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GFEBS Change of Charter

By Pamela Gray, GFEBS Public Affairs

New PM COL William Russell (right) accepting the GFEBS Charter from Mr. Douglas Wiltsie (center), as Former PM COL Patrick Burden (left) looks on.
New PM COL William Russell (right) accepting the GFEBS Charter from Mr. Douglas Wiltsie (center), as Former PM COL Patrick Burden (left) looks on.

COL Patrick W. Burden relinquished the General Fund Enterprise Business Systems Charter to COL William (Matt) Russell on July 10 in a ceremony held at the Fort Belvoir Community Center. Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems, presided over the ceremony. In addition to commenting on all the successes of the GFEBS Project Management Office, Mr. Wiltsie emphasized COL Burden’s successes during his tenure.

“I wanted to highlight these program accomplishments to reiterate that in the words of a former colleague, this stuff is not easy; but for the past four years, Pat, you have made it look like it was,” Mr. Wiltsie said. Burden expressed his sincere appreciation to a list of individuals for their leadership, guidance, support and dedication.

“It wasn’t me, it was a talented team of individuals,” COL Burden commented. “This ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) stuff is hard, but people make all the difference.”

COL Russell most recently served as the Director for Fires and Force Protection for the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology.

He started his remarks with a personal note to his mother. After completing college with a degree in finance, Russell joined the Army commissioned in the Infantry and worked with the Military Intelligence Community. His mother wanted to know when he was going to use his degree in finance. Russell then made a promise to his mother he would indeed use his degree one day.

Once he relayed this story, COL Russell turned to Mr. Wiltsie and said, “Sir, thank you for letting me fulfill a promise to my mother.”

COL Russell also stated that he was humbled to be selected to the GFEBS program and assured COL Burden that he would continue to keep GFEBS moving on the ERP fast track.

COL Burden has been selected for promotion to brigadier general. His next assignment has not yet been announced.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception honoring the Burden family and welcoming the Russell family to the GFEBS team.

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Posted July 11, 2014