• GOOD FELLOWS

    Competitive Development Group welcomes 2014 fellows

    The Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), Craig Spisak, welcomes seven new Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) fellows during an orientation meeting at Defense Acquisition University on April 1, 2014. The three-year fellowship program offers developmental assignments in program executive offices, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology offices, U.S. Army Materiel Command Headquarters and functional organizations providing expanded training and leadership development for future Army acquisition leaders.

    From the left: Walter Hamm, U.S. Army Contracting Command; Maurice Stephens, Engineering Center and Communications Electronics Command; Kyle Bruner, Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T); Monica Clemons, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Chandra Evansmitchell, CDG/AFF program manager; Craig Spisak, USAASC director, Lauren McNew, PEO C3T; Kelly Courtney, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support and David Oatley, PEO Ammunition. (Photo by Bob Coultas)

    For more information on the CDG/AAF program go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and training opportunities

     

    By USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch

     

    Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The DAU-SSCF Announcement opened Jan. 29 and closes April 2, 2014. This Military Education Level One (MEL-1) Army approved Senior Service College Fellowship provides SSC equivalency at your local commuting area if you live in Maryland (Aberdeen Proving Ground), Alabama (Huntsville), or Michigan (Warren). The purpose of the SSCF Program is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as Product and Project Managers, Program Executive Officers and other key acquisition leadership positions. Participants not only graduate from a SSC, they will also complete the Army Program Managers Course (PMT 401), and have the option to complete a Masters Degree. For additional information on this great GS-14/15 Senior Service College, visit our DAU-SSCF website.

    The announcement will be offered through the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Next, click on Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab, and then select the “Application Module” link. Click on “Apply” and view all Army DACM available opportunities.

    REMINDER: Applicants need to complete the Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course prior to the start of the fellowship. If interested applicants have not yet completed the resident portion of the Advanced Course due to lack of seat availability, a waiver may be requested.

    Naval Post Graduate School – Masters of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM): The NPS-MSPM Announcement opened Feb. 3 and closes March 18, 2014. This degree program at NPS is the premier Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) funded master’s degree program. This program offers an opportunity to complete a Master’s of Science Degree in program management on a part-time basis within a two-year timeframe. The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army DACM Office is the sponsor of the NPS-MSPM program and will fund the tuition and book costs.

    This eight-quarter part-time degree opportunity is open to permanent civilian members of the Army acquisition workforce who are GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent and have met their current position Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification requirement. The target audience for the NPS-MSPM program is high performing workforce members who have been identified by their organization as demonstrating the potential for positions of increased responsibility. Due to limited funding, this program is primarily intended for our Army acquisition applicants who do not currently have a master’s degree in an acquisition or business related discipline. Eligible Army acquisition workforce members must first obtain a letter of acceptance from the NPS prior to submitting an application through the USAASC Army DACM Office for consideration of funding. Selection of applicants will depend on funding availability.

    For additional details and application instructions, visit our NPS-MSPM website.

    School of Choice (SOC): There will not be a SOC Announcement in FY14 because of the current fiscal environment. Should a command have an urgent need to send a high performing workforce member to obtain his/her Bachelor or Masters Degree during duty-time, please contact the AET Branch Chief, Scott Greene, to discuss potential for the DACM office to fund.

    Army DACM Mentoring Efforts: In response to attrition rates within the Army’s Acquisition Workforce (AAWF), new and innovative opportunities are being developed to ensure that the workforce of tomorrow is prepared to assume the roles and responsibilities of today’s senior acquisition leaders. In addition to the recruitment campaign enabled by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund, USAASC is developing an AAWF Mentoring Program, in three levels:


    Mentoring Level 1: Meet Your Virtual Acquisition Career Guide (VACG), “Ellie”

    USAASC recently completed pilot testing on an exciting capability based upon virtual human technology. While “Ellie” will never be able to, nor is she intended to replace the face-to-face/personal relationship of mentors and protégés, “Ellie” has demonstrated the ability to provide a consistent message at any time, at any location to a member of the workforce, as it pertains to the Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) and the offerings of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Additionally, “Ellie” is able to ascertain the AAWF member’s current certification status, currency of the IDP and compliance under the Army’s continuous learning policy (CLP). Future efforts under consideration include personalized certification guidance, general business skills, leadership competencies and career roadmap guidance.

    Note: USAASC would like to acknowledge and thank the contracting workforce at Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their participation and feedback during beta and pilot testing.

    Related story: “Meet Ellie, your new virtual human acquisition career guide.”


    Mentoring Level 2: Meet Your USAASC Virtual Mentor

    USAASC intends to capitalize on existing virtual technology to foster a robust exchange of information between protégés and mentors, to include expanding the Career Acquisition Personnel Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS) Workforce Management Inquiry system, an online FAQ function supported by dedicated career management staff; USAASC-sponsored Go To Meetings/ Defense Connect Online (DCO) meetings; and flash mentoring, a one-time meeting that enables an individual to learn and seek guidance from a more experienced person who can pass on relevant knowledge and experience.


    Mentoring Level 3: Meet Your Mentor

    USAASC is piloting this phase, with the assistance of current Army key leadership position members and members of the Army’s competitive development groups, graduates of the senior service college programs, and prior centralized selection list applicants, resulting in pilot mapping arrangements of approximately 60 AAWF members. USAASC presented program participants with a two-day training program enabling live interaction via a professional, to kick start the pilot program. Formalized mentoring agreements were executed identifying rules of engagement, goals and future interactions. Following this session, USAASC gathered feedback from program participants on their experiences and perceptions, and although only months old, this information is being used to improve the mentor-protégé experience through the pilot program. According to one participant, “[The pilot program] addresses a weakness that the Army has had for a long time, which is putting an emphasis on mentoring our employees to assist them in reaching their potential.”

    As each phase is developed and vetted, USAASC will keep you informed on how you or your organization may capitalize on our lessons learned and the program elements suited for your individual and programmatic needs.

    DAU Research Award – One of last year’s DAU-SSC Fellows, Eileen Whaley, completed a research paper co-authored by DAU Professor Dana Stewart entitled, “Path from Urgent Operational Need to Program of Record,” and recently won the 2014 DAU Alumni Association Edward Hirsch Acquisition Writing Award. The award will be presented at Fort Belvoir, Va. in April during the Acquisition Symposium. The article will appear in an upcoming edition of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal, a peer reviewed DAU publication.

    Having trouble keeping the dates straight? All of the opening and closing dates are also posted to the USAASC Events Calendar.

     

     

     

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    FY14 DAU Course Registration: Students should continue to apply to the FY14 schedule using AITAS. Planning and applying early will afford students better opportunity in obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Supervisors must approve the training request in Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) for application processing by USAASC registration office. Students should view the DAU iCatalog to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), prior to applying to a DAU course. Workforce members and their supervisors should plan their training and ensure they have adequate time to complete prerequisite training prior to attend the follow on course.

    FY15 DAU Schedule Build: Army DACM Office, in conjunction with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is in the early phase of developing the FY15. The anticipated ‘go live’ date for the FY15 schedule is May 15. Student plan their training schedule not to meet prerequisites requirements prior to registration for a FY15 course. Doing so will ensure timely completion of certification requirements and afford student obtain a reservation in their desired timeframe.

    Student Application Profile: It is imperative the student and supervisor email address is correctly listed on the AITAS student profile. For students with a disability, please ensure you select “Yes” on your student profile. This selection prompts a DAU Student Services representative to contact the student directly with additional questions and provide reasonable accommodations for student during the training period. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please visit USAASC’s DAU Training webpage .

    Low fill Classes: A weekly low fill listing, posted weekly on DAU’s website , allows students the opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first-come, first-served basis for priority 2 students and 40 days for priority 3-5 students. Please remember that even if a class is on the low-fill list, students must choose the designated cost-effective location to minimize travel cost.

