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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

CHESS makes moves at AFCEA TechNet Augusta

By Ms. Tricia Shelley, Public Affairs, CHESS

Ms. Stacy Watson (left) briefing COL Kenneth G. Haynes, Director for the Army Global Modernization Team, on CHESS’s mission.
Ms. Stacy Watson (left) briefing COL Kenneth G. Haynes, Director for the Army Global Modernization Team, on CHESS’s mission.

The Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) team exhibited at TechNet Augusta Symposium on Aug. 7 in Augusta, Georgia. The annual event, hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), included presentations from Army Cyber Command, Army Training and Doctrine Command and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

At the CHESS exhibit, Ms. Stacy Watson, enterprise solutions division director, and Ms. Ylander Jones, hardware and services lead, had the opportunity to meet face to face with Soldiers as well as senior military and industry leaders to brief them on CHESS and their mission. The event was a huge success and provided the CHESS team a wonderful atmosphere for customer feedback, discussion and networking.

For more information about CHESS, please visit the CHESS IT e-mart at https://chess.army.mil/ or contact the CHESS Customer Support Center at armychess@mail.mil or 1-888-232-4405.

Posted September 15, 2017

peo eis gets ready for Defense Readiness Reporting System – Army

By Ms. Beth A. Garrigan, Assistant Project Director DRRS-A, FMS

DRRS-A completes net-centric unit status reporting training with the D.C. National Guard at Fort Belvoir, VA.
DRRS-A completes net-centric unit status reporting training with the D.C. National Guard at Fort Belvoir, VA.

On May 28, Ms. Steffanie Easter, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, signed the Defense Readiness Reporting System – Army (DRRS-A) transition plan, which authorized the transfer from PEO Command, Control and Communications – Tactical to PEO EIS. The DRRS-A program, which provides senior leaders with accurate information about Army force readiness, now aligns under Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army and will be nested in Force Management System effective Oct. 1. Transition activities are currently underway and will be transparent to the community of over 6,500 users. This PEO realignment sets in motion an important strategic milestone which consolidates the primary Army G-3/5/7 system portfolio under PEO EIS. Furthermore, it positions the Army to more efficiently streamline business processes and integrate system architectures to better serve the needs of Army enterprise resource planning systems and joint service consumers.

Posted September 15, 2017

I3MP Completes 3ID HQ Tech Refresh

By Mr. Scott Sundsvold, Public Affairs, I3MP

MAJ Mora (left) managed the day-to-day activities of the tech refresh at Fort Stewart, aided by Thomas “Karl” Brenstuhl (right), the project team assist.
MAJ Mora (left) managed the day-to-day activities of the tech refresh at Fort Stewart, aided by Thomas “Karl” Brenstuhl (right), the project team assist.

The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed a Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) initiative technology refresh for the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) Headquarters on Fort Stewart, Georgia. The HSMCC, also known as a joint operations center, increases commander flexibility by providing a suite of sustained and standardized technical capabilities, components to operate multiple networks, enhanced audio/visual capabilities and the physical infrastructure necessary to establish uninterrupted expeditionary mission command through all phases of operations. MAJ Aleyzer Mora, assistant product manager over command center modernizations, I3MP, oversaw the 3rd ID tech refresh day-to-day activities. “The need for speed in delivering this IT solution to the fighting edge is very critical,” said MAJ Mora. “Thanks to the 3rd ID leadership, the I3MP team and our industry partners, Soldiers have the critical IT solutions that enable commanders and their staff to accomplish the mission.”

Posted September 15, 2017

MC4 Attends the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium

By Mr. Paul Clark, Strategic Communications Lead, MC4

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach and author of “Never Fly Solo,” addresses DHITS conference attendees in Orlando, Florida, on July 25.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach and author of “Never Fly Solo,” addresses DHITS conference attendees in Orlando, Florida, on July 25.

The Defense Health Information Technology Symposium (DHITS) was held from July 25-27 in Orlando, Florida, and included a robust list of exhibits and break-out sessions focused on health IT. Staff from the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) participated in the symposium and focused on learning more about the current and future state of Military Health System (MHS) Genesis, the new electronic health record (EHR) for the MHS that provides enhanced, secure technology to manage health information. In addition to getting an update on the status of MHS Genesis, the overarching topics MC4 leadership concentrated on included the Army’s focus on readiness, the impact of congressional direction to merge all service medical treatment facilities (MTFs) under the Defense Health Agency by October 2018, the additional focus needed on Soldier medical training and skills, and the defense health program resourcing needed to continue Army healthcare.

