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NEWS | June 18, 2021

PdM SPTD Holds Change of Charter Ceremony

By Jason Amadi PEO Soldier

Product Manager, Soldier Precision Targeting Devices (PdM SPTD) held a Change of Charter ceremony on Fort Belvoir, June 18.

Lt. Col. Aaron Pearsall assumed leadership as PdM from Lt. Col. Jamal Williams, accepting responsibility for the total life cycle management of SPTD programs.

PdM SPTD is a product management office within the Program Executive Office Soldier portfolio. Its mission is to develop, produce, field, and sustain advanced targeting sensor capabilities to increase lethality and survivability of dismounted warfighters across the full range of military operations.

Col. Doug Copeland, Project Manager for Soldier Maneuver and Precision Targeting, hosted the ceremony, and highlighted the responsibilities and accomplishments of the SPTD program over the last few years under the leadership of Williams.

“For the last three years, Jamal has expertly led his team at SPTD to rapidly deliver the best targeting systems in the world,” said Copeland.“ He’s led the way on all fronts and across all of his programs. I’m very proud of the fact that you moved out with intent and collaborated with project managers not only inside of PEO Soldier, but also with those outside. You can always be counted on to do the right thing and blow us away with the results every time. Thank you for your hard work and
dedication to our Army and our Soldiers.”

Williams has more than twenty years of experience in acquisition, combat, and operational assignments. He says his time serving as PdM of SPTD was special because of the family environment in the organization.

“The SPTD family is so passionate. Everybody in there either knows someone who has worn the uniform, has worn the uniform themselves or are currently in the fight. Aaron, you’re in good hands and SPTD team, you’ve got a great leader coming on board,” said Williams.

Pearsall, a native of Oswayo, Pennsylvania, as PdM SPTD is now responsible for coordinating with stakeholders to ensure seamless interoperability across the Army and Joint Enterprises. He says he’s excited to be working with the SPTD team.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity to be part of PEO Soldier and SMPT, and the chance to lead the great team that Jamal is handing off. To the members of SPTD, I feel very fortunate to lead a team of this caliber and with such a great reputation. I look forward to working with you as we equip Soldiers with world-class targeting sensor capabilities.”