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  • Army fields 250,000 DAGR

    Oct 15, 2010

    A system that provides a pivotal situational awareness tool to Soldiers in virtually every mission they are involved in was recognized for achieving a significant milestone in Fielding and Training during a ceremony hosted by the Product Director Global Positioning System (GPS) at the Top of the Bay Club last month.

  • Military earns White House, Energy Department awards

    Oct 13, 2010

    Defense Department efforts to save energy and help the environment at installations around the world are receiving notice from the White House and the Energy Department.

  • DOL transfers operational control to Army Materiel Command

    Oct 12, 2010

    Implementation of the Army's materiel enterprise was represented in a transfer of operational control ceremony held Oct. 8 at a Fort Hood Directorate of Logistics warehouse. The Army Sustainment Command's "Mighty" 407th AFSB now facilitates operational control of the DOL at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Socio-cultural data collection provides insight for commanders

    Oct 12, 2010

  • General calls for better suicide prevention efforts

    Oct 12, 2010

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 8, 2010 - The military must address the stress wearing down the force and work to end the stigma surrounding mental health care to combat rising suicide rates, the chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide said today.

  • Last walk at the Tomb of the Unknowns

    Oct 12, 2010

    Sergeant Kyle Obrosky, a Topeka, Kansas native, lays a rose at the Tomb of the Unknowns

  • Vigilance is their watchword

    Oct 11, 2010

    Army drivers endure deployment hardships without much recognition. They are often assigned to do much more than just drive, to include providing security to convoys moving in and out of Iraq.

  • Medal of Honor recipient enshrined in Hall of Heroes

    Oct 8, 2010

    A day after Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller's Family accepted the posthumously-awarded Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, the noncommissioned officer was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, before a standing-room-only audience.

  • ACC, ECC employees continue migration to Huntsville

    Oct 6, 2010

    With less than 12 months before the Army Contracting Command officially raises the command colors at its new home at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala., ACC employees have begun their southern migration. The first group of ACC employees to report to Redstone Arsenal found themselves in warehouse facilities provided by the RSA Garrison. With the recent arrival of temporary office buildings, ACC personnel are beginning to occupy semi-permanent facilities in their own compound area.

  • ACC, ECC employees continue migration to Huntsville

    Oct 6, 2010

  • 916th Contingency Contracting Battalion activates at Fort Sam Houston

    Oct 6, 2010

    A ceremony was held Sept. 16 activating the 916th Contingency Contracting Battalion at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. "The activation of the 916th is the result of the Army's leadership vision to streamline contracting organizations to create more agile and responsive mission-focused units," said Col. William Sanders, commander, 410th Contracting Support Brigade.

  • Commander observes future force test supported by CECOM

    Oct 6, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, commander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, was among senior Army officers who observed part of the Limited User Test of Increment One of the Army's Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team, or E-IBCT, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., last month.

  • Army changes name of system-of-systems integration R&D program

    Oct 5, 2010

    The U.S. Army's system-of-systems-integration, research and development program, C4ISR OTM, is now named C4ISR & Network Modernization. The name change reflects the program's alignment with the Army's Network Modernization strategy. The program explores leap-ahead capabilities that can augment and enhance the foundation of network modernization while identifying technology acceleration opportunities into the current force.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Oct 4, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class Darrick Bell, 410th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, entered the Army in 1991 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Prior to reclassifying as a contingency contracting officer, Bell served as an automated logistics specialist. "As a 92A, I prided myself in being proficient in every area of my field," said the Newport News, Va., native. "After speaking to several Contingency Contracting Officers and realizing the proficiency needed to write contracts, I decided to reclassify to 51C with hopes of building a similar reputation in my new career field."

  • Value of contracting specialist goes beyond developing contracts

    Oct 4, 2010

    The value of government contracting specialists extends well beyond their expertise in developing contracts that are fair to both the government and the supplier. They are also the watchdogs for contracts in place and are entrusted with ensuring the performance of the contract is ethical and legal. Each year, government contracting specialists, Soldiers and civilians identify unlawful practices that save the government millions of dollars.

  • Europe travel alert

    Oct 4, 2010

    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions.

