Spotlight on Andrea Schottenhammel
April 9, 2014
With more than 30 years working for the U.S. government, Andrea Schottenhammel says she enjoys contracting because it's always changing and it's always a challenge.
Schottenhammel, a German citizen, is a contracting officer with the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Regional Contracting Office Bavaria in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Schottenhammel, originally from Bremen, first started working for the U.S. government with the Nuclear Biological Chemical School as a training technician. She eventually became a purchasing agent and worked her way up to become a contracting officer. She currently works in the supply and services division of RCO Bavaria.
"The most memorable part of working for the Army was the opportunity I was given to participate at various contracting conferences. It was interesting to meet the specialists assigned to the other RCOs and exchange different experiences and procedures," said Schottenhammel.
Some of her more notable work includes contract support to the Joint Multinational Training Command in Vilseck. She provides support to all their requirements including training, battlefield staff rides, conferences and various other contracting needs.
Schottenhammel is also a key mentor to military personnel in the supply and services division. This is part of a large-scale initiative to cross-train civilian and military through an integration program within the 409th CSB.
"My main goal is to share what I've learned as I have progressed within contracting by giving them my knowledge, experience and training," said Schottenhammel.
Schottenhammel really enjoys working with the Soldiers.
"This is our future and I can give them my knowledge and prepare them," she said. "Learning comes from both sides, especially when Soldiers ask questions; it makes me go back and think about some of the more basic things that I am used to doing. Contracting is constantly changing."