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Assumption of Charter Ceremony Ushers in New Leadership for WESS

By James Christopherson, PM DCATS Communications Team

Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS) COL Charles Stein hosted an Assumption of Charter ceremony on August 14, 2015 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to officially recognize the change in leadership for the Product Director Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PD WESS). The incoming PD WESS, LTC Joel Babbitt, accepted responsibility for the program from the outgoing PD WESS, Mr. Michael McGarvey.

WESS is the Army’s manager for the acquisition, development and modernization of wideband enterprise satellite communication systems and state-of-the-art satellite network control systems. WESS systems integrate into a system-of-systems architecture supporting strategic communications infrastructure, Presidential communications, the Defense Information Systems Network, Army LandWarNet, the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and strategic reach-back for deployed forces.

“LTC Babbitt’s aggressive, perseverant approach to challenges and laser-focused dedication to every mission he undertakes will be an invaluable asset to the WESS program during his tenure,” said COL Stein.

COL Stein presented the Civilian Achievement Medal to the outgoing product manager, Mr. Mike McGarvey, in recognition of his leadership and accomplishments during his tenure as PD WESS. “Nothing happens if it isn’t for the team and the family that we have with the employees, contractors, and matrix support folks in PD WESS and PM DCATS,” Mr. McGarvey said. “The support is phenomenal and they’re always highly motivated to make the mission happen for the Army. And each and every one of them gives 100%. Everybody makes it happen every day.” Mr. McGarvey continues with PD WESS, returning to the post of Deputy Product Director which he held prior to selection to serve a short assignment as PD WESS.

“I have already seen in the PD WESS team a team of dedicated professionals that know what they’re doing and have a stellar reputation throughout the community; both the strategic signal community as well as the acquisition community,” said LTC Babbitt.

LTC Babbitt comes to PM DCATS from the Program Executive Office Command Control Communications Tactical (PEO C3T) where he served for three years as Product Manager, Warfighter Information Network – Tactical Increment 1 (PdM WIN-T Increment 1). As PdM WIN-T Increment 1, LTC Babbitt introduced WiFi to the tactical Army and enroute communications to the Global Response Force. Prior to that, LTC Babbitt was the Product Manager for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PdM C4I) for a unit under the United States Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was responsible for funding, developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining all communications and intelligence support systems and capabilities for the US Military’s most elite units.

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Posted August 24, 2015

GFEBS Expands Its Future Concepts

By Ms. Pam Gray, GFEBS Communications Team

General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) Project Manager COL William Russell hosted the GFEBS Increment II assumption of charter ceremony July 31 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and welcomed back Mr. Brendan Burke. Mr. Burke, former Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions product director, returns to PEO EIS from Army Senior Service College.

Commenting on Mr. Burke’s path ahead, COL Russell stated, “I believe this is a perfect opportunity for Brendan. I am very thankful the he is joining this team. [He] can start to resource a team … and build, mold, and shape the right skillsets to accomplish this extremely important mission.”

GFEBS was the first Enterprise Resource Planning structure to fully deploy within the Department of the Army and GFEBS Increment II will continue improving the Army’s business processes. Increment II will allow for full cost reporting of the Army’s outputs (products and services) and will create an auditable trail. It will also accommodate emerging requirements for enhanced financial integration, Army single labor time tracking and environmental and integrated resource management. These requirements not only provide additional capability, but improve automated integration of financial data, enhance business process efficiencies, increase interoperability and maintain auditability.

At the ceremony, Mr. Burke thanked those who have had a hand in this career and this new position and noted that he was up to the task of starting a new acquisition program, stating, “I am excited about the challenge. I am humbled by the opportunity that COL Russell has given me.”

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Posted August 20, 2015


By Ms. Katherine Hutton, IPPS-A

Photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

PEO EIS held a ceremony July 30 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia to officially recognize the change of charter for the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) Increment (INC) II.

IPPS-A is the Army’s future Web-based Human Resources (HR) solution to provide integrated HR capabilities across all Army Components: Active Army, Army Reserves, and the National Guard. As a result of its implementation, IPPS-A will provide a centralized resource for Soldiers, Leaders, and HR Professionals to better manage personnel and pay information.

The current Product Manager, COL Kevin Vanyo, transitioned leadership to LTC Nicole Reinhardt in a ceremony hosted by COL James “Darby” McNulty. COL Vanyo has served as the INC II Product Manager since November 2012. COL Vanyo has been selected to the position of Military Deputy at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

Under COL Vanyo’s leadership, IPPS-A fully deployed INC I and began the development and fielding phase of INC II. “COL Vanyo has been a true professional and a driving force of this team,” said COL McNulty.

LTC Reinhardt comes to IPPS-A from PEO Soldier as the Product Director for Soldiers Systems and Integration. She will now be responsible for the development, integration, testing, fielding and sustainment of IPPS-A INC II, which will provide the majority of IPPS-A functionality.

“I told my family [before the ceremony], ‘take a look behind you because we just expanded our family,’” said LTC Reinhardt. “We have a new Army family. I am grateful for who I see out here and I look forward to what’s to come.”