    Alternate Delivery Method Courses: In a constrained fiscal environment, DAU is looking at using innovative delivery methods to provide the same level of seat capacity of 57,000, at the same time providing effective learning assets. Alternate delivery methods for student pilots include video teleconferencing Telepresence using high definition resolution, Defense Connect Online, flipped classroom. The pilots will continue to run until the end of FY14. Upcoming pilots include Telepresence for three FE 301 offerings (Ft. Belvoir, Huntsville, Ala. and California, Md.) and PMT 401 (Kettering, Ohio). ACQ 370 will be conducted in April 2014 at Chester Va. using flipped classroom format.

    College of Contract Management (CCM): CCM is now a new business unit under DAU with the primary goal to support tailored training for Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) employees. DAU deployed two new resident courses offered under the CCM: CMA 211 – Joint Government Flight Representative (GFR) and CMA 221 – Joint Government Ground Representative (GGR). This is a certification course, which is intended for those who will serve as an appointed GFR, or GGRs. If you are a supervisor/commander, contracting officer, contractor employee, or of another non-aircraft operations discipline who is interested in this subject matter, please pursue the Continuous Learning Module, CLX 110, “Fundamentals of GRF and GGR”. Commands must fund travel for both courses. DCMA employees, please seek funding from your unit.


    • If you have questions on any Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience (AETE) programs or DAU Training, please contact the the AETE Branch Chief Scott Greene @ scott.greene4@us.army.mil

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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and training opportunities

     

    By USAASC Acquistion, Education and Training Branch

     

    Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The DAU-SSCF Announcement will open Jan. 29 and close April 2, 2014. This Military Education Level One (MEL-1) Army-approved Senior Service College (SSC) Fellowship provides SSC equivalency at your local commuting area if you live in either Maryland (APG), Alabama (Huntsville), or Michigan (Warren). The purpose of the SSCF Program is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as product and project managers, program executive officers and other key acquisition leadership positions. Participants not only graduate from an SSC, they will also complete the Army Program Managers Course (PMT 401), and have the option to complete a master’s degree. For additional information on this great GS-14/15 SSC, visit our DAU-SSCF website.

    The announcement will be offered through the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Next, click on Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab, and then select the “Application Module” link. Click on “Apply” and view all Army DACM available opportunities.

    REMINDER: Applicants need to complete Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course before the start of the fellowship.

    School of Choice (SOC): There will not be a SOC Announcement in FY14 because of the current fiscal environment. Should a command have an urgent need to send a high performing workforce member to obtain his/her bachelor or master’s degree during duty-time, please contact the Acquisition, Education and Training Branch Chief Scott Greene, to discuss potential for the director, acquisition career management (DACM) office to fund.

    Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP): ALCP began as an Army pilot in FY11. Now in its fourth year, ALCP is quickly becoming the foundation of Army acquisition civilian leadership development. This two-and-a-half day leadership experience challenges students to examine themselves and their environment in order to become stronger leaders within their current and future organizations. The Army DACM Office has split our FY14 offerings into four quarters. The announcement for Q2 will close on December 4. ALCP will not be announced using AAPDS. Please contact your command/organization acquisition career management advocate (ACMA) or organizational acquisition POC (OAP) if interested in order to obtain a command allocation.

    FY14 ALCP Offerings

    Having trouble keeping the dates straight? All of the opening and closing dates noted above are also posted to the USAASC Events Calendar.

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    Students should continue to apply to the FY14 schedule using AITAS. Planning and applying early will afford students better opportunity in obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Supervisors must approve the training request in Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) for application processing by USAASC registration office. Students should view the DAU iCatalog to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), before applying to a DAU course. Workforce members and their supervisors should plan their training and ensure they have adequate time to complete prerequisite training before attend the follow on course. Reservations in follow on courses are cancelled if prerequisite requirements are not met.

    It is imperative the student and supervisor email addresses are listed correctly on the AITAS student profile. Please apply through the AITAS. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please visit USAASC’s DAU Training webpage.

    TDY Funding for DAU classes: We received reduced DAU travel funds for FY14, so students should apply to the classes available in their next cost-effective location. At this time, USAASC will only fund Priority 1 and 2 students travel to cost-effective locations.

    DAU Training Best Practices: Here are some key points for how students can better prepare for a DAU resident course:

    • Reduce lag time between taking part A (online prerequisite) and part B (resident).
    • Review prerequisite materiel before attending a follow-on resident portion.
    • Review course objectives (available in the DAU iCatalog) before attending class.
    • Consult with instructors before class on their recommendations to ensure success.
    • Reach out to instructors and fellow peers during class time for further assistance.
    • Prepare by reading and having a general overview of the class materials before the beginning of each class.
    • Study nightly and review notes in the morning before class.

    Program Manager’s & Executive Program Manager’s Course: The two courses, also known as PMT 401 & PMT 402, are statutorily required for program executive officers(PEOs), deputy PEOs (DPEOs), and program managers (PMs) or deputy PMs (DPMs) of ACAT I and II programs. Board-selected ACAT I or II program managers should attend the course before beginning their assignment. PEO, DPEOs, DPMs must complete the mandatory training 36 months from encumbering their position. Please ensure work with your command and supervisor to ensure attendance in the required training. High potential Level III acquisition professionals in O-5 or GS-14 or above with extensive experience in acquisition, including four years in or directly supporting a program may participate on space available slots. More details of the course available on the DAU’s iCatalog. Each FY, the Army only receives scarce allocation of seats in selected offerings. Here is schedule of Army seats available for the remainder of FY14.

    Low-fill Classes: A low-fill listing, posted weekly on DAU’s website, allows students the opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first come, first served basis for students priority 2 and 40 days for priority 3-5 students. Please remember that even if a class is on the low-fill list, students must choose the designated cost-effective location for their training.

    Alternate Delivery Method Courses: In a constrained fiscal environment, DAU is looking at using innovative delivery methods to provide the same level of seat capacity of 57,000, at the same time providing effective learning assets. Alternate delivery methods for student pilots include video teleconferencing (VTC), telepresence using high definition resolution, Defense Connect Online (DCO), flipped classroom). The pilots will continue to run until the end of FY14. DAU hopes to offer alternate delivery courses on the FY15 schedule. DAU is also pursuing more prerequisite requirements and video delivery of preliminary material to reduce actual classroom time.


    • If you have questions on any Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience (AETE) programs or DAU Training, please contact the the AETE Branch Chief Scott Greene @ scott.greene4@us.army.mil

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  • Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

    Members of the PEO STRI team are recognized at the 2013 Acquisition Award Ceremony on Nov. 13, 2013 at the Pentagon. From left: Lt. Col. Paul Weizer, Mr. Joe Giunta, Lt. Col. Richard Haggerty, Ms. Lovisa Parks, Dr. James Blake and Maj. Tom Monaghan. (Photo by Robert Coultas, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center)

    By Steve Stark

     

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Twenty-five winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting were honored Nov. 13 by the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology) (ASA(AL&T) and Army acquisition executive, Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy to the ASA(AL&T), Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) for procurement, and Wimpy Pybus, DASA for Acquisition Policy and Logistics at a small ceremony November 13 at the Pentagon.

    “These awards recognize our very best and acknowledge our superior, dynamic and dedicated professionals. Our central mission is to equip Soldiers so they can execute their mission quickly and successfully and return home safe. That’s our priority,” said Shyu of the acquisition awards.

    “It is a privilege to witness the outstanding work of our acquisition and contracting professionals and the work they do to support our warfighters. Today, we celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding employees and recognize them for their hard work,” she added.

