Landmark Assumption of Charter at Rapid Equipping Force

Mrs. Kim Reid accepts the assumption of charter for the Rapid Equipping force from Brig. Gen. Anthony Potts. | Photo: Russell Petcoff/PEO Soldier

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia—Surrounded by family and friends, Mrs. Kim G. Reid accepted the first charter for the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, or REF, on August 28, 2018.

“I may not have worn the uniform, but I’ve supported people in uniform my entire life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Mrs. Reid during her remarks at the assumption of charter. “I care about Soldiers all day, every day…. I feel honored to become a part of the PEO Soldier family.”

Mrs. Reid comes to the REF following a civilian career in acquisition and logistics, having served with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Acquisition Review Council Secretariat, PEO Command, Control Communications – Tactical, PEO Enterprise Information Systems, Project Director Logistics Modernization Program for Tank and Automotive Command, and Project Manager for the Iraq Tracked vehicle Management Office in PEO Ground Combat Systems.

The REF was created in 2002 to support priority equipping efforts after Soldiers realized the need for non-standard equipment to meet the demands of new terrain and new tactics. The REF’s efforts include solutions for electronic warfare, subterranean operations, unmanned and counter-unmanned aerial systems, and intelligence and expeditionary force protection.

Although the REF has had a person responsible for leading acquisition efforts, this assumption represents the first time the position is the equivalent to the Colonel/06 Project Manager positions within Program Executive Offices. This provides for deeper integration between the REF and PEO Soldier’s other Product Manager teams.

BG Anthony Potts, Program Executive Officer for PEO Soldier, presided over the event. In his remarks, he noted the singularity and importance of these assumptions of charter. “Taking over the charter is a special thing because it’s unique. A charter symbolizes that you are one of one. The thing that you do is unique for the United States Army. If you don’t do it or you don’t do it well, it is the entire United States Army that pays the price,” he said.

He later summed up the mood in the room during his closing: “What a great day. What an amazing day for Kim. What an amazing day for the REF. We truly are a team here.”

And PEO Soldier is delighted and honored to have Mrs. Reid—and all of the REF—as part of that team.

Geoff Openshaw contributed to this article.

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