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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today's Focus:

Army Acquisition Center of Excellence

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Government has its responsibilities. One percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but a hundred percent of Americans need to be supporting our troops and their families -- a hundred percent."

- President Barack Obama, emphasizing that the government needs the nation's commitment in the empowerment of the military families

Obama announces 'unprecedented commitment' to military families

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"The time when we're taking care of casualties is not the point at which you want to be figuring out when to do things, you want to have a smooth system and you want to have your protocols down. That is the reason that we're partnering with the 208th so that everything does go smoothly, and so that the right patient care is delivered at the right time."

-Lt. Col. Patrick McAndrew, commander of the US Army Europe's 67th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne), speaking about Operation Starlight II, which is the joint hospital training exercise with United Kingdom's 208th Field Hospital (Liverpool), designed to demonstrate the readiness of the American and British units while testing their ability to integrate and perform the full spectrum of patient care

US, UK medical Soldiers conduct joint training

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Acquisition Center of Excellence

What is it?

The Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE), located at the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Madison Hall, is the first facility to centralize Army institutional training, education, and career development courses for the acquisition, logistics, and technology (AL&T) workforce. The AACoE, which officially opens its doors today, will improve the effectiveness of leader development efforts and increase acquisition synergy.

The AACoE supports the Army Chief of Staff's objective to transform the Army to meet the needs of the 21st century by providing an ideal training and learning environment to build and transform the AL&T Workforce, on whom Soldiers depend to provide a decisive advantage in any mission by developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining the world's best equipment and services and leveraging technologies and capabilities to meet current and future Army needs.

What has the Army done?

The AACoE's opening is the culmination of more than a year of planning. In January 2010, LTG N. Ross Thompson III, then Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, and Director of Acquisition Career Management, announced the Army's intent to establish an AACoE. At that time, the Army Acquisition Corps operated campuses in the Bevill Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and at the Institute for Advanced Technology, University of Texas at Austin.

What is the way ahead for the AACoE?

The Army is celebrating the AACoE's official opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the third floor of Madison Hall, University of Alabama in Huntsville. The center will offer seven courses, for which students may register through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System. Approximately 600 students, both military and civilian, will complete courses at the school annually.

Why is this important to the Army?

By establishing this consolidated training center, the Army will save taxpayers' money while also providing better education and career development opportunities to the AL&T workforce. In turn, the workforce will be better equipped to bring Soldiers the warfighting capabilities they need, when they need them. This facility provides opportunities that many Soldiers and Army civilians never had, to interact with and gain insights from senior acquisition leaders and other AL&T professionals, because Huntsville is home to a large segment of the Army's acquisition community.

Resource:

U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center

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