    This is the 37th year for the Army Acquisition Awards, which recognize individuals and teams within the U.S. Army acquisition community as “exceptional” among their peers for their skill, efficiency, and dedication. The Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting are presented annually to recognize individuals, teams, and organizations for their outstanding performance, dedication and professionalism in executing the contracting mission worldwide. This was the first year both the acquisition and contracting awards were presented together.

    For the 23 award categories, 228 nominations were considered and a total of 25 U.S. Army awards were presented. Winners were tied in two categories.
    Also new this year was the presentation of the first-ever Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager award honoring Army civilian, Brian Sharkey, Project Manager of Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS).

    “Much of the work that the Acquisition Workforce does goes under the radar. These awards give us a chance to shine a bright light on the excellence, professionalism and ingenuity that we all know happens every day in Army Acquisition,” said Col. Wil Riggins, deputy director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and master of ceremonies for the event.

    U.S. ARMY ACQUISITION AWARD WINNERS

     

    Continuous Performance Improvement

    Winner: Streamlining Special Operations Forces Program Management, Lean Six Sigma Project Team, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)

    Team Members:
    Lt. Col. Richard Haggerty, Black Belt Candidate
    John Kirch, PEO STRI Deployment Director
    Christopher Rozycki, PEO STRI Master Black Belt
    Fran Fierko, Project Sponsor
    James Golden, Resource Manager
    Maj. Thomas Monaghan, Black Belt Candidate
    Brian Serra, Contracting
    Sam Walsh, Finance
    Jennifer Schneider, Logistics

    The Black Belt project “Streamlining Special Operations Forces” (SOF) addressed the challenges and inefficiencies within the Product Manager for SOF Training Systems (PM STS), PEO STRI. The approach to improving this process was to use the principles and practices of Lean Six Sigma, as learned in the Army Black Belt program of instruction, and to apply this knowledge to streamline the acquisition process within PM STS.

    Through the identification of non-value added activities within the STS process and the implementation of multiple indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracting vehicles, PM STS was able to reduce the average contracting cycle time from the 102 day standard to 52 days. This process efficiency also allows PM STS to attract an additional $15 million per year in customer-funded requirements, resulting in nearly $83 million in additional capacity, while providing $820,000 in cost avoidance over the course of FY13-FY18.

    Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence (Tie)

    Winners: Sgt. 1st Class Tracy A. Drowne, PEO STRI, and Master Sgt. Andrea Dailey, Mission & Installation Contracting Command-Fort Hood

    Sgt. 1st Class Tracy A. Drowne excelled as the only contracting NCO in the U.S. Army to issue and negotiate modifications to Warfighter FOCUS, a performance-based contract valued at more than $11.2 billion, the largest ever at PEO STRI. She was directly responsible for 17 actions under this contract, valued at more than $111.4 million. Sgt. 1st Class Drowne directly supported multinational training objectives in Afghanistan where she assisted with the fulfillment of the Afghanistan National Security Force training, consisting of 175,000 Afghan soldiers. During FY13, she obtained her Level III certification in contracting. In addition, she is enrolled in an MBA program and maintaining a 3.5 grade point average.

    “Today, we celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding employees and recognize them for their hard work.”

    Master Sgt. Andrea Dailey’s actions led directly to the success of the Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise(JCRX) – 13; the establishment of a Contracting Ready Team to support Army North; pre-deployment training of warfighters; and the enhancement of the Army Contracting Command’s Proficiency Guide for Contracting Leaders. During JCRX 13, the largest joint contracting pre-deployment exercise, Dailey ensured that more than 1,200 contracting master scenario exercise lists were injected to more than 18 regional contracting centers with a total of 198 Army, Marine, National Guard and Reserve contracting officers and NCOs from more than 50 U.S. and overseas locations. She single-handedly prepared more than 90 contracting packets and developed, managed and executed over 100 scripted scenarios for a multitude of role players to ensure a consistent, realistic, and challenging exercise.

    Director, Acquisition Career Management Award

    Winner: Mr. Robert T. Kowalski, PEO Ammunition, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS)

    Throughout his 32 years of Army service, Kowalski led the program management and engineering teams that fielded the Army’s top tank and artillery munitions. As an acquisition manager, he has consistently delivered solutions and crafted portfolio strategies that balance program risk, cost, contractor performance and industrial base considerations. In 2005, Kowalski created the pathway and was the first to use Small Business Authority (SBA) teaming to consolidate 28 40mm contracts into two, creating the largest SBA award in Army history. Another achievement was his initiation and leadership of the program that resulted in fielding a new general purpose bullet, the 5.56mm M855A 1 Enhanced Performance Round, the first significant improvement to this key munition in 30 years, which eliminated 2000 tons of lead per year from Army ranges.

    In FY13, in support of Better Buying Power 2.0, Kowalski identified over $233 million in funds captured from lower costs for the Lake City Army Ammo Plant competition that the Army is now considering how to use for higher priority needs. He did this while carefully balancing operational requirements, industrial base needs and inventories. Kowalski’s steady, commonsense application of proven management and problem-solving tools resulted in the reliable delivery of up to 2.1 billion rounds of ammunition per year to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and coalition forces while achieving remarkable results in maturing the capabilities of suppliers, crafting smart acquisition initiatives and solving tough issues.

    Project Manager of the Year

    Winner: Col. Patrick Mason, Technology Applications Program Office, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

    Col. Patrick Mason has delivered results across the spectrum of acquisition—from technology development through sustainment and divestiture. He has demonstrated the ability of small dedicated teams to execute rapidly, with precision, and provide innovative capability, novel sustainment support, and critical services to our combat forces. His team rapidly accelerated a flight controls modification for the MH-47G that has undoubtedly saved the lives of crews operating in degraded environments. In addition, he also achieved initial operational capability for the MH-60M, on schedule.

    Acquisition Director of the Year at the Colonel level

    Winner: Col. James Winbush Jr., White Sands Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC)

    Col. James Winbush Jr.’s performance leading the White Sands Test Center (WSTC) has been exemplary during one of the most demanding and fiscally challenging times the Army has faced. WSTC provides Army, Navy, Air Force, DOD, allied nations, and other customers with high quality services for test, research, assessment, development, training and experimentation in support of the Nation at war and many high profile major defense acquisition programs.

    Winbush is an exceptional leader who led the White Sands Test Center with distinction, providing high quality services for test, research, assessment, development, training and experimentation. Some 1,500 engineers, scientists, technicians and information technologists support his operations. To unify these operations, Colonel Winbush established the “Army Profession” program. This program established the standard for Army Test and Evaluation Command and has been touted as one of the top two implementation programs in the Army.

    Product Manager of the Year

    Winner: Lt. Col. Steven Clark, Product Manager, MH-60 SOF Aircraft, U.S. Special Operations Aviation Command

    Tasked with fielding the MH-60M to a force that has remained constantly deployed since 2001, Lt. Col. Steven Clark had to precisely execute a complex test, production, fielding, turn-in and harvest program to ensure the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) could continue to deploy combat power worldwide in support of high priority missions.

    Clark was further challenged by having no operational replacement aircraft; therefore, combat capability would be standing down as new MH-60M aircraft were fielded. Additionally, for legacy aircraft, he was responsible for turn-in and harvesting of special operations unique equipment. This equipment would then be used in the production line to reduce cost. Finally, the transition of legacy special operations flight training courses was tied to the block fielding schedule. Given manpower limitations, the old courses would terminate and switch to the MH-60M in a very short period. Faced with engineering, production and funding issues, he demonstrated an unparalleled ability to solve complex problems, innovate and bring unique solutions.

