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Power Projection Enablers Gains Eighth Army Recognition

By Brittney M. Brown, Strategic Communications


The Product Manager (PdM) Power Projection Enablers (P2E) office was recently recognized during a ribbon cutting ceremony held for the new Eighth Army Headquarters at Camp Humphreys, Korea. LTG Thomas S. Vandal, Commanding General Eighth Army, gave a heartfelt thanks to members of the P2E family for their support in engineering, installing and testing the Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Management (C4IM) systems within the Headquarters’ facility.

P2E’s C4IM deliverables included providing the necessary infrastructure for proper use of Command Information Displays and Video Teleconference Systems, as well as providing access to several networks. P2E’s PdM LTC Gregory S. Soulé believes P2E’s success within this project, like others, is a result of the team’s relentless pursuit of excellence and efficiency.

“I am extremely proud of the combined P2E team and our capability to deliver to the Eighth Army,” said LTC Soulé. “LTG Vandal’s recognition of the team is greatly appreciated and is indicative of the outstanding teamwork and dedication from all stakeholders involved.”

The engineering and installation of the C4IM systems were conducted through the use of P2E’s military, government civilian, and contractor support. This project was included in Increment 2c of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) portion of the Yongsan Relocation Plan & Land Partnership Plan (YRP/LPP).

According to P2E’s Duane Rothe, an Integrated Project Team (IPT) lead, P2E provided additional support as the Eighth Army began to put the systems to use.

“As the warfighters’ began to train on the [C4IM] systems, we listened to their suggestions and implemented system changes to more clearly reflect their operational needs and increase the Eighth Army’s operational effectiveness,” said Rothe.

As the YRP/LPP project moves forward, P2E will continue to support the mission through various C4I projects.

“P2E looks forward to continued execution of C4I roll-out, and teaming with our stakeholders to facilitate the movement of the remaining units, critical commands and control headquarters affected by YRP/LPP,” said LTC Soulé.

Posted August 21, 2017

LMP Welcomes Lieutenant Colonel Michael N. Parent as its Product Manager

By Ms. Christine Irving (LMP)

On 28 June 2017, PM AESIP COL Harry Culclasure (center) hosted the LMP Change of Charter at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ where LTC Michael N. Parent (right) assumed the LMP Charter from LTC Robert M. Williams (left).
Erin Usawicz, Picatinny Arsenal Photographic Services
On 28 June 2017, PM AESIP COL Harry Culclasure (center) hosted the LMP Change of Charter at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ where LTC Michael N. Parent (right) assumed the LMP Charter from LTC Robert M. Williams (left).

On June 28, 2017, Colonel Harry R. Culclasure, Project Manager, Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP), hosted the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) Change of Charter Ceremony at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. In attendance were Mr. Nathan Godwin, Army Materiel Command (AMC) Deputy G-3/4 Operations & Logistics; Brigadier General Patrick Burden, Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS); Brigadier General Alfred F. Abramson III, Commanding General, Picatinny Arsenal; Mr. Anthony J. Sebasto, Executive Director, Enterprise and System Integration Center; U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center; and guests from AMC, Communications-Electronics Command, the AESIP Project Management Office, and the LMP Product Management Office. During the ceremony, Colonel Culclasure transitioned the LMP charter from Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. Williams to Lieutenant Colonel Michael N. Parent.

"Command is among the most important elements of our Army's organization and how we support Soldiers every day," said Colonel Culclasure during the ceremony. "No function is more meaningful. No position is more robust." Lieutenant Colonel Parent will now lead the LMP as it enters its next chapter in Defense Information Systems Agency migration, fulfilling financial auditability requirements, sustainment modernization work efforts, and planning future work with AMC. Lieutenant Colonel Parent joins the LMP from the Defense Logistics Agency and brings with him experience as both an Armor Officer, Supply and Services Officer, as well as serving as a member of the Army Acquisition Corps.

In his closing remarks, Colonel Culclasure shared his well wishes for Lieutenant Colonel Williams and his wife on his next journey at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security. Colonel Culclasure also expressed his confidence in Lieutenant Colonel Parent, knowing he will make the LMP his own and that he "will quickly see how special this program and team are." Congratulations Lieutenant Colonel Parent and we welcome you and your family to the PEO EIS family.

