ACC announces leadership changes
August 16, 2012
Army Contracting Command is preparing to say farewell to two of its senior leaders.
Dr. Carol Lowman, deputy to the commanding general, will retire later this month after more than 20 years of Army service.
Col. Jeffrey Gabbert, chief of staff, will soon leave for the Pentagon to become chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.
"The command owes a debt of gratitude to these two outstanding leaders," said Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols, ACC commanding general. "Carol is one of the founding leaders of this command and has been key to our success. She's a special friend and I will miss her wise counsel, dedication and passion for people."
In describing Gabbert's contributions, Nichols said, "Jeff has been a strong right arm and the rock of this headquarters. We all hate to see him go but the Army needs his special talents and
leadership in the Pentagon."
Prior to assuming her current duties, Lowman served as ACC's second executive director from September 2011 to May 2012. Previously, she was acting director of the Mission and
Installation Contracting Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
She began her Army career in 1992 as a contracting intern with the Information Systems Command at Fort Ritchie, Md. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2005.
Lowman considers her greatest accomplishment as leading the ACC.
"It was, indeed, an honor and privilege to lead the command during a period of transition from civilian to military leadership and to work with so many great Soldiers and civilians," she said.
"I've especially enjoyed working again with General Nichols, whom I had the pleasure of serving with earlier when she commanded the Expeditionary Contracting Command at Fort Belvoir, Va."
Lowman is also very proud of her long association with the disabled community. In October 2011, she was appointed by President Obama as a member of the Committee for Purchase
from People who are Blind or Severely Disabled.
Following a long-postponed vacation in France with her husband, Lowman plans to establish her own consulting business.
Gabbert became the ACC chief of staff in June 2011. Previously, he served successively as commander of the Defense Contract Management Agency's Central Region; commander,
DCMA Huntsville and commander, DCMA - Iraq/Afghanistan.
In October 2011, Gabbert was named the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Acquisition Director of the Year (Colonel Level).
He is most proud of "the integrated team we built on behalf of two subordinate commands and six major contracting centers we support every day," he said. "The processes and systems we
put in place will serve as our legacy to the Army Contracting Command.
"The ACC is a great place to work," he added. "Our 6,000-plus personnel are our greatest asset -- it's their professionalism, dedication and friendship that I will miss the most."
He said working for Assistant Secretary of the Army Heidi Shyu will be "a great honor" and that he is "humbled" by his selection for this position.
Nichols said Keith Jackson, deputy director, ACC Mission Operations (G-3), will serve as the interim chief of staff. She expects a new deputy will be announced soon.