CITES Attends ArmyIgnitED Celebration

The Chenega IT Enterprise Services (CITES) Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) team was proud to be a part of the ArmyIgnitED 2.0 full deployment celebration, which took place at the Belvoir Community Center in Fort Belvoir, VA on November 9, 2023.

The ceremony celebrated the historical data migration for ArmyIgnitED and its 99% completion of the FY21 and FY22 backlogs, which consisted of 22,405 invoices totaling $486.4M. Several members of the Army leadership presided over the ceremony, including Mr. Ross Guckert, Program Executive Officer for PEO-EIS; Mr. Kevin Curry, Project Manager for DIBS; Dr. Wesley Smith, Director for ACCESS; and Mr. Keith Baylor, Product Lead of ArmyIgnitED. Ms. Felecia Berry, Deputy Product Lead of ArmyIgnitED and Contracting Officer’s Representative, made opening remarks. CITES President Jeff Sallee, Director of Operations Aaron Schwaiger, Program Managers, and several core team members, including Scott Knudson, Terri Leeds, Athar Booter, and Jide Aniyikaiye along with our strategic partner Joe Grebe from AdeptForce Group, were also in attendance.

The CITES PEO-EIS team provides Subject Matter Specialists to the PEO-EIS Headquarters and Defense Integrated Business Systems (PM DIBS) office to support the ArmyIgnitED 2.0 effort. ArmyIgnitED is the Army’s education portal that allows eligible Soldiers, Cadets, and Army Civilians to request financial assistance for classroom and online learning courses. ArmyIgnitED is a dynamic online system that automates many of the paper-based processes historically conducted in-person at Army Education Centers. CITES helps ArmyIgnitED provide voluntary educational benefits from over 5000 academic institutions and vendors through track requests, funding, invoicing, and payments.

We would like to thank the CITES team for all of their hard work and helping to bring ArmyIgnitED up-to-date and onto a digital platform for all the Army Cadets, Soldiers, and Veterans to use.