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MC4 Plays Integral Part in the U.S. Army’s Casualty Care System for Roles 1-3

By MC4 Strategic Communications Office

Fort Detrick, MD. - The Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) systems support Roles 1-3 of the U.S. Army’s modern health services support system covering the operational environment to the hospital facility. The U.S. Army supports the effective distribution of resources across facilities at various levels of command, across different locations, each with differing levels of capability. The goal for the U.S. Army is to provide the most efficient means to save the Soldier’s life and “ensure the stabilization and survivability of the patient through advanced trauma management and far-forward resuscitative surgery prior to movement between medical treatment facilities,” as stated in DoD’s fourth revision of Emergency War Surgery.

MC4 plays a key part in support of Roles 1-3 by integrating and fielding the Army capability to digitally capture medical treatment data, specifically the Soldiers’ electronic health record (EHR), in these dynamic operational environments. The EHR is accessible by the Soldier and his/her medical treatment providers throughout their military career and retirement, and eventually by Veterans Affairs (VA).

In support of the Soldier’s EHR in operational environments, MC4 enables the clinical documentation and management software application called AHLTA-Theater. The AHLTA-Theater application suite is available at all Roles (1-3) and includes access to Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) Customer Assistance Module (DCAM), a logistical support tool for ordering medical supplies, access to medical references, the Medical Situational Awareness in the Theater (MSAT) which combines information to provide decision support and a common operating picture, the Theater Medical Data Store (TMDS) and DoD’s Clinical Data Repository (CDR).

The Roles 1-3 process begins when the patient moves from the point of injury (POI) into the care of specialized medical professionals trained in tactical combat casualty care, stabilizing surgical treatment and trauma management. Depending on the critical or urgent nature of the patients’ condition, it is possible to bypass a role in order to move to a higher level of capability that matches the needs of trauma management, resuscitative care and stabilization.

Point of Injury (POI):

Before Roles 1-3 even begins the actual start of the process occurs at the POI. At this early stage, first-aid care is provided by a combat medic, buddy or combat lifesaver (non-medical team or squad member trained in enhanced first-aid) in order to take immediate lifesaving measures to the injured Soldier.

Role 1: Role 1 is the battalion aid station where the patient is treated by a physician, physician assistant or medic. If necessary, after triage, treatment and stabilization, the Soldier either returns to duty or is evacuated to a role 2 or appropriate medical treatment facility (MTF). Treatment in Role 1 does not have to be combat related. Patients with non-battle injuries, disease, and behavioral and operational stress conditions can also be treated. Role 1 facilities do not have the capability for patient holding (inpatient type treatment).

MC4 provides systems support at the POI and Role 1 stages with Mobile Computing Capability (MCC) and AHLTA-Theater.

Role 2: Role 2 MTFs are brigade level support with levels of care that range from basic primary care to lifesaving emergency treatment. This role can provide advanced trauma management and emergency measures that go beyond Role 1. Role 2 provides an advanced level of capabilities than Role 1 which can include 72-hour patient hold, blood transfusions, x-ray, clinical labs, dental support, optometry services, physical therapy and combat operational stress control when augmented. A forward surgical team (FST) can be collocated with the medical company to provide resuscitative surgical care. The main assets that make up Role 2 are located in medical companies (brigade support battalion) assigned to armored, infantry and Stryker battalion combat teams and area support units that directly support divisions and echelons above brigade.

MC4 provides systems support at the Role 2 stage with AHLTA-Theater and DCAM.

Role 3: In Role 3, patients are treated at a non-mobile facility known as a Combat Support Hospital (CSH) that is equipped to provide care to all categories of patients: wound surgery, resuscitation, damage control surgery and postoperative treatment. The CSH provides inpatient (emergency room (ER), intensive care unit (ICU), operating room (OR), nursing care) and outpatient (pharmacy, psychiatry, public health nursing, physical therapy, clinical laboratory, blood banking, radiology and nutrition care services) capabilities. Patients who cannot survive movement over long distance are treated at a Role 3 CSH. The Role 3 CSH can support as many as 248 patients for up to six OR tables. Surgical specialties at a Role 3 CSH include general, orthopedic, thoracic, urological, gynecological, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

MC4 provides systems support at the Role 3 level with AHLTA-Theater, which includes TC2 server and inpatient documentation.

