PEO Perspective August 2015
August is upon us and as the summer draws to a close, we will recognize anti-terrorism efforts, women’s equality, and celebrating changes across the PEO leadership. Every August, the Army promotes its antiterrorism awareness program, iWATCH, designed to encourage Soldiers, Family members and Civilians throughout the community to become familiar with and report suspicious activity or behavior to Military Police or local law enforcement.
We are in a heightened state of awareness and vigilance on military installations and at military facilities following the tragic attack in Chattanooga July 16 that killed four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy Petty Officer. We stand with our fallen brothers in the services, and those who serve every day to protect us on our own soil and abroad. I urge everyone to remain vigilant, report suspicious activities, and look out for your fellow teammates and colleagues. If you See Something, Say Something. The Army iWATCH page has good information and videos, with tips for safety: https://www.myarmyonesource.com/familyprogramsandservices/iwatchprogram/default.aspx
On August 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. It’s incredible to consider that this hard fought victory happened less than one hundred years ago.
The 19th Amendment was first introduced in 1878, but it wasn’t until 1971 when Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution declaring August 26th of every year Women’s Equality Day that the day was officially recognized. Since 1971, every sitting president has issued a proclamation commemorating this significant achievement.
The Army was clearly ahead of its time, welcoming women into the service since its beginning in 1775. The Army has a rich history of women in service and we are indebted to our women in uniform, who continue to break barriers in service and sacrifice to our country.
This summer, PEO EIS has been busy transitioning the leadership of many of our program offices. To those transitioning out of PEO EIS, I thank you for your tireless service, your unwavering commitment to the mission and your dedicated support of the team. A special thanks to COL Darrell Bennis, former PEO EIS Military Deputy, who retired July 10 with 27 years of service. The role of Military Deputy remains in excellent hands as we welcome back COL Sandy Vann-Olejasz who just recently handed off the reins of PM DOD Biometrics.
I also want to extend a hearty welcome to our new program leadership – LTC Keith Harley, Mr. Matt Maier, COL Donald Hurst, LTC Gus Muller, LTC Greg Soule, LTC Robert Wolfe, LTC Nicole Reinhardt, LTC Joel Babbitt, and, returning to us to lead GFEBS Increment II, Mr. Brendan Burke. We are pleased to have you with us, and we look forward to continued success with the contributions of your talents!
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We have a great many plans and engagements coming up in the fall – stay tuned to this space for more information, and thank you for your continued support to PEO EIS and the Army!