PEO Perspective February 2017
This January, we said farewell to our former Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, and welcomed the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. We also said farewell to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, and Undersecretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, among other key leaders from the former administration. It has been a distinct honor to serve under these leaders, and I thank them for their service and guidance. The next few months and years will hold many changes for Army, and we at PEO EIS stand ready and agile to adapt and move forward in our mission of powering the global Army.
I held my first All Hands as PEO Jan. 11 at Fort Belvoir. More than 200 EIS teammates attended in person at Thurman Hall, with the remaining workforce streaming live from their workstations worldwide – we truly do connect the global Army! In the address to the workforce, I shared some of my leadership philosophy and expectations, the Army’s top priorities – Readiness and Future Army – and my own strategic priorities going forward. These include: Taking care of Soldiers; efficiencies; an aggressive approach to Cyber defense; resourcing of projects/programs; understanding, helping to shape and executing validated requirements; and delivering capabilities. As always, we rely on a strong partnership with industry to help us achieve these critical mission goals. It was my pleasure to present service awards to Mr. Victor Hernandez, Program Management Director, and COL Michael Sloane, Assistant PEO, during the All Hands, and to publicly thank Ms. Terry Watson, Deputy PEO, for her tireless service as the Acting PEO from November 2015 to November 2016.
In January we also welcomed LTG Michael Williamson, Principal Military Deputy to the ASA(ALT), who hosted a Town Hall for PEO EIS Jan. 23 at Thurman Hall. This was LTG Williamson’s last visit with his workforce as he concludes his farewell tour and retires from a distinguished service to our Army of more than 30 years. Thank you, LTG Williamson -- we're a better Acquisition Corps because of you. You've put programs in place and created opportunities for our people. We wish you a very happy and healthy retirement!
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 around the world, 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 educators Mary McLeod Bethune and Carter G. Woodson, to Civil Rights icons Rep. John Lewis and Fanny Lou Hamer, to literary giants James Baldwin and Maya Angelou – as well as accomplished leaders in our own time, such as former President Barack Obama and General (Ret.) Colin Powell, 65th Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We honor these Americans this month for their brave and distinguished contributions and sacrifice.
As always, thank you for all that you do to support our Army.BG Patrick W. Burden