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was one of hundreds of mourners in the
Aug. 14 funeral procession that made its way
through Arlington Cemetery, past the rows
of simple white gravestones, to Area 60, MG
Harold J. Greene’s final resting place. Greene, a
highly decorated Soldier, Army acquisition leader
and friend, became the highest-ranking fatality in
war since Vietnam after an Afghan soldier opened
fire on Aug. 5. Along the way, I could not help but
think about how combat had taken not only a lov-
ing husband and father from his family, but a rare
talent from the Army and America as well.
Losing Greene was especially poignant not because
he was a general officer, or even because of what
he accomplished during his distinguished career,
but because of what was yet to come. With a
Ph.D. from the University of Southern California
in materials science and several master’s degrees,
Greene had a wealth of knowledge and experience.
His easygoing manner and self-deprecating humor
belied his genius. His ability to form instant con-
nections with people and organize teams to attack
vexing problems is legend within the acquisition
community. What impact he might have had on
Army acquisition in future years is purely con-
jecture, but it’s safe to say it would have been
momentous. Harry, you will be missed.
The weapon systems, protective gear and commu-
nication networks needed for that future force do
not appear because of some PowerPoint briefing.
No, a cadre of government employees, like Greene,
alongside a legion of defense contractors works
tirelessly to outfit what is universally acknowl-
edged as the best-trained, - equipped and -led Army
ever fielded. Greene was but one member of the
12,000-strong Army Acquisition Corps (A AC),
part of the larger, nearly 38,000-strong A rmy
Acquisition Workforce that has flourished over
the past 25 years, who bring their skills to bear on
the complicated problem of national defense every
The formation of the A AC, a dedicated corps
of military and civilian acquisition leaders, was
approved on Oct. 13, 1989, by then-A rmy Chief
of Staff GEN Carl E. Vuono. As a result, the
past quarter-century has seen an unprecedented
increase in the quality of Army Acquisition profes-
sionals and the products they create; to wit, 97.5
percent of the Army Acquisition Workforce is cer-
tified in their profession, according to standards
outlined in the Defense Acquisition Workforce
Improvement Act. That 97.5 percent is the best
in DOD and rivals any industry! In other words,
Army Acquisition people are the experts in acqui-
sition. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at what our
work force has accomplished since 1989:
• M109A6 Paladin.
• AH-64D Longbow Apache.
• Interceptor Body Armor.
• Rapid Fielding Initiative.
• Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.
• MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft.
• Nett Warrior.
• Double-arm and face transplants.
As impressive as the past 25 years have been, the
best is yet to come. In this issue, learn how the
U.S . Army Materiel Command eschews the status
quo and questions past practices, in “Forging New
Links.” See how the folks at Picatinny Arsenal,
NJ, are adapting the M119A3 howitzer to handle
the rigors of high-altitude mountain warfare of
Afghanistan in “Adapting A rtillery.” Finally, sit
back, relax with a cup of coffee (hint) and read
how Starbucks recruits and retains top talent in
For more stories and expanded coverage, please
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at A rmyALT@gmail.com .
From the Editor-in-Chief
Nelson McCouch III
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