Spotlight on...Anita McLain
September 19, 2012
Describe your current position?
My responsibilities consist of reviewing contract documentation to ensure the actions meet all acquisition regulations and are legally sufficient. