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  1. 1. Vol. 4, No. 20May 22, 2013“Providing global contracting support to war fighters.”AGILE PROFICIENT TRUSTEDBy Owen MoeACC Acting Director, SafetyMemorial Day weekend brings familypicnics and sunshine. It also begins the“critical days of summer.” It marks theend of the school year, which, for manyfamilies, means travel plans.We concentrate on the “critical daysof summer,” beginning with MemorialDay weekend and ending with Labor Dayweekend, because accident rates spikeduring that period.On Memorial Day itself, we rememberthose who, with honor, courage andcommitment, gave their lives in defense ofour freedoms and all for which it stands.Without their selfless duty, we would notbe able to enjoy, and sometimes take forgranted, the freedom we have today.Unfortunately, Memorial Day weekendoften claims the lives of friends andloved ones involved in motor vehicle andoff-duty recreational accidents. The vastmajority of these accidents are preventable,because more often than not they involveall those things that we know about all toowell: drinking and driving, no seat belt use,fatigue, and inexperience in recreationalactivities. At the same time, we knowthe steps that we must take to eliminatethese senseless accidents: compositerisk management (both on and offduty), situational awareness, supervisoryinvolvement, and just plain common sense.Finally, think about what eachand every one of you will do to makea difference this year.Talk to yoursubordinates; have a meeting to discusswith your workers all the hazards that cancause accidents.Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend andthe summer days that follow. But take allthe precautions to ensure this weekendand this summer are fun and that all ourmemories are good ones. Our goal is nota 50 percent reduction in accidents. Ourgoal is zero tolerance - zero accidents.Together we can all make it happen.Be safe, stay safe, and take care of eachother.Memorial Day weekend signals start of ‘critical days of summer’Sexual assault is a crime, problemall military members will fightBy Karen ParrishAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON – “This is going totake all of us,” Defense Secretary ChuckHagel said during a joint Pentagon newsconference May 17. Sexual assault in themilitary is a crime and a problem that allmilitary members at all levels will have tofight together.He and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, alongwith the service secretaries and chiefs ofstaff, attended an “important, productive”White House meeting May 16 withPresident Barack Obama to address thesituation.The meeting was important, Hagelsaid, because “it gave the president anopportunity to ask questions directly, andget the sense of this serious problem in ourmilitary.”It also allowed those military leaders toshare their views with the commander inchief, Hagel said. “There’s not one of thesepeople in leadership today that wants thisto be their legacy.”The secretary said he spoke with theResponse Systems to Adult Sexual AssaultCrimes Panel, a nine-member bodymandated by Congress, four selected bymembers of Congress and five by Hagel,that is charged with conducting a detailedreview of factors surrounding sexualassault cases in the military.“They’re all highly respected, highlyregarded, experienced men and women whounderstand cultures, society, command, andI think it’s an exceptionally well-balancedgroup of men and women who we look to,to help us,”Hagel said.See SEXUAL ASSAULT,page 6.(Photo by Erin A. KirkCuomo)Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel voicedhis concern over the military’s sexualassault crisis during a joint Pentagonnews conference May 17.