Finally, it is important to note that MC4 systems indirectly support Role 4 hospitals as well. The TMDS cloud application transmits patient medical treatment information from the combat zone through theater levels of care (Roles 1-3). These theater levels of care and MTFs access and share patient data with hospitals and the VA (Role 4). In essence, MC4’s support of the lifelong digital record enables that Soldier’s EHR to be transmitted from the battlefront to the homefront.

Posted March 24, 2017

PEO EIS Defensive Cyber Operations Hosts Industry Day

By Ms. Jennifer L. Smith, Army Contracting Command

The Department of the Army, Program Executive Office- Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) Product Manager Defensive Cyber Operations (PdM DCO) announces an Industry Day for seven Program Capabilities. Requests for Information (RFIs) for each of the seven programs will be released prior to the scheduled Industry Day. There will be two sessions to accommodate the anticipated number of attendees. Each session will cover the same material. It is requested that each Vendor choose either the morning or afternoon session to attend and that no more than two representatives from each Vendor participate, due to space constraints.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Location: Wood Theater, Post Building #2120n, Fort Belvoir, Va. 22060
Time (Morning Session): 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Time (Afternoon Session): 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Vendors who have not previously submitted a Company Compliance Statement (reference FBO notification: 1cb3edaa1&tab=core&tabmode=list&= ) must do so before the scheduled Industry Day in order to receive any of the RFI’s for the seven Program Capabilities. See instructions included as attachments in this announcement for submitting these statements.

For Vendors who have completed and submitted a Company Compliance Statement and are interested in attending this event, please reply to this Notification and provide the following information to the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) via email to Ms. Jennifer Smith,; by Friday, April 14, 2017 Central Standard Time (CST).

  • Vendor name and address
  • No more than two Points of Contact with their titles, emails and phone numbers
  • Indication of choice of session

Additional Information: Details such as Agenda, Instructions on Post Access, etc. will be provided as an amendment to this announcement after receipt of the above requested information. Responses to Section One questions from the RFI’s will be due on Friday, April 14, 2017 to the contracting office point of contact listed above.


Posted March 23, 2017



Quality control over acquisition financial management involves requirements that are validated, developed and delivered as well as meet a specific need within a program manager’s (PM) mission. For over 10 years, the U.S. Air Force has used the Comprehensive Cost and Requirements (CCaR) system, a government off-the-shelf system, to document program and financial requirements and track the execution of appropriated funds. Recently, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS) and Acquisition Business (AcqBusiness) began collaborating on implementing the CCaR system as a proof-of-concept (PoC) to assess the benefits and impacts of using CCaR as a standardized program management and reporting tool within PEO EIS.

In CCaR, identified requirements include the duration, cost, basis of estimate, period of performance, funding type, funding amount and financial execution status of each item or service. It also includes capabilities that support contract management, program management and executive reporting. “There are many possible benefits for adopting CCaR,” said Ms. Kelly Waymire, business management director, DCATS. “One of the key PoC success criteria is to reduce the time and effort needed to support the DCATS quarterly performance review.”

DCATS anticipates that CCaR will provide the program management office with key information for use in activities associated with the annual budget cycle, such as the program objective memorandum and budget cut drills. Other efficiencies may include reducing the time and effort for creation, review and approval of spend plans and service contract approval request.

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Posted March 17, 2017

Congratulations, PEO EIS -- 2017 Commander's Cup Racquetball Tournament Champions!

By PEO EIS/DCATS Communications Team

Fort Belvoir’s annual Commander’s Cup Racquetball Tournament ran from February 27 – March 2. The competition consisted of nine teams with 60 participants. Team PEO EIS won gold medals in all three divisions. Of note, Team PEO EIS dethroned the three-time defending champs, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, to win this championship title.

