Contingency contracting Battalion activation increases contracting readiness
March 5, 2014
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The unit colors for the 928th Contingency Contracting Battalion were uncased for the first time during an activation ceremony here Feb. 21.
Guests from the Kaiserslautern and Bavarian military communities attended the ceremony to witness the uncasing of the organizational colors.
Lt. Col. Robert C. Murray received the colors from Col. William J. Bailey, commander of the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, symbolic of assuming command of the new unit. Bryan Samson, Expeditionary Contracting Command acting director, was the guest speaker.
"What the ECC does in support of our Army is important. What the 928th CCBn now brings to the fight provides us with additional capability to respond anywhere, anytime, in response to any contingency," said Samson.
Murray comes to Grafenwoehr after serving as the executive officer and operations officer of the 412th Contracting Support Brigade. Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
"It is an honor and a privilege to stand here as the first commander of the 928th. I look forward to working with everyone within our organization, and the partnerships we shall make with the units and organizations within the Bavaria and Franconia military communities," said Murray.
Bailey welcomed Murray and his family saying Murray was the right person to lead the battalion.
"We couldn't have had a better team with Lt. Col. Murray and Master Sgt. (Raymond) Padgett to stand up this battalion," said Bailey.
As commander of the 928th CCBn, Murray will be responsible for four contingency contracting teams: the 622nd CCT, 642nd CCT, 643rd CCT and the 675th CCT.
The battalion's mission is to provide operational contract support to the Bavaria and Franconia military communities and throughout U.S. Army Europe.
In addition to serving as the battalion commander, Murray will serve as chief the Regional Contracting Office Bavaria. In this role, the 928th will provide contracting support to two garrisons and the Joint Multinational Training Command by procuring supplies and services for the Soldiers and civilians of the Grafenwoehr area.