  2. 2. By Rachel Clark409th Contracting Support BrigadeKaiserslautern, GermanyThe 903rd Contingency ContractingBattalion training noncommissionedofficer, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Maine plans,coordinates and in some cases, executestraining sessions that keep Soldiers up-to-date and ready to deploy.Maine recently planned and conductedthe 903rd’s field training exercise inGrafenwoehr, Germany.“One of the best things about my jobis seeing the training that I helped planexecuted well, as with the FTX we justcompleted,” said Maine, stationed with theunit in Kaiserslautern, Germany.A native of Seattle, Wash., Mainewanted to be a Soldier since age 6 andjoined the Army four days after graduatinghigh school in 1983.Maine separated from the military in1988 and went on to own and operate aconstruction contracting/subcontractingbusiness in Seattle.In 2002, Maine reenlisted into theArmy at the age of 36 to support the wareffort.In 2009, after two combat tours inIraq with the infantry, Maine learnedof new opportunities for NCOs incontracting.“When I was told the Army wasdeveloping a military occupational seriesthat allowed NCOs to negotiate contractsfor those services, I jumped at the chance,”said Maine.While Maine continues to support themission by ensuring Soldiers are trainedand ready, he says he is excited to continuehis own education and is currentlyworking on his bachelor’s degree in history.When asked what he likes best aboutcontracting, Maine replied, “finding waysto save the government money and stillget the customer what they need to do themission.”May 22, 20132U.S. Army Contracting CommandThe NewsBlast is a weekly newsletter authorized and produced by the U.S. Army Contracting Command’sOffice of Public and Congressional Affairs editorial staff in accordance with AR 360-1 (The Army PublicAffairs Program) to inform, educate and entertain the ACC community on people, policies, operations,technical developments, trends and ideas of and about the Department of Defense, the Department of theArmy and this command.The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsedby, the U.S. government, the U.S. Army or this command.Send submissions and correspondence to the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Office of Public andCongressional Affairs, ATTN: Editor, NewsBlast, 3334A Wells Road, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000.Telephone: 256-955-7634, DSN 645-7634 or email at GeneralMaj. Gen. Camille M. NicholsACC Command Sergeant MajorCommand Sgt. Maj. John L. MurrayDirector, Office of Public & Congressional AffairsArt ForsterPublic Affairs Team ChiefEd WorleyEditorDavid San MiguelPublic Affairs TeamLarry D. McCaskill, Giselle Lyons, Beth E. ClemonsFor Spotlight submissions, click on the icon.Spotlight on...Readers are encouraged to submit comments or suggestions to the editorial staff via the mailbox icon to the right. Responses will assistthe NewBlast staff in producing a publication to better meet readers’ expectations and information needs.Sgt. 1st Class Daniel MaineSgt. 1st Class Daniel Maine903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion, 409th Contracting Support Brigade
  3. 3. May 22, 20133By Kim MenzelACC-Warren, Mich.In a tribute to their longtime bikingbuddy, Dave Menzel, more than 60 friendsand family united for a benefit bike ride/walk for The Fallen and Wounded SoldierFund, May 11.The Dave Menzel Memorial Walk andBicycle Ride was the brain child of Tomand Lynn Zubanek, Mike Olsem and JeffTrexler who were fellow biking enthusiastsof the Thumbs Up Bicycle Club along withMenzel. Rich Kulczycki, pricing divisionchief, Army Contracting Command-Warren, Mich., helped organize the event.The event included a 31-mile bike rideor 2-mile walk on the Macomb OrchardTrail starting at Shelby Township, Mich.The bikers stopped at the half-way pointin Armanda, Mich., for breakfast beforeturning around and finishing the ride.Menzel worked as the branch chief withthe Program Management AcquisitionOffice, Armored Brigade Combat Team,for the Abrams Tank System Procurementat ACC-Warren.In May 20, 2012, he suffered anaccident, broke his spinal column andpartially severed his spinal cord. Afterundergoing several surgeries and months ofrehabilitation, he was released to his homein November still suffering from paraplegia.Three months later, Menzel developed afever and he succumbed to complications.“His body couldn’t fight any more,”said Kim Menzel, his wife and operationsdirector, ACC-Warren. “On Jan. 7, 2013,he passed away at the age of 50. Dave wasan avid biker, so this event was a perfectmemorial.The trail biked was the last onehe rode on the day before his accident.”In all, Dave’s friends and co-workers,along with sponsors from the Shelby LocalBusiness Network helped raise more than$700 for the Soldier fund.ACC-Warren hostsmemorial benefitbicycle ride/walkACC-Warrenfriends, familyand co-workersgathered for theDave MenzelMemorial Walkand BicycleRide to benefitThe Fallenand WoundedSoldier Fund.Dave Menzel is pictured before his tragic accident.(Courtesy photo)