  • National Depression Awareness Month

    Oct 4, 2010

    <b>What is it'</b> October is National Depression Awareness Month for the Army. On Oct. 7, 2010, organizations and communities across the U.S., will observe 'National Depression Screening Day' to bring national attention to depression; and educate people about its various signs and symptoms and the availability of free anonymous behavioral health screenings. The Army theme is "Depression is Treatable-Get Screened-Seek Care."

  • Mothers of fallen Soldiers travel to Iraq

    Oct 4, 2010

  • GCV must be safe, affordable, full-spectrum capable

    Oct 3, 2010

    The Army's next combat vehicle must perform through the full spectrum of Army operations, be designed to protect itself and the Soldier, and be built with a budget in mind.

  • Contracting team helped to make Jackal Stone 10 a success

    Sep 29, 2010

    For the more than 1,100 participants attending the Jackal Stone 10 exercise, the first day rigors of deployment were significantly reduced. Upon arrival, coalition members were quickly in-processed, bussed to their barracks and treated to a hot meal at the dining facility. Later that night, they were able to clean up in one of the many portable showers and crawl into a bed complete with blankets and linen placed neatly on top. All of this was made possible by four U.S. Army Soldiers who worked aggressively behind the scenes, without fanfare or hope of recognition - they were just doing their job. Making it their personal goal to ensure delivery of the basic necessities military personnel often take for granted, Maj. Jeyanthan Jeyasingam, Sgt. 1st Class Jerry L. Dysick and Staff Sgt. Derrick L. Reynolds from the 643rd Contingency Contracting Team out of Grafenwoehr, Germany and Staff Sgt. Carlet A. Clark, of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade out of Camp Humphreys, Korea, dealt directly with Polish and Lithuanian vendors to make sure the exercise ran smoothly.

  • SMA talks NCO promotions, striving for excellence

    Sep 29, 2010

  • 2010 Army Fall/Winter Safety Campaign

    Sep 28, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The Army's annual Fall/Winter Safety Campaign promotes individual responsibility and engagement on all fronts-between leaders, Soldiers, families and peers-to help prevent off-duty fatalities during the fall and winter seasons.

  • Smoke alarms provide a sound you can live with

    Sep 28, 2010

    Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, but Installation Management Command safety officials, from headquarters to garrison level, say such concerns remain a constant priority.

  • Contracting officer gains valuable experience during Iraq duty

    Sep 28, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Working with civilians all day can detrimentally affect a Soldier's edge. At least that's how one contracting officer felt before volunteering for a six-month tour of duty to Iraq.

  • Army's senior enlisted Soldier visits COB Speicher

    Sep 28, 2010

  • Human Terrain Teams: Mapping a course for a peaceful, prosperous Iraq

    Sep 24, 2010

    THE role of U.S. Forces in Iraq continued to evolve with the launch of Operation New Dawn in September, and the majority of efforts now focus on the responsible transfer of authority to Iraqi security forces.

  • Senior leaders participate in Williamsburg staff ride

    Sep 24, 2010

    Approximately 25 senior leaders from the Army Contracting Command and Expeditionary Contract Command participated in a staff ride to Williamsburg, VA, Sept. 9-10. Jeff Parsons, Army Contracting Command, executive director, and Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, Expeditionary Contracting Command, commanding general, led the team building visit to the Revolutionary War battlefield of Yorktown, Va., and the colonial town of Williamsburg.

  • Building relationships through my job

    Sep 24, 2010

  • Sec Army Civilian Aides visit Rock Island Arsenal

    Sep 22, 2010

    Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army from Iowa and Illinois visited Rock Island Arsenal Sept. 22.

  • AMC commander tours emerging high-tech campus

    Sep 22, 2010

    General Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), and AMC Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger toured the emerging Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Center of Excellence campus. The tour was hosted by Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, commanding general of the U. S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and other senior CECOM leaders.

