PEO Perspective July 2015
The summer is fully upon us and with it comes leadership transitions, industry days, and important commemorations and celebrations of the Army and our Nation!
In June, we welcomed new leadership and celebrated the significant accomplishments in our Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PD WESS), Army Human Resource Systems (PD AHRS), and Power Projection Enablers (P2E) product offices under the exemplary guidance of our transitioning leaders.
The month began with the Product Manager, Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PD WESS) Assumption of Charter on June 4. We honored and said farewell to LTC Samuel Ancira, who has led WESS since it was chartered in 2012 to provide management and control support for Wideband Control and Satellite Control Systems programs. Under LTC Ancira’s leadership, WESS supported Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) launches while simultaneously achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program. WESS provides critical satellite communications capability to diverse customers worldwide ranging from the Oval Office to the Soldier’s foxhole to international partners. Mr. Michael McGarvey, who has been Deputy Product Manager WESS since 2013, is the Acting PD, bringing a significant amount of expertise after nearly a decade of experience working with wideband satellite systems.
The Product Director Army Human Resource Systems (PD AHRS) welcomed Mr. Lee James, III, as the new PD on June 15. Already a member of the PEO EIS team, Lee formerly served as the Deputy Project Director, Force Management System (PD FMS) and within the General Funds Enterprise Business System program office. He brings a vast amount of acquisition and logistics experience with him, and takes over from Mr. Greg Riley who has done an excellent job as the acting product director since May.
Lastly, we recognized the significant accomplishments of P2E under COL Mollie Pearson’s leadership and welcomed LTC Greg Soule to the team on June 30. COL Pearson joined the PEO EIS team in 2008 and served in several leadership positions before being selected as the PdM P2E – one of our most complex and diverse missions. Scattered across 16 time zones, P2E has a global team of over 140 people stationed at Fort Belvoir, Germany, Kuwait, Korea, and Hawaii, and is responsible for managing the installation and modernization of IT assets for the Army outside the Continental United States (OCONUS). A Fed 100 award winner for 2015, COL Pearson is headed to the Army Senior Service College and was selected to O6-level Acquisition Commander. COL Pearson’s achievements at P2E are truly a testament to her leadership and to the commitment of the entire P2E team. We welcome LTC Gregory Soules, who comes to us with a deep understanding of acquisition and program management from the PM, ASAALT and industry perspectives – an extremely strong background that I know will help P2E continue the tradition of excellence in supporting every Soldier, every day, everywhere.
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 will continue to support every Soldier, every day, everywhere. The pace won’t slow in July with an additional five Changes of Charter, so stay tuned!
Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (PD CHESS) held an Industry Day at Wallace Theater, Fort Belvoir on June 10. Over 500 Department of Army civilians, military, contractors and private industry participated in the discussion about Army Desktop Mobile Computing – 3, better known as ADMC-3, and the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – 3 Services, or ITES-3S, contracting opportunities. Later this summer, Product Director Enterprise Computing will also host an Industry Day, and PEO EIS will be hosting more thematic Information Exchanges in the near future—please check back frequently for information about these and other events on our Events page.
The Army’s 240th Birthday did not go unheralded at PEO EIS. We celebrated with a cake cutting ceremony on June 12 and then joined in some fun with colleagues and family at our annual Organization Day on June 26. 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. I’m very proud of this organization and the fine people who serve it support of our Nation.
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. With the holiday approaching, please remain aware and vigilant of firework and water safety, and that you designate a safe and sober driver as we enjoy 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 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.
However you choose to celebrate please make safety paramount, and thank you for all that you do to support EIS programs and the Soldier.