The Army celebrated their commitment to technology and modernization at a DOD Chief Information Officer (CIO) Awards ceremony held December 9 at the Pentagon.
The program, now in its 22nd year, recognized individuals and teams across the DOD for exceptional achievements within the DOD CIO portfolio of capabilities.
Winners in the team category included two outstanding groups from the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6: the Army 365 Fusion Cell from the Networks and C4 Systems Integration directorate, and the Project Sentinel and Risk Management Framework 2.0 Team from the Cybersecurity Integration and Synchronization directorate.
Two Army civilians are among the individual award winners: Mr. David Tucker, Sr., Chief Information Officer for the Office of Army Surgeon General; and Mr. Michael St. John, the IT Support Supervisor of Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Services Support.
Winners were selected from a variety of categories including communications; spectrum management; network policy and standards; information systems; cybersecurity; positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) policy; and the DoD information enterprise that supports DoD command and control (C2).
“I am so proud of our teammates. Their leadership, creativity and ingenuity they brought to bear to modernize and secure our communications capabilities while also reducing costs is simply amazing,” said Lt. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6. “They and the other honorees are innovative thinkers who are making a difference and are very deserving of this recognition.”
The Army Project Sentinel Team was recognized for outstanding performance by modernizing the Army’s Risk Management Framework (RMF) and changing a culture of paper-based risk management compliance to a threat-informed risk management process that focuses on the cybersecurity of the Army’s portion of the Department of Defense Information Network.
Through innovative thinking and threat-based prioritization the team was able to reduce the baseline set of RMF cybersecurity controls by 70%. By realigning cybersecurity resources, the Army was able to place a priority on continuous monitoring to allow synchronization of ongoing cybersecurity activities across the Army enterprise, resulting in significant increases to the cybersecurity posture of the Army network.
Army 365 Fusion Cell
The Army 365 Fusion Cell was recognized for completing the Army's migration from Defense Enterprise Email to Army 365, the largest organizational cloud migration in history, impacting 1.4 million Army personnel and saving the Army at least $35 million per year.
This migration influences DoD and other service obligations and commits the Army to an investment of more than $2.4B over the next five years; allows the Army to reduce costs associated with unused services and capabilities; and advances the Army toward achieving end states established in the Army Data Strategy, Army Data Plan, and Army Unified Network Plan during this decade.
Mr. David W. Tucker, Sr., Army Medicine’s Chief Information Officer, expertly led Army Medicine’s digital transformation efforts during a strategically complex year for the organization, as it transitioned to readiness as primary mission. He launched an initiative to ensure optimal alignment between Army Medicine’s Campaign Plan and the Army Digital Transformation Strategy, an effort that will achieve an estimated 9.6% cost reduction ($28.7M cost avoidance) beginning in Fiscal Year 2022. His accomplishments directly contribute to advancing Army Medicine’s Mission and rapid attainment of digital transformation objectives.
Mr. Michael St. John, the IT Support Supervisor of Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Services Support, was recognized for leading change as project manager and IT lead for several migrations of Microsoft Teams, personal data drive storage needs, and email address assignments during a constant state of change. His steadfast commitment to the end user community was key in allowing PEO team members to successfully field over 30,000 pieces of equipment to the warfighter.