  4. 4. May 22, 20134By Lisa FerdinandoArmy News ServiceWASHINGTON – It’s as easy as a clickof a mouse or a tap on a smartphone, and ina few seconds sensitive Army informationmight be shared that could get Soldierskilled.With the ease of social media, in anypart of the globe, at any time, a Soldier,Army civilian or family member can postpictures from a deployment or talk about anArmy mission.But these seemingly innocent postscould actually contain sensitive informationthat endangers Soldiers by revealinglocations, security measures, missionoperations or troop movements, said theArmy’s social media experts.Soldiers, Army civilians and familymembers need to be mindful of what theyput online, with operations security at theforefront of their considerations, said StaffSgt. Dale Sweetnam, with the Online andSocial Media Division, Office of the Chiefof Public Affairs.He said this applies to whether theperson is communicating as an organizationor as an individual on social media sites.“Once it’s out there, it’s out there,”hesaid.“You can delete it, but if the wrongperson took a screen shot, that’s actionableintelligence and you can’t get that back.”Sweetnam compiled the Army’s SocialMedia Handbook and conducts training forSoldiers about the dos and don’ts of postingon social media.The dos include using social media toget out the message of your command,inform the public of Army activities orstay connected with loved ones.The don’ts,said Sweetnam, include revealing sensitiveinformation about missions, units orSoldiers.Besides considering operationssecurity, Soldiers must maintain theirprofessionalism at all times, even on theiroff time, said Sweetnam.They are subject to the Uniform Codeof Military Justice and could face correctiveor disciplinary action if they violate therules of conduct at any time, he said.Violations would include a Soldier releasingsensitive information, insulting his or herchain of command, posting discriminatorystatements, or sharing or linking toinappropriate material.PROTECT THE ARMY FAMILYSweetnam said the Army encouragesSoldiers to share with their families thelessons of operations security and usingsocial media.The Army’s social media experts tellSoldiers not to use location-based socialnetworking services when deployed or inclassified areas; for Soldiers and familiesnot to post specific dates or locations ofdeployments; and recommend settingprivacy settings to ‘friends only’on personalaccounts to prevent personal informationfrom ending up in the wrong hands.The Army warns users about thegeotagging feature that is automaticallyturned on in some smartphones and digitalcameras. Geotagging is the equivalentto adding a 10-digit grid coordinate toa photograph telling where it was taken,which could reveal sensitive informationabout a location ‒ information thatterrorists could use to target Soldiers orArmy installations.MAINTAIN PROFESSIONALISMA post by a Soldier or Army civiliancould be potentially taken by a member ofthe public as an official post, said BrittanyBrown with the Online and Social MediaDivision.That is why it is important foreveryone in the Army family to always beprofessional, she said.“Ultimately what we tell Soldiers andcivilians is that you are responsible foranything that you put on social mediasites, whether it is a Facebook page you’vecreated in an official capacity as a Soldier orArmy employee, or it’s your personal pagethat you’ve only connected to your lovedones,”said Brown.She recommends that if it isn’tsomething you wouldn’t say in a publicsetting, then don’t post it on social media,no matter how locked down your page is.Family members are also advised ofonline postings when their spouses aredeployed and how they’re now homealone. Someone with bad intent could usethat information to target the family for arobbery or worse, Brown said.“At the end of the day, it keeps all of ussafe,”said Brown, noting the age-old adage,“It’s better to be safe than sorry.”Social media experts advise individuals to consider security risks“Once it’s out there, it’s out there. You can delete it, but if thewrong person took a screen shot, that’s actionable intelligenceand you can’t get that back.” – Staff Sgt. Dale Sweetnam(U.S. Army photo)The link to the U.S.Army Social Media Handbook - 3rd Edition can be found at
  5. 5. May 22, 20135By Hi Adail StephensonDefense Contract Management AgencySAN ANTONIO - Twenty-five militaryand civilian personnel of the 410thContracting Support Brigade recentlyparticipated in a field tour of the DefenseContract Management Agency AircraftPropulsion Operations Kelly office here.DCMA APO Kelly leadershipand staff provided an overview of theagency’s structure, processes and mission.They also spoke about DCMA’s roleas information brokers and in-plantrepresentatives for military, federal andallied government-buying agenciesduring the initial stages of the acquisitioncycle and throughout the life of theresulting contracts.The tour showcased the manycapabilities of the DCMA APO Kellyoffice to 410th personnel.“We have a deeper appreciation forthe vital role DCMA plays in ensuringgovernment supplies and services aredelivered on time, at projected costand in compliance with the termsand conditions of the contract,” saidCol. William Sanders, 410th CSBcommander. “Our members learneduseful best practices regarding contractadministration and acquired helpfulinformation that can be applied incontingency environments.”During fiscal year 2012, four brigadequality assurance specialist interns rotatedfor two 10-week sessions at the DCMAAPO Kelly, DCMA Aircraft IntegratedMaintenance Operations Kelly andDCMA Dallas offices in San Antonio.