  • Army's Big Move: R2TF Critical Link in Iraq Drawdown Management

    Sep 21, 2010

    Anyone who has ever moved knows how household items can disappear in the whirlwind of packing and unpacking boxes. Not to mention the chaos that can cause packed things to be misplaced, only to be rediscovered months later. Comparing the hassle of a personal move to the drawdown of equipment from Iraq highlights the size of the task facing the Army. Of course, the drawdown involves walk-in metal containers and tanks instead of cardboard boxes and the family car.

  • U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers train during mass casualty scenario

    Sep 19, 2010

    Leaders evaluated the 10th Iraqi Army on a mass casualty scenario to see what they had learned after three months of Iraqi Army led medical training, advised by the 64th BSB.

  • It's all a learning experience, one Soldier's career path

    Sep 18, 2010

    As the second youngest Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Operations Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, Pfc. Nanalee Litzsinger has held more full time jobs than most young people her age.

  • U.S. Army Racing set to create picture perfect Veterans Day

    Sep 17, 2010

    The U.S. Army and Stewart-Haas Racing are planning a special paint scheme for Ryan Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet which gives veterans the opportunity to put their faces on the Soldiers' car running in the Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 14.

  • Picatinny welcomes new Joint Services leader

    Sep 17, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Picatinny Arsenal community welcomed Col. Jeffrey K. Wilson to the Program Executive Office for Ammunition's Project Manager for Joint Services during an Assumption of Management ceremony here Sept. 9.

  • ASC hosts equipping strategy ROC drill

    Sep 17, 2010

    Army Sustainment Command headquarters hosted a rehearsal of concept drill July 26-30, testing a new equipping strategy. Senior leaders from Army Materiel Command and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology joined their ASC hosts for an Army Force Generation "Equipping" conference.

  • RDECOM Superior Unit Award

    Sep 16, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The Army Superior Unit Award was established by the Secretary of the Army in 1985 to recognize outstanding meritorious performance of a unit during peacetime, or of a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances. The unit must display such outstanding devotion and superior performance of exceptionally difficult tasks as to set the unit apart from, and above, other units with similar missions.

  • Alpaca farming brings Price peace of mind

    Sep 16, 2010

    Bohemian Rhapsody, Ben, Faith and Sunday may be songs found on a golden oldies compact disc, but they can also be found roaming on Denise Price's farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Bohemian Rhapsody and the others are alpacas. Price is the strategy alignment and performance management chief with the Army Contracting Command at Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Army contracting rebuilding workforce

    Sep 16, 2010

    The U.S. Army has changed hiring practices, emphasized recruiting and initiated training programs in order to meet the demand for contracting specialists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Army hosts DOD, Indian delegation to discuss future R&D collaboration

    Sep 14, 2010

    The U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force met with an Indian delegation at Fort Monmouth, N.J. to discuss potential collaboration efforts in emerging information and command and control technologies, Aug 31 - Sept. 3. Government, industry and academia representatives from both countries presented research and discussed projects in the areas of service-oriented architecture, intelligent agents, language translation and artificial intelligence technologies.

  • Musicians revisit COB Speicher

    Sep 13, 2010

    Hammer of the Broads, an all-female tribute band to Led Zeppelin, performed at COB Speicher Sept. 8.

  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Online Inbox

    Sep 6, 2010

    <b> What is it' </b> On Sept. 2 the Army launched a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Online Inbox on Army Knowledge Online available to Soldiers worldwide. The purpose of the inbox is to provide Soldiers the opportunity to share their comments and opinions on how repeal of Don't Ask, Don't tell law might affect military and family readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention.

  • AMC repair teams are the difference between 'a click and a bang'

    Sep 2, 2010

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command's Small Arms Readiness Teams, or SARET, hit a major milestone in early July - they have now inspected and repaired one million items since 2004.

  • Arsenal duo to represent U.S. at World Triathlon competition

    Sep 2, 2010

    ROCK ISLAND,Ill.-- Andrew Witte, middle, and Ria Papageorgiou, right, will represent the United States at the team triathlon competition in September at Budapest, Hungary. He sits, arms folded, facial expressions changing.

  • Looking through the window at federal stimulus dollars

    Sep 1, 2010

    In a building that has become the icon for the Watervliet Arsenal, the "Big Gun Shop," federal stimulus dollars have given the old lady of the arsenal a much needed facelift - and a visible example of how well local stimulus dollars have worked. For the arsenal, the $1.44 million federal stimulus project meant something other than job creation.

