Contracting officials pulling double duty
June 25, 2012
By ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The idea of doubling an investment sounds very appealing and four contracting specialists at the Army Contracting Command--Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., accomplish this as government civilians and as Army Reserve Soldiers.
ACC-APG contract specialists Maureen Cameron, David MacIntyre, Dawn Rogers and Christopher Terhune are also members of the 663rd Contingency Contracting Team in the Army Reserve. Their team is one of 19 contingency contracting teams within the 915th Contracting Support Battalion headquartered in Baltimore, Md., the only Army Reserve unit with a contingency contracting mission.
"We are truly warrior-citizens," said Terhune, who is a captain in the Reserve and an intern in ACC-APG's Edgewood Division. "The training and experiences that I obtain in one capacity reinforces and supports the other. It's a dynamic that enables success in both roles."
The complimentary assignments of ACC-APG and the 915th not only enhance their contracting training, but also provide valued experience and workforce development opportunities. Unlike some reserve component units, 915th Soldiers are located throughout the United States and most members conduct their contract training individually. As employees in the same government organization, the group has the ability to train together within ACC-APG and the only difference in the work environment is the type of clothes worn.
"Working and training with ACC-APG gives us the benefit of working with highly skilled contracting professionals," said MacIntyre, the 663rd team lead and battalion training officer.
"We want our Soldiers to have access to as much hands-on experience as possible to be as technically proficient as their active-duty counterparts. When they arrive at a contingency contracting center downrange, they're expected to support the mission starting on day one to the same standards as an active component 51charlie (acquisition noncommissioned officer)."
MacIntyre, a lieutenant colonel, has been a member of the 915th since its formation in 2008 and served as a contingency contracting officer during tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. For the past four years, he has worked as an ACC-APG civilian within the Installation Division performing contracting actions in support of base operations Macintrye is joined in the Installation Division by fellow reservist Cameron.
"I enjoyed this work immensely," said Cameron, a staff sergeant in uniform who has deployed to Iraq. "I procured items for the forward operating base, built urgent requirements, developed contracts and I learned a lot."
The fourth member of the team, Rogers, a sergeant, recently converted from being a technical writer to an intern contract specialist with the ACC-APG Branch H, Division B, supporting the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.
"I applied for the job opening, interviewed, and then received the job offer immediately. I'm happy to be here," the sergeant said. "It's working out really well how my military duties entwine into my civilian duties. It's the optimal experience to be a civilian 1102 (contracting specialist) and a military 51 charlie because you just can't gain this experience from reading books."