Who’s Who: Our people, Our strength
DISA’s civilian and military workforce of world class leaders are decisive, agile, and extremely proud to support the nation’s warfighters in every capacity. Top leaders from across the agency nominated outstanding people within their respective organizations to showcase their important and diverse mission sets. DISA’s people, from the newest intern to the most seasoned leader, are the strength of the agency.
“I am honored to introduce 11 individuals who epitomize DISA’s commitment to our vision of information superiority in defense of our nation.”
— Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr.
Director, Defense Information Systems Agency
DISA, a Combat Support Agency, provides, operates, and assures command and control, information sharing capabilities, and a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters, National level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations.
Information superiority in defense of our Nation.
Chief, General Fund Division
The General Fund Division has primary responsibility for obtaining and sustaining the financial resources allocated to the agency, which exceeds
$2 billion annually. In carrying out this responsibility, CFE1 coordinates and correlates the functions of planning, programming, budgeting and execution, and integrates all aspects of the agency’s financial data for DISA’s appropriated financial resources.
Dailey achieved staffing efficiencies with a leaner workforce while increasing productivity through the use of interns and journeymen- level comptroller careerists. The General Fund division of DISA’s Chief Financial Executive/Comptroller directorate has garnered significant achievements because of its technical proficiency and employee development. Over the last two years, the agency received increased funding for emergent requirements.
"The General Fund division of DISA’s Chief Financial Executive/Comptroller directorate is developing and training the next generation of skilled and competent budget analysts that will proficiently build and defend the agency’s appropriated resources."
COL John E. McLaughlin
Defense Information Systems Agency Continental United States (DISA CONUS)
DISA CONUS is an organization of joint-service military , civilian and contractor personnel who operate, assure, provision and engineer DOD’s enterprise infrastructure in direct support of joint warfighters, national- level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of global operations. The DISA CONUS Global NetOps Support Center (GNSC) maintains 24x7 network operational control of DOD’s global enterprise infrastructure to include management of the boundary between DOD networks and the commercial Internet.
McLaughlin leads DISA cyber development and overall cyber integration efforts. He has significantly improved mission assurance of RPA/MDA/ NC3/DEE/MHS networks and strengthened the agency’s mission assurance efforts through continued enhancement of NetOps and mission partner relationships. McLaughlin also is laying the foundation for development/ implementation of an intelligence fusion capability for the agency. He also spearheaded NIPR Hardening initiatives/IAP bandwidth expansion.
"DISA CONUS is the leader in operating and assuring global DISN services for our mission partners."
Miyi J. Chung
Deputy Commander, DISA Pacific
Korea Field Office, Yongsan, Korea
DISA Pacific, Korea Field Office (PCK) / Operations Directorate, GO
Supports the warfighters in one of most disadvantaged operational environments, ensuring “fight tonight” capability is always available in an assured computing environment. Her primary responsibility is to enable secured environment utilizing enterprise services in a net-
centric environment across service/components assigned and deployed to Korea, which enables information dominance and superiority for
Chung mobilized DISA to participate in the Cyber Command/NSA’s Cyber Pilot effort, which both supports DOD IT efficiency efforts and gains real-time response to potential cyber threats across the GIG cyber space. She also was the enabler for the current Alliance Information Environment effort under the U.S.-Republic of Korea “Strategic Alliance 2015,” which is establishing a more trusted and interoperable architecture to enable the transfer of operational control of command and control to ROK military forces.
"At the ‘tip of spear’ supporting U.S. Forces in Korea to ensure warfighters have information dominance and superiority in secure and robust Global Information Grid (GIG)/ Cyberspace."
Program Manager, DOD Enterprise Email (DEE)
Enterprise Services Directorate- Enterprise Applications (ES7)
Mr. Crumbliss oversees the day-to-day operations of DOD Enterprise Email (DEE). His team includes civilian and contractor personnel who execute tasks ranging from system engineering to mission partner engagement for the DEE system.