  • ROC drill works out difficult DOL issues

    Aug 31, 2010

    The rehearsal of concept drill took place Aug. 24-26 at the Radisson Quad City Plaza, Davenport, Iowa. The Army Materiel Command will take over operational control of all DOL functions located in the United States on Oct. 1. The Army Sustainment Command through its Army Field Support Brigades will manage the DOLs. Resource and personnel transfer of DOLs worldwide is scheduled for Oct. 1, 2011.

  • Surviving sexual assault

    Aug 27, 2010

    First Sgt. Angela Isles hated the military for a long time. She was angry, bitter and scared because of a dark secret she tried to bury when she was an 18-year-old and in the Air Force-a secret that destroyed her life and ultimately drove her to join the Army, and make a rank she could use to protect other young servicemembers.

  • Demystifying the Post-9/11 GI Bill

    Aug 27, 2010

    On June 30, 2008, the president signed the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008-also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which is a benefits program for servicemembers who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Utilizing the Army's Newest Equipment, the Army Evaluation Task Force Digs in for its Company S

    Aug 26, 2010

    The 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF) recently battled through two weeks of rough terrain and triple digit heat to test the Brigade Combat Team Modernization equipment during their company level Situational Training Exercise (STX).

  • Army Operating Concept provides Capstone follow-up

    Aug 20, 2010

    The 2010 Army Operating Concept has been approved and is now available online. Also known as TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-1, the Army Operating Concept explains how the Army will comply with and execute guidance derived from the Army Capstone Concept released in January 2009.

  • Chem-bio sensor network increases reaction time

    Aug 16, 2010

    The Army demonstrated the feasibility of a sensor network that will improve situational awareness and reaction time in the field during chemical or biological incidents.


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  • U.S. Army Band Overture 1812 Concert to be held on Aug. 17 - Concert will be live streamed !

    Aug 13, 2010

    The United States Army Band performs its big summer concert that concludes with the spirited TchaikovskyAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Overture 1812Aca,!A?

  • AAFES works double time to correct inadvertent charges

    Aug 13, 2010

    Numerous transactions at Army and Air Force Exchange operations are experiencing a double whammy no one saw coming: a processing error resulting in duplicate charges on credit and debit card transactions.

  • Gates urges 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' survey response

    Aug 13, 2010

    Feedback will make Congress and DoD better informed as officials evaluate repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in a letter to troops.

  • Fort Campbell director of contracting chosen as AUSA's Army Civilian of 2010

    Aug 12, 2010

    Leslie H. Carroll is the 2010 recipient of the Association of the U.S. Army's Joseph Cribbins Army Civilian Award as its top Army civilian. Carroll, the director of contracting at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Campbell Ky., director of Contracting, will be honored during the AUSA annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this October.

  • IMCOM looking for team members to join DoD fitness challenge

    Aug 6, 2010

    The Department of Defense's "Leap Into Fall" Fitness Challenge kicks off Aug. 16, challenging DoD personnel to include more physical activity in their daily routine.

  • BAMC patrons save time with new valet parking service

    Aug 4, 2010

    Brooke Army Medical Center patients can now avoid the long walk from the hospital parking lot as Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials helped procure a new valet parking service. In less than 30 days, MICC officials staffed and approved a valet parking contract so BAMC patients can get to their appointments quicker, no longer having to march through the rain or blistering heat.

  • Ready, Set, GFEBS!

    Aug 3, 2010

    GFEBS is a state-of-the-art, web-based system. It replaces all Army accounting systems and integrates financial data.

  • Double 'TEC,' at Operation River Assault 2010

    Aug 3, 2010

  • Suicide solution involves leadership, Mullen says

    Aug 3, 2010

    Addressing the National Guard Family Program Volunteer Workshop in New Orleans, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen touched on the need to care for servicemembers, both physically and emotionally.

