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On June 29, BG Burden hosted a Change of Charter ceremony for Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS) at Wallace Theater on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During the ceremony, BG Burden transitioned the charter from COL Joel Babbitt to the incoming product manager (PdM), LTC Anthony Whitfield. As PdM for WESS, LTC Whitfield will manage one of the most complex programs in PEO EIS. He will be responsible for the development and modernization of enterprise satellite communication systems and state-of-the-art satellite network control and planning systems for the Army and DOD. Additionally, he will manage the program’s approximately $170 million budget authority and 50 projects across the globe. In his remarks, BG Burden noted, “Sometimes we like to say ‘this stuff’s not rocket science’ – but in this case it is.”

COL Babbitt departs PEO EIS for Senior Service College before taking on his next role as PEO for Special Operations Forces – Warrior in 2018. “Congratulations on your successful command here at PEO EIS and your selection to serve in positions of increased responsibility. We wish you and your family all the best in the years to come,” remarked BG Burden.

LTC Whitfield most recently served as a Department of the Army systems coordinator in the Pentagon. “Anthony comes to us with a wealth of experience and is the right person to continue to lead the successes of the program,” said BG Burden. “I’m excited to have you as a part of the PEO EIS team, and I know that the WESS and DCATS teams are glad to have you here as well.”

Welcome, LTC Whitfield!

Posted July 01, 2017