DEE surpassed the 500,000-user mark in the summer of 2012. Currently, the U.S. Army, Defense Information Systems Agency and the Joint Staff are on the system. Additionally, the DEE team manages the largest single BlackBerry domain in DOD, with more than 50,000 devices.
"DEE provides a singular e-mail system for DOD, with the capacity to support 4.5 million users. Our service facilitates information sharing by connecting users through a department-wide global address list, affording mission partners the ability to communicate with anyone within the department, regardless of their service or agency affiliation. DEE is saving valuable budget dollars by eliminating redundant maintenance of independent agency e-mail systems, freeing up resources to focus on other mission critical functions within their organizations."
Director, Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) Oklahoma City
ESD/DECC Oklahoma City
Purvis is the senior expert in operations management and availability for hosting applications for DOD services and agencies. His staff -- 550 civilian personnel and contractors -- manages 3,600 servers worldwide and all of the base-level supply systems for the Air Force. DECC Oklahoma City is
also the managing site for major applications supporting the department, including DOD Enterprise Email and the Rapid Access Computing Environment, among others.
Under his leadership at DECC Oklahoma City, DISA is successfully implementing DOD Enterprise Email for eight unique mission partners, encompassing approximately 600,000 users and more than 50,000
BlackBerrys. Purvis previously served as the chief of the Business Services Management Center for the Enterprise Services Directorate, where he managed an annual budget of $800 million and spearheaded capacity services contracts totaling $700 million over eight years.
"We have an important 24x7, global mission of supporting the warfighter and it is my job to ensure the computing center is ‘always on’ and that staff members are trained, motivated and enjoying their job."
Michael R. Koester
Chief, Operational Test and Evaluation Division
The JITC Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Division (JT1) conducts operational testing of Information Technology and National Security Systems acquired by the Defense Information Systems Agency, other DOD organizations, and non-DOD entities to ensure operational effectiveness, suitability, and security. The division assists in the preparation of critical operational issues and develops, defines, and publishes measures of effectiveness, measures of suitability, and measures of performance. The OT&E Division also directs and approves OT&E methods for data collection, reduction, and analysis.
Koester led the division through the transformation from single program- specific methodology testing to enterprise-level test and evaluation in only
10 short months. This team has aligned their new OT approach to ensure that it now encompasses the evaluation of Information Technology Service Management concepts, which has solidified consistency and thoroughness in operational test and evaluation services. The division also developed an operational test and evaluation handbook for new recruits, as a way to fast track their learning curve.
"Only in Operational Testing does a capability get validated by the end users who execute their mission as part of the test. This ensures that the capability supports the end users, meets the ultimate end state requirements, and has the right level of support available.
Donna W. Jordan
Facilities, Engineering & Installations Services Branch Chief (MPS73)
Manpower, Personnel and Security (MPS)
DISA Facilities, Engineering & Installation Service Branch is responsible for the day-to-day Facility Engineering and Installation Services for the DISA Headquarters Complex. Facility Engineering includes Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) and Building Automated System (BAS) equipment monitoring to provide adequate heating and air-conditioning, electricity and lighting. Facility Installation Services includes facility cleaning, trash collection, grounds maintenance, recycling and pavement clearance. The branch is also responsible for providing oversight of Military Construction Project execution.
Jordan transformed the DISA Facilities, Engineering & Installation Service Branch from the role of “facility liaison” to “facility service provider.” She also identified key issues with the DISA Headquarters facility services contract and oversight and subsequently implemented corrective measures, which improved overall facility services. Jordan also established a Military Construction subject matter expert team at DISA Headquarters
to support the DISA CONUS MILCON for the new Global Ops facility and for the DISA PAC Military Construction project.
"DISA Facilities, Engineering & Installation Service Branch is responsible for overall facility management of the DISA Headquarters complex and grounds. I’m also responsible for oversight of budget and execution for Military Construction (MILCON) projects."
