Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2016 Contents CABANISS LEAVES MICC FOR VA
George Cabaniss, an SES appointee serving as the deputy to the commanding general of the U.S .
Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC), departed in December 2015 to become
the deputy chief procurement officer with the Procurement and Logistics Office in the Veterans Health
Administration, U.S . Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Cabaniss had ser ved as the deputy since December 2011. Before joining the MICC headquarters staff,
Cabaniss spent more than three years as chief of the Contracting Office at ACC-APG. He was appointed
to the SES in December 2011.
BRYCE REPLACES SPENCER AT JPEO-CBD
Douglas W. Bryce, the new Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemi-
cal and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), left, accepts the organization’s
colors from the Hon. Heidi Shyu, ASA(ALT), as MSG Aki Paylor,
JPEO-CBD senior enlisted adviser, and outgoing JPEO-CBD Carmen J.
Spencer look on during an Oct. 22, 2015, change-of-charter ceremony
The ceremony marked the end of Spencer’s 45-year government career.
In attendance were LTG Thomas W. Spoehr, director of the Army
Office of Business Transformation in the Office of the Under Secretary
of the Army; Dean G. Popps, former ASA(ALT) and Army acquisition
executive; Douglas Bruder, director of research and development for
the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA); and ASA(ALT) Principal
Deputy Gabriel Camarillo. Shyu presented Spencer’s wife, Patricia
Spencer, with the Army Acquisition Letter of Appreciation, and gave the
couple a flag that had flown on the MV Cape Ray during a 2015 chemi-
cal weapons disposal mission. (For more on the Cape Ray’s mission, see
“Clearing the Air” in the April – June 2015 issue of Army AL&T.)
Spencer, who had held the position of JPEO-CPD since November 2012,
oversaw the organization’s involvement in the destruction of Syrian chemi-
cal weapons of mass destruction and the eradication of the Ebola virus in
West Africa. He ser ved as the deputy assistant secretar y of the Army for
the elimination of chemical weapons before his selection as JPEO-CBD,
and earlier had ser ved as director of DTRA’s Chemical and Biological
Defense Directorate. His 28-year active-duty Army career included posts
in the Office of the Secretar y of Defense and HQDA, and command of the
U.S. Army Chemical Demilitarization Activity on Johnston Atoll and the
Pueblo Chemical Weapons Depot, CO.
Bryce, a member of the SES since February 2010, had ser ved as deputy
JPEO-CBD since February 2005. A retired Marine Corps chief warrant
officer, he served previously as product manager for nuclear, biological
and chemical defense equipment, individual Marine combat equipment
and individual protective equipment at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.
(Photo by Steven Lusher, JPEO-CBD)
NEW DEPUTY PEO FOR STRI
The PEO for Simulation, Training &
Instrumentation (STRI) welcomed Chérie
Smith as the deputy program executive
officer (DPEO). She assumed the role
in October 2015, joining the PEO STRI
team from her position as the acting
executive director for ASA(ALT). She pre-
viously served as the assistant deputy for
acquisition and systems management at
Smith is no stranger to PEO STRI, hav-
ing served a four-month assignment as the acting DPEO early in 2015.
She brings to the job more than 30 years of government experience in
all levels of technology management and development. She began her
career in the U.S . Army Reser ve and served from 1979 to 1985 on active
duty, developing software applications at the Walter Reed Army Medical
Center and U.S. Army Health Care Systems Support Activity.
She ser ved as the program manager for the General Fund Enterprise Busi-
ness Systems (GFEBS) from 2003 to 2008, establishing the program office
and leading GFEBS from initial concept through system development and
demonstration. Smith also served as director of Forward Operations –
Kuwait, where she coordinated the fielding of more than 200 critical
programs and led the effort to assess the complex fielding of rolling stock
programs coming from Iraq and redeploying to Afghanistan.
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