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Ms. Dawn Bare Named FCW Rising Star

By Ms. Tricia Shelley, Public Affairs, CHESS

Ms. Dawn Bare
Ms. Dawn Bare

Federal Computer Weekly(FCW) recently named Ms. Dawn Bare as a 2017 Rising Star, an award that recognizes outstanding individuals within the IT community that are making a difference today and establishing themselves as future leaders. Ms. Bare serves in Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) as a product management specialist and Army enterprise software initiative lead and manages software contracts valued over $802 million that support a customer base of over 17,000. Ms. Bare, in coordination with Army Contracting Command – Rock Island, was imperative in the awarding of the Minitab ELA, a $2.8 million agreement executed against the Navy’s Enterprise Software Initiative Blanket Purchase Agreement. With Ms. Bare’s efforts in gathering the required research and negotiating with the vendor, the Army was able to reduce the overall license cost per user for Minitab from $1,595 to $240 annual, per subscription.

Of the 21 awardees, Ms. Bare was the only Army employee selected for the notable award, open to individuals working in the federal IT community. “Dawn is an exceptional member of the CHESS team and I’m happy to see her hard work publicly recognized by FCW” said Mr. Doug Haskin, product lead, CHESS. “This year has seen many great examples of her highest quality work, to include the Minitab Enterprise License Agreement award and the IT Services – Small Business contract ceiling increase. CHESS and the Army are lucky to have her on our team!” This year’s Rising Stars were honored at the Government Computer News Dig IT Awards gala on Oct. 19.

Posted November 14, 2017

Team AHRS to the Rescue

By Mr. Malanio Lipscombe, Business Management Division Team Lead, AHRS

The AHRS team.
The AHRS team.

Army Human Resources Systems (AHRS) provided a local church and shelter within the Baytown, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, areas with donated supplies in support of relief efforts for families displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Personnel from AHRS gathered after work and donated their time and money to buy supplies to fill 10 boxes of items including toiletries, clothing and non-perishable food.

AHRS is an organization whose primary function is the procurement and sustainment of systems designed for the accountability of U.S. Army personnel, training and equipment. While the well-being for the Army Solider is the organization’s focus, answering the call to those in need was done without question. “Here at AHRS, our moral and civic responsibility to communities in need are an extension to the daily support we provide to the Soldiers and their families here and abroad,” stated Mr. Malanio Lipscombe, business management division team lead, AHRS.

Posted November 14, 2017

I3C2 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Ms. Brittney Brown, Strategic Communications Specialist, P2E, & Ms. Rosalie Fehrmann, Strategic Communications Specialist, I3C2

Ms. Bibi Aponte, MAJ Alex Mora and his dance partner 
represent Colombia.
Ms. Bibi Aponte, MAJ Alex Mora and his dance partner represent Colombia.

Each year Hispanic Heritage month is observed from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 in honor of the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (Sept. 15), Mexico (Sept. 16) and Chile (Sept. 18). During this time, the U.S. celebrates the contributions, histories and cultures of the Hispanic and Latino Americans. On Oct. 11, Installation Information Communication and Capabilities (I3C2), combined with their subordinate programs, Power Projection Enablers (P2E), Information Installation Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP), Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) and Allied Information Technology (AIT), hosted a Hispanic Heritage Celebration in honor of all the Hispanic Americans that support the mission.

With a theme of “Contributions to the U.S. Armed Forces,” the event paid tribute to the Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment based in Puerto Rico, also known as the Borinqueneers. Similar to the Tuskegee Airman and Montford Point Marines, the Borinqueneers were a segregated unit for Soldiers of Hispanic descent. The Borinqueneers fought in World Wars I and II and played a significant role in the Korean War. The 65th Infantry Regiment was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2016 and, one of the driving forces of the Borinqueneers’ congressional recognition efforts, Mr. Samuel Rodriguez, attended I3C2’s event as a guest speaker.

After the Borinqueneers presentation, I3MP’s MAJ Alex Mora performed the Cumbia, a traditional Colombian dance. Following the lively presentations, attendees enjoyed a walking tour of exhibits featuring the cultures of Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama and Puerto Rico. Each exhibit was created and manned by volunteers from I3C2 and included food and interesting facts about the contributions of those countries to the U.S. armed forces. Mr. Edgardo Edwards, acquisition lead, P2E, was one of the representatives for Panama, along with I3MP’s Mr. Richard Slattery. Together, they introduced a variety of cultural aspects to visitors. “It was great being an ambassador for Panama because it gave me an opportunity to provide insight into my culture,” said Mr. Edwards. “I was able to share some Panamanian history and serve some authentic cuisine.” Other ambassadors included Ms. Ana Marron for Cuba, Ms. Aleida Aponte for Colombia, Mr. Fernando Marquez and Ms. Patricia Van Vloten for Mexico, and Mr. Victor Santiago and Mr. Richard Rivera for Puerto Rico.

