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PEO EIS Changes Charter

By Ellyn Kocher, Communications Division

On November 23, 2015, Mr. Douglas Wiltsie relinquished the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) Charter to the Deputy PEO Ms. Terry Watson. The official ceremony at Wallace Theater, Fort Belvoir, followed the luncheon at the Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club, and was hosted by Honorable Heidi Shyu, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT).

The ceremony was emceed by PEO EIS Military Deputy COL Sandy Vann-Olejasz, with an invocation by Dr. David Powers, Product Lead, Force Management System. The ceremony was attended by LTG Robert Ferrell, Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6; LTG Alan Lynn, Director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); former PEOs Mr. Gary Winkler and Mr. Kevin Carroll; and former Deputy PEO Mr. Lee Harvey, as well as Project and Product Managers, Leads and Directors from across EIS. Mr. Wiltsie’s wife, Liz, and Ms. Watson’s daughters, Katie Keys and Jenni Watson, were also in attendance, and received flowers and special recognition for their support to Mr. Wiltsie and Ms. Watson.

Mr. Wiltsie took command of PEO EIS October 5, 2011. As PEO, Mr. Wiltsie led the EIS acquisition mission, which included a workforce of more than 1,500 throughout the Continental United States and in 15 countries, executing more than $2 billion annually to develop, deploy and support over 60 large scale Information Technology programs serving Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines and DoD civilians worldwide. Mr. Wiltsie’s technical expertise and bold leadership in network modernization solidified his reputation as an innovator and change leader. Mr. Wiltsie transitions to his new role as Director System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SOSI&E) in the office of the ASAALT December 1, and will report directly to the Army Acquisition Executive as a principal advisor on all system of systems engineering and integration matters.

“Doug, you and your team have done an outstanding job of strengthening the link and solidifying the trust between our Soldiers and the information they rely on for mission success and a safe return home,” said Ms. Shyu in her remarks, “Doug’s leadership has been incredible.”

Ms. Terry Watson, the current Deputy PEO EIS, assumes the mantle of acting PEO with more than 30 years of acquisition experience. Ms. Watson had served as the Acting PEO EIS prior to Mr. Wiltsie’s arrival in 2011, and she “brings tremendous experience and knowledge of the organization to this position,” said Mr. Wiltsie during the ceremony. “Terry is the smartest and the best person to lead this organization.” Ms. Shyu echoed his remarks, stating that Ms. Watson has her full confidence and support in leading EIS.

“Terry is tireless in her dedication and support to the mission and people of EIS, and there is no better person to lead this team forward,” said Mr. Wiltsie during the luncheon. “This has been both the hardest and most rewarding job of my career, and the rewards are because of you – the leadership team, and the workforce of PEO EIS.”

At the ceremony, Ms. Watson focused her remarks on the workforce: “You are the reason we are able to be so successful and truly connect the global Army. You are the most dedicated and talented acquisition professionals and I am honored to be a part of your team. What you do matters. Together, we will continue to innovate to ensure that our Soldiers are ready, agile and connected to defeat any enemy and keep our Nation and our Allies safe and secure.”

“I have learned so much from Doug,” said Ms. Watson in her luncheon remarks. “We will miss you, and you will always be a part of the EIS family.”

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Posted November 24, 2015