Posted July 14, 2017

I3MP delivers 1st Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

By Mr. Scott Sundsvold

While the 1st Infantry Division (ID) was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) performed a technology refresh on the 1st ID Command Center at Fort Riley, Kansas, as part of the Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) initiative.

As the Army prepares to operate in a contested, multidomain arena that combines land, air, sea, space and cyber, the HSMCC initiative takes an evolutionary approach to providing joint command centers with the capability to host and operate mission command systems while at home station. The HSMCC technology refresh, the initiative’s first phase, standardizes the disparate, off-the-shelf technology at division and corps headquarters with the standard, bottom-line capability set required to support mission command systems. The HSMCC technology refresh delivers a complete, integrated package of networking equipment and functional software to support multiple combat formations from a command center at home station to the dismounted Soldier in the field.

“In the information age, network readiness enables Army readiness, the Army’s No. 1 priority,” said Brendan Burke, I3MP product manager. “Network readiness in a complex world requires an integrated, secure, uninterrupted network that allows our Army to remain agile. As such, the HSMCC tech refresh delivers the mission-critical IT [information technology] solutions to keep the Army’s fighting edge as agile and expeditionary as possible.”

To prepare for future engagements, the Army network is adapting to meet the business and expeditionary mission command needs of the joint force commanders across the full range of military operations in a joint, inter-organizational, multinational partner environment. The HSMCC will enable units to execute warfighting functions to support geographically dispersed subordinate units.

“The HSMCC tech refresh provides the required architecture, infrastructure, technology and processes to retain our technological overmatch against current and future adversaries,” said Maj. Aleyzer Mora, I3MP assistant product manager for command centers, who managed the day-to-day activities of the 1st ID tech refresh.

The future of Army mission command promises autonomous, self-learning technologies that will anticipate commander’s intent and aid in the military decision-making process. Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) offer new dimensions of survivability and lethality. By automating routine, time-consuming tasks, commanders and their staffs can focus on high-value, strategic initiatives. Through automation, AI can speed up information-gathering and maximize the quality and accuracy of gathered data to support timely decisions.

The HSMCC tech refresh lays the foundations for commanders to seamlessly share a common operating picture with their staffs and Soldiers, no matter their location. Whether “X marks the spot” with a global positioning system or a virtual location on a cyber battlefield, the Army will have the network capability and capacity to operate the required mission command systems and quickly share vital data with mission partners anywhere at any time.

“On today’s fast-moving and complex battlefield, commanders must be able to communicate their intent to geographically dispersed forces,” said Mora. “HSMCC enables commanders to communicate their intent and share detailed information with Soldiers in the fight. While commanders and their Soldiers may not be standing on the same terrain, they are in the same fight together.”

Mora was assisted by Sarah Mullins, I3MP deputy assistant product manager for command centers, and Thomas “Karl” Brenstuhl, project team assist, in handling the tech refresh. The 1st ID deployed in November 2016, and the installation at Fort Riley took place in May and June 2017.

The rapid delivery of the mission-critical IT solution was made possible by the strong support and coordination between 1st ID, I3MP and its industry partners from Net-Centric Enterprise Solutions Associates. “Mission command is more than a buzzword,” said Mullins. “The HSMCC tech refresh improves readiness by enabling Army leaders to implement mission command, empowering agile and adaptive Soldiers on the battlefield to win.”

Posted July 14, 2017

Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions is the Army's designated Primary Source for commercial IT Minitab ELA Awarded

By CHESS Public Affairs Office


FORT BELVOIR, VA, July 12, 2017 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) awards the Minitab Enterprise License Agreement (ELA), a $2.8 million firm- fixed-price ELA (Delivery Order) executed against the Navy’s Enterprise Software Initiative Blanket Purchase Agreement N00104-08-A-ZF30, July 12, 2017. The Minitab ELA provides Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Lean Six Sigma annual Subscription software licenses, media, training, technical services, and maintenance for Minitab Statistical Software.

"Minitab software has been a critical component of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) projects across the Army for years. The combined team of CHESS, Army Contracting Command - Rock Island, and Minitab did a great job in putting this agreement together. It will allow Army customers to continue meeting LSS goals which ultimately contribute to making the Army run more efficiently and effectively." Said Mr. Doug Haskin, Product Lead for CHESS.

