Historic ceremony welcomes Soldiers into acquisition workforce
April 9, 2014
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army Reserve Sustainment Command held the first Army Reserve Acquisition Accession Ceremony here to honor more than 30 Soldiers who recently joined the acquisition workforce.
Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commanding general of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command, Brig. Gen. Phillip Jolly, commanding general of the ARSC in Birmingham, Ala., and Command Sgt. Maj. Vicki Briggs, command sergeant major of the ARSC, officially inducted each Soldier and awarded their certificates at the Bob Jones Auditorium here April 4.
"This is an historic event, and one that is important to the Army as a whole," said Jolly.
He spoke of the courses the Soldiers took and the challenges they endured to obtain the 51 series Military Occupational Specialty in the contracting field.
"With contract management being such a huge part of the battlefield today, the Army needs Soldiers proficient in acquisition and contract management," said Jolly.
Maj. Gen. Lennon agreed this was a critical career step and described their role as a unique way of committing to and serving the U.S. Military. Lennon honed in on the importance of their role to the future.
"As the Army shrinks, it is crucial that the Active Duty, Army Reserve, and National Guard all work together in acquisition and contract management because it can?'t be done with a single component," he said.
Upon congratulating each Soldier on their accomplishments, he shared a bit of advice. "You are among the best and brightest. As you move forward on this new path I ask that you remember the three Cs: character, commitment and competence. Remember the biggest of these is your character; it is going to be what carries you through" said Lennon.