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PEO EIS Welcomes Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden in Change of Charter Ceremony

By PEO EIS Public Affairs

BG Patrick W. Burden
U.S. Army photo by Monica King
BG Patrick W. Burden

November 29, 2016 – Ms. Terry Watson, Acting Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), officially relinquished the PEO EIS charter to BG Patrick W. Burden, former Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal, in a Change of Charter ceremony held today on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The ceremony was hosted by Army Acquisition Executive, Ms. Steffanie Easter.

Ms. Watson was selected as Acting PEO EIS for a second time in November 2015, having previously served in this role from May to October 2011. Throughout her long and successful career with PEO EIS, Ms. Watson has held almost every position in the PEO, from fielding and budget to Deputy PEO, a position she resumes November 29. Her guidance has been instrumental in transforming the Army enterprise through innovative acquisition and material readiness solutions that enable information dominance and the PEO EIS mission of supporting every Soldier, every day, everywhere.

BG Burden held the position of Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal from October 2014 to November 2016. In this role, he led the mission to develop and procure conventional and leap-ahead munitions to increase the Warfighter's combat power.

Before his arrival at Picatinny, BG Burden served as the Deputy to the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Prior to that position, BG Burden led two PEO EIS programs, as the Project Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), an enterprise resource planning system within the PEO EIS portfolio, and the Product Manager, Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (J-AIT), now part of the Product Lead Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (AMIS).

“It is my distinct pleasure to return to PEO EIS to lead this remarkable team of Soldiers, Civilians and contractors,” said BG Burden. “PEO EIS’ accomplishments are well-respected throughout the acquisition community, as is its dedication to a diverse, complicated and vital mission – connecting the global Army.”

“Terry Watson has led this organization seamlessly and with great success through two transitions, in addition to having served as Deputy PEO for more than five years,” he continued. “She is an extraordinary leader who has been the heart of the organization. Her commitment to the well-being of the team, the mission, and the future of PEO EIS is commendable, and I join the team in thanking her for her leadership.”

Media contact: Ms. Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs Officer, 703-806-3156, ellyn.m.kocher.civ@mail.mil

Posted November 29, 2016

GFEBS Dedication Ceremony at Polk Building

By Ms. Pamella Gray, GFEBS Public Communications


Ms. Jane Flowers

In a continued effort to pay homage to Veteran's Day, General Fund Enterprise Business System held a dedication ceremony naming the organization's conference rooms on November 10. All of the conference rooms were named after Soldiers that have fallen during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

"This has just been a banner week for us," remarked COL Matt Russell, GFEBS project manager. "It is so humbling, knowing what these men sacrificed, and to be able to make this small dedication to them during the week of Veteran's Day has been incredible." In addition to the dedication of the conference rooms, COL Russell and members of the GFEBS team participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier November 9.

The conference rooms were dedicated to Specialist Salvator Guinta, the first living Medal of Honor Recipient since the Vietnam War; Private First Class Ross McGinnis, the youngest Army recipient of the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Staff Sergeant Jerad Monti, was the first Army Medal of Honor for Operation Enduring Freedom.

The final conference room honors MG Harold Green.

"Although Major General Green was not a Medal of Honor recipient, he was family," Russell noted.

Greene was killed in Afghanistan while serving as Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. Before taking command he worked within the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) community.

"Many of us in this room knew MG Greene first hand and worked with him on some level," Russell reflected. "I cannot think of a more befitting name for this conference room, and hopefully we will remember his wisdom whenever we use it."

Posted November 18, 2016

GFEBS team conducted a Wreath Laying Ceremony

By GFEBS Public Affairs

PM GFEBS COL Matt Russell and members of the GFEBS team conducted a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, Nov. 7, in honor of the veterans within the GFEBS program.