“I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in the Hispanic Heritage Celebration within this team and be part of the celebration of our diversity and strength,” said COL Chad Harris, project manager, I3C2. “I saw a team of professionals proudly share their culture and heritage with their fellow teammates [and] fellow professionals who took a genuine interest in the culture of their teammates. This was truly a great event!”

Posted November 13, 2017

RCAS Trains at Fort Belvoir

By Mr. Robert G. Medley, Public Affairs, RCAS

Mr. Longoria (left) and SFC Phelps (right) train soldiers on RPAM. Photo by Mr. Robert Medley.
Mr. Longoria (left) and SFC Phelps (right) train soldiers on RPAM. Photo by Mr. Robert Medley.

During the last week of September 2017, the RCAS training team supported a classroom event at the D.C. Army National Guard (ARNG) 260th Regional Training Institute on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. RCAS instructor Mr. Steve Longoria joined SFC Marty Phelps, Retirement Points Accounting Management (RPAM) Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), Maryland ARNG; MSG Jennifer Iudicello, retirement services NCO, National Guard Bureau (NGB); and Ms. Althea Wilson, RCAS personnel applications functional manager, NGB, for the weeklong RPAM training event. There were 24 students in the class from across the country, including Hawaii and Guam.

RPAM is a vital application that calculates all retirement points, such as those earned through individual training drills, active duty training and correspondence courses. In class the students learned to use RPAM to calculate and perform reporting of Soldiers’ retirement points, including how to correct errors in Soldier records. In addition to calculating and reporting on points, the RPAM application generates 15-year (medical) and 20-year (standard) retirement point letters. Students also had the opportunity to learn about the features and capabilities of new RPAMNext application which is being tested at Maryland, New York and Ohio ARNG sites.

Posted November 13, 2017

ASA(ALT) MILDEP Visits LMP and LMPSD at Picatinny Arsenal

By Ms. Christine Irving, Public Affairs Support, LMP

The LMP and LMPSD teams welcome LTG Ostrowski.
The LMP and LMPSD teams welcome LTG Ostrowski.

On Aug. 29, LTG Paul Ostrowski, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps, visited Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, and spent some time with the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) and the LMP Sustainment Division (LMPSD) teams. LTG Ostrowski thanked the entire team for their hard work to support Army readiness and deliver materiel and equipment to Soldiers when and where they need it.

During his visit, LTG Ostrowski presented command coins to LMP’s Ms. Sharon Ahearn for her exceptional work leading LMP’s cybersecurity and information assurance efforts, and LMPSD’s Mr. Tse-Hun Lye for his work identifying, resolving and streamlining application security processes. LTG Ostrowski also hosted a town hall stressing the important role the entire Picatinny team plays in supporting Soldiers around the world, no matter how far the team may be from the frontline. He discussed the work he and his team are doing to help programs design, develop and deliver capabilities faster and more efficiently, including identifying ways to streamline acquisition documentation and reviewing processes and procedures to find efficiencies.

LTG Ostrowski’s visit was both empowering and exciting to the LMP and LMPSD teams. His leadership, guidance and support have been evident throughout the LMP’s milestone decisions and as the program continues its path forward to continue to support both the Army Materiel Command and ASA(ALT) missions.

Posted November 13, 2017

AIT Assumption of Charter

By Ms. Rosalie Fehrmann, Strategic Communications Specialist, I3C2

The AIT team (l to r): Ms. Deion Luster, Ms. Shante McGee, Mr. Deric Thai, Mr. Strand, Mr. Clark Burner, Mr. Jeremy Way and Ms. Kelly Townsel.
The AIT team (l to r): Ms. Deion Luster, Ms. Shante McGee, Mr. Deric Thai, Mr. Strand, Mr. Clark Burner, Mr. Jeremy Way and Ms. Kelly Townsel.

On Oct. 4, PEO EIS formally unveiled its newest product lead office, Allied Information Technology (AIT), during an assumption of charter ceremony hosted by COL Chad Harris, project manager, Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2), on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During the ceremony, Mr. Andrew Strand accepted the charter as the product lead, saying, “I am absolutely honored to accept this charter, and, on behalf of the whole team, I want to say how excited we are about the opportunity to represent this PEO as one of the Army’s largest formal providers of IT systems and services to allies and foreign partners around the globe.”