The MC4 team in attendance took note of a number of presentations which included topics on the need for virtual health capability and solutions on the multi-domain battlefield, telehealth and mobile technology, real-time patient data and the status of the Joint Operational Medicine Information Systems (JOMIS) deployment of MHS Genesis to the operational medicine community. In particular, MC4 had an interest in sites that have already deployed MHS Genesis and the lessons learned from those efforts.

In recent weeks, the timing of the JOMIS/MHS Genesis deployment to the operational theater has been pushed back 18-24 months. This means efforts to modernize operational medical systems, such as the existing Theater Medical Information Program-Joint (TMIP-J) system used today by the Army and other services will have to wait. In the interim, MC4 is looking for proactive opportunities to make use of the added time to deployment. Notably, MC4 plans to use the information gathered during the symposium to help prepare for the new healthcare system. In particular, MC4 plans to find solutions for the challenges facing garrison MTFs during deployments of MHS Genesis. For example, during the MHS Genesis configuration build in the garrison MTF at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, there were a number of challenges that emerged. Some of those challenges were significant, including issues with pharmacy, scheduling, workload and staffing. In the future, MC4 can use this knowledge to shape garrison MTF testing that will improve operational medicine workflows during operational assessments.

MC4 also used the symposium as an opportunity to meet with personnel from the Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, who provided their vision for planning the way ahead in Army operational medicine that will aid MC4. In the DHITS exhibit hall, MC4 staff were interested in seeing demonstrations from a number of MHS Genesis applications. They were able to discuss the attributes and benefits of the MC4 program, as well as network with key partners and stakeholders. Finally, another element for planners to consider came out of discussions centered on sustainment. Even though JOMIS may be taking over the configuration and deployment of the new EHR system in a few years, the current TMIP-J systems will still need to be maintained long after MHS Genesis is deployed in theater. At the end of the day, there’s still an EHR program to be fielded to deployed forces in harm’s way, which will continue to be MC4’s focus.

Posted September 15, 2017

DLS SUPPORTS THE W.VA. NATIONAL GUARD AT THE 2017 SCOUT JAMBOREE

By DLS Strategic Communications

Tents housing the DDTC at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve, Mt. Hope, WV.
Tents housing the DDTC at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve, Mt. Hope, WV.

The Distributed Learning System (DLS) was a key team member for the West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) support of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia. From July 13 to 28, DLS provided two Deployed Digital Training Campus (DDTC) systems to the WVARNG. The DDTCs provide a training resource capable of operations in remote areas where communication resources are limited. Each DDTC is equipped with a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) along with 21 general purpose laptop computers, a video teleconference (VTC) system and a Voice over Internet Protocol phone. Using satellite-based wide area network links provides Soldiers a resource to complete training when their unit is operating in an austere environment. This capability met the need for the WVARNG while supporting the National Scout Jamboree.

DLS displayed exceptional flexibility in meeting the WVARNG’s requirement. The DLS team quickly prepared two DDTCs for deployment, arranged shipping and provided continuous support. When the WVARNG arrived at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, DLS was requested to provide rapid onsite assistance due to the unique location and resource constraints. Within three hours of the request, the DLS team had a network engineer on the road to the location to provide the requested assistance. Once onsite, the DLS engineer linked the two DDTCs through a satellite connection to the network, and the unit was able to use the DDTC’s full range of training capabilities.

Over the two week period, over 190 Army National Guard Soldiers and Army civilians completed training on the DDTCs. Training completed include: the Army Threat Awareness and Reporting Program, Military Occupation Specialty skills classes, Pre-deployment classes, the Army Traffic Safety Program Accident Avoidance course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention and general unit level training. Soldiers also made use of Virtual Battle Space 3, a software installed on all DDTC laptops that allows the unit to develop and implement squad and platoon level training scenarios. Additionally, personnel were able to continue work on college courses and complete general correspondence with the systems.

The DDTC proved to be a valuable training resource for Soldiers and Civilians supporting the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

Posted September 15, 2017

WESS Develops Wideband Training and Certification System

By Ms. Rachel Ward, Assistant Product Manager WTCS, WESS

Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS) has procured a new modular training simulation system for the Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) program, known as the Wideband Training and Certification System (WTCS). The system will provide skill level one military occupation specialty training, operator training and evaluation activities. The first set of workstations was installed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, in September, and an additional 21 sets will be installed at five Wideband Satellite Communications Operation Centers (WSOCs) around the world.