The period of performance is one 12-month base period and four 12-month option periods. Ordering will be open to the Army, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and authorized Government contractors supporting these agencies. This contract supports the Continental United States (CONUS) and the Outside Contiguous United States (OCONUS) efforts.

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About CHESS

Based at Fort Belvoir, VA., CHESS reports to the Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army Knowledge Management partners, including the U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command, and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit https://chess.army.mil/.

Posted July 12, 2017

GFEBS stands up GFEBS DEV MOD program

By Ms. Pamella Gray, GFEBS Public Affairs

Mr. Daniel Kitts accepts the Charter for GFEBS DEV MOD from COL Matt Russell, PM GFEBS, in a ceremony held June 15.
Mr. Daniel Kitts accepts the Charter for GFEBS DEV MOD from COL Matt Russell, PM GFEBS, in a ceremony held June 15.

The Program Manager General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) hosted an Assumption of Charter ceremony June 15 welcoming Daniel Kitts, the new Product Director GFEBS Development and Modernization (DEV MOD).

With the new program, GFEBS continues to evolve to meet the Army's financial management needs and provide an auditable business solution.

“GFEBS DEV/MOD is the baseline for GFEBS,” said COL Matt Russell, GFEBS project manager, in his remarks at the ceremony. “Dan, you will own the baseline and all changes to it. All things center around your program, and the standards and processes you implement will drive much of what we do across the GFEBS portfolio.”

GFEBS DEV MOD will allow for an agile approach in developing and deploying new capabilities and fixes to the system by consolidating sustainment, modernization, and new development in one product team and reducing redundancy, while simultaneously increasing the pace of product improvements.

Russell stressed the importance of this position: “Establishment of a Board Select program is the Army’s recognition of the importance of this position and of the mission. It is recognition that we want a certain quality of leader to run this product.”

“GFEBS must continue to improve the efficiency of the Army and Department of Defense so that operational folks can be more effective,” said Kitts, in his acceptance remarks. “The result must be timelier and better data-driven decisions for resource allocation.” Kitts said that he looks forward to the challenge and the work ahead.

For more information about GFEBS, please visit:
http://www.eis.army.mil/programs/gfebs
http://www.gfebs.army.mil/

Posted July 11, 2017

WESS WELCOMES NEW PRODUCT MANAGER

By MS. KATHERINE MORGAN, COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT, PEO EIS

On June 29, BG Burden hosted a Change of Charter ceremony for Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS) at Wallace Theater on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During the ceremony, BG Burden transitioned the charter from COL Joel Babbitt to the incoming product manager (PdM), LTC Anthony Whitfield. As PdM for WESS, LTC Whitfield will manage one of the most complex programs in PEO EIS. He will be responsible for the development and modernization of enterprise satellite communication systems and state-of-the-art satellite network control and planning systems for the Army and DOD. Additionally, he will manage the program’s approximately $170 million budget authority and 50 projects across the globe. In his remarks, BG Burden noted, “Sometimes we like to say ‘this stuff’s not rocket science’ – but in this case it is.”

COL Babbitt departs PEO EIS for Senior Service College before taking on his next role as PEO for Special Operations Forces – Warrior in 2018. “Congratulations on your successful command here at PEO EIS and your selection to serve in positions of increased responsibility. We wish you and your family all the best in the years to come,” remarked BG Burden.

LTC Whitfield most recently served as a Department of the Army systems coordinator in the Pentagon. “Anthony comes to us with a wealth of experience and is the right person to continue to lead the successes of the program,” said BG Burden. “I’m excited to have you as a part of the PEO EIS team, and I know that the WESS and DCATS teams are glad to have you here as well.”

Welcome, LTC Whitfield!

