President Bush on Aug. 24 announced the nomination of Air Force Gen. Richard Myers to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Myers led the U.S. Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command from August 1998 to February 2000, and his expertise in space matters is expected to complement Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's focus on space and missile defense.
The current chairman, Army Gen. Henry Shelton, is retiring in September and welcomed the nomination.
For more, please see "Myers gets Joint Chiefs nod" [FCW.com, Aug. 27, 2001]
NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin last week named David Saleeba director of the agency's Office of Security Management and Safeguards, created in November 2000 to oversee NASA's physical security and portions of its information technology security.
Saleeba is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service and was most recently special agent in charge and chief of the Secret Service headquarters Intelligence Division. Saleeba will oversee security for classified systems and information at NASA.
For more, please see "NASA appoints security chief" [FCW.com, Aug. 24,2001]
Patricia Mead this month was named deputy assistant commissioner for acquisition at the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service. Her new position, which she started Aug. 12, involves helping to oversee procurement and sales on the FSS schedule contracts, including the information technology schedule. The Office of Acquisition, led by assistant commissioner Carolyn Alston, also oversees the development of new schedule vehicles and FSS' online buying site, GSA Advantage. Mead most recently was assistant commissioner for contract management.
For more, please see "FSS makes acquisition pick official" [FCW.com,Aug. 22, 2001]
Coast Guard Petty Officer David Becker, Quartermaster First Class, last week received an achievement medal from Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta for his work during Tropical Storm Allison. As a watch stander in the Group Galveston operations center, Becker coordinated and prioritized more than 800 incoming phone calls for help. He also used Web-based technology to convert street addresses into latitude and longitude coordinates, enabling aircraft to quickly arrive on the scene and rescue 82 people.
Sean Alger has been promoted to vice president and general manager for MicroStrategy Inc.'s North American federal government group, the company announced last week. In this role, Alger has full profit-and-loss responsibility for all MicroStrategy business in this franchise, including licenses, consulting,education and customer support.
Alger has been with MicroStrategy for more than three years, selling to civilian, defense and intelligence agencies.
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