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U.S. Army PD AMIS Announces RFID-IV Contract Award

By Beth Alltop, AMIS Strategic Communications

Alexandria, Va., April 9, 2014 – The U.S. Army Product Director, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (PD AMIS) announces award of the Radio Frequency Identification IV (RFID-IV) Contract to Savi Technology. The contract is a single award, Firm Fixed Price (FFP), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) for active RFID (aRFID) technology to include hardware, software and technical engineering services. The five-year contract has a ceiling value of $102 million, including a of three (3) year (36 months) base ordering period and two (2) one-year (12 month) options for aRFID technology solutions. PD AMIS offers aRFID products and solutions to Department of Defense (DOD), United States Coast Guard (USCG), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), coalition partners, other Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and all U.S. government federal agencies. Individuals interested in additional information on aRFID products and services offered may contact the Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Ms. Rebecca Heise, by email at rebecca.u.heise.civ@mail.mil; office (703) 545-2980; or DSN 865-2980.

“RFID-IV is a crucial element to the AMIS vision of a DOD-wide enterprise that leverages identification and information technologies to enable efficient use of global asset planning and the movement and tracking of personnel, equipment and sustainment cargo from home station to destination and back.” stated Mr. Jim Alexander, Product Director, AMIS. “The PD AMIS mission to provide the Department of Defense with AIT and RFID products and services continues realization through this contract award.”

PD AMIS has a diverse mission to support joint services executed under the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). PD AMIS provides a single point of contact for procurement, technical expertise, training and customer support for Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) and Transportation Coordinators’ - Automated Information for Movements System II (TC-AIMS II) products and services. In addition, PD AMIS supports the integration of automated movement and identification technologies into Army and Enterprise business processes. For more information about PD AMIS, visit www.pdamis.army.mil.

Contact: Beth Alltop
Strategic Communications
200 Stovall Street, Suite 5N35
Alexandria, VA 22332-2700
(703) 545-3057

elizabeth.p.alltop.ctr@mail.mil

Posted April 17, 2014

P2E Celebrates Its Five-Year Anniversary

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs

P2E celebrates its five-year anniversary.

Product Manager LTC Mollie Pearson cuts the cake with Mr. Jorge Caballero, Program Management Specialist/IPT Lead for Pacific, at the ceremony Apr. 9 celebrating the five year anniversary of Power Projection Enablers (P2E).

Posted April 16, 2014

Changes in Leadership at PdM P2E

By P2E Public Affairs


Mr. Art Olson

Congratulations to Mr. Art Olson on His Retirement

Mr. Art Olson, Deputy Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers (P2E) retired after more than 42 years of service to the U.S. Army as a Soldier, contractor and civilian. PdM P2E hosted a retirement ceremony March 19 in celebration of Mr. Olson’s impressive career. Guests included family, friends, and colleagues from across PEO EIS, industry, and the Army.

After serving in the Army for 20 years, Mr. Olson worked in industry for thirteen years and then he began his civil service career in 2003. Prior to his assignment as Deputy, P2E, Mr. Olson served as the Deputy, Technology Management Division, Program Manager Network Services Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Art was also assigned to U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command, where he was responsible for upgrading voice telecommunications systems and data networks for multiple Army installations in CONUS, Germany, Southwest Asia, Japan (including Navy and Marine Corps installations) and Korea.

Mr. Olson’s exceptional and varied experience helped to shape PdM P2E into the organization we all know. As the deputy product manager for P2E for the last 5 years, Mr. Olson has been responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and activities essential to the delivery of a standardized, global infrastructure and enterprise services in direct support of deployed forces worldwide managing workforce of 167 military, civilian and contractor personnel executing approximately $300 million annually.

The entire P2E family would like to thank Art for his exceptional service and wish him and his wife Fran a wonderful retirement.

Posted April 03, 2014

P2E Welcomes New Deputy Product Manager, Mr. Scott Ervin

By P2E Public Affairs


Mr. Erwin (third from left) is welcomed by P2E PdM LTC Mollie Pearson and other members of the team.

