PEO Perspective FEB 2016
As we continue to dig out from record snowfalls on the East Coast, we’ve seen heroic efforts on the part of the Army National Guard, as well as local and state law enforcement and regular citizens, all pitching in to help one another to dig out and get back to work and school. Here at Fort Belvoir, several feet of snow are still on the ground, but we’re continuing our mission to connect the global Army.
This January, we said farewell and happy retirement to one of the best CIO’s and strategic thinkers around, Mr. Hari Bezwada. An Army institution, having faithfully served PEO EIS in the headquarters, the program office and at the Pentagon for more than 25 years. His breadth of knowledge, his ability to build key partnerships and his skill at launching important programs and introducing technological capabilities to the Soldier has been unparalleled. It has been my honor and privilege to work alongside Hari, and to count on his counsel and expertise. I know you will join us in wishing Hari and his family the very best as he transitions to retirement.
Hari leaves the CIO mission in the capable hands of his deputy, Manish Patel, who will now assume the CIO title. Manish and our team of extraordinary civilians and contractors who support the PEO EIS CIO mission in critical partnership with so many of our Army stakeholders and vendors will continue to ensure uninterrupted capabilities to the Soldier.
January was a busy media month for PEO EIS. Both COL Darby McNulty, Program Manager for Integrated Personnel and Pay Systems-Army, and Doug Haskin, Product Director Enterprise Services, were featured on Federal News Radio. The Army’s STAND-TO! highlighted the Army Application Migration Business Office (AAMBO) and the Army Enterprise Service Desk Federation, and several key industry magazines covered EIS in their January issues. For these and other articles highlighting EIS communications, business and enterprise systems, please view the In the News pages on this site. Several more interviews with our leadership are lined up in the month ahead, so keep checking back!
This month, Michael Padden, Program Manager, Installation Information Infrastructure-Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) will keynote an Army Integration Requirements Update on February 18 at the Federal Networks Conference. For more on PEO EIS around town, check our Events page regularly.
We welcome the Honorable Katrina G. McFarland as the new acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and Army Acquisition Executive. Ms. McFarland most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) and had previously been the president of the Defense Acquisition University. Her years of experience and service are critical to the acquisition mission and we look forward to her leadership and guidance!
Every February, we as a Nation pause to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, contributions and rich history of African Americans. From the Revolutionary War to today’s troops supporting missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, African Americans have answered the call to support and defend our Nation. America’s Army remains highly capable and mission ready by leveraging the strengths of a diverse, all-volunteer force. We owe our gratitude for the heroics of so many African Americans, from Crispus Attucks to Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., General Colin Powell to Lt. Gen. Nadja West, and we honor them this month for their brave and distinguished contributions and sacrifice.