Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT April-June 2015 Contents warm welcome I have received from the
team. I am grateful to Ms. Heidi Shyu,
LTG Michael E. Williamson and Mr.
Gabe Camarillo for having the confi-
dence in me to serve in such a critical
and strategic position as your sergeant
I am often asked how I would like to
be introduced during speaking events.
I understand that, more often than not,
this introduction is done to provide the
audience a little bit of relevance and cred-
ibility as to why I am speaking in the first
place. Therefore, please allow me to intro-
duce myself to our ASA(ALT) team. I am
Rory Malloy, born and raised in a small
town in southern Indiana where I met
my best friend, Deborah, in the fourth
grade. I married her shortly after joining
the Army 30 years ago. My wife and I are
blessed to be the parents of two wonder-
ful young adults and are thrilled to finally
I am an infantryman and have served on
the line for the majority of my career, in
virtually every leadership position my
career field offers, from machine gunner
to command sergeant major. Should you
be further interested in the details, my
complete biography is on the ASA(ALT)
website at http://www.army.mil/asaalt.
A FIELD SOLDIER’S VIEW
Like most leaders, I have been groomed
to perform an organizational assessment
within my first 90 days in position. As
expected, my assessment comes through
the lens of a person who has viewed life
and the Army through a field Soldier’s
optics. My views are based not only
saw when my Soldiers and I used the
products produced by the acquisition
workforce. Those views have been both
expanded and tempered through my
engagements with the leadership from
across the Army. I truly know the value
the acquisition team brings to the fight.
As a battalion, brigade and division
command sergeant major, I saw how the
equipment provided by the acquisition
team gave my Soldiers and the Army
the tools for success on the battlefield.
In that light, the theme for this edition
of Army AL&T magazine, “Revamping
acquisition,” is a most appropriate focus
for my first topic.
Our sole purpose —and literally our rea-
son for existence —is to equip our Army
and the Soldier with the capability to
destroy our enemies and win any war
when asked by our nation. The Soldier
is, and always will be, the focal point of
all decisions and recommendations I may
provide about products and processes.
We must never lose sight of the fact that
our customer is the American Soldier.
When in doubt about priorities or what
direction to take, ask yourself, “How does
this help the Soldier?”
Feedback and communication are vital
to our processes. Without effective, two-
way communication between us and
our customers, we will be working in a
vacuum and they will be operating in a
fog. My number one priority is opening
up effective two-way communication.
My first task in this effort is to start by
communicating to the force what we do
and how we do it. Secondly, I will work
across all of our programs to develop
ways to better receive timely and relevant
input from the force we ultimately serve.
Only by solidifying this critical informa-
tion and feedback loop can we develop
and acquire the tools the force needs to
execute their missions.
This may seem like a simple enough task.
However, as most of you may have expe-
rienced, there are difficult hurdles that
must be overcome. I have already men-
tioned the first: a lack of education on
THE WHAT, HOW AND WHY
Alexander Pilott, a new equipment instructor with the Program Executive Office for Soldier, briefs
the use and care of the Soldier Plate Carrier System and Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying
Equipment medium rucksack to paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd
Airborne Division (2/82 ABN), Oct. 27, 2014, during the brigade’s Rapid Fielding Initiative at
Fort Bragg, NC. For Malloy, the first step in opening up effective two-way communication between
Army acquisition and the force is to tell Soldiers “what we do and how we do it.” (Photo by SGT
Eliverto Larios, 2/82 ABN Public Affairs)
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WHERE OUR RUBBER MEETS THEIR ROAD
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