    Acquisition Director of the Year at the Lieutenant Colonel Level

    Winner: Lt. Col. Maria Schneider, Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC)

    Lt. Col. Maria Schneider commands the MICC Fort Belvoir contracting office, a workforce of more than 100 acquisition personnel (military, civilian and contractors). Serving as the overall acquisition integration officer for the Arlington National Cemetery, Schneider identified and negotiated savings in excess of $16.5 million. Additionally, she is recognized for her leadership and team-building in a large and geographically dispersed workforce including Fort Belvoir, Fort AP Hill, and Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall; where the contracting missions are both high visibility and of the highest priority.

    Logistician of the Year

    Winner: Kenneth W. Virgil, U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Activity

    Kenneith Virgil is recognized for leading the development and publication of the industry standards for product support analysis that provides a single, uniform, systems engineering approach to conducting the activities required to perform product support analysis throughout the materiel life cycle, resulting in large scale life-cycle cost savings to the government. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is credentialed in multiple acquisition areas to include Level III in life cycle logistics. The lasting impact of Virgil’s accomplishments are that the DoD and services now have a standard approach and implementation guidance to identify and tailor the analysis tasks, and contract for product support analysis and its resultant logistics product data required to develop and sustain all weapon systems throughout their materiel life cycle in a uniform manner. Materiel developers no longer need to develop different processes and procedures for each contract.

    Acquisition Excellence Awards

     

    Transforming the Way We Do Business Award

    Winner: The CH47 Chinook Multiyear II (MY II) Evaluation Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone

    Team Members:
    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Caldwell, Contracting Officer
    Robin Hadlock, Senior Contract Specialist
    Michael Allison, Contract Specialist
    Georgia Walker, Contract Specialist
    Jonathan Hitt, Contract Specialist

    The team is recognized for their significant contributions that led to the successful negotiation of the Multiyear 2 program requirements for up to 215 CH-47F cargo helicopters, including advance procurement of required long lead items, implementation of engineering change proposals, and recapitalization of CH-47D aircraft components, all resulting in $810 million of cost savings.

    Equipping and Sustaining Our Soldier’s Systems

    Winner: Stryker Double-V Hull Army Test and Evaluation Integrated Program Team, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Program Manager Stryker Brigade Combat Team, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center

    Team Members:
    LTC John K. Wilwerding, ATEC, initial ATEC System Team Chair
    Robert E. McCown, ATEC, ATEC System Team Chair and Lead Evaluator
    Angelo Christino, ATEC, Reliability and Maintainability Evaluator
    David T. Zebron, ATEC, Ballistic Survivability Evaluator
    Robert Thomas Harman, ATEC, Automotive Performance and Mobility Evaluator
    Robert Barnas, ATEC, Nonballistic Survivability Evaluator
    Grace Deng, ATEC Methodology and Analysis Evaluator
    Casey Turner, ATEC Methodology and Analysis Evaluator
    Paul Wallace, ATEC, Mortar Systems Evaluator
    Shepherd “Kermit” Okamura, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, Yuma Test Center
    Wade Harvey, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Kevin M. Mintzer, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer (Live Fire), Aberdeen Test Center
    Michelle Hicks, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer (Live Fire), Aberdeen Test Center
    Jim Smith, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, Electronic Proving Ground
    Alfredo Perez, ATEC, Developmental Test Officer, White Sands Missile Range
    George Edward Knotts, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Charles Braungart, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Paula Hoak, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Jim Robinson, ATEC, Developmental Test Manager
    Patty Jonez, ATEC, Mortars Test Officer, Yuma Test Center
    Matt Reiss, ATEC, Instrumentation Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Tim Mallen, ATEC, Instrumentation Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Kevin L. Betz, ATEC, Live Fire Test Manager
    Neil C. Jorgenson, ATEC, Operational Test Officer
    Bruce F. Portz, ATEC, Operational Research Systems Analyst for Operational Testing
    Cathy Miller, ATEC, Operational Research Systems Analyst for Operational Testing
    Clifford Kummer, ATEC, Operational Research Systems Analyst for Operational Testing
    Ryan Sunderman, ATEC, Operational Test Officer
    George McNees3, ATEC, Operational Test Officer
    George Schurr, TCM SBCT, TRADOC Capabilities Manager
    Shelton Raine, PM SBCT, Program Manager Test and Evaluation Lead
    Mark Reiter, AMSAA, Modeling and Simulation Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Peter Melick, AMSAA, Modeling and Simulation Officer, Aberdeen Test Center
    Brian Narizzano, Analyst, ARDEC Firing Tables Division
    Matt Schaffer, Analyst, ARDEC Firing Tables Division
    Richard zum Brunnen, ARL-SLAD, Ballistic Survivability Analyst
    David Hendrickson, ARL-HRED, Human Factors Engineering Analyst

    The members of the Stryker Double-V Hull (DVH) Army Test and Evaluation (T&E) Integrated Product Team (IPT) demonstrated great initiative, creativity, and skill in designing and conducting streamlined test and evaluation efforts in support of rapid fielding of eight improved survivability Stryker combat vehicle variants to our Soldiers in Afghanistan. The T&E team successfully balanced the need to validate the capabilities and limitations of the new design with the demand to provide increased protection to our deployed Soldiers. They ensured the proposed double-V hull solution provided increased protection without sacrificing tactical mobility or the effectiveness of the equipment packages that enable the crews of each Stryker variant to accomplish their role on the battlefield.

    Their rapid, focused test and evaluation program resulted in Soldiers receiving increased protection many months earlier than traditional test programs would have allowed, significantly reducing casualties from improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

    Individual Sustained Achievement

    Winner: Lt. Col. Raymond Morgan III, DCMA Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale Contract Management Office

    Lt. Col. Raymond Morgan III led an organization of 125 personnel and was responsible for the administration of 168 contracts, valued at $63.5 billion. He consistently performed and delivered extraordinary results in support of the warfighter as a program integrator for the acquisition category (ACAT) I Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program, as well as director of operations. Morgan directs the delivery of weapons systems and oversees the contractor performance, with a workforce of more than 7,000 personnel, to ensure the quality systems make it to the warfighters’ hands. As the THAAD program integrator, Morgan was responsible for the $9.6 billion ACAT I program. He led government team across 19 critical suppliers driving the on-time delivery of the two most advanced interceptors in the Army arsenal to maintain the perfect 14-in-a-row test record, making THAAD the most successful ballistic missile defense system produced by the MDA.

    Information Enabled Army

    Winner: USSOCOM Global Video Surveillance Activity (GVSA) Team, Program Executive Office-Special Operations Forces Warrior

    Team Members:
    David O’Nan, Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity (Team Leader)
    Lt. Col. Frank Moore, Asst. Program Mgr., Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance
    Lt. Col. (S) Domenic Smeraglia, USAF, Asst. Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    Tyle Kanazawa, Assistant Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    Eugene Rooker, Assistant Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    James Powell, Assistant Project Manager, Global Video Surveillance Activity
    Joyce Sawyer, Contractor, Science & Technology Project Support
    Kris Tobin, Contractor, Science & Technology Project Support
    Sonia Cervantes, Contracting Officer
    James Goodwin, Contracting Specialist
    Jane Pellegrino, Budget & Financial Manager
    Allison Hutchens, Contracting Officer
    Israel Reyes, Security Specialist
    Jennifer Williams, Contracting Officer
    Elizabeth Holland, Contracting Officer
    Greg Metty, Contracting Specialist
    Tony Anderson, Deputy Asst. Program Mgr., Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance
    Sherry Balderson, Resource Manager
    Lamar Jones, Security Manager
    Gwen McBride, Contracting Officer

    The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Global Video Surveillance Activity (GVSA) program established a chartered joint integrated product team (IPT) to manage a family of interrelated systems enabling enterprise information technology capabilities for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and National Mission Force’s Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, and Analyze mission. The products fielded by the GVSA team supported overseas contingency operations that directly contributed to the capture and kill of numerous high value individuals and targets by Army Special Operations units in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and current ongoing missions abroad.

