By RDECOM public affairsFebruary 9, 2018
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- As the Commanding General, MG Cedric Wins is operationalizing the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), which is comprised of approximately 25,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, aiming to translate science and technology (S&T) into an operational capability for the Soldier and Nation.
Operationalizing S&T ensures that the Army will provide decisive overmatch for our Soldiers through timely transitions of innovative capabilities aligned with critical national priorities. Through decisive lines of effort and guidance from MG Wins, RDECOM has focused their core mission and driven efficiencies over this past year under his command.
Recent successful efforts include:
• Re-posturing RDECOM's international footprint to better support Army priorities and position Research Forward Elements and International Technology Centers
• Additive Manufacturing (AM) Community of Practice (COP), focused on operationalizing AM benefits to the Warfighter by increasing readiness and improving sustainment. A key objective is a strategy allowing RDECOM to develop and transition best practices to Army customers and the defense industrial base.
• Development of an RDECOM Human Capital Strategic Plan. Talent Management is a key initiative in RDECOM's Campaign Plan with the goal to recruit, develop, and retain personnel and invest in state-of-the-art facilities. This includes leveraging best practices in outreach and recruiting, employee engagement and wellness, professional development, performance management, and recognition.
As the RDECOM Commander, MG Wins leads the effort for STEM education and outreach on Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
As part of "Team APG STEM", RDECOM coordinates with the extensive science and technology community across the proving ground, utilizing APG's state of the art laboratories and the world class scientists and engineers to engage and inspire students in the surrounding area.
In his first year as Commanding General, MG Wins has been instrumental in shaping the organization's Science & Technology (S&T) strategy to synchronize with the Army Chief of Staff's modernization priorities. The RDECOM S&T Major Program efforts have undergone a re-balancing to shift from near-term to more mid-term Technology Transitions.
This is consistent with the Senior Army Leadership strategy to achieve overmatch in critical and specific environments for the Army. MG Wins' new campaign plan operationalizes the command and focuses S&T investment strategy toward the key aspects of Multi-Domain Battle (MDB): Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T), Asymmetric Vision and Decide Faster (AV/DF) and Survive & Project Indirect fires (S&P IDF). MG Wins' command influence and strategic vision are leading the Army S&T community in developing technology for weapon systems that will achieve overmatch against near-peer adversaries to our current and future warfighters.
MG Wins published the RDECOM Campaign Plan which provides strategic guidance and direction to enable the execution of 74 percent of the Army's research, technology, development and engineering to enable decisive capabilities for the Soldier and Nation. RDECOM is working powerfully across its enterprise to enable a ready Army that can conduct joint missions to deter and defeat a wide range of adversaries despite the reduction of available resources and the existence of more capable technical and tactical threats.
Under MG Wins' command, RDECOM executes the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) on behalf the U.S. Army, providing a nationwide portfolio of Army Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) educational opportunities for the future generations of America's workforce and their teachers. AEOP is comprised of competitions, unique experiences, internships, and teacher resources designed to spark inspiration, exploration and achievement in STEM literacy and career development.
From elementary school through college, students of all proficiency levels, interests and social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real-world STEM experiences involving these important disciplines while also engaging with Army-sponsored mentors. With an emphasis on serving students who are historically underserved and underrepresented in STEM, AEOP provides opportunities each year to over 30,000 students across the United States as well as Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) locations throughout the world.
Through his leadership, MG Wins has been instrumental in providing guidance and support to the RDECOM Sexual Assault/Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program, enabling the SHARP office to tailor the program to fit the civilian workforce and cadre of military facilitators. MG Wins' ability to recognize strengths and influence others enabled RDECOM to achieve a creditable completion rate for the SHARP Face to Face training.
By changing the rating scheme so that the Office of Diversity and Leadership (OD&L) Director reports directly to him as the agency head, MG Wins moved RDECOM one step closer to having a model Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office. MG Wins stresses to the subordinate commands the importance of the Diversity Awards and has proactively endorsed all Diversity Program nomination packages submitted in FY17. Due to the emphasis and passion displayed by MG Wins during FY17, RDECOM had two Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) winners as well as four Women of Color (WOC) winners. Additionally, six strong Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) nomination packages have been submitted for FY17.
MG Wins very enthusiastically stepped up to be the host for the Native American observance event on APG. MG Wins' presence encouraged maximum participation from the APG. MG Wins also ensured the Command Climate Survey was conducted in a timely fashion, with a 41 percent participation rate from the 14,007 military and civilian personnel within RDECOM. Based on the Command Climate survey results and comments, MG Wins provided individualized action plans to the respective Technical Directors of the seven subordinate commands for their action.
MG Wins is an exceptional leader who has served with the utmost distinction, providing mentorship, diversity and value based service to the nation. Through his efforts, MG Wins has shown that he is an advocate for advances in STEM and STEM education while also ensuring the procurement, development and employment of new technologies and systems within RDECOM.
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.