  • Obama lauds military for service in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Aug 3, 2010

    In a speech at the Disabled American Veterans National conference in Atlanta, Barack Obama lauded veterans for their service and sacrifice. He praised today's military for bringing the Iraq war to a close, as well as embracing the difficult mission ahead in Afghanistan.

  • Directorate is the center of Belvoir contracting universe

    Aug 2, 2010

    Processing an average of more than 3,000 contracts valued at more than $300 million annually, the Fort Belvoir Directorate of Contracting is the hub for contracting activity at Fort Belvoir (Va.), Fort A.P. Hill (Va.), and other local military facilities. "I think our office provides the best service to our customers. We have a very good working relationship with our customers and continue to work on good communication," said Christine Thompson, director of contracting, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir DOC.

  • AMC receives Small Business Programs award

    Jul 29, 2010

    LAS VAGAS, Nev. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command Small Business Programs office received the 2009 Department of the Army Small Business Programs Award during a ceremony at the National Veterans Small Business conference here, July 22.

  • Enterprise approach to information technology boosts performance at the Army Contracting Command

    Jul 29, 2010

    As the chief information officer (CIO) of the Army Contracting Command (ACC), my overarching goal is to implement the technology solutions needed to improve contracting processes across the Army, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. A key part of our effort involves modernizing the technology infrastructure for an organization that had been relying on antiquated, labor-intensive and paper based processes. The mission of the ACC, which was established in 2008 as a major subordinate organization within the Army Materiel Command (AMC), is to provide global contracting support to warfighters through the full spectrum of military operations, including humanitarian relief operations such as those recently undertaken in Haiti. In these situations lives are often on the line and contracting plays a vital role in acquiring the goods and services needed for mission success.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Jul 28, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class Andres J. Garcia is the Senior Procurement Contracting Specialist for the 622nd Contingency Contracting Team in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Prior to his reclassification as a contracting NCO, Garcia, a native of Union City, NJ. distinctively served as a petroleum supply specialist. "I have served in many positions throughout my military career, from a Bradley crewmember to an advanced individual training instructor, leading, teaching, and mentoring soldiers," Garcia said. "I wanted to be able to contribute even more than what I have so far, and when I heard about what a 51C does and the impact it has, I decided to reclassify."

  • Army investigators lead probe into leaks

    Jul 28, 2010

    The Pentagon has launched an investigation to find out how thousands of classified military documents were leaked to the group

  • Lessons learned and used during Haiti deployment

    Jul 27, 2010

    Leaning forward in the foxhole, members of the Expeditionary Contracting Command nullified potential problems during their contingency deployment in support of Operation Unified Response, the Haiti humanitarian assistance disaster relief mission. The deployment provided opportunities to use lessons learned from previous military deployment operations as well as capture new ones. The first ECC Soldier arrived in Haiti within the first 48 hours after the devastating 7.0 earthquake rocked the country.

  • Pentagon assesses leaked documents

    Jul 27, 2010

    The Pentagon Monday condemned the actions of the group, which released thousands of classified U.S. military documents on its website Sunday night.

  • DoD needs completed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' surveys

    Jul 26, 2010

    Only about 10 percent of the 400,000 servicemembers asked to complete a survey about possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law have responded so far, and DoD officials said they need to hear from the rest.

  • The 411th Contracting Support Brigade welcomes incoming commander, Col. Fred Puthoff

    Jul 23, 2010

    Thursday, July 15, Col. Fred Puthoff accepted command of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade from...

  • The 411th Contracting Support Brigade welcomes incoming commander, Col. Fred Puthoff

    Jul 23, 2010

    Thursday, July 15, Col. Fred Puthoff accepted command of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade from Col. Daniel

  • 410th Change of Command Ceremony

    Jul 16, 2010

    Col. William A. Sanders accepted command of the 410th Contracting Support Brigade from Col. Ted C. Harrison in a July 8 change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, commander of the Expeditionary Contracting Command, presided over the ceremony. ECC is a subordinate command of the Army Contracting Command.

  • ECC wraps up humanitarian mission in Haiti

    Jul 15, 2010

    The January earthquake that devastated the small Caribbean nation of Haiti initiated the immediate mobilization of Expeditionary Contracting Command contingency contracting officers.

