Army names new DMS chief

Army names new DMS chief

As the deadline for shuttering basic AUTODIN access looms, the Army has appointed a civilian to run its Defense Message System rollout.

Catherine L. Doolos, a senior Army acquisition specialist and recent graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, next week will take over as DMS product manager, Army spokesman Henry T. Kearney said.

Doolos replaces Col. Robert C. Raiford. The title of the job has changed, however. Raiford was known as the DMS program manager.

'Don't need to make a fuss over that, [it] just indicates that the Army considers the major portion of the DMS job to be completed and that the remaining duties and responsibilities more appropriately reflect the lower-grade title,' said Raiford, who will become the deputy director for investments in the Army's Office of Financial Management and Comptroller.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff directed Defense Department agencies and the services to complete the cutover of support personnel to DMS by Sept. 30 [GCN, July 10, Page 1]. All users are supposed to shift from AUTODIN to DMS by 2003.

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