In March, PdM P2E welcomed a new Deputy Product Manager, Mr. Scott Ervin, to the P2E Family. Mr. Ervin has more than 27 years experience in managing, planning, operating and acquiring communications systems.

Before beginning his civilian career in 1997, Mr. Ervin served in the United States Army as an MOS 32D, Communications Circuit System Controller in Pirmasens, Germany, and in industry as a Technical Control Operator/Maintainer. Since beginning his civilian career, Mr. Ervin has served in a variety of positions including the Product Director, Baseband Systems, Deputy Product Director, Satellite Communications Systems; Chief of PD SCS' Integration, Implementation and Configuration Management; and Project Leader for Auxiliary Communications Shelter (ACS) supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Mr. Erwin enjoying some cake.

Mr. Ervin has also served as Chief of the Wideband Satellite Communications Cell in the Regional Satellite Communications Support Center (RSSC) – Europe for USARSTRAT, the Senior Contingency Communications System Planner for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)-Europe, and also the Operations Officer for Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) Station in Landstuhl, Germany.

Mr. Ervin is an active member of the Army Acquisition Corps with Level Three Certification in Program Management (2009). PdM P2E looks forward to learning from his varied experiences and working with him to fulfill the global P2E mission. Welcome, Scott Ervin!

Posted April 03, 2014

MC4 First Recipient of Excellence.gov Health IT Award

By Rachel Collins, MC4 Strategic Communications Office


Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) was honored by the American Council for Technology (ACT) and the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) on March 24 as the first recipient of the Excellence in Health IT award, a new Excellence.gov award category this year.

The award recognizes MC4’s work in continuing to provide deployed medical personnel with the means to electronically document soldier care, order medical supplies and provide commanders situational awareness.

“This isn’t about us or the MC4 staff; this award is for all the Soldiers who will benefit from having confidence that the injury or care they received in combat is recorded in their records,” MC4 Deputy Product Manager Orlando J. Illi said at the award reception.

“Their electronic records will continue to serve them if they make a claim with the VA after they retire or separate from the Army,” he continued. “This award is for all the Soldiers who were positively impacted by having an electronic medical record since 2003.”

The MC4 system has collected and transmitted more than 21.6 million electronic patient encounters since its initial operating capability in 2003.

“MC4 is a critical enabler to our commanders and Soldiers in the field as well as back in garrison,” said Reginald L. Bagby, portfolio manager of Enterprise Management Systems at Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). “Active Duty and the Army National Guard alike reap the benefit of the MC4 electronic medical record system. It is one of those programs where no one ever has to question its value.”

Posted April 02, 2014

PEO EIS programs win three ALTies Awards

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs


David J. Baker

Programs from PEO EIS took home awards in three categories in Army AL&T magazine’s second annual ALTies awards. The ALTies awards were announced at the Army AL&T’s second annual writer’s workshop given at the U.S. Army Acquisition Service Center (USAASC) headquarters here at Fort Belvoir Mar. 27, and were presented by Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch III.

The Project Director Reserve Component Automation Systems (PD RCAS) tied for Best Article for their excellent feature, “Wired for Success,” by LTC Jeffery T. Yon and Mr. Jeffrey C. Faulkner, which appeared in the October-December 2013 issue of AL&T. The Best Photo award went to Product Director Logistics Modernization Program (PD LMP) for the photo accompanying “Total Logistics Integration” in the January-March 2013 issue. LMP also took home the Best Ad award for their full-page ad featured in the October-December 2013 issue.

Congratulations to RCAS and LMP, and to all of the ALTies winners!

More information at ASC’s website: http://asc.army.mil/web/access-evts-the-write-stuff-army-alt-magazine-announces-annual-alties-winners/

Posted April 01, 2014

ALTESS Opens a New Virtual Computing Room

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs


Hon. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) [(ASA(ALT)], cuts the ceremonial ribbon in an impromptu ceremony opening ALTESS’s new virtual computing room as part of her tour of Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP) Mar. 5. ALTESS stakeholders BG L. Neil Thurgood, PEO Missiles & Space joins Ms. Shyu on the left, with BG John. J. McGuiness, PEO Ammo, on her right.

