PEO Perspective NOV 2015
October was busy for PEO EIS, with several significant speaking engagements for our leadership at AUSA and other events throughout the month.
Deputy PEO Ms. Terry Watson and I attended the congressional breakfast at the annual AUSA conference, providing an invaluable opportunity for Army leaders to meet with congressional staff members to discuss priorities and goals. We also met with vendors at AUSA and learned about the impressive strides that industry is making with innovation and new technology to meet the Army’s promise to support the Soldier. Two of our programs were also featured at panel discussions at AUSA. PD I3MP LTC Gus Muller discussed the Home Station Mission Command Center upgrades at the Warriors Corner and PD CHESS Mr. Tom Neff participated in a small business panel discussion with officials from across DOD and the federal government.
Ms. Watson also led a morning panel at the AFCEA NOVA Cross Services Small Business Forum Oct. 14 that included Mr. Reginald Bagby, Director of Contracts, Logistics and Process Improvement; and Mr. Michael Padden, Project Manager, Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities (I3C2), discussing business process areas, how to do business with Army PEO EIS, and small business points of entry, as well as updates on small business opportunities throughout the organization. Mr. James Kline, Director of Operations and Human Resources, participated in a luncheon “Shark Tank” exercise with Navy and Air Force leaders, followed by a “Speed Dating” event in the afternoon pairing government leadership with industry for 12-minute vendor meetings to discuss their products and services. Feedback from industry for the event was very positive, and we hope to engage with the other services for similar programs in the future.
Each November, we as a Nation observe National American Indian Heritage Month. PEO EIS joins the Department of Defense in celebrating the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, and contributions of Native people. Please visit http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ for more information about this observance.
This month we honor those who have served our Nation. Each November, we at PEO EIS are reminded of the importance of our mission and its support to these brave Americans. Veterans Day is an important time for us to reflect on the sacrifices of all who have served, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Equally important is recognition of the men and women of the Armed Forces, DOD civilians and contractors, and the families of those who currently serve with distinction. We owe a debt of gratitude to all for the daily sacrifices they make to ensure our freedom.
The work that the PEO EIS community performs is vital in empowering every Soldier everywhere, by equipping them with the communications systems and tools necessary to safely accomplish their missions. As always, thank you for your support of PEO EIS and its programs. Please stay tuned to our Events page for upcoming engagements.
God bless our American service men and women, past and present, and let us never forget the importance of their sacrifice.
Army Strong! Douglas K. Wiltsie