WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 21, 2012) -- About 500,000 Army accounts are now part of the Defense Department's Enterprise Email, according to leaders in the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Army G-6 office.

"This is an incredible milestone and one for which every member of the team can be proud," said Michael Kreiger, Army deputy chief information officer, in a recent blog post, thanking DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command and other partners. "When you consider that (another half-million) Army Knowledge Online-only users will be migrated in February 2013, we are well on our way to completing Army migration to DOD Enterprise Email by the end of March 2013."

According to the Enterprise Email Army Service Acquisition report submitted to Congress by the Army in February 2012, the Army expects to save nearly $380 million through fiscal year 2017 on this Enterprise Email effort.

"The DISA-Army partnership has been outstanding. The Army has been a dedicated partner in demonstrating the operational enhancements and efficiencies of DOD Enterprise Email," said Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., DISA director.

"Working with our mission partners, DISA provides the enterprise-level capabilities and services to connect users from wherever information is produced to wherever it is consumed," he continued.

"Enterprise Email lays the foundation for implementation of other enterprise services, and it brings us a step closer to a true Defense enterprise information infrastructure that enables warfighters to connect, identify themselves, discover and share information, and collaborate throughout the full spectrum of military operations," Hawkins said.