By Mr. Paul J Stevenson (USASAC)September 11, 2013
The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, executing Security Assistance programs and Foreign Military Sales cases in more than 140 nations around the world requires a dedicated workforce, committed to the mission of building partner capacity, supporting Geographic Combatant Command engagement strategies and strengthening U.S. Global partnerships.
The workforce was bolstered recently with the arrival of a team of reservists from the Army Reserve Sustainment Command for their two-week Annual Training. The seven-member team, led by Lt. Col. Ken Tavares, is part of Army Material Command's Army Reserve Element, based out of Huntsville, Ala.
"The detachment focuses on being an enduring Reserve force of available, trained and deployable officers, NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers) and enlisted Soldiers that is integrated into the AMC structure for the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the AMC mission," Tavares said. "This detachment also focuses on providing a strategic partnership arrangement with USASAC for their world-wide mission as well as providing a 'force multiplier' in an organized, ready and trained unit of highly skilled and professional Soldiers."
Designated to provide direct support to USASAC, the team will integrate with USASAC's full-time staff providing support to various staff involved in foreign military sales as well as supporting command staff directorates.
The integration process figures to be a smooth one as all the team members currently either work on Redstone Arsenal or in the surrounding community.
"My civilian job as a contract specialist at Army Contracting Command absolutely helps me out performing my duties here at USASAC," Maj. Rosemary Holley-LaQuaresu, assigned to support the Performance Management Office, said. "Contracting is a big part of FMS and, by working with USASAC I have a better understanding of the (FMS) customer's needs and time constraints."
John Neil, director of USASAC's Performance Management Office, says he is extremely pleased to have her as part of the USASAC team where her civilian skills can be used to help refine the Security Assistance Enterprise common operating picture.
"The PMO is using Maj. LaQuaresu's contracting expertise to validate the contracting milestone data we are receiving nightly from the ACC and their Virtual Contracting Enterprise-Contract Management tool," said Neil. "She is also helping us to help us build views in the COP (Command Operating Picture) that will enable the ACC to use our COP to review FMS requirements and priorities."
Besides Tavares and LaQuaresu, the other team members supporting USASAC directorates are Lt. Col. Chris Cannon in CENTCOM Regional Operations directorate, Lt. Col Bill Lamar in PACOM/SOUTHCOM Regional Operations directorate, Maj. Crystal McCarter in G-8 and Cpt. Pedro Pacheco in EUCOM/AFRICOM Regional Operations directorate.
"We are always looking for a few good men and women to fill vacancies for the Reserve team on Redstone Arsenal," Tavares said. For more information on joining the Army Materiel Command-Army Reserve Element Sustainment Brigade, call 256-535-6203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.