Posted July 01, 2017

NEW LEADERSHIP AT ACQBUSINESS

By MS. KATHERINE MORGAN, COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT, PEO EIS

On June 26, COL Matt Russell, the project manager for General Fund Enterprise Business System, hosted a Change of Charter ceremony for Acquisition Business (AcqBusiness) at the 9/11 Heroes Auditorium on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During the ceremony, COL Russell transitioned the charter from LTC Keith Harley to incoming product lead, Ms. Lareina Adams. COL Russell also presented LTC Harley with the Meritorious Service Medal and thanked him for his service to PEO EIS and AcqBusiness. As the AcqBusiness product lead, Ms. Adams will be responsible for the life cycle management of the program and will actively manage program cost, performance and schedule and will provide assessments of program status, risk and contractor performance.

Posted July 01, 2017

ADMC-2 Designated 1 of 4 Best in Class IT Contracts for Federal Government

By CHESS Public Affairs


Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) is pleased to announce the designation of Army Desktop and Mobile Computing – 2 (ADMC-2) as a “Best in Class” (BIC) IT contract by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The BIC-designated IT contracts represent preferred government-wide solutions and provide a unique opportunity to leverage the government’s buying power. The BIC designation allows acquisition experts to take advantage of pre-vetted, government-wide contract solutions; supports a government-wide migration to solutions that are mature and market-proven; assists in the optimization of spend, within the government-wide category management framework; and increases the transactional data available for agency level and government-wide analysis of buying behavior. The BIC designation will also extend to the ADMC-3 contract when it is awarded later this year.

ADMC-2 provides indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicles specifically designed as the primary source for information technology equipment to integrate, support, modernize and refresh the Army’s net-centric architecture while providing standardized interfaces. ADMC-2 includes standard common configurations of laptops and desktops (as well as tablets, monitors, printers, ruggedized and semi-ruggedized devices) that meet Army requirements and Government-wide Strategic Solutions standard configurations.

ADMC-2 vendors: Telos, Dell Federal Systems, CDW-G, HPI Federal, ITG, Transource, Emtec Federal and NCS

The program maximum is $5.5 billion across all of the contracts including options and ordering is open to, Army, DoD and other Federal Agencies. There is no fee to place orders against the ADMC-2 contracts.

All desktop and/or notebook computers must be purchased through CHESS during the Consolidated Buy (CB) periods. CHESS implemented the extremely cost-effective CB process in direct support of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 strategy for leveraging the Army’s buying power in acquiring commercial off-the-shelf computer technology. Twice a year (January-March and June-September), CHESS’ eight ADMC-2 hardware vendors provide greatly reduced discounts in addition to already low pre-negotiated prices for desktop and notebook computers.

About CHESS

Based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, CHESS reports to the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army knowledge management partners, including the CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit https://chess.army.mil/.

Posted May 04, 2017

USFK celebrate new VTC installations

By Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs

(left to right) Col. Douglas Mellars, United States Forces Korea J6 Strategic Command Center proponent, Col. Robert S. White, USFK J33 Strategic Command Center user, and Lt. Col. Gregory Soulé, Strategic Command Center project provider, cut a ceremonial ribbon signifying the completion of this stage in the life cycle replacement project during a ceremony March 29, 2017 at Command Center Seoul on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The ceremony followed the installation of two high definition command display systems at USAG Yongsan and Camp Tango. (Photo by Cpl. Yoon Sang Park, 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs)
(left to right) Col. Douglas Mellars, United States Forces Korea J6 Strategic Command Center proponent, Col. Robert S. White, USFK J33 Strategic Command Center user, and Lt. Col. Gregory Soulé, Strategic Command Center project provider, cut a ceremonial ribbon signifying the completion of this stage in the life cycle replacement project during a ceremony March 29, 2017 at Command Center Seoul on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The ceremony followed the installation of two high definition command display systems at USAG Yongsan and Camp Tango. (Photo by Cpl. Yoon Sang Park, 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs)

U.S. ARMY GARRISON YONGSAN, South Korea – April 3, 2017 –The United States Forces Korea (USFK) celebrated the installation of two high definition command display systems during a ribbon cutting ceremony March 29, 2017 at Command Center Seoul on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.

The Product Director Installation, Information, Infrastructure, Communications and Capabilities – Pacific (PD I3C2 – Pacific) United States Forces Korea Strategic Command Center (SCC) video teleconferencing (VTC) hub and Commander’s Information Display Systems (CIDS) project installation kicked off in September 2015. The project provided life cycle replacement for VTC hubs, CIDS at the Commander’s Battle Staff (CBS) room at USAG Yongsan and the Combatant Command (COCOM) room at Camp TANGO.

