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Changing of the Guard at PM DCATS

By Paul L. Tremblay, DCATS Public Affairs

Former DCATS PM COL Clyde Richards, DPEO EIS Ms. Terry Watson and new DCATS PM COL Charles Stein during the DCATS Change of Charter ceremony.
Photo by David J. Baker
Former DCATS PM COL Clyde Richards, DPEO EIS Ms. Terry Watson and new DCATS PM COL Charles Stein during the DCATS Change of Charter ceremony.

Ms. Terry Watson, Deputy Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), hosted a change of charter ceremony on Aug. 13 to recognize the accomplishments of COL Clyde E. Richards, Jr., outgoing Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS), and to transfer the PM DCATS charter to COL Charles “Charlie” Stein.

The ceremony took place at the Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club and was preceded by a private luncheon for COL Richards. Ms. Watson observed that PM DCATS is an organization with a $3 billion systems portfolio and a global mission consisting of six major programs and more than 130 distinct projects. She congratulated COL Richards for his many accomplishments as PM, noting in particular his ability to bring people together and create esprit de corps.

COL Richards will serve as the Army Portfolio Director at the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). “It’s been a great honor to serve as Program Manager for DCATS,” he said. “We’ve put together a great team with some robust processes, and my team has been outstanding during some challenging times in the Army, including the disruptions of the Base Realignment and Closure moves from New Jersey. I am proud of the organization that I am turning over to COL Stein.”

COL Stein enlisted as an infantryman in the Marine Corps in 1982. In 1990, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Quartermaster Corps. He held a variety of command and staff positions before becoming a Product Manager. COL Stein most recently served as the Technical Center Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command /Army Forces Strategic Command in Huntsville, Ala.

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Posted August 14, 2014