ACC reaches tipping point
March 31, 2011
Army Contracting Command's move to Redstone Arsenal passed its "tipping point" in March as the personnel strength in Alabama surpassed the 50 percent mark.
ACC headquarters and the headquarters of one of its two subordinate commands, the Expeditionary Contracting Command, are relocating to Redstone Arsenal from Fort Belvoir, Va.
"We now have more people working at the Redstone campus than we have at Fort Belvoir," explained Gene Duncan, ACC director of strategic initiatives and the ACC command group representative at Redstone. "Several of our directorates are operating from here and others aren't far from it. We've been very pleased not only by the rate of the recruitment processes but by the quality of people. We've had people come from all over the U.S. and overseas including Europe and Korea to be part of this organization."
The latest class of ACC newcomers pushed the staffing level to 174 at the command's new headquarters-about 53 percent of the headquarters' total projected strength. The move is scheduled to be completed this summer, Duncan said. ACC and ECC have scheduled a combined transfer of functions ceremony June 15 at their Redstone headquarters.
ECC's move is about 30 percent complete. Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray, ECC command sergeant major, is the first of the ECC command group to move to Redstone.
ACC Contracting Operations and the G-1, Human Capital are already fully operational at Redstone. G-2, Security and Intelligence, is also fully mission capable at Redstone with 80 percent of its staff in place. G-3, Mission Operations has also tipped with about 65 percent of the staff at Redstone, although it is still functioning as a split operation. G-4, Installations and Logistics, is 50 percent staffed at Redstone and operating as a split organization. G-8, Resource Management is operating out of Redstone and will be 60 percent staffed by the end of April.
The ACC/ECC campus has grown to six relocatable buildings, with two more being delivered the week of April 4. Duncan said the two facilities, once assembled and setup, will complete the temporary headquarters campus, located at the intersection of Mauler and Wells roads.
ACC's mission is to provide global contracting support to warfighters through the full spectrum of military operations. Along with its two subordinate commands, the ECC and the Mission and Installation Contracting Command headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, ACC's 5,500 military and civil servant workforce operates at more than 115 locations worldwide, including contingency contracting operations supporting U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar.