PEO PERSPECTIVE JULY 2016
Welcome, Summer! We had a full month in June, ushering in leadership changes for our Product Leads (PL) Enterprise Content Collaboration and Management (EC2M), Force Management System (FMS), and Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS)—with more to come in July and August.
We also celebrated the Army’s 241st birthday at PEO EIS with a cake and a day of camaraderie with colleagues and family at our annual Organization Day on June 24. The beautiful weather allowed us to come together for team building and recognition of the Soldiers who we serve and the hard work that the PEO EIS team accomplishes every day in support of the mission. If you follow us on social media, then you saw our media campaign throughout the month of June, highlighting Army Birthday messages and videos, news stories about Army Readiness efforts at PEO EIS, and Spotlights recognizing our PEO EIS Soldiers. I’m very proud of this organization and the fine people who serve in support of our Nation. Please continue to visit the PEO EIS website and our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the month of July, as we continue our Soldier Spotlights.
On June 27, we recognized National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. PTSD is commonly referred to as the “invisible wounds of war” and has become a top priority within the DOD after active duty suicide rates surged. In Secretary Eric Fanning’s recent Army-wide email, he specifically called for “…doing more to recognize the warning signs and stressors associated with suicides in our ranks, and in particular, advance our understanding of, and care for, those with mental health issues.” At PEO EIS, we stand with our DOD and Army leaders in prioritizing care of our Soldiers – among our most precious national resources – and letting them know that they have our support and our gratitude.
Our Nation’s Independence Day is right around the corner, marking time-honored traditions for American families. It is a day of picnics and parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a week of heavy travel to vacations and family reunions. With the holiday approaching – and throughout the summer months—please remain aware and vigilant of firework and water safety, and make sure to designate a safe and sober driver while enjoying the holiday. Whether you serve in uniform or work in support of our servicemen and women, I thank you for your service. Whatever your plans for the 4th, please join me in paying tribute to the men and women who sacrificed for the freedom we hold dear as we come together as a Nation to celebrate. However you choose to celebrate please make safety paramount, and thank you for all that you do to support EIS programs and the Soldier.
Terry Watson, PEO EIS