Spotlight on … Wolfgang Hochholzer
May 5, 2014
Wolfgang Hochholzer, a German citizen, started working with the Army in 1983 as a supply clerk with the Directorate of Public Works warehouse in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
In 1987, he began working as a contracting professional at the Regional Contracting Office in Bavaria, where he continues today. In his current position he is a contracting officer and mentor.
The contracting office is part of the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
In addition to contracting, Hochholzer provides guidance and training to contracting Soldiers who are new to contracting and looking to learn the ropes.
"The guidance I provide young contracting professionals is for them to gain as much experience and knowledge while assigned to our command. The experience and knowledge that is gained while stationed overseas is unique, and is unlike any challenge they will face beyond the European Command," said Hochholzer.
Hochholzer has seen a lot of changes, but truly enjoys the mentorship experience.
"As a German citizen and member of the Army Contracting Command, I have had the opportunity to watch as the organization has evolved. Upon the arrival of the military I have the distinct honor and opportunity to mentor and guide young Soldiers to be successful in their contracting careers," said Hochholzer.
With the constant transition of personnel coming through the office, Hochholzer believes German staff members provide continuity to the contracting office.
"I see local nationals as a stabilizing factor. I think as a local national we are able to provide the foundation for young contracting specialists to be successful in their overseas assignments and beyond," said Hochholzer.