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DAU West Region officially opens Headquarters in San Diego.

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) West Region campus officially opened for business at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 28, 2004. With the official opening of its West Region Headquarters in San Diego, Calif., DAU takes a major step towards achieving its goal of transforming acquisition training in support of the DoD AT & L workforce. The new San Diego facility is located on a military installation--Naval Base Point Loma--and offers many different Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) functional courses (program management, contract management, systems engineering, logistics, financial management, etc.).

The DAU West Region, led by Dean Andrew Zaleski, is composed of 50 staff and faculty members who focus primarily on teaching DAWIA certification courses and providing performance support (consulting, targeted training, and partnering with regional organizations) throughout 13 western states, including Hawaii and Alaska plus the Pacific Rim. The region's charter, which calls for working with major DoD agencies and remaining current on significant AT & L workforce issues, allows the region to better serve the acquisition needs of its customers across the entire spectrum of DoD's 13 acquisition career fields.

A Major Event for the Defense Acquisition Workforce

The ceremony was hosted by DAU President Frank Anderson Jr. and Dean Zaleski. In his opening statement, Zaleski welcomed local government and industry officials from the West Region, DAU directors, faculty, contractors, as well as distinguished guests participating in the day's events: Navy Adm. Jose Betancourt, Jr., commander, Navy Southwest Region; Navy Capt. Anthony Gonzales, commander, Naval Base Point Loma; Lou Kratz, deputy under secretary of defense (logistics plans and programs); Richard Zirk, director. Defense Contract Management Agency-West Region; Jim Churchill, Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) and Space; Raymond Sayre, regional director, Western/Southwestern Region Navy College; and Rudy Fernandez, director, Economic Development and Veterans Military Liaison, representing the San Diego mayor's office.

"Today's ceremony is a major event in the ongoing transformation of DAU," said Zaleski. "A significant phase of this transformation has been the reorganization of DAU to a regionalization concept, whereby DAU has reorganized into five regions within the continental United States to become more customer-centric with the AT & L workforce. Today's event essentially completes this phase of the transformation."

Leveraging the Dollar Invested in Learning

Anderson praised organizers of the day's events. "This is really a fantastic day for the region and it has truly been a community effort," said Anderson. "This is not just DAU; it is about our teammates from the Navy and the people who are located here--Navy College and NPS (Naval Postgraduate School)--and how everybody chipped in and pulled together. So, when you look at this facility," he added, "what we've created here is embedded learning, and it represents the best of what can happen in the Department if we learn how to collaborate, share, and work as a team of one."

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Anderson told the audience that DAU holds classes during the day; the Navy College is running courses at night that will help young sailors pursue their degree requirements; and NPS is able to reach out to a much larger and broader Army and Navy community throughout the nation from their teaching center here.

"About two years ago, Mr. Wynne asked that we look at ways to team and partner, so that we leverage the dollar invested in learning," said Anderson. "It is a lot better for the DoD community when we can create this kind of facility that can be used by more than one DoD organization. So I am really excited about what has happened here today."

Strategic Partnerships Signed

In conjunction with the ribbon cutting, the DAU West Region signed three Strategic Partnerships with Alliant International University (AIU), San Diego, Calif; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and University of California, Irvine (UCI). These partnerships offer significant educational opportunities for the Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (DoD AT & L) workforce, whereby multiple DAU courses may be transferred toward professional certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs.

Editor's note: Manley provides contract support to the DAU West Region.
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Title Annotation:Career Development; Defense Acquisition University
Author:Manley, Belinda
Publication:Defense AT & L
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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