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GCSS-Army Increment 1: Full System Deployment Nearly Completed

By By Mr. James P. McDonough, Strategic Communications Lead, GCSS-Army

In November 2017, Global Combat Support System – Army (GCSS-Army) completed the majority of the Increment 1 deployment to the field, following a five-year intense fielding effort. This accomplishment makes it the largest enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment in United States Army history. The deployment included over 100,000 users and every supply support activity, motor pool, unit supply room, property book and resource management office in the Army.

The GCSS-Army team reached their goal of reducing the logistics footprint and providing greater asset transparency. The Increment 1 deployment will migrate Army units from the legacy Standard Army Management Information Systems to GCSS-Army with an estimated value of $2.7 billion. The team also achieved the following:

  • Processing of over 12,190 Standard Army Maintenance System – Enhanced (legacy system replaced by GCSS-Army) files containing maintenance data
  • Work orders
  • Shop stock
  • Operational readiness
  • Qualification records critical to unit operations in GCSS-Army
  • Issuing of more than 800,000 certificates of training for seven GCSS-Army business areas and eight supplemental topic areas

GCSS-Army Increment 1 is an ERP solution that has innovated supply, maintenance, property accountability and associated financial management operations across the Army. GCSS-Army replaced over 40,000 antiquated, stove-piped tactical logistics and financial management systems with one integrated, web-based ERP solution. It leverages cutting-edge industry capabilities through its commercial-off-the-shelf software, SAP, which revolutionized the way the Army orchestrates tactical logistics and financial management. The logistics enterprise, with GCSS-Army as the tactical component, has propelled the Army toward its strategic goal of asset transparency, which permits the Army to rightsize unit supply levels.

Rightsizing enables "factory to foxhole" distribution, which reduces costs, avoids waste and improves readiness throughout the Army. Now, commanders have near real-time analytic-driven outcomes of their assets. With the fielding of GCSS-Army, the tactical logistics and financial management information will integrate into one system. The integration eliminates protracted conflicts and costly reconciliations between supporting activities, customers and supply sources native to the legacy systems.

The ability to access information in one location allows commanders to have an accurate picture of their logistic readiness posture to make critical battlefield decisions in real-time. Senior Army leaders and materiel managers can determine the total cost of equipment and vehicle fleets that the legacy systems did not permit. The GCSS-Army implementation ensures that leaders and managers at all levels can access "one version of the truth."

GCSS-Army has a governance structure to address resources, prioritize changes and approve implementation plans. The structure supports solutions that fall within the program's scope of operational enhancement and improvements, covering disconnected operations, live training environment and embedded performance system support among others. GCSS-Army is in the process of transitioning sustainment of the Increment 1 solution from the system integrator to the Army Shared Services Center. The transition is scheduled for completion in 2020.

GCSS-Army will coordinate with the Department of the Army G-4, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and other stakeholders to develop plans for future increments of GCSS-Army. The increments will help aviation maintenance transportation and ammunition management, and others meld into the integrated system.

Posted May 21, 2018

PEO EIS Welcomes New Program Executive Officer

By Mr. Twain Carter, Public Affairs Writer and Editor, PEO EIS


On April 27, Ms. Chérie A. Smith accepted the charter to serve as the Program Executive Officer, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), during an Assumption of Charter ceremony at Thurman Hall on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Longtime friend and colleague, LTG Paul A. Ostrowski, the principal military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) (ASA[ALT]) and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps, hosted the ceremony among more than 300 family members, friends and colleagues.

LTG Ostrowski addressed the audience giving a brief overview of Smith’s accomplishments. His humor and poignant storytelling recalled time spent with Smith capturing seminal moments of significant achievements and well-deserved advancement. LTG Ostrowski chronicled Ms. Smith’s career, which began in 1977 as an enlisted Solider both active duty and reserve until 1985, and spoke about her time as medical scientific software applications developer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Health Care Systems Support Activity on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. LTG Ostrowski joked that after 1985 he noticed a gap in her bio, concluding that perhaps she had “joined the Hell’s Angels [on an expedition to] the southwest; went to Tibet in search of the Dalai Lama; or became a nun and joined a convent” after consulting with friends and family. The crowd responded with laughter.

In 2003, Ms. Smith was the program manager for General Fund Enterprise Business System, a PEO EIS program of record, where she led the program from initial concept through the system development and demonstration phase. LTG Ostrowski spoke of growth opportunities and how Ms. Smith continued to advance through the ranks. He highlighted her time PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), a role that prepared her for another growth opportunity as Deputy Program Executive Officer, PEO EIS, from October 2017 to January 2018 and then as the Acting Program Executive Officer, PEO EIS, from January to March 2018. “You deserve this job more than any — and you’ve certainly earned it — there’s 
no doubt in my mind,” said LTG Ostrowski. “Congratulations to you.”

Ms. Smith was greeted with rousing applause before addressing the room. She thanked friends, family, former colleagues, current staff and, notably, two previous ASA(ALT)/Army acquisition executives in attendance, the Hon. Heidi Shyu and the Hon. Katrina McFarland. “[It’s] about someone being there to help me…giving me the opportunity to walk through the door,” said Smith. “I have been blessed.”

The Assumption of Charter ceremony, similar to an Assumption of Command, is steeped in military history representing the passing of the responsibility, authority and accountability to an incoming leader in view of their senior officials as well as the personnel holding allegiance to that organization. In traditional military units, this is represented by the passing of the unit’s colors. Since PEO EIS is a nontraditional military unit, the Charter takes the place of unit colors and represents management responsibilities and authority. PEO EIS was originally established in 1987 as the Program Executive Office, Standard Army Management Information Systems (PEO STAMIS). Since its inception, there have been nine appointed to the position of program executive officer. Ms. Chérie A. Smith is the 10th appointee.

Posted May 01, 2018