Participants include:

  • Adam Hood
  • Amp Phommachanh
  • Andy Wong
  • Anthony Howard
  • Edgardo Edwards
  • Jonathan Jones
  • Joshua Prible
  • Ray Burke
  • Roy Hare
  • Ruben Albert
  • Sarah Tran

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Posted March 10, 2017

CHESS Product Lead Talks Category Management at Washington Technology Industry Day

By Tricia Shelley, Public Affairs Support, CHESS

On Feb. 16, 2016, Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) Product Lead (PL) Doug Haskin spoke at the Washington Technology Industry Day in McLean, Virginia.

“With many in industry concerned about Category Management's financial impacts to their bottom line, I thought this event would be a great opportunity to highlight a few ways that the Army through CHESS has been able to successfully implement it, in a way that has been beneficial to the government and our vendors," said Mr. Haskin.

Washington Technology’s Industry Day theme was Category Management: A New Way of Doing Business. The events initiative was for the federal government to collaborate with industry. Executives from leading civilian and defense agencies offered insights into how category management is reshaping the federal IT market-and how suppliers can adapt and thrive. During the panel discussion, key members of GSA and Mr. Haskin discussed how government is addressing Category Management for IT hardware and software and provided feedback on challenges and lessons learned.

Mr. Haskin briefed IT industry on CHESS’ continuous efforts to support the Army’s goal for Category Management through the Consolidated Buy periods. Mr. Nick Wakeman, Editor-in-Chief for Washington Tech, concluded the discussion with a brief question and answer forum allowing the panelist to hear from industry.

“Although OMB's formal Category Management policies are only a couple years old, CHESS has been practicing key aspects of it for over a decade through our hardware Consolidated Buy events and our hardware, software, and services IDIQ contracts,” said Mr. Haskin.

Mr. Haskin’s appearance at the Washington Tech Industry Day is another example of CHESS’ ongoing vision to be the Army's center of excellence and provided IT acquisition through continuously competitive contracts that provide economical, value-added, Networthy IT products and superior, performance-based IT services for the Army.

Posted March 01, 2017

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

By computer-hardware-enterprise-software-and-solutions

FORT BELVOIR, VA, February 24, 2017 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) awards Army Desktop and Mobile Computing – 3 (ADMC-3), a $5 billion firm-fixed-price contract, Feb. 16, 2017. The Army Contract Command received 58 bids for the ADMC-3 contract vehicle.

The ADMC-3 contract covers desktop computers, workstations, notebooks, tablets, thin clients, printers and multifunction devices.

ADMC-3 awardees are:

  • Blue Tech
  • Dell Federal Systems LP
  • Iron Bow Technologies LLC
  • Red River Computers Co. Inc.
  • NCS Technologies Inc.
  • Intelligent Decisions Inc.
  • Strategic Communications LLC
  • GovSmart Inc.
  • Ideal Systems Solutions Inc.

Work locations and funding will be determined upon each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 15, 2027.

Based on 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 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

Posted February 24, 2017

PEO EIS BG Burden Hosts First Workforce All Hands

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs

Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems, held his first All Hands Jan. 11, 2017, at Fort Belvoir.

The two-hour event was BG Burden’s first since assuming the PEO charter in a ceremony Nov. 29 at Fort Belvoir, hosted by Ms. Steffanie Easter, Army Acquisition Executive. Approximately 200 employees attended in person at Thurman Hall, with more than 300 remote EIS employees live streaming to their workstations worldwide.

BG Burden presented overarching Army/ASAALT priorities of Readiness and Future Army, followed by his own strategic priorities, which include: Taking care of Soldiers; efficiencies; an aggressive approach to Cyber defense; resourcing of projects/programs; understanding, helping to shape and executing validated requirements; and delivering capabilities.

“We need to continue to reach out to industry for innovation and expertise,” said BG Burden, “but first, we have to make sure we have the requirements right.”

