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I3C2 Changes Charter

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS public affairs

COL Debora Theall, outgoing PM I3C2, with Mr. Douglas Wiltsie and incoming PM, Michael Padden
COL Debora Theall, outgoing PM I3C2, with Mr. Douglas Wiltsie and incoming PM, Michael Padden

A ceremony was held June 20 at the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoir, Va., to officially recognize the change of charter for the Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities (I3C2). Project Manager COL Debora Theall, who has led I3C2 since June 2011, transitioned leadership to Mr. Michael C. Padden in a ceremony hosted by Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, PEO EIS.

Project Manager I3C2’s overarching mission is to enable and preserve Soldiers’ global connectivity and worldwide presence by designing, building, modernizing and deploying network and infrastructure capabilities to Soldiers, as well as providing the tools and capabilities to plan, coordinate, synchronize and conduct network operations.

“Under COL Theall’s leadership, I3C2 provided critical IT infrastructure to our frontline warfighters in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout Southwest Asia.” Mr. Wiltsie remarked at the change of charter ceremony. “Because of the hard work performed by Deb and her team, thousands of buildings on dozens of Army installations were upgraded, impacting hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. In an environment of rapidly changing requirements and budget challenges, Deb’s team has kept pace and built a solid foundation for the Army’s transition to the Joint Information Environment (JIE).” I3C2 supports the Army CIO/G-6, ARCYBER and NETCOM installation-level activities, and has a presence at every Army camp, post, and station around the globe.

Mr. Michael Padden comes to PEO EIS from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA[ALT]), where he served as the Acting Deputy Executive Director for the Acquisition of Services, and as Director, Services Portfolio Coordination.

“Michael brings an enormous amount of experience and a unique perspective [to PEO EIS],” said Mr. Wiltsie, who in his remarks emphasized the importance of the I3C2 mission and the Army’s commitment to modernizing the network in preparation for JIE. “In his 30 year career as an Army civilian, Michael has built a broad range of acquisition experience, including aviation, ground systems, and electric power. Though COL Theall’s boots will be hard to fill, I’m certain that Mr. Padden will be a tremendous asset to I3C2, PEO EIS and the Army.”

In attendance at the ceremony were MG (Ret.) Nick Justice, former Commander, Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), and Mr. James Sutton, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Services, as well as COL Theall’s and Mr. Padden’s families.

The change of charter ceremony was followed by a retirement luncheon at the Fort Belvoir Officers' Club to honor COL Theall for more than 30 years of service.

Posted June 20, 2014