AIT, formerly known as International Programs Division, will fall under I3C2’s portfolio and supports the Army’s security assistance mission by developing, delivering and sustaining non-standard command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence capabilities on behalf of foreign allies and partners, primarily through the foreign military sales process, but also under various building partner capacity programs, congressionally mandated funding initiatives and other security cooperation enterprise activities. These solutions enable foreign partners to better secure and defend their individual sovereign spaces and increase their capacity to contribute to a broader collective security posture. AIT’s work supports mutual U.S. and foreign interests by strengthening bilateral defense partnerships, enhancing coalition building and interoperability and increasing the readiness of partners in uncertain, complex and potentially hostile security environments.

“Andy joins us with a wealth of diverse experience,” stated COL Chad Harris, PM I3C2. “I am confident that he is the right person at the right time to lead this extraordinary team.”

AIT has offices and personnel in Northern Virginia, Central Florida and Germany, and conducts security assistance activities in countries across most geographic combatant commands.

Posted November 13, 2017

P2E Powers U.S. CENTCOM

By Dr. Simuel Shaw III, Integrated Project Team Leader, P2E, and Ms. Brittney M. Brown, Strategic Communications Specialist, P2E

The TiBs provided to P2E’s stakeholder, the 335th Signal Command.
The TiBs provided to P2E’s stakeholder, the 335th Signal Command.

Power Projection Enablers (P2E) is equipping U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) with enhanced IT and communication capabilities. In late September, P2E–Southwest Asia delivered and deployed mission command nodes (MCN) and technical control facilities in a box (TiB) to the CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR). The 335th Theater Signal Command (P) accepted these systems on behalf of the combatant command and is responsible for putting them into full operation. MCN and TiB systems are mobile data centers that operate as communication hubs in austere locations throughout the CENTCOM AOR. These systems provide a portfolio of adaptive and reliable voice, data and video services for down-trace units. They also extend networks from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, to the AOR and reduce the need for pulling services through Bagdad, Iraq, and Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. MCNs and TiBs will provide many critical services locally and reduce latency and reliance on long haul line usage.

Designed by personnel with experience in Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel, MCNs and TIBs can be deployed anywhere in the world. They consist of 20 durable, ruggedized transit cases with about five unclassified and classified networks that are transportable by air or ground platforms. The systems’ data, voice and video features enhance the ability of Soldiers and commanders to communicate across multiple network enclaves with built-in layered security features that protect sensitive information riding over the internet. Network capabilities include the capacity to host up to 1,000 computers, Voice over Internet Protocol phones and 20 printers. Additional hardware and software services include Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, Tactical Local Area Network remote management, Wide Area Network acceleration, Terminal Access Controller Access Control System, Host Based Security System, Blue Coat web proxy, NETSCOUT packet capture and virtual machine management servers.

The unsung heroes within this project are P2E’s logistics team members, according to Dr. Simuel Shaw III, the integrated product team lead for MCN/TiB. “Our integrated logistics support provided immeasurable relief to our integrated product team,” said Dr. Shaw. “They managed to mitigate logistical obstacles throughout the MCN/TiB delivery and orchestrated the transfer of over 54 Zarges cases from Weilheim, Germany, to Charleston, South Carolina, to St. Louis, Missouri, then to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. This wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

The logistics team traced close to 400 individual pieces of equipment from post to post. Mr. James Hayes, the MCN/TiB logistics analyst, said the team’s diligence resulted in a 100 percent inventory accountability of materials upon their arrival in Kuwait. “The assembly of the six MCNs and TiBs delivered to the 335th Signal Command required each of those individual pieces of equipment to be accounted for,” said Mr. Hayes. “If just one of those pieces had been misplaced or unaccounted for, it would’ve delayed our ability to provide a complete product to our stakeholder.”

Mr. Tony Lau, an Information Systems Engineering Command engineer, conducted quality control and assurance checks upon product arrival at Camp Arifjan, ensuring that technical and performance specifications were met during system acceptance testing. His contributions were immeasurable in government acceptance of the TiB systems. P2E’s MCN/TiB project team also included Mr. Andre Turpin, integrated logistics support; Mr. James Hayes, logistics analyst; Mr. Kurt Conrad, scheduler; Ms. Leslie Jones, integrated logistics support; and Mr. Bryan Derrickson, program management support.

Posted November 13, 2017

PD Enterprise Services (PD ES) Statement Regarding Unified Capabilities Contract Award

By Ms. Devorah Goldburg, Public Affairs Office

October 6, 2017 – The Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) has selected a contractor for the Unified Capabilities (UC) Soft Client Subscription Service contract number W52P1J-17-C-0041- on 15 September 2017. The period of performance consists of one (1) one-year Base Period and four (4) one-year Option Periods.

PDES/Product Lead Enterprise Content Collaboration and Messaging (PL EC2M) will manage the UC contract.

