PEO Perspective September 2014
September is the season of back to school activities, football, and the changing of the fiscal year. We return to this busy month after paying tribute to the American workforce on Labor Day. The American worker is truly the engine that runs our country, and I am so proud of the contributions of the PEO EIS team to that effort. The work that they perform every day on behalf of our Soldiers protects our great Nation and ensures the freedoms that we enjoy today and every day.
September is also a month in which we as Americans collectively remember the sacrifice of our fallen heroes on September 11, 2001, as well as those many brave Americans called to serve and protect in the wake of the terrorist attacks. We will never forget, and we continue to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to fight against terrorism and to preserve our freedom.
Our nation has been at war for more than a decade, and in those years we have made enormous strides in better preparing and equipping our Soldiers for their worldwide missions. As the scope and focus of engagement has rapidly changed, so must our systems change to meet the needs of our Army. PEO EIS is a critical part of the Army’s vision of an agile, deployable, technologically superior force that can keep pace with the rapid speed of change.
This September also marks the eleventh annual observation of National Preparedness Month. The Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Sergeant Major of the Army together signed a letter committing to continued Army preparedness and vigilance. The Army is committed to the safety of all Americans, on the home front and worldwide, and is teaming with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to stand ready to respond to any crisis. The responsibility of preparedness falls to each and every American as well, and as part of this national observance, the Army is encouraging everyone to participate in a National Day of Action on September 30, 2014. To participate in “America’s Prepareathon!” and to learn how you can personally make a difference and prepare your own plan, please visit the Ready Army website at http://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/. Our efforts together will serve for a better future.
PEO EIS is hosting an Army Training Information System (ATIS) Industry Day September 2 at Fort Belvoir to provide industry with an overview of ATIS and upcoming requirements for ATIS objectives. More information can be found on the PEO EIS website: http://www.eis.army.mil/events/atis-industry-day
As always, if you would like to contribute ideas or solutions that you think would benefit the Army, please feel free to submit white papers through the submission button on the home page of our website. I also encourage you to reach out to the programs directly – information for how to get in touch is also available here.
I ask you all to take a moment out of your day to remember those lost on September 11, 2001, and to recognize the sacrifices of those who have served our Nation in the years since. Thank you for the service that all of you provide in support of our American servicemen and women every day, and may God continue to bless you and your families, the men and women of our Armed Forces, and this great Nation.
Douglas K. Wiltsie