• The barber’s station was the first stop for many of the cadet candiates inprocessing to the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School July 18 at West Point, N.Y. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point over the past two years ensuring a successful start for the more than 240 cadet candidates this year eager to join the class of 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    The barber’s station was the first stop for many of the cadet candiates inprocessing to the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School July 18 at West Point, N.Y. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the...

  • David Bugger and his staff at the Installation Contracting Office-West Point have played a critical role in the move of the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point, N.Y. Contract experts from the ICO-West Point were responsible for procuring furnitre, fixtures, equipment, athletic apparel and many more service requirements in preparation for the arrival of the first class of cadet candidates July 18. Bugger is the director of the ICO-West Point. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    David Bugger and his staff at the Installation Contracting Office-West Point have played a critical role in the move of the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point, N.Y. Contract experts from the ICO-West Point...

  • Annemarie  Kopko was responsible for helping direct the procurement of more than $25 million in contracts in support of the  U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point, N.Y. Contract experts from the Installation Contracting Office-West Point procured furnitre, fixtures, equipment, athletic apparel and many more service requirements in preparation for the arrival of the first class of cadet candidates July 18. Kopko is the deputy director of the ICO-West Point. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    Annemarie Kopko was responsible for helping direct the procurement of more than $25 million in contracts in support of the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point, N.Y. Contract experts from the...

  • Cadet candiates are administered the oath of enlistment July 18 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point over the past two years ensuring a successful start for the more than 240 cadet candidates this year eager to join the class of 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    Cadet candiates are administered the oath of enlistment July 18 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from...

  • Cadet candidates fall in under the watchful eye of West Point Cadet Sgt. Reed Caradine July 18  at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s new West Point, N.Y., home. More than 75 academy cadets remain at West Point over the summer to assist with candidate training. Once the fall semester begins, cadet candidates will begin to fill leadership roles. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point over the past two years ensuring a successful start for the more than 240 cadet candidates this year eager to join the class of 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    Cadet candidates fall in under the watchful eye of West Point Cadet Sgt. Reed Caradine July 18 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s new West Point, N.Y., home. More than 75 academy cadets remain at West Point over the summer to assist...

  • Cadet candiates Andrew Soncini, left, and Luke Proulx listen to instructions while filling out their enlistment contracts at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School July 18 at the school’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point over the past two years ensuring a successful start for the more than 240 cadet candidates this year eager to join the class of 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    Cadet candiates Andrew Soncini, left, and Luke Proulx listen to instructions while filling out their enlistment contracts at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School July 18 at the school’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation...

  • Cadet candiates collect issue items during processing July 18 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point over the past two years ensuring a successful start for the more than 240 cadet candidates this year eager to join the class of 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    Cadet candiates collect issue items during processing July 18 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from...

  • Cadet candiates arriving at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School await processing instructions July 18 at the school’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the school’s move from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point over the past two years ensuring a successful start for the more than 240 cadet candidates this year eager to join the class of 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Daniel Elkins)

    MICC paves way for move of West Point prep school

    Cadet candiates arriving at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School await processing instructions July 18 at the school’s new West Point, N.Y., home. Members of the Installation Contracting Office-West Point played a critical role in the...

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Mission and Installation Contracting Command experts played an instrumental role in the preparation for the reception of 246 U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates July 18 at their new West Point, N.Y., home.

Although the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision to move the prep school from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to West Point established a firm date for the school’s move, contract professionals at the MICC Installation Contracting Office-West Point overcame an ever-changing sequence of requirements to meet the command’s move ahead of schedule.

“The planning phase began about two years ago, and we worked closely with a team established by the post garrison to coordinate all of the moving pieces, make sure the construction was done on time, and ensure the supplies and equipment were ordered to arrive on time,” said Dave Bugger, the MICC ICO-West Point director.

The prep school move placed a monumental task of requirements on top of the everyday workload already being accomplished by the ICO staff. To successfully manage the procurement of numerous contracts valued at more than $25 million, Bugger assembled a team led by Deputy Director Annemarie Kopko. Recognizing the sheer number of requirements involved with such a move, Kopko coordinated the workload with MICC ICO-West Point teams led by Supervisory Contract Specialists Denise Conklin, Liz Simihtis and Pat Campbell.

“There were a lot of parts moving at the same time. As decisions were being made, requirements were being changed, and we wanted to ensure we remained responsive and have contracts in place,” said Kopko of the challenge. “Each of the division chiefs is very familiar with their customers and was able to develop a good idea of what had to be purchased " they knew what was coming before being assigned the work.”

Among the moving parts was the need to move the post motor pool to a new location, making room for the prep school’s classrooms. That move along with the purchase of motor pool equipment had to be accelerated to accommodate the arrival of cadet candidates, necessitating a last-minute requirement for a temporary facility until the new motor pool could be finished.

Compounding the challenge was the addition of a handful of requirements at the end of 2010 and earlier this year for services that were originally to be performed in-house or as part of a modification to an existing contract, but were instead impacted by hiring restrictions, Bugger said.

Conklin’s team facilitated short-term contracts for facilities maintenance, dining and custodial services until they are assumed this fall by contractors with the AbilityOne Program, which provides employment opportunities for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities by procuring federal contracts for goods and services.

“It was very challenging because we were bringing potential contractors to a site that wasn’t yet built,” she said.

Also among the contracts were the procurement of information technology and audiovisual equipment; athletic gear; training equipment to include weights, benches, ellipticals, treadmills and a hydrotherapy table; and dining facility equipment.

“We all helped one another when requirements came in for the prep school,” Campbell said. “One team was not able to do the amount of work we had with the regular workload.”

The commandant said the remaining construction of some classrooms and office space as well as the rest of the athletic facilities should be complete by January 2012. In preparation, MICC ICO-West Point members continue to work closely with their prep school customers to procure a closed circuit television broadcast, common access card readers and follow-on requirements for its new customer.

“We knew we were on a very tight timeline and by law needed to relocate the command prior to Sept. 15. We were able to do that, and we did it early,” said Col. Tyge Rugenstein, USMAPS commandant. “I’ve been very happy with the support we’ve been given.”

West Point Prep prepares candidates selected by the academy's admissions office for the academic, physical and military rigors of the West Point military academy. Students are made up of high school graduates as well as enlisted members from the active, Reserve or National Guard force. Upon successfully completing the 10-month prep school, students enter the academy as part of the class of 2016.

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