“A project like this takes a lot of teamwork to accomplish,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Soulé, P2E Product Manager. “That team includes USFK J6 team for planning the life cycle replacement requirement and engagement through the install and the 1st Signal Brigade for logistics and configuration support to installation. We also want to thank the USFK J33 staff for their systems operability guidance and allowing our integrators to work in between their battle rhythm.”

The CIDS installation at USAG Yongsan provides rapid transition between unclassified, secret, and coalition network teleconferences. It also replaced failing, low resolution, video projectors with 18 hi-resolution, light emitting diode monitors with multiple user configurable image sizes. The COCOM room at Camp Tango is a comparable configuration with one third the display size and emphasizes secret network connections and displays.

Soulé said USFK now has a system capable of displaying 30 to 50 different images or sources.

“The current system is entirely digital with a state of the art control board,” Soulé said. “Your conference room operators are capable of safely transitioning through unclassified to CENTRIXS-K, and SIPR VTCs faster than they can sanitize the room participants.”

Col. Douglas Mellars, USFK J6, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony and thanked P2E as the proponent for the life cycle replacement.

Mellars said P2E delivered a valuable capability which is used almost every day. He added senior USFK leadership was aware of the upgrade in capability and he appreciated the delivery of a usable toolset.

Mellars, Soulé, and Col. Robert S. White, USFK J33, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the ceremony, marking the completion for this stage of the project.

“We’re proud of the work that was accomplished here and we think this will meet your current and future requirements for the next five years and beyond,” Soulé said. “We greatly appreciate the USFK staff and U.S. Army Communications Information Systems Activity, Pacific (USACISA-P) staff who worked so hard with us and our integrator to make this installation possible.”

Posted April 18, 2017

GCSS-ARMY MOVES TO FORT LEE

By MR. JIM MCDONOUGH, SUPPORT OPERATIONS BRANCH LEAD, GCSS-ARMY

Feldman Hall at Fort Lee, Virginia, is the new home of
the GCSS-Army team. (Photo courtesy of Ms. Sherrell
Satterthwaite, Graphic Designer, GCSS-Army)
Feldman Hall at Fort Lee, Virginia, is the new home of the GCSS-Army team. (Photo courtesy of Ms. Sherrell Satterthwaite, Graphic Designer, GCSS-Army)

Global Combat Support System–Army (GCSS-Army) Increment 1 moved to its permanent office facility on Fort Lee, Virginia, on March 16. This move comes nine years after occupying a temporary headquarters in Petersburg, Virginia. The newly renovated Feldman Hall is named for MG Herman Feldman, who served as the Army’s Quartermaster General from March 1949 to September 1951. Formerly a billeting facility for unaccompanied personnel at Fort Lee, Feldman Hall has been transformed into a modern headquarters that greatly enhances the capabilities of the GCSS-Army team. The new building also creates adequate space for the future of the program.

The move to Fort Lee is the result of a project that began nearly three years ago. Anticipating the need for more space as a result of Increment 1, Wave 2 fielding efforts, the team responsible for facility management began the process to expand the program’s footprint in the leased facility in the spring of 2014. The Fort Lee director of public works offered a potential permanent solution at Feldman Hall and the GCSS-Army team, in coordination with the space management team at PEO EIS, initiated the process of evaluating the potential of occupying the building. The business case analysis indicated substantial cost avoidances for the government and improved security for the GCSS-Army workforce. Additionally, Feldman Hall’s proximity to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command’s headquarters building, where the Combat Development Team for GCSS-Army is located, was an additional perk for this project.

After a feasibility study and structural analysis confirmed the viability of the project, the design phase started in November 2014. In August 2015, the final design confirmed the continued viability of the project and the renovation contract award took place in September 2015. Renovation took place from January to December 2016 and, after the Fort Lee Network Enterprise Center completed communications installation in early February 2017, the GCSS-Army team move took place.

By restoring an existing building that would otherwise have been demolished, the Feldman Hall project is an example of good stewardship of taxpayer dollars that also aids in the accomplishment of the GCSS-Army mission today and into the future.

Posted April 14, 2017