PEO Perspective July 2014
This summer season is a busy one for PEO EIS with significant leadership transitions within our programs and several industry information exchanges of note.
We recognize the distinguished career and exemplary leadership of COL Debra Theall, Project Manager, Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities, (I3C2), who officially retired in June after over 30 years of Army service. COL Theall led I3C2 since June 2011, during which time the Main Communications Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, reached full operational capability; full IT infrastructure upgrades at thousands of buildings on Army installations around the globe were completed improving connectivity for hundreds of thousands of users; and critical IT infrastructure was provided to our frontline Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout Southwest Asia. Through the transition of a name and focus change from PM Network Enterprise Services (NES) to I3C2, the team kept pace with rapid change and built a solid foundation for the Army’s transition to the Joint Information Environment under COL Theall’s leadership. She passed the baton on to Mike Padden at a Change of Charter ceremony on June 20. Mike joins us from ASA(ALT) where he served as the acting deputy Executive Director for Acquisition of Services, and the Director of Services Portfolio Coordination. Mike brings an enormous amount of experience and a really unique perspective to the position and we are pleased to welcome him on the EIS team.
The Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) leadership will change hands on July 10, as Mr. Brendan Burke, current Project Director, heads to the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy Acquisition Course - formally known as Industrial College of the Armed Forces, or ICAF. Brendan was one out of only seven acquisition employees selected for this prestigious school, where he will receive a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy upon completion. Brendan was appointed the Project Director for CHESS in April 2011, and under his leadership, the program has made enormous strides providing an innovative and flexible procurement strategy through which Army users can buy IT hardware, software and services through the IT e-mart, the Army’s e-commerce site. CHESS works tirelessly with its knowledge management partners to provide architecturally sound, policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to the Army around the world. PEO EIS will certainly miss Brendan, but it is a tremendous gain for the Army and the Acquisition Corps…and I am sure we’ll see him again! Brendan leaves CHESS in the capable and dedicated hands of Mr. Tom Neff, a long-time PEO EIS team member and former Deputy for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS). Tom will lead CHESS with the assistance of the current Deputy, Ms. Sammi Foong, whose vast technical and institutional knowledge is a perfect complement to Tom – I know that they will both do Brendan and PEO EIS proud.
Also on July 10, the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) will hold a Change of Charter to say farewell to COL Patrick Burden, who has led GFEBS since August 2010 and welcome COL Matt Russell to the post. Under COL Burden’s leadership, GFEBS, our flagship ERP system, laid the foundation for the Army’s financial audit readiness. GFEBS was fully deployed in 2012 to 58,000 end users across 224 locations, and today processes nearly 200,000 transactions daily. The incredible success achieved by GFEBS has only been possible because of COL Burden and his team. I want to also congratulate COL Burden on his upcoming promotion to Brigadier General. Congratulations COL (P) Burden – you have been such an integral part of the PEO EIS team and are a true asset to the Army. The GFEBS PM is a big job and we have the utmost confidence that COL Russell is the right person for the job – welcome to the PEO EIS team, COL Russell – we look forward to working with you.
Finally, the Product Director Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) will transition leadership from Mr. Gabe Saliba to LTC Robert Williams on July 17. Gabe has led LMP in its mission to develop, acquire, field and sustain the world’s best equipment and services, providing Soldiers with a decisive advantage. To those transitioning out of PEO EIS, I thank you for your tireless service, your unwavering commitment to the mission and your dedicated support of the PEO EIS team – you will always be a part of the EIS family. To those we welcome to the team, we are pleased to have you with us, we look forward to continued success and together, we can continue to support every Soldier, every day, everywhere.
On June 24, PEO EIS held an ERP Industry Information Exchange at the Heroes Auditorium, Fort Belvoir, which was well attended – much of the information about our ERP systems can be found in the special ERP Vision Guide that we jointly produced with Federal Times and C4ISR & Networks: http://www.eis.army.mil/uploaded_files/ERP_VisionGuide1.pdf. We will be hosting more Information Exchanges in the near future—please check back frequently for information about these and other events on our Events page and in this space.
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.
Finally, 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 week of heavy travel to vacations and family reunions. Whether you serve in uniform or work in support of our servicemen and women, I thank you for your service. Whatever your plans this week 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.
June was National Safety Month in the Army, and it is of special concern to me with the holiday approaching that we remain aware and vigilant of firework and water safety, and that we designate a safe and sober driver as we enjoy the holiday. However you choose to celebrate please make safety paramount, and thank you for all that you do to support EIS programs and the Soldier.