  • Rogers assumes command of the 408th Contracting Support Brigade

    Jul 8, 2010

    Well wishers, family and friends gathered at the Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Training Activity Center to witness the time honored tradition of a military change of command, as Col. Michael J. Rogers accepted command of the 408th Contracting Support Brigade from Col. Shane Dietrich in a June 25th ceremony. Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, commander of the Expeditionary Contracting Command and a former 408th CSB commander, presided over the ceremony. ECC is a subordinate command of the Army Contracting Command.

  • AKO security changes block access for some; users urged to take action

    Jul 8, 2010

    A recent series of beind-the-scenes security changes at Army Knowledge Online has caused some users to no longer be able to access the web-based portal.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Jul 8, 2010

    Staff Sgt. (P) Nickea Harris, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, entered the Army in 2002 and attended basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., and advance individual training at Fort Lee, Va. Prior to her reclassification to a contingency crtacting officer, Harris, a native of New Orleans, La., distinctively served as a food service specialist. Harris' previous assignment was with Headquarters, Headquarters Command, Area Support Group Kuwait where sheserved as the assistant dining facilities manager and a contracting officer's representative.

  • Contracting officials make big impact in National Capitol Region

    Jul 6, 2010

    Good things come in small packages, and this can also be said for the undersized staff of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Directorate of Contracting staff at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. With a staff of just nine people, the contracting officials here support some of the Army's most visible units including the Old Guard, the Army Band and handles contracts to keep Arlington National Cemetery a national treasure. Led by Kenneth L. (Mitch) Mitchell, the director of contracting, the members of the DOC managed more than 1,200 contracts in fiscal 2009 valued at nearly $40 million. Already for fiscal 2010, the staff has worked 634 contracts worth more than $22 million.

  • Seven members of Rock Island Arsenal community retire

    Jul 2, 2010

    Seven Rock Island Arsenal employees take part in a retirement and retreat ceremony June 25 and 29. Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine presided over the ceremonies that took place on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. The seven included four Department of the Army civilians and three Soldiers: James Loehrl, executive director of the Rock Island Contracting Center; Lee Thompson, executive director of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program; Patricia O'Conor, ASC small business office; Lawrence Williams, Joint Munitions Command equal employment officer; Lt. Col. Charles Smith, Distribution Management Center executive officer; Sgt. Maj. Sharon Campbell, DMC sergeant major; and Sgt. 1st Class Yacine Asad, enlisted aid to Fontaine.

  • RIA offers job experience for students and grads

    Jul 1, 2010

    Minority College Relations Program gives students and recent graduates hands-on experience in the federal workplace. To be eligible, interns must be a junior, senior or recent graduate from an historically minority college or university. MCRP shows them many different ways to serve the nation aside from uniformed service. Sixteen interns work in Army Sustainment Command, Joint Munitions Command and Rock Island Contracting Center located on Rock Island Arsena, Ill.

  • AMC Town Hall and Awards Ceremony

    Jun 30, 2010

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command conducted a Town Hall and Awards ceremony at the Bob Jones Auditorium here Friday, June 25.

  • Army assesses "self-healing" waveform for platoon-level communications

    Jun 30, 2010

    The U.S. Army concluded its three-week assessment of a waveform that could help separated squads maintain communications despite terrain and obstructions, during its annual integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix on June 25. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics cenA,A!ter conducted a 36 node assessment of the Soldier Radio Waveform in a relevant field environment. This was done to gauge the waveform's ability to support platoon-level data and voice traffic from the rifleman up to the squad leader. When squads spread out, they can potentially loose communications due to obstructions in the terrain. SRW is "exciting" because the network "self heals" its fragmented connectivity by leveraging other squad radios using the waveform.

  • Army Contracting Command's honored with Communicator award

    Jun 25, 2010, Army Contracting Command's commercial recruiting Web site, recently received an Award of Distinction from the International Academy of the Visual Arts at the 16th Annual Communicator Awards in two categories; best interactive employment Web site and best interactive government Web site.

