Army’s Tactical Mission Command welcomes new leader

Lt. Col. Shermoan Daiyaan (center) becomes the product manager for Tactical Mission Command during a change of charter ceremony in the Myer Auditorium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, June 29, 2017. | U.S. Army photo by Ryan Myers, PEO C3T

Product Manager Tactical Mission Command introduced its new leader, Lt. Col. Shermoan Daiyaan, with about 200 Soldiers, Army civilians, friends and family members looking on.

Daiyaan takes the reins from Lt. Col. Shane Taylor, who has served in the role since June 2014.

Col. Troy Crosby, project manager for Mission Command, presided over the change of charter ceremony June 29 at Myer Auditorium.

Lt. Col. Shane Taylor (left) and Lt. Col. Shermoan Daiyaan shake hands during the Tactical Mission Command change of charter ceremony in the Myer Auditorium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, June 29, 2017. | U.S. Army photo by Ryan Myers, PEO C3T

“Lieutenant Colonel Taylor and his team are at the forefront of what the Army wants and needs to do to accomplish its vision of a Common Operating Environment,” Crosby said. “The work the team is doing is pushing others within the Army to keep up in an attempt to be more agile and responsive to the Army’s shifting command and control needs.”

PdM TMC, which reports to the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications- Tactical, is leading the Army’s initiative for the Command Post Computing Environment, which is a capability that will consolidate and simplify the separate systems and capabilities commanders now use for fires, logistics, intelligence, airspace management and maneuver into a single computing environment.

Taylor was commissioned as an Infantry officer and held several staff positions before joining the Army Acquisition Corps. He was assigned to PM Mission Command as his seventh acquisition assignment.

PdM TMC’s efforts during this demanding initiative for moving stovepiped systems onto a common foundation will enable the Army to deliver warfighting functions as software applications, Taylor said.

“I’m extremely proud and humbled by the tremendous work accomplished by the team in such a short period of time,” said Taylor, who received the Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony. “I asked them to be bold, to be aggressive, and they absolutely did that and more.

“The work they’ve accomplished to date, and will continue to do going forward, will result in a significant leap forward in how we provide combatant commanders with command and control and situational awareness capabilities across echelons and formations. Lighter, faster and cheaper is an often- used cliché in Army development circles, but in this case, combined with simplification, it is exactly what this team is executing.”

Taylor will now attend the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington.

Daiyaan comes to PM Mission Command after serving as assistant executive officer to the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6. He enlisted in the Army in 1992 as a Combat Signaler and reached the rank of staff sergeant before attending Officer Candidate School, where he received his commission as a Signal officer in 1999.

This latest assignment is an APG homecoming for Daiyaan, who previously held positions at the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command as officer-in-charge for experimental and developmental programs and later as aide-de-camp for commanding general Maj. Gen. Nick Justice.

“It is an incredible honor and exciting opportunity for me to join the PEO C3T team,” Daiyaan said. “I started my career as an Army Signaler, and I have been using the great equipment that has been developed and fielded from C3T for a long time. So, joining this team is like getting drafted to my favorite major league team.”

Daiyaan said his position with the CIO/G6 provided great insight into the Army’s focus on the network and that will allow him to better understand the strategic importance of TMC.

“As the PdM of TMC, I’m taking on that same mission with a broader scope. My job is now to provide the Army with a capability that enhances the commander’s ability to achieve his tactical objectives through the art of mission command while using our systems. This is a very natural fit for me,” Daiyaan said.

Tremendous responsibility awaits Daiyaan as the leader of this important program for the Army, Crosby said.

“The talent on the CP CE team is remarkable and I have the utmost confidence that as we transition leaders, they will not miss a step and continue the great work they’ve been doing in reducing hardware size and weight, simplifying usage and employment, and improving interoperability and planning capabilities,” Crosby said.

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO Command, Control, Communications-Tactical

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