FORT MONROE, Va. (December 8, 2010) - Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, deputy commanding general for Futures and director of the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), presented the third annual Individual Capability Developer and Team Developer Awards on today during the ARCIC Capability Integration Enterprise Forum here.

The Capability Developer of the Year award was presented to Tahnee Moore, supervisory training specialist with Capability Development and Integration directorate, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The Capability Developer Team of the Year was awarded to Lt. Col. Jonathon Moelter, Maj. Howard Christian, Scott Long, Jack Wilson, Mark Jurik, Stephen Carstensen, Allen Nelson, and Arthur Frantz of the Signal Center of Excellence Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) Tunneling Package Team from Fort Gordon, Ga.

Vane implemented these awards to promote and recognize innovation, improvement, and maximized efficiency in capability development products. This program applies to the TRADOC and non-TRADOC concept and capability developments community of practice.

Concept and capability developers are responsible for identifying, assessing, and documenting changes in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities that produce force capabilities and attributes prescribed in force concepts. Their role has increased in support of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the development of the future force to combat global extremism in an environment of persistent conflict.

Nominees for the award demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, flexibility and overall excellence in accomplishing their concept and capabilities development duties. This summer, senior leaders in the community of practice nominated several talented and dedicated professionals for the award. Vane convened a review board comprised of several ARCIC senior leaders to consider and score the nominations while Vane made the final selection.

Moore was recognized for her exceptional efforts in support of critical Army Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) Institutional Training efforts. Moore led this TRADOC-wide initiative, approved by the TRADOC commanding general, for required CIED-related institutional training. To accomplish this task, Moore personally coordinated with Joint Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multination (JIIM) partners; Department of the Army; and Reserve Component flag officer-level staffs to determine and gain approval of their CIED training requirements. These efforts will lead to a direct savings in excess of $300 million over the next four years for the Army, and will standardize institutional CIED training across the Army.

The TS/SCI Tunneling Package Team was lead by the Signal Center of Excellence and consisted of members from the Intelligence Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Materiel Command. The team demonstrated the technical feasibility to use TS/SCI Tunneling Packages on the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 1 Network instead of purchasing more TROJAN SPIRIT systems. The team influenced the Army G-8 to pursue this solution for the 101st Division operational needs statement (ONS). An ONS represents an urgent need by the operational force. By following the ARCIC approved TROJAN SPIRIT to WIN-T/Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Migration Plan and using the ONS/Quick Reaction Capability process underpinned by live experimentation this team demonstrated that these ONS requirements should be satisfied by the existing Signal provided network, equipment, and personnel. The great work of this team resulted in a positive resource impact through cost avoidance of $40 million for the Army.

Vane concluded the event by adding, "I applaud everyone's efforts and I am looking forward to next year's competition."

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