    This team was responsible for the development of a family of systems that was enabled by a net-centric enterprise communications architecture. This development approach ensured operators received actionable information in a timely manner, and it allowed users the ability to operate worldwide in all environments. The architecture leveraged proven commercial and government infrastructures to reduce project schedule and cost and to support the rapid kit delivery to fulfill critical solutions. Several innovative acquisition approaches, including project management, agile contracting support and adept financial management enabled operators to stay ahead of ever-changing adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures while integrating to maximum extent possible advances in commercial off-the-shelf communications technologies and other government agency efforts.

    During the award period, the GVSA team, in close collaboration with the Special Operations Research Development Acquisition Center’s Science & Technology Directorate, multiple government agencies, and two national labs, successfully transitioned five basic and applied research efforts valued at over $25 million into the GVSA program of record. In three cases, prototypes were successfully operationally employed in sensitive missions. The delivery of these operationally suitable prototypes allowed the resource sponsors to re-prioritize $12 million to address other critical priorities in fiscal year 2013 and beyond.

    SECRETARY OF THE ARMY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN CONTRACTING

     

    The Barbara C. Heald Award

    Barbara C. Heald retired after 27 years of service, but came out of retirement to volunteer to deploy overseas. She was killed on her third tour of duty during a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad. The award is presented to the DA civilian who clearly demonstrates selfless service, extraordinary and uncompromising professionalism in contracting and true commitment to the personal and professional growth of others.

    Irvin G. Bonus, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Regional Contracting Office – Hawaii, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Wheeler Army Airfield.

    As a warranted contracting officer, Bonus was instrumental in the successful transition of the division from purely contract administration to service and contract administration, handling nonpersonal service type requirements. He also led the implementation of Paperless Contract Files; the conversion from Standard Finance System to the General Fund Enterprise Business System; and transition from paying offices in Rome, NY, to Vendor Pay Kuwait.

    AbilityOne

    New England Soldier Systems and Individual Equipment (NESSIE) Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natick Contracting Division

    Team Members:
    Sean Murphy, Branch Chief
    Roberta Boswell, Contracting Officer
    Mark Marchioli, Contracting Officer
    Matthew Buchanan, Contract Specialist

    The New England Soldier Systems and Individual Equipment (NESSIE) team maintains a Total Army Quality acquisition program that selects the best sources and ensures best value for the government. The NESSIE team has continually demonstrated commitment to the AbilityOne Program and throughout FY13 they increased the job opportunities for individuals who are blind or have other severe disabilities Americans, including disabled veterans returning home from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

    In FY13 they increased the job opportunities for individuals who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Overall, the Team processed 120 contracting actions and obligated over $57 million to AbilityOne and its agencies.

    Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst

    Linda M. Finan, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command

    Finan is honored for exceptional performance as procurement analyst during the period July 2012 to June 2013. She displayed the highest level of contracting expertise and provided unparalleled support. Finan has demonstrated the ability to overcome challenges by becoming the “go to” professional for brigade personnel on alternative acquisition strategies and contract structures. Her innovative efforts led to a reduction in time and material/labor hour contract line items with an increase in firm-fixed-price actions. Forward thinking in long-term mission achievement, Ms. Finan meticulously prepared the ECC Monthly Procurement Report for procurements greater than $5 million and expiring within 12 months. She coordinated with each regional contracting office to ensure accuracy of information; and to stimulate early procurement planning, she proactively increased the scope of the report to procurements greater than $1.5 million expiring within 15 months.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Installation Level – Directorate of Contracting

    Thomas R. Guyer, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Theater Contracting Center

    Having only been assigned to the 409th Contracting Support Brigade since June 2012, Thomas R. Guyer, has proven to be a powerhouse contracting officer, leader and masterful strategic thinker. He has significantly improved customer service responsiveness resulting in multiple large dollar actions being brought back in-house, which had been previously off-loaded to other contracting activities.

    A life-long learner, Guyer brings a robust academic atmosphere to the Theater Contracting Center, IT Contracting Division. A prior Defense Acquisition University Adjunct, at Bellevue University College of Business in contract management and a well studied Level III contracting professional, he drives weekly training events into the IT Division with a passion and has increased the magnitude of his training program by including all prospective contracting officers into a warrant board preparatory program. He is currently attending the Air Command and Staff College via correspondence.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting

    Lovisa D. Parks, PEO STRI, Program Executive Office

    Parks’ extensive contracting knowledge and leadership was instrumental in the expeditious assessment of 27 acquisition packages, 50 determination and findings and 17 justifications and approvals with an estimated value of over $305 million. She also chaired the Price Evaluation Team conducting a comprehensive analysis of offers and preparing a critical pricing report to support the Source Selection Authority’s decision for the more than $40 million U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Total Maintenance Contract.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Specialized Services & Construction Contracting

    Sonya DeLucia, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Huachuca Contracting Division

    In support of Operations, Maintenance and Defense of Army Communications Systems in Southwest and Central Asia, Ms. DEL-U-SHA provided support to more than 40 sites in several countries with more than 1,700 contractor personnel. She awarded the contract, without protest, for an estimated total contract value of $788 million, a decrease from the previous contract valued in excess of $1 billion.

    Outstanding Contracting Officer Contingency Contracting

    Maj. William J. Griffin, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Regional Contracting Office – Hawaii, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Wheeler Army Airfield

    Accepting a mission in Micronesia, Major Griffin conducted arduous negotiations with suppliers, across 18 time zones, saving the government of Micronesia $600,000. Immediately upon his return, he was hand-selected to be the senior contingency contracting officer in support of Cobra Gold. During that exercise, his team supported more than 13,000 multinational combined task force participants, and was responsible for $3.6 million in contract actions spanning across 10 different exercise locations.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Awards

     

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting (Tie)

    Winner: Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) Evaluation Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Army Contracting Command-Warren, TACOM LCMC and CH47 Multi Year II Contract Team, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal

    FHTV Team Members:
    Jennifer Meyer, Procuring Contracting Officer (PCO)
    Sally Petrous, Chief, MTV/HTV Pricing Team
    Lennie Schwerdtfeger, Contract Price/Cost Analyst
    Scott Nyboer, Contract Specialist
    Jason Miller, Contract Price/Cost Analyst
    Angel Estep, Contract Price Cost Analyst
    John Wagner, Legal Advisor

    The Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) Evaluation Team demonstrated outstanding efforts to analyze and negotiate the FHTV proposal. The team quickly implemented a highly effective strategy that successfully leveraged both Defense Contract Audit Agency and Defense Contract Management Agency assets to evaluate and negotiate the FHTV Phase Ill Extension. These efforts established FY13 and FY14 vehicle prices and allowed for a timely award to preserve the customer’s funding. Of special note, 15 of the 23 variant prices were negotiated lower than FY12 prices.

    CH47 Chinook Multiyear II Evaluation Team Members:
    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Caldwell, Contracting Officer
    Robin Hadlock, Senior Contract Specialist
    Michael Allison, Contract Specialist
    Georgia Walker, Contract Specialist
    Jonathan Hitt, Contract Specialist

    The CH-47F Multiyear Two Contract procures up to 215 CH-47F aircraft over five production years, with a potential value of $4.9 billion. The team successfully negotiated the base award, for 155 CH-47F aircraft, from $4.2 billion down to $3.4 billion, saving an estimated $810 million.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Contingency Contracting

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, Super Storm Sandy Immediate Response Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Contracting, North Atlantic Division

    The USACE North Atlantic Division Super Storm Sandy Immediate Response Team worked tirelessly and rapidly to conduct response and recovery contracting operations in support of the Department of Homeland Security-FEMA under the National Response Framework, DoD, and USACE authorities. The team is commended for tireless and rapid response and recovery contracting operations to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining relief support to disaster survivors. Contracts, worth more than $200 million, included task orders for trucks, barges, and other heavy equipment used to swiftly remove debris from the hurricane location. The team also contracted for generators, sewage pumps, sandbags, portable toilets and much more, all within the first 21 days following hurricane landfall.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Installation Level – Directorate of Contracting

    Virtual Procurement Management Review (PMR) Team FY 13, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command

    The team developed and implemented a new streamlined approach and processes that resulted in increased performance of the team, as well as the program. Through the use of virtual PMRs, they reduced travel costs by $250,000.

