REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The U.S. Army Contracting Command and its subordinate Expeditionary Contracting Command marked the official transfer of their headquarters to Redstone Arsenal with a command flag uncasing ceremony today.

ACC and ECC unfurled their flags during the ceremony at 9 a.m. at their joint headquarters campus at Wells and Mauler roads with approximately 150 attendees present. The headquarters moved to Redstone Arsenal from Fort Belvoir, Va.

“This is a very important next step for ACC and ECC,” said Jeff Parsons, ACC executive director. “It not only signals the physical change of our headquarters operations, it’s another significant milestone in our growth as one of Army Materiel Command’s major subordinate commands.”

During the ceremony, Parsons commended employees for their part in growing the organization in such a few short years.

“We've really matured as a command, bringing in more than 800 employees across the command and doubling our number of Soldiers,” Parsons said. “We did all of this while still focusing on the quality of our daily contracting efforts. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished over the last three years.”

Parsons also expressed his gratitude to the Huntsville community for the way it welcomed the command and its employees. He stated how impressed he was to see many people willing to relocate to Huntsville, claiming that was a testimony to what the community has to offer for individuals and families.

About 60 percent of the ACC headquarters staff is on hand at Redstone; ECC has approximately 40 percent of its staff here. Once the transition is complete this summer, about 350 Soldiers and civilians will be working in the two headquarters.

The Army activated ACC in March 2008. 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. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, communicates with it, wears it, or eats it - ACC contracts for it.

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