Project manager/former intern, riding CAISI roller coaster
March 14, 2012
Brad Amon began working for the Army Materiel Command, AMC, in May of 1989 as a maintainability engineering intern. In 1991, he was assigned to the Jefferson Proving Ground, JPG, in Indiana working on test instrumentation for high-explosive ordnance. When JPG was closed due to Base Realignment and Closure, BRAC, he moved to Dugway Proving Ground as a Lockheed contractor in 1994.
Amon came back to the Army as a civilian at Fort Huachuca in January 1995. Since 1995, he has worked at the United States Army Information Systems Engineering Command, ISEC, and has been dedicated to the development of Combat Service Support, CSS, Automated Information Systems Interface, CAISI, from 1997 to present. "I find CAISI challenging and rewarding. Teaching the Soldiers about CAISI and working with them to develop better ways to use technology to accomplish their job is thrilling."
CAISI provides deployable network equipment for Army Logistics units worldwide. CAISI fills a critical role in logistics support and advancement. By providing wireless communications, CAISI reduces set-up and tear-down time, covers a broader area, and supports more users in a given area with data speeds high enough to support web-based logistics. It puts the logistics community on the path to providing real-time logistics data and enabling faster requisitions. This makes CAISI an important tool in providing responsive and efficient support to our combat operations.
Today, the Army owns more than 39,000 current versions of wireless CAISI 2.0 bridge modules.
They are used in at least 3,200 separate, worldwide locations. Amon said he has traveled to Korea, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, and throughout many locations in the U.S., to train and support the Warfighter. Army logistic technologies and DoD information assurance requirements are continuously evolving. Amon stated we have to keep adapting the system and focus on making it more reliable, maintainable, secure, and easier for the Warfighter to employ. "We take pride in the fact that CAISI is built to be Soldier-owned and operated. No support contractors are required to deploy permanently with the units to support the system.
Working out of the new CAISI lab located at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., a team of six ISEC engineers and a computer scientist worked diligently to improve the CAISI system. Those forming the current team are: Clyde Roark, Systems Engineer; Tanya Renteria, Computer Scientist; Richard Sinclair, Systems Engineer; Mike Chasse, Systems Engineer; Brad Amon, Lead System Engineer; and Rodney Harp, Electronics Engineer.
"My team and I enjoy the challenge of CAISI, it is like taking a ride on a rollercoaster," said Amon. "It is always moving and sometimes changing directions very fast. Although there have been many challenges through the years, the CAISI team has always persevered and come through for the Warfighter."
In addition to his busy work schedule, Amon spends a great deal of time with his seven children and nine grandchildren who participate in softball, football, and track within the Sierra Vista community.