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Posted November 15, 2016

LMP's Bill Parker-Combes Selected as GWAC-SOLE Logistician of the Year

By Ms. Christine McMahon (LMP)

LMP's Bill Parker-Combes, Assistant Product Manager for Development and Deployment, accepts his award as the Logistician of the Year from GWAC-SOLE during an awards luncheon on 26 October 2016.
Josh Hackett, LMP PMO
LMP's Bill Parker-Combes, Assistant Product Manager for Development and Deployment, accepts his award as the Logistician of the Year from GWAC-SOLE during an awards luncheon on 26 October 2016.

On 26 October 2016, LMP's Bill Parker-Combes (right) was honored as the Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC) of SOLE - The International Society of Logistics' Logistician of the Year!

Bill serves as the LMP Assistant Product Manager for Development and Deployment, and earned this award for his leadership and outstanding initiative to successfully design, develop, and deploy the LMP Increment 2 to the Army Materiel Command, bringing the system's user base to 30,000 worldwide. His efforts will contribute to delivering $1.4 billion in operational benefits to the Army over the program's lifecycle and avoid $43 million in costs. Bill was recognized today for demonstrated abilities, superior commitment to mission excellence, and exceptional performance in order to further strengthen the strongest Army in the world.

Congratulations Bill!

Posted November 10, 2016

Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden to Assume PEO EIS Charter

By PEO EIS Public Affairs

BG Patrick W. Burden
U.S. Army photo by Monica King
BG Patrick W. Burden

On Nov. 29, 2016, Ms. Terry Watson, Acting Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), will officially relinquish the PEO EIS charter to BG Patrick W. Burden, Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal, in a Change of Charter ceremony on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The ceremony will be hosted by Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Ms. Steffanie Easter.

Ms. Watson was selected as the Acting PEO in May 2011, and served as the Acting PEO EIS through October 2011, when she resumed her position as Deputy PEO EIS. She was again selected as Acting PEO EIS in November 2015, and currently serves in this position. In this role, she has been responsible for the development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of the Army’s enterprise information systems, overseeing an annual budget of nearly $2 billion.

Throughout her long and successful career with PEO EIS, Ms. Watson has held multiple roles with ever-increasing leadership responsibilities. Her guidance has been instrumental in transforming the Army enterprise through implementation of innovative acquisition and material readiness solutions that enable information dominance and the PEO EIS mission of supporting every Soldier, every day, everywhere. She will resume Deputy PEO status after the Change of Charter ceremony.

BG Burden became Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal in October 2014, where he led the mission to develop and procure conventional and leap-ahead munitions to increase the Warfighter's combat power.

Before his arrival at Picatinny, BG Burden served as the Deputy to the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Prior to that position, BG Burden was the Project Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), an enterprise resource planning system within the PEO EIS portfolio.

Media contact: Ms. Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs Officer, 703-806-3156, ellyn.m.kocher.civ@mail.mil

Posted October 28, 2016

LMP APdM Supports Future Acquisition Officer’s Goals

By LMP PMO Public Affairs

On 12 October 2016, Woodbridge Senior High School (Woodbridge, VA) Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet (CDT) Karen Ordonez shadowed Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) Assistant Product Manager (APdM) CPT Maureen Minder to learn more about the role Army Acquisition Officers play in supporting Soldiers worldwide.

CPT Minder volunteers her time to support the high school’s JROTC program and CDT Ordonez recently expressed her interest in joining the Acquisition Corps and serving the Army in a similar role as CPT Minder. During their visit, CPT Minder took CDT Ordonez to the Pentagon to speak with several LMP partners and leaders, where she learned more about the LMP and its role in supporting the Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) mission. CDT Ordonez was even able to observe CPT Minder briefing leadership on the status of the LMP Total Package Fielding effort.

CDT Ordonez is currently a high school senior who serves as the Logistics Officer for her JROTC program. Her goal is to attend the University of Virginia where she intends to major in political science and join the ROTC program.

With her interest and enthusiasm, along with support from people like CPT Minder, we wish CDT Ordonez all the best as she works to achieve her goals!