    Outstanding Unit/Team Award for Specialized Services & Construction Contracting

    Supply, Expeditionary, and Construction Team, 414th Contracting Support Brigade, United States Army Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command

    The Supply, Expeditionary, and Construction Team provided outstanding contracting support to United States Army Africa (USARAF) and United States Army Garrison (USAG) Vicenza across two continents. These actions allowed for the successful execution of multiple exercises in Africa. In addition, the team was responsible for procuring supplies, services, and construction supporting the build-out of Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy totaling more than $328 million.

    Photos from the ceremony are now available on the USAASC Flickr page.

     


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  • USAASC announces October MOS 51C reclassification board results

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 18, 2013) – A total of 26 candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held here October 21-22, 2013.

    The first board of the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office.

    “We had 106 applicants compete for the 26 positions and the competition was stiff,” said Cory Foster, contracting proponency officer.

    The number of selected applicants varies across each board and is dependent upon the accession needs of the Army at the time.

    “We expect to bring many NCOs by next September and we will hold boards every few months—there are plenty of opportunities to compete,” added Foster.

    The purpose of the board is to ensure the best qualified NCOs from across the Army are selected for reclassification into military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C, an Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Contracting NCO, which is part of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce.

    The primary mission for 51C NCOs is to deploy as contingency contracting officers and serve as members of the early entry module contingency contracting team. When not deployed, selected NCOs will serve as contingency contracting officers in support of a headquarters, principal assistant responsible for contracting, contracting support brigades, contingency contracting battalions, and/or installation contracting offices for training and mission support.

    Submission schedules and additional information are posted on the USAASC website.

    USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection:

    Sgt. Rafael Alameda-Pabon Sgt.(P) Jessie J. Jasnoch
    Staff Sgt. Edna Alcin-Wilson Sgt.(P) Latoya N. Jeffries
    Sgt. Nikkeyla D. Barbee Staff Sgt. Aja M. Lynch
    Staff Sgt. Steven Barva Sgt. Timothy McMillan
    Staff Sgt. Anthony D. Bryant Staff Sgt. Jacob Pankow
    Staff Sgt. Oscar F. Cano Sgt. William A. Phipps
    Staff Sgt. Joel M. Celona Sgt.(P) Julian D. Rhooms
    Sgt. Dextra D. Davis Sgt.(P) Jessica D. Salter
    Sgt. Tameka C. Flowers Staff Sgt. Michael L. Sapp
    Staff Sgt. Gregory Gunn Staff Sgt. Katrina R. Tolbert
    Sgt. Joshua J. Harris Staff Sgt. Jonathan G. Vallejo
    Sgt. Marvin E. Hopkins Staff Sgt. Antonio D. Woodson
    Staff Sgt. Michael J. Howen Sgt. Jacqueline M. Wright

     


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  • Recent leadership program graduates prepare to mentor the next generation

    By Darrell Whitehurst

     

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Seven Army acquisition professionals are recent graduates of this year’s Excellence in Government Fellows (EIGF) program conducted by the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C., taking with them a new-found view and approach to become effective leaders and mentors for the next generation of Army acquisition professionals.

    This year-long leadership development program is specifically designed for government acquisition professionals offering hands-on leadership development for project managers and other acquisition professionals who are competitively selected at the GS-14 and 15 grade levels and in some cases, high-performing GS-13 professionals.

    The purpose of the program is quite simple, but no small feat: transform managers into leaders.

    “It has truly been one of the best leadership programs that I have participated in within the Army,” said Karen Arnold, one of this year’s graduates and the director of logistics at Program Executive Office (PEO) Ground Combat Systems. “It really raises the self-awareness and self discovery of who you are as a leader.”

    The Partnership for Public Service Fellows is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center began the EIGF program in October 2009 graduating 60 acquisition professionals to date.

    Selected fellows remain in their full-time jobs and meet every six weeks for a total of 20 days throughout the year. On average, fellows devote up to five hours per week on course projects and are required to participate in training events in Washington, D.C. and other locations across the country.

    “The program also provided many valuable tools that can be utilized immediately on the job to help not only your leadership ship skills, but you as a person as well,” said Arnold.

    The program explores ways to retain the best leaders in the government acquisition concentration community (including contracting officers, program and project managers and others whose success is dependent on strategic acquisition leadership), and encourages them to develop and practice new skill sets, behaviors, and assume more strategic roles in their agencies. These same leaders can serve as mentors for the next generation.

    “I believe the success of the Army Acquisition workforce lies in the development, training and transformation of the next generation of contracting professionals,” said Kimberly Kolb, group manager-Information Technology Center at Army Contracting Command in N.J. “I will continue to apply the skills learned to achieve and measure results in difficult environments and strive to assume a more strategic role in my organization by building partnerships and motivating teams,” she said.

    Course requirements include the completion of a 360 degree feedback survey, developing individual mission statements, and participation in various team building and self-exploration exercises focused on the qualities of leadership.

    “One of the broadening and exciting aspects of the program was that each section was composed of participants from across the federal government,” said George Mitchell, product director at PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support at Redstone Arsenal. “Completion of the program, besides making you a ‘Senior Fellow’ also creates opportunities for participation in follow-on activities among more than 20 years of graduates and a fairly large population for networking across the government,” he added.

    The application window for fiscal year (FY) 2014 EIGF program is closed; however, the FY15 program announcement opens next summer on June 12, 2014. Additional information about the program and the application process is available on the EIGF webpage. The program begins every October.

    Congratulations to the 2013 graduates:

    • Karen Arnold, PEO Ground Combat Systems, Warren, Mich.
    • Nita Clark, PEO Missiles and Space, Huntsville, Ala.
    • Kimberly Kolb, Army Contracting Command – Communications – Electronics Command Contracting Center Washington Operations, Washington, D.C.
    • Mark McCoy, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Warren, Mich.
    • George Mitchell, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
    • Juan Patino, PEO Ammunition, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.
    • Marilyn Shortle, Army Contracting Command – Communications – Electronics Command Contracting Center Washington Operations, Washington, D.C.

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  • This One’s for you: The Army Acquisition Workforce takes center stage in Army AL&T Magazine

    ON THE COVER
    Day in and day out, year in and year out, the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce performs feats that superheroes might only dream of. (SOURCE: USAASC)

    By Steve Stark

     

    The best-trained and most well-equipped Army in the world didn’t get that way without a workforce to take care of the acquisition, logistics and technology. That’s why the theme of the new edition of Army AL&T magazine—out now—is “The AL&T Workforce.” It’s dedicated to the women and men who take a concept and turn it into reality. The issue is packed with news you can use in every section, including career development, training and certification opportunities. Some of the highlights are outlined below.

    Faces of the Force
    Where would the Army be without you, the acquisition workforce? Check out the spread of pictures at the heart of the magazine. We have a workforce that does so many things in so many places that we wanted to see and share the stories of the many faces of our force. We had far more photos than we could put in the magazine, so take a look at our Flickr set. Go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usaasc/sets/72157633512678452/.

    Setting the Gold Standard
    The Hon. Katrina G. McFarland, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, talks about DOD’s acquisition workforce and concrete steps being taken to improve it.

