LTC Tachias takes over as PM SKOT
August 7, 2007
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Lt. Col. Brian R. Tachias Sr. became Project Manager of Sets, Kits, Outfits and Tools July 27 at a change of leadership ceremony held at the Arsenal Club, Arsenal Island, Ill.
Lt. Col. Tachias succeeds Lt. Col. Jeffrey M. Carr as PK SKOT. Lt. Col. Carr, who served in TACOM Life Cycle Management Command's Combat Support and Product Service Support Readiness and Sustainment at Rock Island since from 2004, will serve as acquisition readiness officer at the Army Sustainment Command, also at Rock Island.
As PM SKOT, Lt. Col. Tachias provides the Army and joint services oversight of the life cycle for all Sets, Kits, Outfits and Tools. PM SKOT provides SKOs and tools that are high quality, durable, reliable, modernized, and deployable to Soldiers; and provides high quality service, modernizing and modularizing current SKOTs to optimize the logistics footprint for future systems. PM SKOT is part of the Program Executive 0ffice Combat Support and Combat Service Support under Brig. Gen. John R. Bartley.
Col. John S. Myers, Project Manager Joint Combat Support Systems, presided at the ceremony. In his remarks, Col. Myers said, "PM SKOT is a fully qualified acquisition leader, centrally and competitively selected by the Army. Jeff's challenge was creating a project management office. Brian's challenge will be to continue to improve the organization. Thanks to the leadership of Jeff Carr, support for Army SKOT products has been greatly advanced. Brian Tachias has the challenge of building the PM SKOT fan base, and I know he's up for it."
In his parting remarks, LTC Carr said, "Leaving PM SKOT, I have mixed feelings of sadness, for I will miss working with everyone associated with PM SKOT, and happiness, because I know LTC Tachias and Wayne [Schaaf] will continue to lead this organization to new heights. This is the best community we have ever been assigned to. My family has learned first hand what Midwest hospitality is all about."
Addressing the PM SKOT team for the first time, LTC Tachias said, "I am extremely proud to be taking charge of an organization that is so highly regarded in the Army and around the world. The PM SKOT team has done a great job supporting our nation at war."
"You have a direct link to supporting troops in the field and I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you serving those troops and overcoming the challenges ahead."
LTC Tachias was commissioned as an officer in 1989, following his graduation from the College of Santa Fe as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He also has a master of science degree in information science from Central Michigan University.
During his career, LTC Tachias has been assigned to a number of key posts. He has served overseas in Korea and had a combat tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some key positions he has held are: deputy theater aviation single manager, Camp Anaconda, Iraq; product director, Program Executive Office Aviation, Redstone, Ala.; and training and operations officer, G3, Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, Ga.