Posted March 31, 2014

PEO EIS Holds Unified Capabilities Industry Information Exchange

By Alison Dickson-Kozloski, PD ES, and Andi Fehl, PD EC2M


David J. Baker
Mr. Douglas Wiltsie introduces the first annual Unified Capabilities Information Exchange

The Project Director, Enterprise Services (PD ES) and Product Director, Enterprise Content Collaboration and Messaging (PD EC2M) successfully conducted an industry information exchange March 12-14, 2014. The event was synchronized with the Feb. 28 release of the UC Request for Information (RFI) and consisted of an all-day general session and two days of one-on-one question and answer discussions between government and industry. The government panels comprised of representatives from Army, Air Force, National Guard Bureau, and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). More than 300 civilians, military, contractors and private industry attended the general session, with participation from 37 vendors in the one-on-one sessions.

The intent of this event was to provide industry an opportunity to discuss the RFI with the generating organizations, as well as to provide feedback to the government on acquisition strategies to consider while developing the Request for Proposal (RFP), which will be open for an abbreviated six to nine month acquisition window.

The program was introduced by Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, PEO EIS, with keynotes by Dr. Jennifer Carter, DISA Component Acquisition Executive; Mr. Mike Krieger, Army Deputy CIO/G-6; and Brigadier General Kimberly Crider, U.S. Air Force. A series of panel discussions followed, which highlighted UC requirements, DISA requirements and hosting environment, and transition and information assurance.

The event provided significant market research that may be used to inform potential future acquisition efforts. In addition, discussions with industry partners highlighted where the government may assume risk and how tradeoffs can be made to deploy UC capabilities within desired timeframes.

Posted March 26, 2014

PD DWTS wows STEM students with latest in wireless technology and satellite communications

By PM DCATS Public Affairs


LTC Etienne shows students at Hammond Middle School some of the Army's satellite communications capabilities.

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, LTC Jeff Etienne, Project Director, Defense Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS), and other members of the DWTS organization participated in an Emerging Young Leaders Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Leadership Summit at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, Va.

PD DWTS is responsible for life cycle management of major defense terrestrial and Satellite Communications (SATCOM) programs. LTC Etienne, along with Mr. Michael Kane and Mr. Michael Walker, also of DWTS, provided students with the opportunity to experience hands-on the Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI) and, the CSS Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) functionality. Students were allowed to access email and websites and make phone calls to a network operation center using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Sponsored by the Psi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this event promoted leadership skills, character building and learning in STEM disciplines. One hundred and twenty students and thirty-five parents attended the all-day event. Ms. Andrea Sparks-Brown, Hammond Middle School principal, deemed the STEM Day “a very successful event. The students were engaged and intrigued with what the exhibitors had to offer.”

Posted March 21, 2014

PEO EIS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Information Exchange Conducted February 27

By Jo Manson, PEO EIS Public Affairs


Mr. Lee Weaver speaking before the ERP Information Exchange

PEO EIS conducted an ERP Information Exchange February 27 at Wood Theater, Fort Belvoir, VA. Over 250 attendees were present. The purpose of the event was to:

  • Identify Army ERP Services progress since meeting with industry on 5 APR 2013
  • Describe the Army ERP Services overarching strategy
  • Allow industry to assess their interest in competing for potential work

COL Harry Culclasure, PM AESIP, gave the opening remarks, and Mr. Lee Weaver, Deputy PD LMP and Chairman, ERP Services Contract IPT, provided administrative comments and the overarching strategy.

Panel members addressed the following topics:

  • Ms. Jessica Dobbeleare, Chief IT Branch D, ACC-RI -- Small Business Contract Vehicle and the Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)
  • Mr. Ed Wilgus, NIH IT Acquisition and Assessment Center -- Chief Information officer – Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) GWAC
  • Mr. George Albinson – ARDEC -- Army Shared Services Center

After the break, panel members participated in Q&A with industry attendees.

Posted March 04, 2014