REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command will change leaders next month, the U.S. Army Materiel Command announced today.

Jeffrey P. Parsons, ACC executive director, leaves after more than 34 years of federal service: eight years with the Army, preceded by 26 years of active duty in the Air Force. Carol E. Lowman, ACC's current deputy director, will succeed Parsons.

The change of responsibility ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at the ACC headquarters here.

Parsons is ACC's first executive director, serving since the command's inception in March 2008.

"It's been an honor to serve as ACC's executive director," Parsons said. "In the three years since we stood up the command, we have become a professional workforce of more than 5,700 Soldiers and civilians providing global contracting support to our warfighters, and we're still growing. Together with the Expeditionary Contracting Command, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and our six major contracting centers, ACC is providing quality contracting solutions at more than 115 locations worldwide. As the command continues to grow and develop the Army's contracting corps, ACC's professional skills will be in even more demand, especially as the Army struggles with wringing the most capability out of its shrinking budget."

Lowman has been ACC's deputy director since November 2009.

"I'm excited and humbled by this opportunity," Lowman said. "ACC's workforce plays a crucial role in providing our Soldiers what they need to accomplish their mission. I look forward to helping the command continue its growth and development."

ACC provides global contracting support to Soldiers through the full spectrum of military operations. ACC consists of more than 5,700 military and civilian personnel who award and manage more than 261,000 contract actions annually valued at more than $92.9 billion.

NOTE: Media wishing to interview Jeff Parsons and/or Carol Lowman should contact Ann Jensis-Dale, ACC Public Affairs, at (256) 955-7640, or

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