JSU Alum/Major General Carolos "Butch" Pair
Heads Up Dept. of Defense's New BTA Agency
Reprinted here in its entirety.
Major General Carlos ‘Butch’ Pair
Transforms Department of Defense
By Denise Sinclair
|Major General Carlos ‘Butch’ Pair|
resident and Birmingham native Major General Carlos “Butch” Pair is
heading an agency to transform the business operations of the
Department of Defense (DoD), including changes such as cutting costs
and spending taxpayer dollars wisely.
Transformation Agency (BTA) was formed less than two years ago and Pair
assumed his duties as the Defense Business Systems Acquisition
Executive (DBSAE) in December 2005. The agency is located in
Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon.
The mission of the agency is
to guide the transformation of business operations throughout the DoD
and to deliver enterprise-level capabilities that align to soldiers’
This agency through the DoD is engaged in a massive
business transformation effort to modernize its processes, systems and
information flows to support 21st-century national security
Pair said the BTA’s strategic objectives are to
provide support to the joint warfighting capability; enable rapid
access to information for strategic decisions; reduce the cost of
defense business operations; and improve financial stewardship to the
Pair was born in Birmingham, but his family
moved to Anniston when he was in the ninth grade in school. His father
ran a paint and glass store there.
The future military officer
graduated from Saks High School and received his bachelor’s degree in
business administration from Jacksonville State University.
When he retires from the Army in 2009, he will have spent 39 years serving his country in the reserves and active duty.
is a graduate of the Army Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced
Course, Command and General Staff College, Defense Strategy Course,
United States Army War College and Syracuse University National
Strategic Leaders course.
His awards and decorations include
the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious
Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal
with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two Oak
While at JSU, Pair met his wife, Jeannie. The couple have a daughter, Sasha and grandson, Troy.
and his family spent many years in Sylacauga before he went back on
active duty. He worked for Georgia Marble that later became ECC for 20
While in Sylacauga, the Pairs were involved in many community activities.
was the first president of the B.B. Comer Memorial Library Foundation
and also served a number of positions while a member of First United
Methodist Church. He was also a graduate of Leadership Sylacauga and
worked with the Chamber of Commerce in fundraising and economic
Pair said he enjoyed playing a minor military role
in Operation Victory that was held in Sylacauga while he lived there,
which commemorated the 50th anniversary of World War II.
said he and his family loved living and working in Sylacauga. “I still
have many good friends there. We bought our first home there and built
our first home in Sylacauga,” he said.
The major general came off active duty in 1979
and started to work for Georgia Marble then ECC until 2000.
was when he was invited back to active duty. He was selected as a
member of the Chairman’s Ten Program. This program opened up 10 slots
for one- or two-star generals. Pair was a one-star general in the Army
Reserve when selected for the program.
Since leaving Sylacauga he has been promoted to a two-star general.
part of the Chairman’s Ten Program, Pair served as the first Chief of
Staff of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in
This was prior to reporting to the Business Transformation Agency.
his positions in recent years, Pair received his commission as a
quartermaster officer and held a wide variety of command positions
within the logistical community in quartermaster ordnance, maintenance
and transportation as well as a number of key staff assignments.
his career, he has commanded troops from company to brigade level.
Commands include 530th DS, Forward, Maintenance Company, 194th Armored
Brigade, Fort Knox, Ky.; Battalion Command was the 696th Ordnance
Battalion, Mobile; Brigade Command was Third Army’s 3rd Transportation
Movement Control Agency; and other significant experience includes
Chief of Staff, 377th Theater Support Command, 3rd Army’s Theater
As a general officer, Pair was assigned as
Deputy Commander of Military Traffic Management Command and the Army
Component of the United States Transportation Command in Alexandria, Va.
Pair expects to remain as Defense Business Systems Acquisition Executive (DBSAE) until he retires.
