Rock Island Arsenal Digest - June 2, 2013

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ASC participates in contracting symposium

The Army Sustainment Command, which is headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal, played a big role in the recent 2013 Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium, highlighting how small businesses can partner with ASC to achieve common goals.
The event was held May 22 and 23 at the iWireless Center in Moline.
Following the opening ceremony, Brig. Gen. John Wharton, ASC commanding general, provided an overview of ASC, Army Materiel Command (ASC's higher headquarters) and discussed "Sustaining the Decisive Edge for the Army and Joint Force 2020."
Also on the agenda was Michael Hutchison, deputy to the commanding general, Army Contracting Command, who discussed "Army Contracting Command Looking Forward: Providing Premier Contracting Support to America's Warfighters."
The second day of the symposium featured ASC "meat and potatoes" topics, including Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise, Directorates of Logistics, and Logistics Civil Augmentation Program updates.
In the morning session D. Scott Welker, ASC deputy to the commander, teamed up with Col. Dan Reilly, director, installation logistics; Hutchison; and Melanie Johnson, director for field support contracting, to provide ASC EAGLE and DOL advance planning briefings for industry.
In the afternoon, Matthew Sannito, deputy to the executive director, LOGCAP, provided an update on the ever-evolving program.
"Many small businesses assume LOGCAP does not have opportunities for them. In fact, in total dollars provided last year, more went to small businesses than the larger contracts. The catch is we don't solicit small business contracts directly," Mr. Sannito said.
"Small businesses must work directly with one of the big three companies we have LOGCAP contracts with, and we are glad to facilitate that. There are a lot of opportunities for small businesses to do business with us."
In addition, Carl Cartwright, ASC executive director for field support, discussed requirements for field support.
Next, several members of the ASC senior leadership team gathered for a Senior Executive Service Panel. The moderator was Kathryn Szymanski, ASC chief counsel.
The event was hosted by the Iowa/Illinois Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and was sponsored by the Quad Cities Chamber. More than 500 attendees and 100 exhibitors participated.

-- Submitted by Galen Putnam, Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs

ACC's challenges discussed at symposium

Army Contracting Command leaders played a large role in the sixth annual Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium, held May 22 and 23 at the iWireless Center, Moline.
Michael R. Hutchison, deputy to ACC commanding general, first provided an overview of the ACC organization. He then shared his thoughts on how ACC will continue to provide premier contracting support to America's troops in the coming years.
"Where do we go from here?" Mr. Hutchison said. "That's really our big challenge. FY13 is a monumental challenge for us, and going beyond that, will continue to be a huge challenge."
He said many factors, including budget uncertainties, a hiring freeze and sequestration, could make it difficult for ACC to meet many of its small-business goals.
"Oddly enough, the one small-business goal that I've heard we will likely do much better on this year is the service-disabled, veteran-owned small-business goal, which is a good thing," Mr. Hutchison said. "Those guys have given their all, and they need a chance to sit at the table and get some of these contracts."
Despite the challenges, Mr. Hutchison said, ACC actively is working on small-business initiatives and determining the best methods for communicating and training small-business partners.
"We have an industry executive council that is comprised of our major large businesses and some small businesses as well, because we want those frank and direct exchanges with industry about how well we are doing and what we can do better," he said. "We also want them to know what our concerns are."
On the second day of the symposium, Mr. Hutchison joined Melanie Johnson, ACC-RI director of Field Support Contracting, Scott Welker, deputy to the Army Sustainment Command commanding general, and Col. Dan Reilly, ASC director, Installation Logistics, for a briefing and question-and-answer session regarding the Directorates of Logistics and Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise Program.
Mr. Welker provided a short background on EAGLE, which is a program that uses a unique contracting tool to compete and award task orders to qualified companies for supply, maintenance and transportation services, for work performed primarily at the Directorates of Logistics. The program is intended to find efficiencies and standardize processes in order to save the government money and also to increase competition and expand the role of small businesses.
Mr. Hutchison said industry interest in the EAGLE program is notable.
"The biggest challenge that we have had in executing task orders is we have received maximum competition," he said. "We are getting a huge volume of proposals in response to these task order requests for proposals. The real challenge with this is we have a finite-sized evaluation board that is reviewing these proposals, and we have to ensure consistency in how we evaluate each proposal."
--Submitted by Liz Adrian, Army Contracting Command Public Affairs

Arsenal leaders mark Memorial Day

Military and civilian leaders from the tenant commands at the Rock Island Arsenal spoke to assembled veterans and community members at 17 Memorial Day weekend events across the Quad-Cities area May 24-27.
Speakers and locations included:
- Command Sgt. Maj. (retired) Stephen Blake spoke at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery.
- Brig. Gen. John Wharton, Army Sustainment Command commanding general and senior mission commander for the Arsenal, spoke at the annual Memorial Day Service in Silvis, originally scheduled at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, but moved indoors to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8890 in East Moline.
- Command Sgt. Maj. James Spencer, ASC command sergeant major, spoke at the Memorial Day ceremony in Davenport Memorial Park's chapel.
- Maj. Gen. Michael Smith, deputy commanding general for support, First Army, spoke at the Ridgecrest Memorial Day ceremony in Davenport; the Moline American Legion ceremony in Moline; and the Scott County Historical Society Memorial Day celebration at Summit Church in Davenport.
- Maj. Gen. Kendall Penn, deputy commanding general for operations, First Army, spoke during the Memorial Day event at Bettendorf's Veterans Memorial Park.
- Chief Petty Officer Darryl Howlett, Navy Operations Center, Rock Island Arsenal, spoke at American Legion Post 569 in Milan.
- Sgt. Maj. Keith Jones, ASC Distribution Management Center, spoke at the Blue Grass Cemetery in Blue Grass, Iowa.
- Col. Scott Lofreddo, ASC chief of staff, spoke at the Donahue American Legion event at Allen's Grove Cemetery in Donahue, Iowa.
- Col. Robin Moralez, chief of the ASC Command Operations Information Center, spoke at the Galva Memorial Day Commemoration at Galva Cemetery.
- Sgt. Maj. Mark Nissen, ASC Support Operations Directorate, spoke at the Preston American Legion, Preston, Iowa, and the Miles American Legion Post 677 Memorial Day ceremony in Miles, Iowa.
- Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, ASC deputy commanding general, addressed the crowd at the Port Byron American Legion Post 421 Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Cemetery in Port Byron.
- Lt. Col. Bradley Cook, ASC Information Management directorate, spoke at the Hero Street Memorial Day event in Silvis and the Memorial Day service at Riverfront Park in Sabula, Iowa.

-- Submitted by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs


Local events heading

  Today is Tuesday, Sept, 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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