the application is available through the technology
Lien Assumes Command at WHCA
infrastructure and processing so the warfighter
By Jerome W. Mapp, DISA Corporate Communications
Computing Services cont. which to turn,” Rivera said. “The goal is make sure
can access information to support his mission. This
means that we build continuity of operations to support him.”
Computing Services provides world-class
computing services that enable DoD to better
rmy COL James A. Lien assumed command of the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) on Aug. 4. Outgoing commander
Army COL Howard I. Cohen passed the unit colors to
execute its missions. The continual efforts to lower
Air Force Lt Gen Charles
operating costs, the multiple levels of customer
E. Croom Jr., DISA
service, the assured computing services that are
director, who handed
built to make sure the warfighter doesn’t lose
the flag to Lien during
his applications — it’s all done to make sure the
a ceremony at WHCA’s
warfighter has the tools at his hands that he needs.
headquarters at the
Computing Services keeps working so that
Anacostia Naval Annex
military hospitals can maintain their databases,
in Washington, D.C.
the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s
software will continue working, and mission-critical
served as WHCA’s
applications for the warfighter are always availble.
“We cannot afford to ever be done,” said Rivera.
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deputy commander for a year before becoming the commander on June
18, 2004. He will retire from the Army after
This article was based on an interview between
27 years of military
Alfred Rivera and Carol Horen that was conducted
service. Croom, the
for Military Information Technology magazine.
(Top) Army COL Howard I. Cohen expresses his appreciation to the White House Communications Agency’s staff during his remarks at the change-ofcommand ceremony; Army COL James A. Lien accepts the mantle of leadership of the White House Communications Agency. Photos by TSgt. Wayne Clark, WHCA
Information from the interview has been reprinted with permission.
ceremony’s reviewing officer, praised Cohen’s leadership and noted his accomplishments at WHCA.
“He guided the
on-time and underbudget accomplishment of the Presidential Communications Upgrade initiative,”
Croom said. “This was a tremendous, six-year, $326 million effort, which included over 40 systems upgrades and modernization projects.”
Croom also noted that Cohen made sure that
those working under him were well equipped for their jobs “by establishing the WHCA Training Academy and by advocating and achieving a change to the special duty pay rules for WHCA personnel.”
Prior to assuming command of WHCA,
Croom said. “There can be no leadership without
Lien served as executive officer for the Army
those doing the work. You’ve given your best to
chief information officer (CIO)/G-6. As WHCA’s
Colonel Cohen, and I know you’ll do the same for
commander, he will lead a force of nearly 1,000
military and civilian personnel whose purpose is to
maintain the White House’s communications link with
soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines assigned to
the rest of the world.
WHCA and with the presentation of the colors. It
ended with the playing of each military service’s
Croom told the assembled audience of general
The ceremony began with the formation of
officers, Senior Executive Service members, military
officers and enlisted, WHCA staff, and visitors, that,
“we’re fortunate to welcome Colonel Lien as the new
the president and the presidential staff to lead the
commander of WHCA.” Among the general officers
nation. The agency provides worldwide, voice, and
present was Army LTG Steven W. Boutelle, CIO/G-6.
data communications support for the president, vice
president, presidential emissaries, White House staff,
“Colonel Lien, your job is to continue to provide
WHCA provides communications that enable
the absolute best communications support possible
the U.S. Secret Service, and others as directed by
for your important customers,” Croom said. “The
the White House Military Office.
leadership of our nation depends on it, and our
president deserves nothing less. I’m confident in
is in the world, including the White House, the
your abilities to lead this mission with continued
Washington metropolitan area, and in his travels.
WHCA supports the president wherever he
Croom noted the agency’s importance in keeping
open the White House lines of communications.
“The people of the White House Communications
Agency have a mission like no other — and a proud history,” he said. “WHCA is vital to the president in his role as chief executive, head of state, and commander in chief.”
Turning his attention
to the WHCA staff, Croom expressed his confidence that the assembled uniformed and civilian personnel are up to the task of providing constant communications for the president.
“To the men and
women of the White House Communications Agency, particularly those of you standing in formation right now, thank you for your hard work each and every day in the name of freedom,”
COL Lien accepts the White House Communications Agency flag from DISA Director Lt Gen Charles Croom Jr. during the recent change-of-command ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo by TSgt Wayne Clark, WHCA
DISA Test and Evaluation Management Center
that manages all aspects of the Skyline laboratories.
Hutchison said that DISA T&E is making its mark
on the DoD T&E community by advancing a new strategy for information technologies that is closely
Opens Its Doors
tied to Lt Gen Croom’s vision to achieve speed in
By Jerome W. Mapp, DISA Corporate Communications
of testing needed early by assessing the maturity
acquisition. The concept is to determine the type of the new capability and then to combine all test
hen the DISA Test and Evaluation
requirements into shorter, more focused events.
Management Center (TEMC) became
Testing would also be conducted in a distributed,
operational this summer, its director
live, virtual, and constructive development and
expressed confidence during the initial presentation
that DISA will become the premier organization for
acquiring and testing information systems technology
evaluation facilities are strategically located at Fort
throughout the Department of Defense (DoD).
Huachuca, Ariz; Indian Head, Md; and Slidell, La. The
facility at Slidell is slated to close in January 2007
“The bottom line is, we’re going to make DISA
In addition to the Skyline Building, DISA test and
T&E (test and evaluation) successful,” said Dr. Steven
as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure
Hutchison, DISA’s test and evaluation executive. “My
vision is to create the center of excellence for testing
information systems technology. Our mission is to
the center’s six-fold mission is to oversee DISA
establish, review, enforce, and supervise T&E policy
test and evaluation; interface with the Office of the
Secretary of Defense; provide a development and
test laboratory in direct support of DISA programs;
Hutchison and his staff unveiled TEMC Aug. 21 to
During the presentation, Hutchison said that
an audience at Seven Skyline Place in Falls Church,
manage DISA test resources and investment;
Va., that included Air Force Lt Gen Charles Croom,
lead change for information technology test and
DISA’s director; Army MG Marilyn Quagliotti, vice
evaluation throughout DoD; and make the test and
director; Air Force Brig Gen David Warner, program
director for Command and Control Capability; Diann McCoy, component acquisition executive; Jack Penkoske, director of Manpower, Personnel, and Security; and Jimaye Sones, chief financial executive.
TEMC is comprised
of four offices that provides specific functions within the testing and evaluation community. One office handles financial management, another office deals with technology and policy, another office handles programs and plans, and there is an office The Grid