His position as DBSAE is a corporate level in the DoD.
agency is responsible for building and integrating 26 computer software
systems that comprise the corporate business system for DoD. We pay
people, take care of travel, human resource records, contracting and
financial issues behind the scenes. We do what it takes to make a
business run. That is what my team does. The DoD is the largest entity
of its kind in the world. You could say it is a Fortune 500 company,”
The major general said the mission of BTA is to
transform business operations to achieve improved soldier support while
enabling financial accountability across the Department of Defense.
are three million federal government employees including military and
civilian in the DoD. That number doesn’t include the number of
A small army of people, including military
and contract employees are working for Pair to manage the 26 programs
and systems that are in DBSAE. He sets the direction and is leading
improvement and change, responding to ‘customer’ needs while reducing
costs and wisely using taxpayer dollars.
DBSAE programs and systems are provided for all of DoD, plus some systems serving retirees.
manages the 26 programs and systems for DoD. He is also responsible for
the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System. This system
allows active, reserve and guard troops and retirees to access their
human resource records via a secure Web connection from anywhere in the
world — from a ship at sea to a computer in Baghdad.
agency is responsible for a new integrated pay system for the entire
Army and Air Force worldwide. He is also working to get other military
forces involved, too.
“By doing this we will be able to shut down a large number of systems with this new program,” he said.
at ECC, Pair was production superintendent of the quarry and human
resource manager, along with handling government relations. His reserve
duties along with his work experience have been invaluable to him for
his new job in the military.
“It gave me a lot of general
experience while at ECC, and my reserve duties provided the command
experience and made me ready to do this,” he said.
While at Scott Air Force Base, he was chief of staff to a four-star general in command of 156,000 troops.
“My job was to assemble and ensure his staff was operating effectively as a team,” he said.
9/11, Pair was involved in organizational changes. “I was blessed to be
placed in these roles were I was given visibility. I was ask to
interview for the job at BTA. I interviewed with the Deputy Secretary
of Defense, Gordon England, and others. Somehow they saw something in
me they liked and offered me the job. This was a new job and new agency
— something that had never been done before,” he said. “My job is to
deliver these capabilities of 26 programs to the DoD. I left Sylacauga
a one-star general in the reserves. The Deputy Secretary of Defense
wanted to focus this effort on delivering these very large enterprise
systems, shut down old systems and save millions of dollars for
taxpayers. We are using commercial, off-the-shelf technology to do
Pair said the agency is also helping recruit economic
development to areas like Iraq so they can get the Iraqis back to work
instead of idling on the streets.
“Did you know Iraq has some of
the oldest marble quarries in the world? Marble is one of many products
they could produce,” he said.
Pair is well-respected by individuals he works with. One of those individuals said the staff sometimes has potluck lunches.
major general always brings something, most likely cooked by his wife
Jeannie, who everyone knows is a great cook, the person said. The staff
member said the general was always the last to get his plate, he waited
until everyone else was served.
One staff member said of Pair, “I would follow him anywhere.”
Another staff member said Pair was a true example of leadership.
slide presentation Pair does on the agency reads “A promise made is a
promise kept.” On a personal note, another individual who works closely
with Pair said, this is something the major general says a lot and it
is indicative of his character.
Dr. Shirley Spears, director of
B.B. Comer Memorial Library, echoed the thoughts of those working with
Pair. She asked him to set up the library foundation.
helped set up the B.B. Comer Memorial Library Foundation, and he served
as the charter president. I saw firsthand the high level of his
organizational skills and the tremendous commitment that he brought to
that organization. Then I observed his involvement with the First
United Methodist Church and his interest in the kindergarten ministry
there. But I guess I was most amazed at the energy and creativity that
I saw exhibited in his work with the military celebrations in
Sylacauga. So I’m not surprised that our town’s loss is our country’s
gain. General Pair is a terrific guy and Jeannie is a perfect partner
for him in this new and important chapter in his life.”
About Denise Sinclair
Denise Sinclair is a staff writer for the Daily Home.
See story at the Daily Home Web site.
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