PEO PERSPECTIVE MAY 2016
Every spring, the Department of the Army presents an annual posture statement to Congress addressing current priorities and the strategic direction for the Service. This year, it’s encouraging to see that our priorities, including network modernization, cybersecurity, and readiness are among the top priorities of Army leadership. Read more about these effort in the 2016 Army posture statement.
As the annual Congressional budget seasons comes to a close, we continue to work every day with our partners to truly connect the global Army. We are in the process of tracking the Congressional mark-ups and budget figures coming out of the both the House and Senate. The actions taken by Congress are critical to our Soldiers and we support their efforts to pass the spending bills before the end of the fiscal year.
On May 13, Acting Enterprise Services Product Director, Mr. Doug Haskin will relinquish the charter for Enterprise Services to Mr. Tom Neff in a Change of Charter ceremony at Fort Belvoir. Tom has led CHESS since June 2014, after serving in leadership positions with GFEBS and RCAS. Doug will resume his former role as deputy project director. Thank you, Doug, for stepping into the PD role and doing an outstanding job over the past nine months!
PEO EIS will be in the community this month as our CIO, Mr. Manish Patel, will be representing PEO EIS at the C4ISR & Networks Conference on May 26 – we hope to see you there!
This month, we celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, an observance established in 1978 to recognize the important contributions to our great Nation made by Asian-American and Pacific Islanders throughout history. May is significant in that it holds two important anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by predominantly Chinese laborers on May 10, 1869. This year’s theme is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies” and we will be featuring workforce spotlights throughout the month on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can find more on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month through the Library of Congress.
Finally, May is also Military Appreciation Month. We will celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 6, to give thanks to the ultimate backbone of the military, the spouses. Armed Forces Day follows on May 21, honoring our military members and their families. We end this month of military pride with the Memorial Day Holiday May 30. As we gather and celebrate with our families for this holiday, I hope you will join me in remembering and giving thanks for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. May God bless the men and women serving in harm’s way and deliver them home safely to us.
Please have a safe and happy holiday!
Terry Watson, PEO EIS