Small directorate accomplishing big feats
December 8, 2011
Procuring everything from paperclips to facilities for Army Contracting Command elements worldwide, the command's Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations, Logistics and Commandant Services tentacles of support extend to every corner of the globe.
The directorate, designated as the G-4, has the mission of providing policy and solutions in regards to the command's supply and logistical programs, facilities and installation support and headquarters commandant services. Covering the command's more than 114 locations is no easy task for the 18-member staff. Moreover, the G-4 is a dual hatted staff that provides support to both the Army Contracting Command and the Expeditionary Contracting Command.
"I think of things like dedication, professionalism and determination when I think about the personnel in the G4. We tasked them to do something just short of impossible and they accomplished that and more. Think about what we asked them to do. Move the two headquarters and oh by the way, we can't stop the mission. Team members like the G4 make it easier to accomplish the mission," said Carol Lowman, executive director, Army Contracting Command.
"We're a small, efficient and effective multi-functional organization that does big business," said Stephanie Lopez, director, G-4. "We continue to strive to provide seamless support and critical capability to the Army Contracting Command and its subordinate commands around the world. I am proud to be part of the G-4 team that focuses on exceptional customer service and providing logistical solutions."
Big business equates to providing oversight for nearly $725 million ($200 million in real property; $133 million in sustainment, restoration and modernization and $392 million in eight military construction projects) in facilities and $11 million in logistics supply support and property accountability.
Headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., the staff is divided into four divisions: Logistics Support and Services; Installations and Environmental; Logistics Policy, Plans and Compliance; and the Office of the Commandant.
While all the G-4's missions are important, none was more visible as its effort to move the ACC and Expeditionary Contracting Command headquarters' staffs from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal.
"Moving two general officer level headquarters while they are supporting two areas of operations was a major accomplishment."Lopez said. "It was a busy time for everyone. After months of preparation and planning, I can say that the G4 team accomplished something phenomenal. It was an amazing feat when you stop and consider that many individuals at ACC and ECC embraced the move. Even more impressive is how individuals accepted the changes and challenges throughout the command while never missing a beat in supporting the day-to-day operations. At the end of the day it is all about providing world class customer support and that is exactly what G4 does. It is 18 fantastic individuals and one super team."
For Lopez and her crew, the move from Fort Belvoir to Huntsville was the opening act. It will be a couple of years before they can close the show when the command moves into its permanent facilities.