Faces of the Force: How important relationships are to building a successful career

Faces of the Force: How important relationships are to building a successful career

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Department of the Army system coordinator YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 12.5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and Level I in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering management, Missouri University of Science and Technology; master’s certificate in program management, Villanova University; B.S. in mechanical engineering, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Project Management Professional AWARDS: Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Army Meritorious Service Medal (3); Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Field Artillery Honorable Order of St. Barbara; NATO and Kosovo Ribbons for Operation Joint […]

Finding acquisition skills in unexpected places

Finding acquisition skills in unexpected places

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care Product Management Office, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Assistant product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12.5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and in engineering; Level I in test and evaluation EDUCATION: MBA with specialties in finance, public management and human resources management, Hood College; Graduate Certificate of Science in marine biology, James Cook University; B.S. in computer engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Project Management Professional certification AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (3); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (3); Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award   by Ms. Susan l. Follett Cat herder, line dancer, […]

Faces of the Force: Lessons about change from Project Management Officer Natasha Owens

Faces of the Force: Lessons about change from Project Management Officer Natasha Owens

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Director for Joint Services, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TITLE: Project management officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 18 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering management and B.S. in mechanical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2015 and 2017); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Planning for success? Be prepared for change. Ms. Susan l. Follett Natasha Owens is a planner: “If it is a trip, a dinner or a surprise party, I want to plan out all the details, develop the budget and list all the tasks needed for completion.” Fortunately, that dovetails perfectly with […]

‘Listen more and speak less’

‘Listen more and speak less’

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Manager for Global Combat Support System – Army, Project Manager for Army Enterprise Systems Integration, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems TITLE: Product support manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 22 years DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in life cycle logistics EDUCATION: M.S. in logistics management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in liberal arts, Excelsior College AWARDS: Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Logistician of the Year; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal (3); Army Achievement Medal (7); Good Conduct Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Southwest Asia Service […]

Contracting efforts support training and readiness

Contracting efforts support training and readiness

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Mission Support Division, Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Lee, Virginia TITLE: Division chief YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 11 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: B.S. in business finance, Virginia Tech Ms. Susan L. Follett  Peyton Rowley, division chief for the Mission Support Division within the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) – Fort Lee, Virginia, comes from a family that values military service. Her work at MICC – Fort Lee continues their legacy by ensuring that warfighters are trained and prepared for whatever they’ll encounter. MICC – Fort Lee’s primary customer is the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), which provides training and leadership […]

The art and science of getting people paid

The art and science of getting people paid

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems TITLE: Project manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 15 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 28 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: M.S., Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management; B.S. in operations research, United States Military Academy at West Point AWARDS: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters (OLCs)), Army Commendation Medal (four OLCs), Army Achievement Medal (three OLCs), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, two National Defense Service Medals, two Southwest Asia Service Medals, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service […]

Acquisition a ‘perfect fit’ for Army scientist

Acquisition a ‘perfect fit’ for Army scientist

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Joint Product Manager for Chemical Defense Pharmaceuticals, Joint Project Manager for Medical Countermeasure Systems, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Joint product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 17 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 26 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and science and technology management EDUCATION: Ph.D. in behavioral and neural sciences, Rutgers University; B.A. in psychology and Distinguished Military Graduate, Coe College; Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute AWARDS: Army Medical Department “A” Proficiency Designator; Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Teaching Excellence Award; Order of Military Medical Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (seventh award); Army Commendation Medal (third award); […]

Change is what you make of it

Change is what you make of it

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Army Rapid Capabilities Office,; System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SOSE&I) Directorate,; Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Chief engineer, Army Rapid Capabilities Office; director for engineering and integration and chief engineer, SOSE&I YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 28 years DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in systems engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in strategy and planning, U.S. Army War College; M.S. in electrical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, Drexel University. Also attended Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows and Senior Managers in Government programs and Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Leadership Cohort 3 Program. AWARDS: Outstanding Achievement Award from the […]

Bridging the ‘valley of death’ to deliver S&T to Soldiers

Bridging the ‘valley of death’ to deliver S&T to Soldiers

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Defense Threat Reduction Agency TITLE: Chief, Protection and Hazard Mitigation Division YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 11 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: Ph.D. in chemical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; M.S. in chemical engineering, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in engineering, UCLA; Licensed Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia AWARDS: Defense Acquisition Workforce Award – Science and Technology Management; DTRA Research Directorate Distinguished Technical Fellow; DTRA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal; Army Superior Civilian Service Medal By Ms. Susan Follett “Besides budget battles, the hardest part of science and technology is getting new capabilities in the warfighter’s hands—[past] the famous ‘valley of death’ […]

Helping to shape the Army’s vehicular backbone

Helping to shape the Army’s vehicular backbone

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center; assigned to the Joint Program Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support POSITION: Mechanical engineer; power and mobility engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 years DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering; Level I in program management and in test and evaluation EDUCATION: Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in thermal sciences; M.S. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in solid mechanics, dynamics and vibrations; B.S. in mechanical engineering with concentrations in automotive and mechanical systems engineering, all from Lawrence Technological University AWARDS: David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, 2013 […]