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Dallas
dapowellii@gmail.com
706-495-1666
Augusta, GA 30901
Strategic Operations/Plans Officer
18 years experience W2
08/21/2021
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Summary

  • Highly accomplished professional with progressively challenging experience leading planning and executing strategic and global operations supporting information assurance, cybersecurity, and communications.
  • A leader by example noted for building cohesive teams that attract top talent and value relationships, inspire personal and professional growth and development, boost morale, breed a passion to excel, and utilize best practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, verbal/written, accentuate ability to effectively communicate/collaborate at all levels enterprise-wide and lead one and all to collectively achieve strategic goals/objectives reliably on time, in budget.
  • Noted for meeting extraordinary challenges, overcoming complex obstacles, solving multifaceted problems, and delivering exceptional results in fast-paced, dynamic environments and demanding atmospheres dominated by high expectations.
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) - in progress
  • Active TS/SCI Security Clearance

Experience
Strategic Operations/Plans Officer
Information Technology
Jun 1989 - present

Lieutenant Colonel June 1989 - Present

  • Served 32 years with distinction, including eight overseas deployments and four combat tours (Kuwait / Afghanistan).

Strategic Operations/Plans Officer March 2020 – Present

  • Deputy Director of the Commander’s Planning Group, conducting strategic planning, coordination, and synchronization of high-profile events for the Cyber Center of Excellence Commanding General.
  • Develop executive-level talking points, themes, and messages that strategically shaped the future of the Army’s headquarters responsible for training IT, cyber, and electromagnetic warfare soldiers.
  • Fostered collaboration among multiple leadership levels to achieve common objectives.
  • Represented and provided valuable input on behalf of the Commander's Planning Group on operational planning teams supporting various headquarters.

Deputy Director of Communications & Information Systems May 2019 - February 2020

  • Deputy to the Chief Information Officer and Senior Analyst for forwarding command element of U.S. Army Central headquarters in Kuwait.
  • Led team of 40 cybersecurity and IT professionals who coordinated enterprise services and systems requirements in support of current operations, emerging contingency missions, and future infrastructure projects.
  • Advised the CIO on cybersecurity, IT service management (ITSM), and communications plans and operations.
  • Oversaw planning, training, and sustaining mission command capabilities for the forward command element.
  • Managed ITSM activities and processes; influenced decision-makers and led strategic planning teams developing emerging theater requirements related to cybersecurity, ITSM, and theater communications plans and operations.
  • Commended by a senior officer, “Powell is among the very best leaders I have worked with within 24 years of service. He excels at solving complex, ill-structured problems. He demonstrates superior organizational skills.”

Battalion Commander/Chief Executive Officer May 2017 - April 2019

  • Selected to direct a unique IT organization of 500+ professionals distributed across disparate locations throughout the Western Hemisphere providing enterprise systems and services support for the global combatant commander’s communications team.
  • Responsible for enterprise infrastructure of the U.S. Southern Command’s headquarters across 39 sites in 29 countries. Managed annual contracts & supplies budget of $2.1 million, and property in excess of $8.5 million.
  • Accountable for training, readiness, deployment, safety, and morale of all assigned personnel to enhance their capabilities.
  • Executed worldwide deployment of executive and tactical communications packages and IT capabilities in support of joint and combined missions and exercises, including direct support of disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean.
  • Led consulting team that assisted in coordinating relief efforts in Puerto Rico with FEMA and other agencies.
  • Supported Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief contingency operations in Central and South America.
  • Lauded by commanding general, “He is thorough, detail-oriented and absolutely mission-focused. He is an impact player of the highest caliber. He thrives on solving complex strategic problems, setting him apart from his peers.”

