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PEO EIS Celebrates the Army’s Birthday

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS public affairs

Photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

The Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) celebrated the Army’s 240th Birthday at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on Friday, June 12, with an Army Birthday cookout followed by an official observance and cake cutting on the Headquarters PEO EIS lawn.

CPT Maureen Minder, Assistant Product Manager, Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP) Hub, narrated the official observance, which included remarks on the theme of selfless service from Mr. Doug Wiltsie, PEO EIS, and an invocation by Mr. Jim Kline, Director, Operations and Theater Support Directorate (OTSD).

Mr. Wiltsie highlighted some of the rich history of the Army and the accomplishments of its Soldiers today, while CPT Minder read from the history of the Continental Resolution. As is the tradition for Army Birthday, the first cut to the celebratory cake was made by LTC Ossie Peacock, Product Manager, Army Contract Writing System (ACWS), followed by CPT Eric Terrell, Assistant Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers (P2E), the most senior and the youngest uniformed Soldiers assigned to PEO EIS.

The cookout and the cake cutting ceremony were both well attended by more than 150 employees and tenant neighbors, raising funds for the PEO EIS Organization Day on June 26, and providing an opportunity for the workforce to reflect on the importance of the tradition and history of the United States Army.

The Army Birthday is officially marked on June 14 each year.

Happy Birthday, Army – Hooah!

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Posted June 17, 2015

Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) Industry Day

By Communications Division, PEO EIS

photos by: Sam Soleimanifar

PEO EIS conducted a CHESS Industry Day event June 10 in Wallace Theater, Fort Belvoir, Va. Over 500 attendees participated in this event that includes an audience comprised of DA civilians, military, contractors and private industry. Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) personnel were present to brief on upcoming contracts.

The program stated at 0900 hours with Deputy PEO Ms. Terry Watson providing opening remarks. Following her remarks, the following agenda was presented:

  • CHESS Welcome, Mr. Thomas Neff, Project Director, PD CHESS
  • Army Desktop Mobile Computing – 3 (ADMC-3), Ms. Dawn Bare, Product Leader, CHESS and Ms. Joelle Donovan, Contracting Officer, ACC-RI
  • Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – 3 Services (ITES-3S), Mr. Keith Copeland, Product Leader, CHESS and Mr. Ryan Pierce, Contracting Officer, ACC-RI

Mr. Neff closed the event by thanking all attendees and reminding them that questions and responses would be posted to Fed Biz Opps and the CHESS website in the near future.

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Posted June 15, 2015

WESS Assumption of Charter

By James Christophersen, DCATS Public Affairs

Photo credit: Sam Soleimanifar

Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS) COL Charles Stein hosted an Assumption of Charter ceremony on June 4 at Fort Belvoir, Va., to officially recognize the change in leadership for the Product Director Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS). Product Manager (PdM) LTC Samuel Ancira, who has led PdM WESS since it was chartered in September 2012, relinquished responsibility for the program. Coinciding with LTC Ancira’s departure, the Army redesignated the WESS charter from Product Manager (PdM) to Product Director (PD).

Mr. Michael McGarvey, assumed the new charter for Product Director Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PD WESS) at the ceremony.

WESS is the Army’s manager for acquisition, development and modernization of enterprise satellite communication systems and state-of-the-art satellite network control systems. WESS systems integrate into a system-of-systems architecture supporting strategic communications infrastructure, Presidential communications, the Defense Information Systems Network, Army LandWarNet, the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and tactical reach-back for deployed forces.

LTC Ancira was selected to be the first Product Manager for PdM WESS when it was chartered to provide management and control support for Wideband Control and Satellite Control Systems programs. Under LTC Ancira’s leadership, WESS continued support of the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) launches while simultaneously achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of the Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program. Both programs provide critical satellite communications capability to diverse customers worldwide ranging from the Oval Office to the Soldier’s foxhole to international partners.

In recognition of LTC Ancira’s accomplishments during his tenure as PdM WESS, COL Stein presented LTC Ancira the Meritorious Service Medal and the Signal Corps Regimental Association’s Bronze Order of Mercury.

LTC Ancira departs PM DCATS for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Sill, Okla., to the position of Military Deputy for Capability Manager – Fires (TCM-Fires).

“LTC Ancira has done a great job of leading and managing PdM WESS from its formation through to today bringing together programs and teams into one cohesive mission,” said COL Stein. “LTC Ancira has had a positive impact on this organization and touched a lot of the folks here, and the organization definitely had an impact on him.”

Mr. McGarvey has been Deputy Product Manager WESS at Fort Belvoir since 2013.

“Mr. McGarvey was selected for his deep knowledge of wideband satellite communications from nearly a decade of experience working with wideband satellite systems,” said COL Stein. “He was carefully selected and is well-qualified to lead PD WESS forward.”

LTC Joel Babbitt, Product Manager, Warfighter Information Network – Tactical Increment 1 (WIN-T Increment 1), is selected to be the next PD WESS. LTC Babbitt will assume the charter for PD WESS in August 2015.

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Posted June 10, 2015

AFCEA Belvoir Luncheon

By Communications Division, PEO EIS

Photo credit: Sam Soleimanifar

Mr. Jeremy Hiers, Project Director, Enterprise Services (PD ES), was the keynote speaker at the AFCEA Belvoir Chapter’s monthly luncheon at the Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club, 1130-1300. Mr. Hiers gave an enterprise update and also touched upon education and STEM themes to round out the day’s focus. Mr. Hiers’ briefing will be posted to the AFCEA Belvoir Chapter’s website, and linked on the EIS website and in social media. A story and photographs from the event will follow, for use in the EIS Communicator, on the EIS website, and in social media.

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Posted June 09, 2015

Young AFCEAN Award Ceremony

By Communications Division, PEO EIS

Photo credit: Sam Soleimanifar

COL Darrell Bennis, PEO EIS Military Deputy (MILDEP) was the guest speaker at the AFCEA Belvoir Chapter’s Annual Scholarship Awards Event at the Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club, 1000-1045. COL Bennis gave remarks on the importance of STEM education and careers, encouraging the high school and continuing education student awardees to continue their STEM-focused studies. COL Bennis’ remarks were followed by awards presentations by the Chapter President and Board Members.

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Posted June 04, 2015