Posted October 24, 2016

RCAS Exhibits at the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the U.S. (EANGUS) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA from August 21-23, 2016

By Robert G. Medley, RCAS Public Affairs Officer

Pete Van Schagen and Jim Cook meet with an ARNG Soldier who is completing a quick RCAS Survey during the event. Photo provided by: Pete Van Schagen, RCAS Product Owner and Release Support team member.
Pete Van Schagen and Jim Cook meet with an ARNG Soldier who is completing a quick RCAS Survey during the event. Photo provided by: Pete Van Schagen, RCAS Product Owner and Release Support team member.

New Orleans, LA – Members of the RCAS team had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Soldiers and personnel from the Army and Air National Guard across the 54 States and Territories who attended the EANGUS Conference. The event was a huge success and provided the RCAS Team with the ability to get first hand user feedback to help make RCAS Products and Services better. For more information on how RCAS may be able to support your organization, please contact Mr. Jim Cook, Chief, Software Sustainment Division for RCAS phone at 703-806-3071 or by email at jim.n.cook.civ@mail.mil.

Posted September 14, 2016

RCAS LEADS THE WAY WITH AGILE SOLUTIONS FOR DOD

By Robert G. Medley, RCAS Public Affairs Officer

Mr. Robert Reid, standing, Senior Program Director for the RCAS Prime Contractor, opened the deep dive with introductions of the DAU and RCAS staff and covered the days agenda. Photo provided by Mr. Pete Van Schagen, RCAS Support Contractor.
Mr. Robert Reid, standing, Senior Program Director for the RCAS Prime Contractor, opened the deep dive with introductions of the DAU and RCAS staff and covered the days agenda. Photo provided by Mr. Pete Van Schagen, RCAS Support Contractor.

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is endorsing the Reserve Component Automation Systems (RCAS) Agile Solution Factory (ASF) as an experience-based best practice across the DoD including the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. On 9 August 2016, members of DAU’s Foundational Learning Directorate (FLD) and Capital and Northeast (CNE) Region met with members of the RCAS program to conduct deep-dive discussions into four specific areas of the RCAS ASF: RCAS Agile transformation approach (including the RCAS Innovation Engine); implementing Agile at an enterprise scale (including optimizing Agile); integrating Information Assurance across the Agile lifecycle and implementing Earned Value Management (EVM) within Agile (Agile EVM). This meeting was a follow up from a previous session with DAU on 11 May on how RCAS transformed to Agile; this provided an overview of the RCAS ASF and its workings, and a tour of the RCAS ASF with the RCAS product family scrum lanes. DAU is working with DoD on advancing agile in government and has advertised RCAS’s work as a prime example of Agile transformation.

Mr. Robert Reid, Senior Program Director for the RCAS Prime Contractor, explained that RCAS successfully transitioned from a waterfall methodology to an agile methodology within the first 45 days of the contract (during the contract transition phase). Robert talked about the transition to agile methodology within 45 days and how the scrum teams went through storming-norming-performing phases in the new agile development methodology. As the team began to implement automation (including test automation and continuous integration), the RCAS ASF started showing optimal performance within the first 6 months. The Agile approach focuses on quick and responsive software development designed to optimize the use and effectiveness of the RCAS suite of applications for Soldiers. The implementation of Agile has had far-reaching effects across the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) by enabling RCAS to release high-quality products and services more frequently to meet stakeholders’ requirements on time and on point.

Having stabilized the operation within the Agile Solution Factory, RCAS is driving towards DevOps and further optimizing and measuring the performance of the ASF. At a cultural level, DevOps is a set of tools that breaks the wall between operations and development and molds a uniform team which results in an optimal solution for the warfighter. It focuses on automating as many tests as practical, provides early feedback, and includes security from beginning to end. This is an example of the constant innovation within the RCAS program.

