Contracting NCO enjoys 'opportunity to excel'
Sgt. 1st Class Jenna N. McGinnis is a 51C acquisition, logistics and technology contracting noncommissioned officer assigned to the 719th Contingency Contracting Team, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where she was recently recognized as the Air Force Test Center as well as the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-Operations Location Eglin Contracting Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter (April " June 2013).

Describe your current position

As a contracting NCO, I am assigned to the Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements team where I am responsible for the award and administration of construction tasks orders throughout Eglin Air Force Base. I also work with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) on the Field Ordering Officer Program, assisting with the appointment, management and clearance of FOOs.

A subject matter expert for contingency contracting operations, I prepare and execute training for a 50-member, multi-agency organization and was responsible for closing out 30 construction task orders by validating project completion and payments, reducing active contract files by 20 percent.

Describe your passion for the job

One of the things that I love about my job is that I am able to see the impact of my efforts and understand the importance of what I am doing. The passion that I have for my job stems from my determination to succeed in whatever I do.

Where do you call home? Tell us about your family and what you enjoy doing during your spare time.

I was born and raised in Muncy, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania; however, my home is where my husband and son are.

My husband, Eli, is an information technology professional with L3 Stratis and our son, A.J., is a 5th grader and an avid soccer player. As a soccer mom, team manager and volunteer coordinator for soccer camps and tournaments, my spare time is spent at different soccer fields throughout the Gulf Coast, volunteering with the Florida Youth Soccer Association and the FC Dallas Emerald Coast Soccer Club.

In addition and while not volunteering on the soccer field, I am pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus on contract management.

How does your job support the Soldier?

My job supports the Soldier by providing support and training to field ordering officers so they can make the purchases necessary to accomplish their missions. At Eglin, my job supports both military and civilian members by executing contracts for construction projects such as family housing, sports fields and operational buildings.

What would you like others to know about you?

In 2002, I enlisted in the Army as a military police officer and joined the Army contracting community in 2011.

I love a challenge, or as I prefer to call it, "an opportunity to excel." I enjoy learning new things and taking on new responsibilities. I firmly believe that working hard should still be fun.

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