AMC’s GEN Perna visits PEO Soldier to discuss how both can help Soldiers

Gen. Gustave F. Perna, Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command

Gen. Gustave F. Perna, Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited Brig. Gen. Anthony “Tony” Potts and Program Executive Office Soldier June 7. During his visit, the general spoke of the importance of collaboration between the two organizations.

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (June 15, 2018) – Gen. Gustave F. Perna, U.S. Army Materiel Command Commanding General, visited Program Executive Office Soldier June 7 to discuss how the two organizations can collaborate to bring better equipment to Soldiers.

It’s the collaboration of the two organizations that will produce the best output for Soldiers, Gen. Perna said. He added the importance for each organization to know and understand each other.

Gen. Perna met with Brig. Gen. Anthony “Tony” Potts, Program Executive Officer Soldier, and members of the PEO Soldier staff. He told the collective audience that he’s a great enabler because he’s often in rooms and among senior leaders that they can’t be.

“If I know about it and understand it, I can talk about it,” Gen. Perna said.

Brig. Gen. Potts explained to General Perna how PEO Soldier is taking an integrated approach to providing equipment to Soldiers. He said too often in the past the Army hung equipment on Soldiers like ornaments on a Christmas tree, an analogy Gen. Perna said he liked. Brig. Gen. Potts said his organization is looking at the Soldier as an integrated weapons system and measuring the performance of the Squad as a baseline. Gen. Perna said this is exactly the right approach to achieve a goal of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark A. Milley, which is for the Army to have the most lethal squads and Soldiers possible.

Finally, Brig. Gen. Potts described the Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP), a congressionally mandated program to help the Army move at “the speed of Industry.” Brig. Gen. Potts said 40 percent of PEO Soldier’s portfolio came from SEP submissions, many from Soldiers.

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