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    Army Reserve Sustainment Command mobilizes Soldiers to make impact within the acquisition community

    Army Reserve Sustainment Command mobilizes Soldiers to make impact within the acquisition community

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    Story by Staff Sgt. Sheila Holifield 

    Army Reserve Sustainment Command

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - Soldiers with the Army Reserve Sustainment Command’s (ARSC) Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) (ASA (ALT)) Army Reserve Element (ARE) have been mobilized to fulfill roles for the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management (DASM) Operations Directorate and the Soldier and Maneuver Systems Directorate. Soldiers with the reserve element are directly responsible for supporting the Army Acquisition Executive, Military Deputy, Chief of Staff and all Directorates of ASA (ALT) in the Pentagon and National Capitol Region.

    “The mobilized Soldiers are trained and ready acquisition professionals who augment active duty military operations and support the Army as it effectively and efficiently develops, acquires, fields, and sustains multiple systems that meet the Army’s current and future mission requirements,” said Col. John Jacobi, commander of ASA (ALT) ARE based out of Arlington, Virginia.

    In May of this year, ASA (ALT) selected three representatives to be part of a 20 member team led by Maj. Gen. James Richardson to take a closer look at the three principal decision making support systems within the Department of Defense (DoD), added Jacobi.

    Lt. Col. Jason Reherman was one of those selected to be part of the team.

    “The Chief pulled this team together to be more responsive,” said Reherman, who serves as the Department of the Army systems coordinator assigned to ASA (ALT) ARE. “He wants to know how we can make our processes faster and better.”

    Our job is to define the current process, identify opportunities, and then take action as quickly as possible, added Reherman.

    Reherman currently works as a DA Civilian for Nuclear, Biological, Contamination Avoidance as the lead systems engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and has been a member of ASA ALT ARE since 2012. Reherman was an active duty infantry officer for seven years prior to his Army Reserve career.

    “My background sets me up to have some unique perspectives because of my understanding from the DA Civilian side and some of my experiences on active duty and as a Reservist,” said Reherman. “I know what it is like to be in a line company and I understand how equipment is used and understand how what we do at the strategic level will be impacting the mission.”

    That experience has enabled Reherman to be an effective part of the ARE’s mobilized team, said Jacobi.

    Another member of the ARE mobilized team who is positively impacting the field is Maj. Lisa Hendrick, operational contract support (OCS) planner of the contingency integration branch (CIB) for the Headquarters Department of the Army G-4.

    “There is a dotted line between G-4 and ASA ALT, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 Logistics is the principal military adviser to the ASA (ALT) for logistics,” said Hendrick. “The DCS G-4 strategic objective is to improve OCS readiness in support of contingency operations.”

    Hendricks is newly assigned to ASA (ALT) ARE but has been in the Army Reserve for 26 years.

    As a Level III contracting officer, Hendrick finds her assignment at the Pentagon exciting because her actions have a direct impact on current operations.

    “My main responsibility is to improve the planning and management of contracted support for the warfighter,” said Hendrick.

    Every OCS policy action we take improves or will improve logistics readiness for the Army, she said.

    With troop drawdowns, the ASA (ALT) ARE commander couldn’t agree more and he is proud of the work the ARE mobilized team is doing every day.

    “ASA (ALT) ARE Soldiers are mobilized in critical contingency operation positions. Our unit fills gaps for the Army with certified acquisition professionals that are ready and in the fight,” said Jacobi.



    Date Taken: 08.08.2016
    Date Posted: 08.08.2016 10:51
    Story ID: 206394
    Location: ARLINGTON, VA, US 

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