Mr. Ronald R. Richardson, Jr.
Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and Director, Acquisition Career Management

Mr. Ronald R. (Rob) Richardson, Jr. currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). In this role, he oversees the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and supports the Army’s Program Executive Offices in the areas of human resources, resource management, program structure, acquisition information management and program protection. 

Mr. Richardson has over 30 years of medical, information and weapon system acquisition experience as both a Department of Defense (DOD) civilian and a U.S. Army officer. Before coming to USAASC, he served as the Director of Acquisition and Operations for Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier. Prior to joining PEO Soldier, he was the Deputy Project Manager for the DOD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM®) Program, a $14B Major Automated Information System (MAIS) acquisition to replace the legacy Military Health System (MHS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) with an off-the-shelf (OS) system now known as MHS GENESIS. Before that, he was the Product Lead for Increment 3 of the Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR) Program in the DOD/Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office (IPO). Prior to joining the DOD/VA IPO, he served as the Director of Acquisition Review and Analysis for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)). Before joining ASA(ALT), Mr. Richardson served in a multitude of Military, Civilian and Private Sector positions culminating in his selection for Senior Service College. 

Mr. Richardson received his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, and his M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is the recipient of the Superior Civilian Service Medal (3), the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal (2), the Civilian Service Achievement Medal, the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3). Mr. Richardson also holds multiple professional memberships and certifications, including Advanced Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Certification in Program Management (previously Level III) and previous membership in the Army Acquisition Corps. 

Mr. Richardson resides in Fairfax County, Virginia, with his wife Nancy and three children: Rebecca, Amanda and Carolyn.



Colonel Shane M. Sullivan
Deputy Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center

Colonel Shane M. Sullivan Bio

Colonel Shane Sullivan grew up in Fayetteville, West Virginia. He is the son of Carol Sullivan and the late Jim Sullivan. He graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1990 and from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1994. After receiving his commission as a 2LT in the Corps of Engineers, his first duty assignment was Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

COL Sullivan first served as a Sapper Platoon Leader in the 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne Corps), with subsequent positions as a Combat Engineer Light Equipment Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. Upon completion of the Captain’s Career Course, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas in the 1st Cavalry Division where he served on the brigade staff as both an Assistant Operations Officer in Bosnia and as a Brigade Adjutant at Fort Hood. He moved to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division where he served as a Battalion Maintenance Officer and as Commander, A Company. Upon completion of company command, COL Sullivan was selected for assignment at West Point where he served as an instructor and executive officer.

COL Sullivan transitioned to the Army Acquisition Corps and held positions as an Assistant Product Manager (APM) and Acting Product Manager in the Future Combat Systems Program, and Deputy Program Manager (DPM) in Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) before being selected as an assignment officer for the Army Human Resources Command (AHRC).  Next, he worked at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and in Afghanistan as the Product Director for Coalition, Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), delivering urgently needed capabilities to the warfighter. COL Sullivan then served as the Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors Operations Lead (Forward) in Afghanistan. He served as Product Manager Ground Sensors at Fort Belvoir, Virginia from 2012-2015 where he was responsible for delivering numerous state-of-the-art sensors to the warfighter. He then served as the Military Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Plans, Programs, and Resources.  From 2019-2022, he served as the Project Manager Force Projection in PEO Combat Support / Combat Service Support (PEO CS/CSS) responsible for the Army’s bridging, small robot, fuel, water, tools, test equipment, combat engineer, maintenance, and sustainment support systems.

COL Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Point, a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is certified in Program Management and Engineering. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, NATO Medal and several others.

COL Sullivan and his wife, Rhonda, have two children, Kate and Ryan.



Command Sergeant Major Kelly E. Butler
Acquisition Proponent Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Butler enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 2002 as a Combat Engineer (12B) and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. He reclassified to a Contracting NCO (51C) in April 2009.

Command Sgt. Maj. Butler served in numerous leadership positions and assignments throughout his career. He served as a Track Driver in 10th Engineer Battalion (Ft. Stewart, GA); Dismount Team Leader, 10th Engineer Battalion (Ft. Stewart, GA); Dismount Team Leader, 1-64 Armor Battalion (Ft. Stewart, GA); Supply Sergeant, 1-64 Armor Battalion (Ft. Stewart, GA); Dismount Squad Leader, 1-64 Armor Battalion (Ft. Stewart, GA); Contingency Contracting NCO and NCOIC, 636th CT (Fort Polk, LA); Brigade Contract Support Plans and Operations NCOIC, 413th CSB (Fort Shafter, HI); Battalion Operations NCOIC, 920th CBN (Rock Island, IL); Training with Industry Student – Amazon Web Services (Herndon, VA); Battalion Operations NCOIC, 925th CBN (Fort Drum, NY); and Battalion Sergeant Major, 918th CBN (Fort Carson, CO). His last assignment was the 408th Contracting Support Brigade’s, Command Sgt. Maj. Command Sgt. Maj. Butler currently serves as the United States Army Acquisition Support Center Proponent Command Sgt. Maj.

Command Sgt. Maj. Butler military education includes the Basic Leader Course, Acquisition Basic Course, Advance Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Battle Staff Course, Sergeants Major Course (NR Class 46), and Training with Industry – Amazon Web Services. His civilian education includes a Bachelors in Business Administration from Trident University and a Master in Education and Psychology from the University of Missouri. Command Sgt. Maj. Butler is a certified member of the Army Acquisition Corps with a Level III certification in Contracting.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Commendation Medal (6 Oak Leaf Cluster); and Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster). Command Sgt. Maj. Butler is a recipient of the Contingency Contracting Officer Medallion.