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Linda, Acquisition Analyst, U.S. Army Operational Test Command 

Who are you?

I see myself as a caring person, committed and passionate to helping others achieve their mission. I am purposely dedicated and enthusiastically give my all to ensure others have what they need to be successful. I care about the OTC mission, but more importantly, the people who make it happen!  Finally, I believe laughter is the best medicine and is one of the best feelings in the world so each day I try to inject a little laughter. 

What do you do?

By serving as the liaison between the Contractor and Contracting Office, I provide guidance and insight in regards to contract procurement processes; contract documents development, contract relations, regulations, and mentorship. By providing administration and monitoring of contracts awarded under Operational Test Command at the Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and Fort Bliss, Texas locations, my passion for customer service and acquisition is rewarding.

What do you enjoy most about your job at ATEC?

My greatest joy is being part of a team/family that produces an end result and knowing that I had a small part in its success.  I love watching all the pieces come together from cradle to grave during an operational test. As the saying goes, I love it when a plan comes to together and I was part of that plan. By brainstorming with my peers we find innovative ways to accomplish the mission. We do this on a daily basis and it always challenges me to think creatively. Every day is a new opportunity to learn from my customers and colleagues.

James, Computer Scientist, U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground 

Who are you?

I am James. I am a computer scientist. I am proud to be an American serving my nation. I came from humble beginnings with big aspirations to be part of something bigger than myself. My journey began with an education I could not afford and ended with an opportunity of a lifetime to discover who I am, where I am going, and who helped me get there. Since my arrival, the Army values have guided me along to become the best possible version of who I am today!

What do you do?

I am part of an incredibly large process of acquisition that draws from many disciplines to meet our Nation’s needs. In my role as a Computer Scientist I work with Enterprise Software Systems to derive meaning from instrumented data, represent it in a understandable way to stakeholders, and verify it against agreed upon requirements at a particular lifecycle stage. Or simply put, “to verify the Government is getting what it’s paying for!”.

What do you enjoy most about your job at ATEC?

The responsibility, professionalism, and "truth in testing" mission I share with my peers, in a very complex and important process for our Nation, is an incredibly humbling experience. It allows me to play the biggest part I can from the smallest of foxholes to have the biggest impact possible in the most creative problem solving way. I have an incredible amount of pride in the function I perform for my country and want to make the world a better place because of it!

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Pauletta, Management Analyst, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Headquarters

Who are you?

I am Pauletta. I’m an Army Veteran, foodie, and have lived in seven states and three countries throughout my career. 

What do you do?

I am a Senior Management Manpower Analyst. I’m the lead program manager for the ATEC Command Plan and ensure documents match the President's Budget Guidance (PBG). I also make sure we have the right amount of positions aligned with ATEC’s mission and skill requirements. Finally, I am the lead program manager for our Internal Controls program. I ensure we have mechanisms in place to ensure our organization is working together and able to achieve its objectives and mission.

What do you enjoy most about your job at ATEC?

First and foremost, we have great people. It really does feel like a family. Our managers also encourage teambuilding. We are in the office more than our home during the week, so we are given opportunities to     learn about each other and have a healthy work environment. I also like how managers care about what employees have to say. When someone asks for my opinion, I am able to speak my mind without any worry. Lastly, I enjoy the support I get for outside training. Whether I need to brush up on a skill or learn something new, ATEC is very supportive.

Kayla, Electronics Engineer, U.S. Army Redstone Test Center

Who are you?

My name is Kayla and I am proud to serve as a test engineer/test director for the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center in Alabama. My family’s strong military background was a significant factor in me choosing to pursue a civil service career with an Army organization.

What do you do?

I am the lead test director over all Integrated Base Defense (IBD) testing at Redstone Test Center. I lead a team of engineers and technicians who conduct test planning, execution, data analysis, and reporting of multiple IBD systems in order to verify functionality of the systems under test and to determine if all performance specifications are met.

What do you enjoy most about your job at ATEC?

Redstone Test Center is an organization that encourages engineers to be innovative and continually consider ways to improve current test methods and processes.  I also like that RTC encourages engineers to work at multiple functional areas throughout their career. I started out as an instrumentation engineer, but at one point, I expressed interest in being a test engineer. Shortly thereafter, my senior leaders provided me the tools to start training up to be a test engineer and it has led me to where I am at today. Working in several functional areas has helped me acquire a vast array of knowledge of the various test capabilities and technologies that exist within the organization.

Working at RTC has also helped pull me out of my comfort zone. This job is both challenging and rewarding, and I leave my duty station each day feeling satisfied that the work we perform ultimately aids and protects the end user, the Army soldier.

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