Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT July-September 2015 Contents strategic alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United
States by enabling the move of more than 20,000 Soldiers to Camp
Humphreys as part of the Yongsan Relocation Plan/Land Partner-
ship Plan (YRP/LPP); modernizing OCONUS command centers
with state-of-the-art video teleconference, voice and data capa-
bilities; and providing warfighters in Afghanistan and Kuwait the
ability to access, process and act on information 24 hours a day,
despite complex working environments and austere conditions.
How did you become part of the AL&T Workforce, and why?
I was attracted to the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) because
it provided opportunities for me to help Soldiers get what they
need to do their job and enhance capabilities towards mission suc-
cess. After ser ving as a platoon leader and company commander,
I learned how ver y important it is that our Soldiers are resourced
properly to accomplish their mission. We’ve all been in situations
where we did not have the tools, equipment or capability required
to do our jobs. It reduces readiness and morale. After learning the
Army had an organization that could affect that, I signed up and
have never regretted it.
What do you see as the most important points in your career
with the Army AL&T Workforce, and why?
I’ve been provided and continue to have available outstanding
educational opportunities including advanced civil schooling and
various types of training. However, I’ve found that the experi-
ence I’ve gained across different types of jobs and organizations as
well as mentorship from outstanding leaders and wise individua ls
I’ve worked with throughout my career has been invaluable. The
varied lessons I learned as a tester, combat developer and assistant
product manager (APM) truly helped prepare me for my cur-
rent position. It’s impossible to succeed in the acquisition world
without formal education; however, I’ve found that experience
and relationships matter the most. I’ve been very blessed with the
opportunities I’ve been provided and am ver y thankful.
What’s the greatest satisfaction you have in being a part of the
My greatest satisfaction is witnessing Soldiers using capabilities my
team has provided them. It reaffirms all the hard work done by
the team to deliver the capability, and makes me feel like I’ve truly
made a difference in someone’s professional life.
Acquisition is a very broad term encompassing a lot of differ-
ent job specialties, with many career tools available to them.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get
where you are today?
I recently advised a junior but very promising and smart APM
on my team to be sure he takes time to manage his career and
deliberately seek out the many educational opportunities the
AAC offers. You can’t succeed without the training. However,
advancing in this career field requires much more than technical
expertise. It takes learning an art that is developed over time via
experience in various facets of acquisition in different organiza-
tions under different leaders, being humble and willing to learn
from others no matter what your position, being cognizant of
the strengths of others and putting them in positions to capital-
ize on their strengths, building a strong team you can depend on,
being passionate about what you do, and seeking out mentors
who are willing to take time to counsel you.
What’s something that most people don’t know about your
job? What surprises outsiders most when you tell them about
Many are surprised to learn about the scope of the P2E’s mission.
Many don’t understand that P2E is responsible for modern-
izing and installing infrastructure and network services to all
OCONUS stakeholders. They are also surprised about the com-
plexities of the mission, including conducting work in austere
environments; the challenges inherent in the European Insta lla-
tion Consolidation effort; and the magnitude of the YRP/LPP in
Korea, which implements network and communication services
in more than 600 new facilities at Camp Humphreys.
– MS. SUSAN L. FOLLETT
Then-LTC Pearson addresses the staff of P2E during an all-hands meeting
in 2013 at Fort Belvoir, VA. (Photo courtesy of P2E)
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