Charlitta A. Ayala
Chief, Integration, Testing & Production,
Global Combat Support Systems - Joint Command and Control Capabilities
Ayala oversees a diverse group of technically-skilled government employees and contractors who are responsible for enterprise systems management, configuration management, information assurance, release management and quality assurance in the Global Combat Support System- Joint Program Office.
Ayala worked with a cohesive team of critical stakeholders – including the Joint Staff-J4; the Director of Operational Test & Evaluation, the Joint Interoperability Test Command and the U.S. Strategic Command -- to overcome bureaucratic barriers and long-standing processes to shorten the end-to-end test process, making agile development a reality. This integrated test approach has supported the program’s ability to deliver
critical logistics capabilities to the Warfighter every six months as opposed to the traditional 12-to-18 month fielding cycles.
"Global Combat Support System-Joint (GCSS-J) is a key enabler to achieve focused logistics, ensuring the right personnel, equipment, supplies, and support are in the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantities across the full spectrum of military operations. The GCSS-J program office continues to develop new and enhanced capabilities to meet critical requirements of the joint logistics warfighter on-time and within budget."
Olga M. Medina
Program Manager, Narrowband
The Emerging Technologies program management office (PMO) serves as the acquisition lead within the agency for all narrowband communications, new and emerging technologies that have not matured into a major Program of Record (POR). The PMO’s vision is to enable information flow from any source, to any gateway, to any uplink, to any satellite, to any terminal and to any user at any time, for any reason, anywhere in the world. Its focus is on end-to-end communications, starting with the “point of the spear” warfighter and ending with whatever end-product is required, whenever it is required.
The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-to-Legacy UHF Gateway Component (MLGC) team successfully conducted their preliminary design review and received approval to enter into the critical design review phase. This capability is the first product out of the Emerging Technologies PMO. MLGC will provide the warfighter a voice and data translation enabling MUOS Functional Terminals (MFTs) and Legacy UHF SATCOM Terminals to communicate.
"Enabling Information Dominance by providing and integrating Narrowband SATCOM end-to-end capabilities to the warfighter."
Special Advisor to the Director of Procurement
Procurement Directorate/DITCO (PLD)
Stewart provides authoritative advice and consultation on IT and telecommunications matters. He analyzes the technical aspects of complex IT and telecommunications procurement issues and provides recommendations considering technical requirements and procurement processes. Stewart manages special projects, performs studies and analyses, and serves as a subject matter expert and as the functional area expert supporting the agency’s on-going efforts to enable information superiority for the warfighter.
Stewart developed the acquisition strategy and government cost objective, and negotiated the business arrangement to replace the agency’s legacy financial management system with an enterprise business suite. He also facilitated the agency’s vision of provided on-demand, self-provisioned Cloud Computing services.
"I am honored to be assisting in the formulation of procurement strategies that will facilitate the agency’s number one priority of enabling information superiority for the Warfighter."
Acting Chief, Programs and Initiatives
Testing and Evaluation (TE)
Lee serves as the project manager for the DOD Enterprise Test Environment and Enterprise Infrastructure. He is responsible for the architecture, planning, development, installation and implementation for this DOD-wide Enterprise Test Tool. Lee leads a team of government and contract hardware and software professionals, and maintains cost schedule and performance goals.
Lee established a coalition integrated product team comprised of service area experts from across DISA to ensure the infrastructure, capabilities and services available through DISA service offerings were available for testing by any customer internal or external to DISA. He also designed a concept and architecture to align the network, infrastructure and communication fabric with DISA’s Defense Enterprise Computing Centers, which allowed
for our test environment to use the same DISA service contracts as the Enterprise Services Directorate, keeping our technology and infrastructure synchronized.
"The DOD Enterprise Test Environment is an environment and capability suite that will serve as a key enabler to align DISA Test and Evaluation with the DOD’s goal of achieving efficiency through consolidation and