This is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) contract that avoids a capital investment. There are many benefits to COTS including saving money on initial investment, meeting IT requirements while avoiding costs, lowering maintenance investments, cost-effective new upgrades and features and using technology that has already been tested.

The UC Soft Client subscription service will provide the primary means of non-assured voice, video, IM/chat, presence, and desktop (screen) sharing for 1 Million authorized Army Business users on unclassified and classified networks. The UC capability will also interoperate with existing tactical solutions and align with Home Station Mission Command Centers. The end-user capabilities to help the war fighter include the following:

Non-Assured Voice: Users shall have the ability access voice services via a software client (softphone) on any Army approved End User Device (EUD) (e.g., desktop, laptop, and tablet computers; Army mobile devices such as smart phones).

Video: Video conference session hosts shall have the ability to allow/disallow access to the session through the UC Soft Client Subscription Service user interface. Screen Sharing: The Desktop Sharing service shall provide the ability for the host/presenter, or any authorized user designated by the host/presenter to share the entire desktop, a section of the desktop, or an application window.

IM/Chat: The IM/Chat service shall provide the ability for a participant in a two-party or multi-user chat to invite one or more additional users into a multi-user chat session. Presence: The Presence service shall permit end users to update their presence (e.g., Availability Status), and the host server shall in turn broadcast the updated presence information to all the user’s contacts who have an active subscription to that user’s presence information. By default, presence will automatically update based on active, idle, or locked state of the EI.

AT & T Government Services was awarded the UC Soft-Client Subscription Service Contract.

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Posted October 06, 2017

LMP’s Ms. Lisa DaPonte Wins AMC Louis Dellamonica Award

By Ms. Christine Irving, Public Affairs Support, LMP

Ms. Lisa DaPonte.
Ms. Lisa DaPonte.

In August, Army Materiel Command (AMC) named Ms. Lisa DaPonte, functional integration branch lead, Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), as one of its Louis Dellamonica Award recipients for Outstanding AMC Personnel of the Year for 2016. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments that have significantly contributed to AMC’s mission to develop and deliver materiel readiness solutions to U.S. warfighters. Ms. DaPonte was recognized for her significant contributions to LMP sustainment, providing support to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology’s Total Package Fielding (TPF) Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and implementing LMP Increment 2.

For sustainment, Ms. DaPonte helped prioritize and execute hundreds of change requests to enhance LMP, as well as address audit readiness and compliance requirements to meet the DOD auditability mandate. Ms. DaPonte also provided critical inputs to assist the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Policy and Logistics to publish the TPF CONOPS and played an integral role in completing the successful pilot program at Fort Bliss, Texas, to hand off M88 recovery vehicles from LMP to Global Combat Support System – Army using the LMP TPF distribution process.

To reach Increment 2 full fielding in May 2016, she provided critical support to the teams that cleansed and migrated over seven million data records and completed more than 7,000 test cases. Additionally, she helped establish the functionality architecture to link Automatic Identification Technology to LMP, which will reduce some ammunition plants’ manual efforts, resulting in costs savings starting in fiscal year 2016 of $4.85 million and continuing annually at $9.7 million (projected to fiscal year 2026).

Ms. DaPonte’s knowledge of AMC business operations, understanding of LMP and strong relationships with dozens of customer and partner organizations contributed to AMC’s mission success in 2016 and earned her this prestigious recognition. Congratulations Ms. DaPonte!

Posted September 15, 2017

IPPS-A facebook Town Hall spreads the word

By Ms. Katherine Hutton, Strategic Communications Support, IPPS-A

IPPS-A leadership team members, technical subject matter experts, strategic communications team members and Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers watch the IPPS-A Facebook page as stakeholders’ questions pour in.
IPPS-A leadership team members, technical subject matter experts, strategic communications team members and Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers watch the IPPS-A Facebook page as stakeholders’ questions pour in.

On Aug. 3, Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) held its first virtual Facebook Town Hall. The Town Hall provided an opportunity for IPPS-A’s stakeholders to ask leadership any and all questions they had about the system. With over 60 questions asked during the one hour session, stakeholder participation and engagement was outstanding.

Stakeholder questions largely focused around the system’s capabilities, as well as what sort of training users will receive and how data will migrate from legacy systems to IPPS-A. Overall, the questions were supportive or balanced in tone, with stakeholders eager for more information about the system. IPPS-A leadership, COL Darby McNulty, project manager; COL Gregory Johnson, functional management division chief; and LTC Nicole Reinhardt, product manager for IPPS-A Increment II, worked hand in hand with members of the IPPS-A strategic communications team and technical subject matter experts to answer the questions.

A big thank you to all the IPPS-A team members who participated and helped make this event so successful!

Posted September 15, 2017