Army Selects Four Acquisition Project Directors for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020

By November 16, 2018Career Development
Project Directors for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020
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by Norm Hilton and Sarah Aubouin

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 16, 2018) You may ask yourself…what is the project director (PD) centralized selection board?

This civilian-centric board is a high priority talent management initiative championed by the Director, Army Acquisition Corps (DAAC). The board identifies high performing civilians possessing leadership potential to fill civilian PD positions commensurate with their military counterparts, ensuring the Army meets the future needs of our Soldiers. The standard tenure for acquisition PDs is three years. The Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, in coordination with the program executive offices, centrally manages the positions.

Entering its fifth year of execution, this year’s centralized selection board piloted a combined PD FY19 and FY20 selection at the GS-15 level in an effort to better align the PD selection cycle with the centralized selection list (CSL) product/project manager board’s selection process. Currently, the PD cycle is offset by a year from the CSL process mainly due to selection and slating timelines.

The FY19 and FY20 acquisition PD centralized selection board was held August 6–10, 2018 at Fort Knox, Ky. Four GS-15 candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected as principal PDs and 12 candidates were selected as alternates.
The slating for the PD positions will be announced in January and February 2019.

Congratulations to the following FY19 and FY20 PD selectees:

Principal List

Edward Gozdur, Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation
Shawn Gresham, PEO Aviation (FY20 CSL Project Manager Principal Select)
Patrick Layden, PEO Aviation
Brian Raftery, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)

Alternate List

Craig Besaw, PEO Aviation
Alvin Bing , PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support (CS&CSS)
Kevin Curry, PEO Enterprise Information Systems
Raymond Folden, PEO CS&CSS
Lee James III, Senior Service College-Eisenhower
Mark McCoy, PEO Ground Combat Systems
John McFassel, Joint Program Executive Office Armaments & Ammunition
George Mitchell, Missile Defense Agency
Stanley Niemiec, PEO Command, Control, Communications – Tactical (C3T)
David Pinckley, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors
Steven Rienstra, PEO CS&CSS
Dennis Teefy, PEO C3T


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