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Posted August 06, 2015

Government, Leading Cloud Services Companies Attend Army Cloud Hosting Contract Vehicle Industry Day

By Product Director, Enterprise Computing

Photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

On July 29, the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) Product Director, Enterprise Computing (PD EC), hosted 129 industry and government representatives at an Army Cloud Hosting Contract Vehicle (CHCV) Industry Day at Fort Belvoir.

Government representatives from the Department of Defense’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Army’s CIO, Army Contracting Command - Rock Island, and PEO EIS participated in a technical information exchange with industry representatives from some of the country’s leading cloud service providers.

“The CHCV industry day was a marked success for PEO EIS and the Army at large,” said Product Director Archie Mackie. “It’s through events like the one held today that the Army learns what industry is truly capable of providing, and if the Army’s expectations and requests are feasible. Today’s exchange of information was enlightening, and a step in the right direction.”

The CHCV industry day was held in connection with a Request for Information (RFI) released on July 1 through The RFI seeks information on consolidated and integrated commercial service delivery capabilities for providing cloud computing to Army applications in three major categories: general cloud essential capabilities, common technical requirements, and performance specifications and parameters.

For more details on the Army CHCV or view presentations from the CHCV industry day, visit

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Posted August 05, 2015

Change of Charter for Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs

Photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

Mr. Michael Padden, Project Manager Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities (I3C2), hosted a change of charter ceremony July 10 officially transferring the Project Manager I3MP charter, which becomes a product director position, from LTC Robert “RJ” Mikesh to LTC Gus Muller.

I3MP provides a robust and scalable networked information infrastructure that allows migration to a network-centric, knowledge-based operation and enhances connectivity between forward deployed forces with CONUS, Europe and Pacific-based forces. I3MP is a part of the joint effort to improve and protect LandWarNet by enhancing the infrastructure for better efficiency and effectiveness of the network and Army interoperability across the Department of Defense.

I3MP enables the Soldier via the modernization of IT infrastructure and life cycle management of the Army’s CONUS installation campus area networks and strategic command centers.

LTC Mikesh led I3MP since July 2012. During his tenure, LTC Mikesh worked closely with NETCOM, DISA and 7 Signal Command to implement elements of the Army CIO/G-6’s IT network modernization plan at all CONUS camps, posts and stations.

LTC Gus Muller most recently led the Plans and Programs team under the Director of Plans, Programs, and Resources for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology [ASA(ALT)], Pentagon, and has held leadership positions at Program Manager Future Combat Systems and Army Test and Evaluation Command. He is DAU Level III certified in Program Management and in Test & Evaluation.

Welcome, LTC Muller, and thank you for your service, LTC Mikesh!

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Posted August 04, 2015

PEO-EIS hosts Change of Charter for Product Manager DOD Biometrics

By Jeannette Algera, Biometrics Strategic Communications

Photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), hosted a ceremony July 16 officially transferring the PM DOD Biometrics charter from COL Sandy Vann-Olejasz to the incoming product manager, COL Donald Hurst.

DOD Biometrics designs, engineers, acquires, deploys, and sustains Enterprise biometric solutions in multiple operating environments enabling identity dominance on the battlefield and across The Department of Defense. DOD Biometric systems capture, transmit, store, manage, share, retrieve, and display biometric data for timely identification or identity verification. These systems are mission enablers for force protection, intelligence, physical and logical access control, identity management/credentialing, detention and interception operations.

COL Vann has led DOD Biometrics since July 2011. During her tenure, COL Vann implemented an enduring and affordable biometrics capability that will revolutionize the ways the DOD, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice will complete national security missions.

COL Hurst most recently held the position of Director, Fires and Force Protection, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology [ASA(ALT)], Pentagon. COL Hurst began is Army service in 1992 as a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of California – Davis, and was commissioned Military Intelligence branch detailed to the Armor Corps.

Welcome, COL Hurst, and thank you for your service, COL Vann!

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Posted August 03, 2015

PEO EIS CIO speaks at DOD industry day

By David Wood, PEO EIS Public Affairs

Mr. Bezwada provided an overview of the current threats to the network that have informed DoD's network priorities. Chief among these is to ensure complete operational awareness across the network to identify threats and provide cyber defenses. The Joint Regional Security Stacks that are currently being fielded help achieve this vision by replacing the thousands of individual installation firewalls with a handful of robust, standard security stacks.

Mr. Bezwada also discussed the Army's network modernization efforts to increase network capacity, enhance network security, utilize cloud-based enterprise service, standardize network operations, employ application security, and leverage big data analytics. He specifically emphasized how all the efforts rely on increasing capacity. "If we take bandwidth out of the picture, then innovation is unlimited," said Mr. Bezwada.

Addressing DoD's move towards the Joint Information Environment, Mr. Bezwada reminded the audience that the department has done this before. "We've been doing this for a decade in the Pentagon where 14 services and agencies work together on a common network," said Mr. Bezwada. "The joint environment only works if all the services and agencies come together to make things happen."