WTCS is the first system of its kind to provide both training and certification capabilities for the Soldiers operating WSOCs. The WTCS design maximizes the use of automation, modularity and virtualization approaches to enhance workflow and minimize operator workload associated with managing, conducting and evaluating training activities. In today’s era of limited budgets and resources, the WTCS offers the required training capabilities at a reasonable cost and provides realistic simulation training for the satellite controller’s community.

Posted September 14, 2017

P2E Takes on MCF Phase 2

By Ms. Brittney M. Brown, Strategic Communications, P2E

A graphic rendering of the new USARPAC MCF.
A graphic rendering of the new USARPAC MCF.

Power Project Enablers (P2E) has kicked-off the new fiscal year by increasing its commitment to Army readiness. Throughout the year, P2E will tackle a multitude of projects that will render top-notch IT infrastructure and network modernization to Army units around the world. One of P2E’s fiscal year 2018 priorities is the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) Mission Command Facility (MCF) Phase 2, a venture that will provide USARPAC with classified and unclassified IT capabilities throughout their new command facility on Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

MCF Phase 2 is an increment of USARPAC’s overall plan to replace its current command facility, which was originally built for temporary use in 1944. The new MCF will also house the four-star headquarters, currently located at Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle. Mr. Ki Ho Kim, Pacific integrated project team leader, P2E, says the new IT capabilities will allow USARPAC to perform command and control exercises with joint partners in the Pacific and increase U.S.-coalition interoperability. “Upon completion, this project will become the model for modernizing U.S. military command centers worldwide,” said Mr. Kim.

P2E’s execution of MCF Phase 2 began after the project’s kickoff in August. P2E, in conjunction with USARPAC G-6, hosted the kick-off as an information exchange between the 311th Signal Command (Theater) and the MCF Phase 2 integrator. LTC Gregory S. Soulé, product manager, P2E, says effective communication between stakeholders, project managers and integrators in the early stages of a project is key for successful execution. “Any communication gap between stakeholder needs and the interpretation of those needs can be costly from both a budgeting and readiness perspective,” said LTC Soulé. “Much of P2E’s success is a direct result of engaged stakeholders, and our ability to keep the lines of communication open with our integrators.”

P2E expects to execute MCF Phase 2 within a two-year period of performance. The project’s finished products will include turn-key solutions to the facility’s local area network, campus area network, wide area network, voice over internet protocol, voice over secret internet protocol and video teleconference capabilities. Following implementation, the USARPAC and 311th Signal Command staffs will receive training on the use of the systems.

“P2E looks forward to providing the four-star headquarters with state-of-the-art capabilities that will support thousands of Soldiers,” said Mr. Kim. “Through MCF Phase 2, we will continue to set an example of successful execution of multi-year, incremental projects.”

Posted September 14, 2017

I3MP CONNECTS Fort Hood

By Ms. Rosalie Fehrmann, Strategic Communications Specialist, I3C2

(l to r) Mr. Alberto Dominguez, assistant product manager; Mr. Jeff Porter, product team lead; and Mr. Carmine Pesce, product team assist. Photo by Mr. Scott Sundsvold
(l to r) Mr. Alberto Dominguez, assistant product manager; Mr. Jeff Porter, product team lead; and Mr. Carmine Pesce, product team assist. Photo by Mr. Scott Sundsvold

The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed delivery of outside plant information infrastructure upgrades to Fort Hood, Texas. The completion of this project marks the end of phase II of a three-phase approach that will ultimately provide a modern Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system to Fort Hood. Referred to as time-division multiplexing (TDM), the legacy phone system transmits and receives multiple, independent signals over a common signal path made of copper wire. Since TDM phone systems are no longer being installed on Army installations, the costs of operating and maintaining the TDM-based systems are rising. As such, the Army is transitioning to VoIP networks, which will enable the decommissioning of legacy TDM telephone systems. VoIP systems leverage existing data networks to provide voice communications to users in a more efficient, cost-effective way.

Mr. Jeff Porter, the Fort Hood project team lead, managed the day-to-day activities on the project. Along with the product team assist, Mr. Carmine F. Pesce, Mr. Porter coordinated and collaborated with their government and industry partners to install the new telephone system. “We learned a lot of lessons on this first project. Hopefully, we can apply these lessons learned to future projects, increasing the speed of service delivery to Army installations to support the Soldier,” said Mr. Porter.

Posted September 13, 2017