  • Army Contracting Command's honored with Award of Distinction

    Jun 25, 2010, Army Contracting CommandAca,!a,,cs commercial recruiting Web site, recently received an Award of Distinction from the International Academy of the Visual Arts at the 16th Annual Communicator Awards in two categories; best interactive employment Web site and best interactive government Web site.

  • Truck deliveries pioneer BRAC relocation

    Jun 24, 2010

    Two 18-wheel tractor trailers departed the McAfee Center June 17, the first in a massive series of deliveries as part of a contract to relocate and enable the functions now performed at Fort Monmouth, Fort Belvoir, and Eatontown to be performed in the future at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • AMC redesigns staff elements at headquarters

    Jun 24, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The Army Materiel Command has reorganized and streamlined certain staff elements in the headquarters to better position itself in preparation for its move to Huntsville, Ala. in July 2011.

  • ACC Wins Social Media Award

    Jun 22, 2010

    The Northern Virginia Technology Council honored the Army Contracting Command for 'Best use of LinkedIn' at its recent award program. LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking Internet site with more than 67 million registered users worldwide.

  • Webster, Pillsbury and Hunzeker tour Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

    Jun 17, 2010

    Lt. Gen. William G. Webster (Left), Third Army commanding general, leads a discussion with Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury (Center), U.S. Army Materiel Command deputy commanding general, and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker (Right), deputy commanding general, Multi-National Force Aca,!" Iraq, during a tour of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, following the Third Army Nickel II Conference held at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 8. The purpose of the event was to coordinate, synchronize and prioritize the end-to-end retrograde and redeployment of personnel, equipment, sustainment stocks and capabilities from Iraq, and to synchronize equipment disposition and sustainment across Third ArmyAca,!a,,cs Area of Responsibility in support of buildup operations (Photo by Cpl. Brandon Babbitt, 203rd Public Affairs Detachment).

  • 413th receives four stars during leadership visit

    Jun 17, 2010

    Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey J. Mellinger included a visit to the 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, during a recent tour of the Pacific. Dunwoody is the commanding general of the Army Materiel Command and Mellinger is the organizationAca,!a,,cs senior enlisted advisor. The two were in the Pacific to visit AMC assets and attend briefings and meetings with AMC supported organizations. The 413th is an Expeditionary Contracting Command unit.

  • Congress celebrates 235 years of Army's response to call

    Jun 16, 2010

    House and Senate Army Caucus leaders joined Army leadership on Capitol Hill Tuesday night in celebrating the Army's 235th Birthday.

  • Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence Winners

    Jun 15, 2010

    Professionals from the Army Contracting Command received more than half of this year's Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting ceremony in Orlando, Fla., May 13. These awards recognize contracting officers, units and teams for excellence in executing the contracting mission in support of Soldiers and the nation. All military and civilian Army contracting professionals are eligible for the awards.

  • Leaders lay wreath to begin Army's birthday

    Jun 15, 2010

    Senior Army leaders began the Army's birthday June 14 with an early-morning wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence Winners

    Jun 15, 2010

    Professionals from the Army Contracting Command received more than half of this year's Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting ceremony in Orlando, Fla., May 13. These awards recognize contracting officers, units and teams for excellence in executing the contracting mission in support of Soldiers and the nation. All military and civilian Army contracting professionals are eligible for the awards.

  • Gates cites leaders' responsibilities at Army birthday event

    Jun 15, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates helped to celebrate the Army's 235th birthday at a Pentagon courtyard ceremony and imparted a message for its leadership to always make time to listen to what their troops have to say.

  • U.S. Army Birthday Wreath Ceremony

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh along with the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General George W. Casey Jr. and the Sergeant Major of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston lay a wreath in honor of the U.S. Army Birthday during an Army Full Honor Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery on June 14, 2010.

  • Army directs global inspection of armor plates

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Army recently issued a message for all troops and units to inspect their body armor in search of a specific model that was not made according to contract requirements.

  • Maj. Gen. Hogg takes command of U.S. Army Africa

    Jun 10, 2010

    Gen. William E. Ward, commanding general of U.S. Africa Command presided over the ceremony, which signaled the departure of outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III.


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