October Army DACM Office Hot Topics

October Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: FY 15/16 Announcement – The Army Acquisition Pilot Product Director Board closes Nov. 14 The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) are pleased to announce the initial FY15/16 Pilot Product Director (PD) Selection Board. This is a pilot opportunity to compete for centrally selected PD positions within one of the Army’s program executive offices (PEOs). USAASC direct reporting unit Army Acquisition Workforce members and GS-14 or broadband equivalents are eligible to apply. A PD is defined as a leader for an Army acquisition system or program management office that has been designated by the assistant secretary of the Army […]

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 7, 2014) — As part of its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is hosting a contest for best “shout-out” video. In celebration of the silver anniversary of the AAC, leaders and teams across the Army acquisition community recorded 25 videos of congratulations and thanks to the members of the AAC. Among the senior leaders included are the Hon. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, the ASA(ALT) Principal Deputy, Mr. Gabriel Camarillo and the Principal Military […]

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Next Monday marks 25 years since then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), a specially trained, dedicated group of military and civilian acquisition leaders who develop, field and sustain the critical systems and services that enable our Soldiers to fight and win our nation’s wars. Not surprisingly, the Army acquisition community is celebrating in a big way. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), along with the Army acquisition community, has launched a campaign focused on people—the more than 12,000 members of the […]

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 1, 2014)—The new edition of Army AL&T magazine is here and it’s all about people—the 38,000-strong Army Acquisition Workforce with special recognition for the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). The AAC, the core of the workforce, is made up of more than 12,000 men and women, experts in engineering, physics, robotics, mathematics, and other Acquisition fields, serve as an example of the professionalism and excellence of those who dedicate themselves to protect and support Soldiers across the globe. October 13, 1989, marks the date that then Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the AAC, […]

ASA(ALT) general hosts first-ever Facebook town hall

ASA(ALT) general hosts first-ever Facebook town hall

By Tara Clements FT. BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 24, 2014) – The Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) connected virtually with members of the Army acquisition community for ASA(ALT)’s first ever Facebook town hall, “Acquisition Workforce Opportunities,” with the top officer in charge of career management. The event was hosted on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Facebook page on Sept. 11. “I view this event as a great way to interact directly with Army acquisition professionals,” said Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson in an email to acquisition leaders promoting the event. Williamson is the principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and […]

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: The Annual Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In November 2004, the Army director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) spearheaded the implementation of the automated Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) at grades GS-13 and above, including broadband equivalents. The directive was suspended in January 2005, but the SRPE remained a requirement for civilian AAW members applying for Centrally Selected List positions, Senior Service College and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows program. SRPE has been very successful in ensuring equitable competition for these programs, and has also provided senior leaders with a tool to assess and identify leadership potential among their workforce. […]

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

By Karen Kurtz WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the establishment of the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Award for Writing to be presented to the winners of the writing competition launched earlier this summer to help shape the public dialogue on Army acquisition issues. “Harry Greene was a Soldier, a leader, a mentor and a friend who inspired all of us to tackle complex problems on behalf of Soldiers,” Williamson said. “I can think of no better way to honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service […]

Exchanging Perspectives

Exchanging Perspectives

Training with Industry program brings best practices from private sector to Army acquisition By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Sometimes the best way to further an Army acquisition career is to get out of the Army—but just briefly. The Training with Industry (TWI) program is helping Army acquisition officers do just that, providing competitively selected officers with extensive, hands-on exposure to managerial techniques and industrial procedures at 10 companies across the United States, including Amazon.com Inc., Intel Corp. and Coca-Cola Co. “Performing well in your job and demonstrating you can do this consistently over time in all of your [acquisition] assignments will best posture an officer to progress,” said Lt. Col. […]

‘Piece’ of Mind

‘Piece’ of Mind

By T’Jae Gibson A team of researchers from the Army Research Laboratory and a number of universities are taking a physics-based approach to understanding traumatic brain injuries. They’re partnering with military medical experts like those at the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and others to understand the relationship between blast events – like explosions after an IED detonates – and brain injury. In this episode of Inside the Lab, ARL explores unique research approaches to understand how traumatic brain injuries occur, the challenges in detecting and diagnosing traumatic brain injuries and the obstacles Army and university researchers are attempting to overcome to find protection solutions to mitigate the effects […]

A Relic to Relish: Army birthday celebration features an unusual sword

A Relic to Relish: Army birthday celebration features an unusual sword

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 19,2014) – As Army birthday week draws to a close, the team at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) paused to recognize the professionalism of Soldiers and civilians who support the Army acquisition mission and 239 years of service to the nation at a cake cutting ceremony here. “Army acquisition is a profession within the Army profession and what each of you does every day directly contributes to the workforce and ultimately, our Soldiers and their families,” said Col. Wil Riggins, USAASC Deputy Director. “We’re the best-trained, best-led and best-equipped Army and each of you have a direct role in that,” he […]