“Teaming with the Army’s 410thCSB provided the opportunity forthem to see first-hand how DCMAprovides support to the Department ofDefense and Contingency ContractingAdministration Services,” said BobLindberg, DCMA APO Kelly director.Air Force Lt. Col. Heather Hanks,DCMA AIMO Kelly commander,added, “It also enabled their personnelto achieve a better understandingof the significance strong contractadministration and quality assurance/surveillance play in supporting warfighters and ensuring good stewardshipof taxpayer dollars.”DCMA personnel, who wereinvolved with the teaming effort,received 410th CSB commander coins.“I really appreciate the hard workour DCMA teammates provide to ourSoldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines andcivilians on a daily basis,” said Sanders,who is a former DCMA St. Petersburgcommander. “The rotations afforded ourinterns training and mentoring by thepremier contract administration officesin DOD. These experiences will enhanceour capability in the contingencyenvironment.”DCMA teams with the Army’s 410th CSB(Courtesy photo)Col. William Sanders, commander, 410thCSB, presents Mike Gonzales, qualityassurance supervisor, DCMA AircraftIntegrated Maintenance Operations Kelly,with a commander’s coin for his support.(Photo by Ed Worley)Claude M. Bolton Jr., listens for studentresponses to a question he askedduring a presentation to contractingofficers, noncommissioned officers andinterns at the Army Acquisition Centerof Excellence. Bolton, the DefenseAcquisition University executive inresidence, emphasized the importance ofthe contracting professional’s role in theacquisition process.The former assistantsecretary of the Army for Acquisition,Logistics and Technology spoke tothe contracting students May 20 at theAACOE facility on the University ofAlabama-Huntsville campus.Former ASA(ALT)addresses AACOEcontracting students
  6. 6. Click on the image forACC safety messages.May 22, 20136ACC in the NewsThese articles mention Army Contracting Command.AMC commanding general visits ‘First in Support’ commandBy Staff Sgt. Alexander Burnett21st Theater Sustainment Command(Posted on DIVIDS, May 15, 2013)KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Gen. Dennis L. Via, the commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command,Redstone Arsenal, Ala., visited the soldiers of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, April 30 through May 4. IT Specialist Diagnosed with Rare TumorBy Joe Givens(Posted on YouTube by HQAMC Public Affairs, May 16, 2013)Charles “Chuck” Pennington explains the diagnosis of a rare tumor he had removed, after a 5-year mis-diagnosis. noted that Congress has legislationpending designed to address sexual assaultissues.“I would hope that we would havesome time here, everyone would have sometime, to listen to what the panel comesback with,” he said, “ and give them sometime here to go in and really assess theproblem. Why do we have the problem?How can we prevent the problem? Whatshould we be doing better?”Hagel noted sexual assault is a complexcrime with many potential contributingfactors, including popular culture,accountability and alcohol use.“There are so many dimensions to thisthat I don’t think you can come at it in onesimple way,” he said. “I get a lot of adviceon this, and I listen to everybody.”Hagel particularly emphasized listeningto sexual assault victims who “didn’t feeltheir commanders were accountableenough (for victims) to be able to comeforward and register a complaint, file acomplaint, because they thought theywould be subject to many things, and thenalso having no confidence that anythingwould be done about their complaint.”The secretary noted he issued guidanceMay 17 on mandatory recertification andretraining for recruiters and sexual assaultresponders across the force. He is receivingweekly briefings on progress achieved, hesaid.“We continue to look at every option,and we will,” Hagel said. “We have to.Every option is on the table.”Dempsey added that the risks inherentto military service must not include therisk of sexual assault.“It betrays the trust on which ourprofession is founded,” he said. “It’s acrime that demands accountability andconsequences.”Dempsey noted the joint chiefshave spent the better part of a yearimplementing a campaign focused onprevention, investigation, accountability,advocacy and assessment.“The emphasis on prevention isespecially important,” the general said.“As the president made clear to us (May16), we can and must do more to changea culture that has become too complacent.Now’s the time for us to recommitourselves to our profession. Now’s the timefor character to be valued as much, if notmore, than competence. Now’s the timefor moral courage at every level.There canbe no bystanders.”Dempsey said during his early years inservice, “The Army was broken.” Racialtension and drug abuse “tore at the fabricof our service.”Today’s joint service is not broken. It isin fact remarkably resilient, he said. “Butwe have a serious problem that we mustsolve: aggressive sexual behavior that rips atthe bond of trust that binds us together.“Every single member of the joint forcein every unit at every level must be alert tothe problem and be part of the solution,”Dempsey said.“Working together, we canand will restore faith in ourselves, and thetrust and faith of the American people.”SEXUAL ASSAULT continued from page 1