    Ready for Change
    Ushering in the Global Combat Support System – Army is a complex and careful process that promises sweeping benefits as it brings the Army an industrial-grade enterprise resource management system.

    The Methods Behind the Mystique
    Laszlo Bock, Google’s chief workforce manager, discusses the hiring, retention and professional development philosophies that set it apart.

    Career Corner
    The Career Corner is more than just a corner. It contains stories on career development, certification, and training opportunities, including, this month, “Six Steps to Certification,” and more.

    Army AL&T magazine is the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s quarterly professional journal, comprising in-depth, analytically focused articles. The magazine’s mission is to instruct members of the Army AL&T community relative to AL&T processes, procedures, techniques, and management philosophy and to disseminate other information pertinent to the professional development of workforce members and others engaged in AL&T activities. The magazine is available in hard copy and on the USAASC website – and now in a new app version, available for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) on the iTunes App Store, Android devices on Google Play, and Amazon Kindle devices on Amazon.

    Army AL&T wants your stories, your photographs and your opinions. For submission guidelines and other information, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/publications/.
     


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  • Faces of the Force

    Template for Faces of the Force

    Educating future acquisition leaders

     

    By Steve Stark

     

    FOTF editor’s note: Sgt. 1st Class (P) Michael Kahyai (rhymes with “Aye aye”) said that his most rewarding mission during his time in the Army Acquisition Corps was participating in Natural Fire 10 in Kitgum, Uganda. That exercise, led by U.S. Army Africa Command, involved nearly a thousand African troops from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda working with hundreds of American Soldiers to improve interoperability. “It was great. It was a good mission to be part of. We were interacting with all the other nations.”

    Kahyai said that not long before the exercise, the Lord’s Resistance Army had been through that part of Uganda, “and raped and pillaged, so you still had camps of people who were displaced because of [Joseph Kony] and they were living in poverty, and when they saw people in uniform, they were a little bit scared at first.”

    That was before Kahyai was selected to become an instructor. “SFC Kahyai was hand-selected to serve at MRAC because he represents the best 51C NCO the Army has to offer,” said Master Sgt. Jason Pitts, 51C proponent at USAASC. “He is definitely the best qualified for this important job.” Kahyai “belongs to” USAASC as the senior Army instructor and liaison at MRAC.

    Kahyai said that his most meaningful day in the Army came when he was a recruiter. He went to pick up a young man he had recruited to “take him to processing, and he was sleeping on a bench outside his apartment, and I saw him when I pulled up. I asked him whether he was waiting for me or if he slept out there and he said he had slept there. When I asked him why, he said his apartment was so infested with fleas, it was just better for him to sleep outside.

    “Making a difference like that, knowing that no matter what job he picked in the Army was going to be better than that, that was a good feeling.”

    FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important?

    KAHYAI: I am an instructor at the contracting apprentice course, and I’m responsible for teaching Airmen and Soldiers how to become contracting professionals. I teach at the Mission-Ready Contracting Apprentice Course (MRAC) at Lackland Air Force Base. It’s an Air Force location, but there’s a memorandum of agreement in place where we can send 65 Army students in to get contracting training. The way the course is structured is that the only people who come here are enlisted Army and Air Force, and we’re putting through about 350 to 400 students a year, of which 65 are Army. They’re spread out, and so in each class of 12 there is usually one or as many as three Army and the rest will be Air Force students.

    I’m just another instructor in the queue, so when I pick up a class, there may be Army students in it, but some of the Army students who come through, obviously, are not going to get me as an instructor. But I still will fill the role as the liaison for all their Army needs. I’m the face of the Army here, along with Sgt. 1st Class Mark Reynolds, who’s leaving. This is an Air Force schoolhouse, and there is no other Army representation other than the instructors and the students that come through MRAC.

    The typical hours I’m here are seven to five, but in addition to instructing I’m the liaison for the Army even if they’re in other classes. I have to make sure they’re being taken care of the entire eight weeks that they are here, and I also have do all of their Service School Academic Evaluation Reports DA 1059s. So we’re not only the face of the Army, we’re specifically the face of Army contracting here.

    FOTF: What has your experience been like? What has surprised you the most?

    KAHYAI: When I was in my prior job, it was mentioned to me that there was a new MOS [the 51C military occupational specialty] in the Army and they were promoting people. I had been a staff sergeant for 10 years in a job that clearly wasn’t going anywhere, and I was looking for some career advancement, as well as something that would give me some skills outside the Army. I applied and was accessed into the field in 2008.

    FOTF: What is most rewarding about your job?

    KAHYAI: Aside from teaching the next generation of acquisition professionals, the best thing about my job is having an actual career path that to pursue after the military. The training and skills we get are 100 percent transferable to being a civilian afterward. There’s a lot of jobs in the Army that, when you’re finished with the military, you’re looking for another career where you hope something crosses over. For contracting, it definitely offers you a future after the Army.

    FOTF: What do you do when you’re not at work?

    KAHYAI: The only thing I do other than work and family is golf. For four hours every week I have no worries in the world. I have a wife, a four-year-old daughter and another one on the way, and I’m not trying to get away from the family thing—it’s just a moment of peace when I am on the golf course.

    FOTF: Why did you join the Army? What is your greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army?

    KAHYAI: I joined the Army in 1993 to do something different and exciting. My greatest satisfaction was being selected for Sergeant First Class, and now Master Sergeant. I feel that being recognized for my achievements and rewarded with promotions has been a validation of my 20-year career.

    For more information on MOS 51C go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/military-nco/active-component-reclass-program/.

    Related article: http://asc.army.mil/web/?s=NCOs%2C+Meet+Charlie%2C+the+MOS+with+the+Most


    • “Faces of the Force” is an online feature highlighting members of the Army Acquisition Workforce. Produced by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Communication Division, and working closely with public affairs officers, Soldiers and Civilians currently serving in a variety of AL&T disciplines are featured every other week. For more information, or to nominate someone, please contact 703-805-1006.

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  • USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

    Tara Clements

     

    Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 18, 2013) – The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) convened a 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board, administered by the 51C Proponent Office, Feb. 26-27, 2013 at Fort Belvoir, Va.

    “This was a very competitive board and we received the largest number of applications than ever before,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Maneri, FA 51C Proponent Officer. “The selection rate was only 28 percent,” he said.

    Out of 182 candidates, 44 were selected for reclassification.

    The purpose of the board was to ensure the best qualified NCOs from across the Army were selected for reclassification into military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C, an Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Contracting NCO, which is part of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce.

    “We have a great representation of different Army specialties among the selected candidates,” said Maneri. “Of the 44 selected, we have 28 military occupation specialties represented, with most coming from the Infantry,” he added.

    The primary mission for 51C NCOs is to deploy as contingency contracting officers and serve as members of the early entry module contingency contracting team. When not deployed, selected NCOs will serve as contingency contracting officers in support of a headquarters, principal assistant responsible for contracting, contracting support brigades, contingency contracting battalions, and/or installation contracting offices for training and mission support.

