By Judith Avery, AESIP Public Affairs
Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems, hosted the change of charter ceremony for the Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP) Aug. 15 at the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoir, Va. In the ceremony, COL Pat Flanders relinquished the duties and responsibilities outlined in the AESIP charter to COL Harry Culclasure, the new AESIP Project Manager.
LTC Heather Putman, AESIP Technical Director, served as the narrator for the program. Following an invocation given by Dr. Dave Powers, Project Director, Force Management System, PEO EIS, flowers were presented to the spouses, Mrs. Kelley Flanders and Mrs. Margaret Culclasure.
Mr. Wiltsie then presented COL Flanders with the Legion of Merit award and offered comments about COL Flanders, who served as Project Manager of AESIP for four years. Following his presentation, Ms. Terry Watson, Deputy PEO, also spoke of COL Flanders and presented mementos.
COL Flanders was cited for his impressive accomplishments in setting the strategic direction for four programs, including two Major Automated Information System programs. He led several hundred program office and system integrator team personnel and executed programs with a combined lifecycle value of over $9.2 billion in support of the Army's national and tactical logistics enterprise, while achieving a positive return on investment.
"COL Flanders significantly improved Army logistics," Mr. Wiltsie commented, "as well as positioning the programs for continued success in transforming business processes. Pat's contributions to the Army's overall combat effectiveness and modernization of the Army's enterprise logistics systems were monumental in scope. He applied a soldier's understanding of the complex, interrelated tasks required to achieve ready and responsive logistics while leading the adoption of transformational capabilities in Army logistics."
Mr. Wiltsie welcomed COL Culclasure to the PEO EIS family, noting that his background has well equipped him to assume leadership of AESIP. COL Culclasure is a former PM for Consequence Management. He graduated from The Citadel and was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1991. He served in numerous tactical assignments both CONUS and OCONUS. He deployed to Kuwait in 2002 and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Contingency Contracting Branch Chief for the 3d Infantry Division. He is also the former PM for Consequence Management, working with DoD specialized consequence management units providing Rapid Acquisition / Rapid Fielding, analytical labs, communications, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions and sustainment support.
Mr. Wiltsie remarked in closing: "COL Culclasure, I know you will do a great job. You have our confidence and support and we look forward to great things."
Posted September 04, 2013