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PEO EIS Programs

PEO Perspective June 2018

June 14, 1775 is the birth date of an Army older than the nation it serves. On that day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress authorized the formation of an Army to support the efforts of a new republic – thus enacting the Nation’s first institution, a full year before the Declaration of Independence. Our nation’s history over the last 243 years is rich with stories of bravery and sacrifice by millions of Soldiers who have served with duty, honor and love of country. Many are still serving today, and we are indebted to them for preserving and protecting our freedom.

The theme for the Army’s birthday this year is ‘Over There! A Celebration of Army Heroes from WWI to Present Day’ – an opportunity for the Army to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of our force, past and present.

Throughout its history, America’s Army has stood ready to serve our nation for 243 years. Today, our Soldiers stand ready to meet any challenge.

World War I was the first war of the Industrial Age, and marked the first time our fighting forces used aircraft, tanks and vehicles in numbers, as well as the first time that the U.S. engaged in trench warfare. Just as the Army went through a big shift in technology during WWI, the Army of today is modernizing to innovate and adapt concepts, equipment and training to be ready for the next challenge. PEO EIS stands at the forefront of the mission to modernize, protect and defend the network, and to enable readiness by globally connecting every Soldier, every day everywhere.

The Army Birthday observance is celebrated by Americans around the globe and here at home in the National Capital Region. At PEO EIS, we’re celebrating with a traditional cake cutting ceremony at our headquarters at Fort Belvoir to honor all Soldiers and Army Civilians – our Total Army force –and their legacy of brave service to the nation. I invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for some HOOAH history—a daily dose of Army trivia throughout Army Birthday.

Last month included several events and a few key leadership changes. I had the opportunity to deliver the morning keynote address at the annual C4ISRNET Conference in Crystal City, Virginia, where I spoke to an audience of government and industry participants about breaking contracting monopolies as we seek integrated solutions, and achieving a more dynamic, mobile IT environment. Simply put, our lines of effort boil down to an integrated, synchronized and decisive strategy to deliver IT solutions to the Soldier. PEO EIS powers the Army by optimizing how the Army does business and ensuring we do our part to modernize and maintain readiness.

Back at the headquarters, we welcomed Brendan Burke as the Acting Deputy PEO, stepping in for Stan Darbro, who in the months prior served as our deputy in a developmental assignment. I am grateful for Stan’s service and excited to have Brendan on board in a new role. Many of you know Brendan, who previously led CHESS, GFEBS Inc II and I3MP in his tenure with PEO EIS; his institutional knowledge of the organization, the acquisition environment and our stakeholders will be critical in our task of determining the way ahead. His and Stan’s acting leadership roles are part of a commitment I made when I assumed the charter for PEO EIS to ensure that the right people are in the right place at the right time and that we are leveraging the talents of our workforce.

We also said a very fond farewell to Stan, and to Brig. Gen. Michael Sloane, Assistant PEO EIS for ERP Integration, who is now officially on board as the PEO for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). Having served as the Deputy PEO STRI, I can think of no one better to lead the vital STRI mission of developing, acquiring, providing and sustaining simulation, training, testing and modeling solutions to optimize warfighter Readiness. We were truly fortunate to have Mike’s expertise, initiative and leadership as our ERP integration champion, and I’m grateful to Mike and his team for the hard work they did digging into our programs and rapidly delivering a plan of action.

The change of charter season is upon us, and last month we also said farewell to one of our superstar leaders, Lt. Col. Nicole Reinhardt, who relinquished the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army Increment II (IPPS-A Inc II) charter to Lt. Col. Laverne Amara in a ceremony held May 22. Please join me in welcoming her as she takes on the important mission of providing the Army with an integrated, multi-component personnel and pay system.

Several of our PEO EIS programs, including AHRS, MC4, GFEBS-SA and P2E will conduct changes in charter this month; stay tuned for information about these new leaders, as well as those changes to come in the months ahead.

On June 21, I am keynoting at the 17th Annual AFCEA NOVA Army IT Day at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, where PEO EIS program managers will also participate in an afternoon panel. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to reach out to our stakeholders and industry partners in one of the largest Army-focused forums in the National Capital Region; we hope to see you there.

June is also safety awareness month. Many preventable injuries and deaths occur during the summer months, and I encourage you and your loved ones to be mindful and to prepare as you make your travel and outdoor plans for the summer.

Thank you for all that you do to support PEO EIS, our Soldiers and our great Nation. Have a safe and happy June and a happy Army Birthday!

Cherie A. Smith, PEO EIS