Mr. Bezwada also provided insight into the Army's data strategy concept which includes moving simple user data, like Office documents and PDFs to a commercial cloud services. Currently this type of data comprising about 80 percent of the Army's total storage.

The DoD-wide event also included presentations from Mr. David Cotton, DoD Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise, and Mr. Jessie Showers, DISA's Infrastructure Executive.

Posted July 31, 2015

PEO EIS Military Deputy, COL Darrell Bennis, retires

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs

Photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

COL Darrell Bennis, Military Deputy for PEO EIS, retired from Active Duty in the U.S. Army Reserve July 10 in a ceremony held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, after 27 years of service.

More than 30 close colleagues and friends gathered with Bennis’ family at the Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club to honor the colonel, who has been the military deputy for PEO EIS since July 2013.

In this role, Bennis led the important mission of liaison between the PEO’s military and civilian personnel, providing guidance for all military-specific policies and procedures, and connecting with our Soldiers to ensure their success at the next level.

“In all of his roles, Darrell has demonstrated tenacity and skill in getting the right equipment, services, and training for our Soldiers, and a lifetime commitment to the mission,” said Mr. Doug Wiltsie, PEO EIS. “He dedicated himself to the mission of preparing our next generation of leaders to meet evolving challenges head on and implement creative solutions to really hard problems.”

Bennis’ was a former assistant product manager for Transportation Information Systems, now part of the Product Director Automated Movement and Identification Solutions, and held leadership positions at PEO Combat Service, Combat Service Support (PEO CS CSS) and the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, or(TACOM LCMC, and was a Reserve Component proponency officer at the Army Acquisition Support Center before he attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

“From Rifle Platoon Leader and XO to Battalion Motor Officer, S4, and a company commander for an Infantry Company, it’s hard to find an assignment that Darrell hasn’t held,” said Wiltsie, demonstrating the diversity of experience that Bennis gained in his years of service, “and he has excelled in every one.”

COL Bennis retires as a decorated Army officer with numerous commendations and awards, including five Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and three Army Achievement Medals, as well as certification as a Level III Program Management and Information Technology Army Acquisition Officer. During the ceremony, he was presented with the Legion of Merit award, a PEO star note with the framed Lone Soldier portrait, letters from Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and a U.S. flag flown over the Pentagon June 14 in honor of his service.

“COL Bennis’ wide breadth of previous experience prepared him to be an outstanding MILDEP here at EIS, and he will be missed,” concluded Wiltsie.

Thank you for your service, COL Bennis, and enjoy your retirement!

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Posted July 27, 2015

PEO EIS to Host Army Cloud Hosting Contract Vehicle Industry Day July 29

By Product Director, Enterprise Computing Communications Team

On July 29, the Product Director, Enterprise Computing (PD EC) will host an Army Cloud Hosting Contract Vehicle (CHCV) Industry Day at Fort Belvoir. Program presentations include the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer on Cloud Policy, Army CIO/G6 on Army Cloud Strategy, and PD EC’s overview of the CHCV approach.

“The CHCV Industry Day will be a great source of information to industry on Army’s strategy and approach to DOD cloud policy”, said Mr. Archie Mackie, product director for EC. “We’re excited to engage with industry through our RFI, which closed on July 16, and this Industry Day July 29. Through these exchanges, industry and government are better informed about Army’s cloud services requirements and industry’s ability to provide and support them.”

Requirements Army is seeking include applications and associated data for migration to the commercial cloud. To accomplish migration, the Army intends to award a multiple award task order contract (MATOC) or indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for cloud computing services. The number of applications, their readiness to migrate, and their end user populations will drive the magnitude of requirements, including data storage, transaction volume, and modernization needs. Cloud services adoption will grow substantially over the contract’s period of performance as the Army consolidates data centers and transfers eligible applications to the commercial cloud.

As the acquisition lead for the Army CHCV, PD EC is requesting information on commercial service delivery capabilities for providing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud computing capabilities to Army applications.

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Posted July 23, 2015

GFEBS-SA Change of Charter

By Pamella Gray, GFEBS public communications

Photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

LTC Matthew Schramm relinquished the charter for General Fund Enterprise Business System Sensitive Activities (GFEBS-SA) to LTC Timothy McGrew at a change of charter ceremony June 29, in Alexandria, Virginia, hosted by General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) Project Manager COL William Russell.

At the ceremony, COL Russell commended LTC Schramm for his work and dedication during his tenure as product manager, GFEBS-SA, “Based on some tough lessons learned, some significant accomplishments, tremendous risk reduction and great work by [LTC Schramm] and his team, it really couldn’t have been done any better.”

Echoing COL Russell’s sentiments, LTC McGrew said, “We will continue with the tradition of excellence, improvement and teamwork as we move forward. Thank you for what you have done and providing me with a smooth transition.”

LTC Schramm was the first product manager for GFEBS-SA and faced the challenge of starting up a new sister program to GFEBS, the first Enterprise Resource Planning structure to fully deploy within the Department of the Army. Today, GFEBS and GFEBS-SA work together to provide sensitive activity communities tools to provide decision support information, analytical data and sustain warfighting capability.

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Posted July 23, 2015