    The USAASC 51C Proponent Office would like to congratulate the following NCOs on their selection:

    Staff Sgt. Reginald D. Alexander Staff Sgt. Shantae R. Jenkins
    Sgt. Ambrosio C. Alvarez Sgt. Catherine-Tehila O. Johnson
    Staff Sgt. Jenny G. Alvarez Staff Sgt. Zandrea J. Landor
    Staff Sgt. Lee J. Andrews Staff Sgt. Adriane L. Lewis
    Staff Sgt. Alfredo Avila Sgt. Parquette J. Magee
    Staff Sgt. Brandon L. Barber Staff Sgt. Ashly N. Martin
    Sgt. Cedric R. Belmont Sgt. 1st Class Mary E. Matthews
    Sgt. James P. Bradshaw Staff Sgt. Enes Memic
    Sgt. Richard A. Burns Staff Sgt. Sabriya F. Mitchell
    Staff Sgt. Jesse A. Campos Sgt. 1st Class Tamisha B. Patterson
    Sgt. Jene A. Carter Staff Sgt. Darius T. Porter
    Staff Sgt. Jenny A. Cisneros Staff Sgt. Johnathan D. Robbins
    Sgt. Arthur J. Dominguez Sgt. Steven T. Schoening
    Sgt. Mark H. Fitzgerald Staff Sgt. Orlando R. Serna
    Sgt. Francis S. Frenette Staff Sgt. Scott J. Smith
    Staff Sgt. Matthew F. Girard Staff Sgt. Richard J. Thorpe
    Sgt. Kailey A. Good-Hallahan Staff Sgt. Nicholas S. Tollett
    Staff Sgt. Gregory M. Hamilton Sgt. Brandon K. Wilkinson
    Sgt. 1st Class Chan D. Has Staff Sgt. Brian P. Williams
    Sgt. 1st Class Megan A. Hobbs Sgt. Tornita Williams
    Staff Sgt. Destin S. Howell Sgt. Ashley R. Woods
    Staff Sgt. Young C. Jang Sgt. William J. Yongue

     
    For more information on MOS 51C, visit http://asc.army.mil.
     


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  • First Annual ALTie Awards Announced

    Army AL&T Magazine Editor, Nelson McCouch III, announces the ALTies winners for 2012. (USAASC photo)

    USAASC Public Affairs

     

    McLean, Va. – Army AL&T Magazine’s first Annual Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Awards (ALTies) for magazine contributors were announced at SAIC Inc., January 17.

    Nelson McCouch III, Army AL&T Magazine Editor-in-Chief, announced and recognized the ALTie winners for their outstanding articles and artwork in the categories of Best Article; Best Commentary; Best Headline; Best Photo; Best Graphic; and Best Advertisement.

    “You have succeeded memorably in telling the many and varied stories of how the Army AL&T Workforce develops, acquires, fields, and sustains the world’s best equipment and services to our Soldiers,” McCouch said. In his remarks, he noted that the telling of those stories brings “news you can use and actionable intelligence” about programs and processes to the AL&T community to help them do their jobs better. The quality of the magazine, he added, would not be possible without the substantial contributions made by readers.

    The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) established the ALTies to recognize outstanding contributions to the quarterly professional journal of both written and visual content.

    Over the past year, Army AL&T Magazine has won prestigious awards for outstanding content—the Public Relations Society of America’s Bronze Anvil Award in the Magazine category and the 2012 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Best Redesign.

    “Your articles, photos, and graphics define Army AL&T Magazine as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology’s (ASA)ALT) flagship publication, with topical, useful, actionable information that helps the AL&T Workforce execute their broad and diverse missions, overcome challenges, and be highly innovative.”

    The ALTies were announced at the first Army AL&T Magazine writers workshop, held via video conference to enable participation by members of the AL&T Workforce from around the country. McCouch said he hoped to hold workshops on an annual basis to help continuously improve the content of the magazine and bring contributors together to celebrate its successes.

    The winners will receive their awards by mail. Honorable mentions will receive a certificate of the award. First, second, and third prize winners will receive a handsome, glass award.

    And the ALTies go to ….

     

    BEST ARTICLE

    1st Place
    BATTERY POWER
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists bring new energy to critical area of study
    by Dr. Cynthia Lundgren, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Materiel Command
    October-December 2012

    2nd Place
    MATURING THE AGILE PROCESS
    Army uses lessons learned from Network Integration Evaluations to institute faster, more flexible acquisition
    by LTC Ken O’Donnell, System of Systems Integration Directorate, Office of the ASA(ALT)
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    BREAKING IT DOWN
    How stratified sampling of a bill of materials can help determine pricing for large government buys
    by Anthony J. Nicolella, Defense Acquisition University
    October-December 2012

    Honorable Mention
    SUSTAINMENT LESSONS LEARNED
    From force structure to operations to accountability, after-action reports from Iraq and Afghanistan highlight challenges met while fighting two wars
    by COL Scott Fletcher, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-4; CW4 Wayne A. Baugh, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command; and Devon Hylander, L-3 MPRI, Army G-4
    January-March 2012

    MENDING THE MIND
    Multidisciplinary efforts converge to help service members and veterans facing brain injuries
    by COL Karl E. Friedl, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
    January-March 2012

    WHAT THE CUSTOMER SEES
    A capabilities approach to establishing a contingency contracting office
    by LTC Vernon L. Myers, 916th Contingency Contracting Battalion
    April-June 2012

     

    BEST COMMENTARY

    1st Place
    REQUIREMENT PORTFOLIOS AND THE JOINT WARFIGHTER
    Understanding the new methodology of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council
    by Fred Gregory and Dr. Scott Maley, Joint Staff
    July-September 2012

    2nd Place
    KNOWLEDGE BUILDING
    Lessons learned from a contracting intern’s developmental assignment to Kuwait and Italy
    by David M. Hampton, U.S. Army Contracting Command – National Capital Region
    April-June 2012

    3rd Place
    CHANGING THE CULTURE
    ‘Making energy a consideration in everything we do’
    From the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment, Ms. Katherine Hammack
    April-June 2012

    Honorable Mention
    REPORT FROM AFGHANISTAN
    Operational Contract Support Summit highlights the unique responsibilities of contracting in contingency operations
    From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, Mr. Kim Denver
    July-September 2012

     

    BEST HEADLINE

    1st Place
    KILLING A FLY WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER
    Combining mission command and actionable intelligence for overmatch at the tactical edge
    by Osie David and LTC(P) (now COL) Richard J. Hornstein, Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command
    October-December 2012

    2nd Place
    DOTmLPF + dotMlpf = DOTMLPF
    ATEC, TRADOC join forces, perspectives, and expertise for an unusual combined in-theater assessment
    by MAJ Marcus Grimes, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC); Paul Wallace, ATEC; Chris Warshawsky, U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center; and James Brese, SAIC Inc., U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    THE ‘NEW’ ACQUISITION WORKFORCE
    Behind the Agile Process, individuals commit to getting dirty and making it work
    by COL Gail Washington, Project Manager Current, System of Systems Integration Directorate, Office of the ASA(ALT)
    July-September 2012

     

    BEST PHOTO

    1st Place
    Supply Chain Coordination
    By SPC Bryan Willis, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command
    July-September 2012

    2nd Place
    PLASTIC + CIRCUITRY = FLEXIBLE DISPLAY
    By Conrad Johnson, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    TOTAL ASSET VISIBILITY
    By SGT (now SSG) Shannon R. Gregory, 230th Sustainment Brigade
    January-March 2012

    Honorable Mention
    EVOLUTION OF THE SOLDIER
    By LTC Deanna Bague, Brigade Modernization Command
    October-December 2012

    TOWARD A SELF-SUFFICIENT SYSTEM
    By SSG Tanya Green, 3rd Infantry Division
    April-June 2012

    DISMOUNTED DEFENSE
    By Edric Thompson, Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command

     

    BEST GRAPHIC

    1st Place
    Army S&T Investment Portfolios
    Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology
    October-December 2012

    2nd Place
    The Agile Process and NIE Synchronization
    System of Systems Integration Directorate, Office of the ASA(ALT)
    July-September 2012

    3rd Place
    Capabilities Integration
    Army G-3/5/7
    July-September 2012

    Honorable Mention
    Engine History
    Common Engine Product Office, Utility Helicopters Project Office, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
    October-December 2012

    Product Line Management
    Program Executive Office Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation
    April-June 2012

     

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