Lt. Col. Paul E. Alessio became the new Product Manager Crew Served Weapons after a change-of-charter ceremony July 2 at Picatinny Arsenal’s Lindner Conference Center.
Alessio assumed the charter from Lt. Col. Thomas Ryan. Presiding over the ceremony was Col. Scott Armstrong, Project Manager Soldier Weapons.
PM CSW manages light to heavy machine guns on behalf of PM SW under Program Executive Office Soldier.
Alessio is the fifth officer to hold the PM CSW charter since PEO Soldier stood up in 2002. He is well connected to the Picatinny Arsenal community, having completed five different Picatinny assignments since his first tour at the arsenal in 2007. He most recently served as the Assistant Product Manager for the Precision Guidance Kit 155 mm Precision Artillery Fuze.
Alessio first entered the Acquisition Corps in 2003. He is Level III certified in Program Management and Level II certified in Contracting. He holds a Master’s degree in Program Management from Webster University. He completed Command and General Staff College at Fort Belvoir, Va. Alessio is a Bronze Star recipient with multiple deployments to theater.
“This is where I want to be, and these are the people I want to be with,” Alessio said. “We’re going to strive to get the right product to the right people in the right amount of time. I look forward to working with all of you, and I look forward to the next three years.”
In his remarks, Armstrong referenced his confidence in Alessio’s ability to manage the program challenges ahead for PM CSW. They include the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station retrograde from Afghanistan, weapon system integration of Program Executive Office Ammunition’s new M80A1 7.62 mm round, and informing requirements for the future of crew served weapons.
“It is my expectation that Paul will exceed the high standard set by Tom on behalf of Soldiers with the help of the highly skilled professionals of PM Crew Served Weapons supporting him,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong praised Ryan for his work at PM CSW.
“Anyone who knows Lieutenant Colonel Ryan would agree with the characterization, ‘consummate professional,’” Armstrong said. “Soldier safety and lethality have been significantly improved as a result of Tom and his team’s efforts.”
During the ceremony, Ryan received a Meritorious Service Medal for his June 2010 to June 2013 service while managing a $2 billion budget across a broad portfolio of complex weapons programs. Ryan’s tenure included several notable accomplishments:
- Managed the significant growth of the newly designated ACAT-1C M153 CROWS program
- Completed the first upgrade of the M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun since before World War II
- Shepherded the XM806 heavy machine gun through its Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase
- Brought the new M205 lightweight, heavy machine gun tripod program through its final phases prior to its fielding this fall.
“To my team, thank you,” Ryan said. “Be proud of what you have accomplished. It has been an honor to have been your PM. You are closer to Soldiers than you realize. All of us in uniform and our families are counting on you. Keep up the good work.”
Ryan has since departed Picatinny Arsenal, having already begun his next assignment as Military Deputy to the Army Research Office in Durham, N.C.