DAU looked at the RCAS ASF model to see how other programs can use the agile approach to shape their future in a more effective and efficient manner. The key to RCAS’s success is transparency with the stakeholders and a trusting relationship with its contractors. RCAS’s Agile management tool, VersionOne, provides a single, user-friendly system for planning and tracking all of the “epics” (ongoing implementation initiatives), sprints, user stories, defects, tasks, tests and issues. Being able to responsibly empower teams and create high trust/quality delivery environments has yielded significant benefits for RCAS as software is released every quarter to accommodate ever-changing operating environments that demand innovative, adaptable information technology solutions. It also allows developers to satisfy key requirements through close collaboration with end users.

RCAS is excited to work with DAU to promote Agile solutions and looks forward to sharing Agile successes in the future. If you would like more information about the implementation of Agile in Government please contact any of the individuals below: Mr. Dennis J. Lujan, RCAS Product Lead at 703-806-3095 or dennis.j.lujan.civ@mail.mil Mr. Bob Skertic, IT Learning Director, DAU at 703-805-5281 or bob.skertic@dau.mil

RCAS is a world class information technology program that leverages Government acquisition and industry technical expertise to successfully empower the citizen Soldiers of our nation with integrated web-based enterprise software solutions and support services that enhance the efficiencies of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve by providing multiple automation capabilities to the over 500,000 Soldiers serving in the Army’s Reserve Component.

Posted September 14, 2016

Mr. Richard Kendig assumes the Charter for the Product Director Aviation Logistics

By Public Affairs Office


Mr. Richard Kendig assumes the Charter for the Product Director Aviation Logistics from COL Harry Culclasure, Project Manager, AESIP, in a ceremony held July 19 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Posted August 25, 2016

Product Lead for Enterprise Computing (PL EC) hosting AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016 workshop

By Joshua Prible, PL EC

The Product Lead for Enterprise Computing (PL EC) announced that it will host a workshop from 0800-0900 on 3 August 2016 at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016 conference. The workshop will cover two of PL EC’s initiatives: Army Application Migration and the Army Enterprise Service Desk (AESD).

Speakers include Ms. Johanna Curry, Project Officer for the Army Application Migration Business Office (AAMBO) and Mr. Dennis Kelly, Product Lead for Enterprise Computing.

Workshop topics will include:

  • How the Army will rationalize its portfolio of systems and applications
  • The Army’s migration process and AAMBO’s role in tracking and reporting the movement of applications across the enterprise
  • Discussion on FedRAMP and DoD’s Provisional Authorization processes and how the Army leverages this existing data for assessment and authorization
  • Discussion on cloud services contract requirements and how to manage the risk of using non-DoD federal contracts for DoD cloud
  • Plans for shared support, common/utility services implementation, and security services for all enterprise environments
  • What is the Army Enterprise Service Desk (AESD) Federation and who does it serve?
  • Various initiatives under AESD
  • Discussion of AESD Strategic goals for the near term

One hour of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for participating in this workshop.

About PL EC
PL EC provides future-focused solutions that modernize and optimize enterprise information technology activities through cost-effective and policy-compliant delivery of cutting edge infrastructure and services. PL EC is identified as the lead for cloud initiatives identified by the Department of Defense and Army as they are develop and are matured to a point requiring program management support. One of PL EC’s key initiatives is The Army Application Migration Business Office (AAMBO). AAMBO is the Army’s central office for application migration, providing planning support for the movement of approximately 12,000 applications to enterprise environments.

About AESD
AESD provides the single point of contact for all LandWarNet (LWN) IT service requests, issues, or inquiries. The AESD provides round the clock support services to Army sites and functional organizations. It is the primary point of contact for LWN IT service consumers in CONUS and is integrated with the Army NetOps facilities providing IT service operations within each of the theaters. The AESD provides the focal point for coordination with DOD and Army support organizations.

Posted July 14, 2016