which produces the handbook, created a Web-based version for this year. Like a lot of good print products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Readers can currently find information on 30 key systems at that website, and the program executive offices (PEOs) are adding new systems and updating […]

Collaborative partnership yields new pay system

Collaborative partnership yields new pay system

By Amanda Koons   Work on the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A), the Army’s new web-based personnel and pay solution, has been enhanced by an effective partnership between acquisition and functional professionals. The Army currently relies on more than 40 stove-piped personnel and pay systems that do not efficiently share information with one another. Once fully fielded, the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) will offer human resources (HR) professionals, leaders and Soldiers a self-service, common access card-enabled Web portal that will be a one-stop-shop for personnel and pay information. IPPS-A will ensure that Soldiers and their families receive correct pay, accurate credit for service […]

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 […]