BG Burden also said that Cyber is of critical importance: “We are actively engaged in developing and deploying defensive cyberspace capabilities to counter Cyber threats.” Other topics in the address included organization updates from the 06-level program managers – who each gave 5-10 minute briefings, hails, farewells and news of promotions – and leadership background and expectations.

Mr. Victor Hernandez, Director of Program Management, and COL Michael E. Sloane, Assistant PEO, both received awards at the ceremony. The All Hands concluded with a question and answer period by the workforce, with topics ranging from telework and credit hours to organizational restructuring and leadership philosophy.

In the address, BG Burden thanked Ms. Terry Watson, Deputy PEO, for her leadership as the Acting PEO for more than a year. “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. “I join the team in thanking her for her leadership, and I look forward to the work ahead.” 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.

BG Burden also thanked the workforce for their support in briefing him and preparing him as he took the role as PEO, and for their support to the Soldier. BG Burden also reiterated, as he had in the Change of Charter ceremony, that the PEO EIS team was a dedicated workforce with exceptional talent, and thanked everyone for taking the time to attend. Burden plans to hold quarterly All Hands events, with the next scheduled for late spring 2017.

Prior to assuming the charter for PEO EIS, BG Burden was the Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Before serving in this leadership role, Burden was the CSL Board Select Project Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), a PEO EIS enterprise resource planning (ERP) financial and procurement management system.

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Posted January 24, 2017

Cyber and the Need For Speed: Innovation Office Would Accelerate Army’s Efforts

By Lt. Col. Christopher Cline
Mr. Greg Fritz
Lt. Col. Karl Gossett

Few things inspire innovation better than a bullet whizzing past your ear. But how does the Army translate the innovation inspired by hostile fire in the physical world to the cyber environment, where the risks are less recognizable but far more widespread?

It is hard to compare the damage inflicted by cyberattacks to casualties or fatalities on battlefields, but recent events such as the Office of Personnel Management workforce data breach have shown we can no longer afford to ignore these attacks and their far-reaching consequences. Fortunately, the Army’s centuries-long experience on battlefields as well as its traditions, culture and values have fostered a spirit of innovation in the cyber environment.

Posted January 13, 2017

Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS) Launches WGS-8 Satellite

By DCATS Public Affairs

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launches WGS-8 for the US Air Force.
Photos: United Launch Alliance
Delta 4 launches WGS-8
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launches WGS-8 for the US Air Force. Photos: United Launch Alliance Delta 4 launches WGS-8

The Wideband Global SATCOM-8 (WGS-8) Satellite was successfully launched December 7, 2016, aboard the Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s SLC-37B pad.

BG Patrick W. Burden, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS); COL Charles Stein, Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS); and LTC Joel Babbitt, Product Lead, WESS, were onsite to witness the launch – a massive accomplishment towards Army readiness.

WESS - Wideband Control was required to perform software and hardware updates to multiple Wideband SATCOM Operations Management System (WSOMS) sub-systems to support the new WGS-8 Wideband Digital Channelizer (WDC). This upgrade increases the bandwidth available to deployed forces and improves the Army’s readiness for the full range of today's threats. WSOMS is now capable of supporting this next generation of WGS beginning with WGS-8 as well as WGS 1 through 7 satellites currently deployed and operational.

The WGS is the backbone of the military’s global communications infrastructure, transmitting more than 11 Gbps worth of information to support boots on the ground worldwide, and communicate critical information to senior officials.

Two more WGS launches from Delta IV rockets will take place in the next two years to further support the warfighter with enhanced communications capabilities. Congratulations to the DCATS/WESS team on a successful launch!

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Posted December 22, 2016

BG Patrick W. Burden Assumes PEO EIS Change of Charter

By PEO EIS Public Affairs

BG Burden assumed the charter in a ceremony hosted by AAE Ms. Steffanie Easter at Fort Belvoir November 29. Some images from the ceremony.

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Posted December 05, 2016