Strategic Operations/Plans Officer September 2014 - April 2017

  • Deputy Plans Officer for the Army’s largest theater signal command, taking charge of operating, maintaining, defending and modernizing all of the Army’s networks in the Western Hemisphere in support of Army, Joint, Coalition, Interagency, and National Command Authority Cyber operations.
  • Enabled multiple supported commands with assured network access through interoperable enterprise services, standards and protocols.
  • Supervised a team of 18 professionals responsible for processing all operational orders, training management, exercise support, and operational/strategic plans for the headquarters.
  • Consulted commanding general and led monthly, executive-level strategy planning groups involving supporting contractors and academic institutions that developed theater network operations strategy and developed reorganization plans.
  • Selected to lead the consulting team for network consolidation in The Pentagon.
  • Led planning efforts supporting disaster relief operations and enacted crisis management plans
  • Oversaw training programs for 7,000 personnel across CONUS
  • Noted by commanding officers, “Powell demonstrated excellent proficiency at all times, leading multiple planning efforts, providing a unified purpose and sense of direction for all team members. He is a natural leader who consistently taught and coached those around him to a high level of success.”

Strategic Operations/Chief Planner July 2013 - August 2014

  • Senior planner for a Combined, Joint, Interagency Task Force responsible for detainee operations and development of rule of law throughout Afghanistan.
  • Integrated conceptual and detailed planning efforts to synchronize tactical actions supporting combat operations with stability and development initiatives.
  • Advised the Commanding General, subordinate commanders and directors on orders, doctrine, concepts, programs, and projects impacting the task force’s mission and lines of operation.
  • Developed staff proficiency in practices and techniques for effective operational planning.
  • Led strategic planning team resulting consulting superiors in major reorganization of entire task force.
  • Led operational planning teams developing mid-range and long-term campaign plans supporting theater strategy and national policy objectives.
  • Praised by commanders, “Dallas is a superb planner who always stayed ahead of the Commanding General by crafting flawless estimates, campaign plans and operational designs. He expertly led our most critical planning efforts.”

Graduate Student August 2011 - June 2013

  • Completed the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and subsequently selected for and completed the Army’s elite school for planners, the Advanced Military Studies Program of the School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS).
  • Only 25% of applicants are selected for study each year in a class of 100.
  • Studied military operations and strategy with in-depth focus on history, theory, and doctrine with emphasis on leadership and decision-making processes.
  • Published graduate research monograph on the Military Applications of Cloud Computing.
Training System Requirements Strategic Planning Sequent Natural Microsoft Excel ITSM Database Reorganization Cyber Security Cloud Computing
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Education
Master's in Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS), Theater Operations
U.S. ARMY SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES 2013
Master's in Computer Resources and Information Management
WEBSTER UNIVERSITY 2006
Bachelor's in Business
UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY 1996
Certifications
Certified Project Management Professional PMP
Skills
Strategic Planning
2021
41
Cyber Security
2021
36
Microsoft Excel
2021
36
Database Reorganization
2021
35
Cloud Computing
2021
32
ITSM
2021
32
Natural
2021
32
Sequent
2021
32
System Requirements
2021
32
Training
2021
32
Project Management
2021
7
LAN
2011
3
WAN
2011
3
Database Maintenance
2009
1
Database Upgrades
2009
1
Logistics
2009
1
Microsoft Exchange
2004
1
MS Visio
2009
1
Analysis
0
1
Global Operations
0
1
Program Management
0
1
Awards
Bronze Star Medal, 2021
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 0
Meritorious Service Medal 5x, 0
Army Commendation Medal 4x, 0
Army Achievement Medal 4x, 0
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2x, 0
Army Superior Unit Award, 0
Army Good Conduct Medal2x, 0
NCO Professional Development Ribbon 2x, 0
National Defense Service Medal 2x, 0
Southwest Asia Service Medal, 0
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 0
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 2x, 0
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 0
Korean Defense Service Medal, 0
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 0
Army Service Ribbon, 2021
Overseas Service Ribbon 7x, 2021
NATO Meda, 2021
Kuwait Liberation Medal, 2021
Certificate of Achievement, 2021
Aviation Badge, 2021
Driver and Mechanic Badge, 2021