HCSP virtual town hall a big success

By October 28, 2016Career Development, Events
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With more than 1,000 participants signing in from across the country, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), hosted a live, virtual town hall forum via milSuite on Oct. 20, addressing more than 40 questions from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) regarding the recently launched AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP).

The forum featured a lively exchange of questions, feedback and ideas between Williamson and the AAW. Some of the topics that were covered included:

  • Strengthening the alignment between Career Programs and Acquisition Career Fields.
  • Understanding selection board ratings and determinations.
  • Mentoring.
  • Addressing capability gaps created by the anticipated increase in the retirement rate.
  • Employee incentives.
  • Civilian Education System Advanced Course quotas.
Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, DACM, and Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, USAASC answered questions received from the Army Acquisition Workforce about the HCSP during the live Town Hall in milSuite on Oct. 20. (Photos by Vincent Nguyen)

Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, DACM, and Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, USAASC answered questions received from the Army Acquisition Workforce about the HCSP during the live Town Hall in milSuite on Oct. 20. (Photos by Vincent Nguyen)

“The HCSP virtual town hall provided a method for discussion that is less intimidating than asking a question at an in-person town hall in front of a large group,” said David Grieco, a chemist with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. “This unique medium enabled those from across the country to engage Lt. Gen. Williamson simultaneously in an environment not possible years ago.”

Williamson and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s (USAASC) Army DACM Office thank milSuite for hosting this virtual forum and all those who submitted questions and participated. Nearly 1,040 users logged in, with 31 participants creating discussions and 122 commenting, replying or rating those discussions.

A large number of substantive questions were submitted, and those that were not answered during the session were answered via milSuite on Oct. 21. They’re included in the Q&A document on the AAW HCSP website at https://asc.army.mil/web/hcsp/. HCSP developments can also be found by following USAASC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Williamson encouraged those who were unable to join the forum to visit https://asc.army.mil/web/hcsp/ to read the AAW HCSP brochure, view HCSP information and review the event’s Q&A transcript. “As we move forward with the implementation of this plan, I urge you all to stay engaged,” he said. “Keep the conversation going by regularly checking the website and following us on social media using #AAWStrong. Thank you for your hard work and your outstanding service you provide to the Army, our Soldiers and our country.”

The DACM Office gathered with Lt. Gen. Williamson and Mr. Craig Spisak (center) for a photo at the conclusion of the HCSP Town Hall. The DACM office members in the photo include: Jennifer Farlow, Randy Williams, Joan Sable, Jack Kendall, Stephanie Watson, Tom Evans, Jason Pitts, Scott Greene, Brian Winters, John Kelly, Wen Lin and milSuite representative, Megan Cronhardt.

The DACM Office gathered with Lt. Gen. Williamson and Mr. Craig Spisak (center) for a photo at the conclusion of the HCSP Town Hall. The DACM office members in the photo include: Jennifer Farlow, Randy Williams, Joan Sable, Jack Kendall, Stephanie Watson, Tom Evans, Jason Pitts, Scott Greene, Brian Winters, John Kelly, Wen Lin and milSuite representative, Megan Cronhardt.

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