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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

AMIS SUPPORT TO EUROPEAN ACTIVITY SET

By AMIS COMMUNICATION/OPERATIONS TEAM

Tactical Vehicles with RFID tags attached at EAS-Mannheim. (Photo by Charles Soodavar, AMIS/RF-ITV II contractor)
Tactical Vehicles with RFID tags attached at EAS-Mannheim. (Photo by Charles Soodavar, AMIS/RF-ITV II contractor)

In Europe, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (AMIS) provides support to U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) for Operations Atlantic Resolve and European Activity Set.

What is Atlantic Resolve?

Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. Since April 2014, USAREUR has led land forces efforts on behalf of the U.S. military by conducting continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners in Eastern Europe. These multinational training and security cooperation activities are taking place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The training events improve interoperability, strengthen relationships and trust among allied armies, contribute to regional stability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO.

What is European Activity Set?

In fiscal year 2017, the European Reassurance Initiative is funded at $3.4 billion, most of which will be earmarked for Army operations to reassure allies. With only about 30,000 Soldiers in Europe to counter Russia’s actions today compared to roughly 300,000 against the Soviet Union in the Cold War days, the additions next year will allow the region to be more prepared. “That’s how we make 30,000 look like 300,000,” said LTG Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges, commanding general, USAREUR. “We are an economy of force, but the Army is going to spend a ton of money helping us get that capability back over in Europe.”

USAREUR has identified locations in Europe as European Activity Set and Army Prepositioned Stock – 2 sites, which are strategically prepositioned vital stocks in Europe that reduce the deployment response times of the modular, expeditionary Army. AMIS will provide Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) tracking in support of this initiative. The four locations have been identified for RFITV implementation are Mannheim, Germany; Dulmen, Germany; Eygelshoven, Netherlands and Zutendaal, Belgium. Currently, five Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) read nodes have been installed between Mannheim and Eygelshoven and site surveys have been completed in Dulmen and Zutendaal. Since installation, these five nodes have read nearly 5,000 tags. AMIS contract support engineers and USAREUR G4 continue to provided exceptional support to this very important mission.

Posted April 14, 2017

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

By CHESS Support Team

FORT BELVOIR, VA, March 30, 2017 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) awarded a ceiling increase for Information Technology Services - Small Business (ITS-SB), an $800 million firm-fixed-price contract, Mar. 23, 2017. The ITS-SB ceiling has increased from $400 million to $800 million, allowing Army, DoD, and Federal customers uninterrupted access to nine small businesses supporting critical Army missions. The contract period of performance remains unchanged, with ordering period date of 13 April 2018, and all work required to be completed by 13 Apr 2020.

The ITS-SB Contract covers a full range of services and solutions necessary for the Army to satisfy its support of the Army enterprise infrastructure and infostructure goals with information technology (IT) services within CONUS.

The ceiling increase applies to the following vendors:
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0005 - Exeter Information Technology Services, LLC
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0006 - Future Research Corporation
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0008 - Link Solutions, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0009 - M-Cubed Information Systems
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0010 - Micro Technologies, LLC
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0013 - SNVC, L.C.
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0014 - Superlative Technologies, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0015 - T4, LLC
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0021 - Tantus-OnPoint ATO Systems Support

The ceiling increase was driven by an increase in delivery orders over the past year. ITS-SB customers cite the contract’s no-fee, dedicated small business offerings as a key reason for increasing use of the vehicle.

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 April 06, 2017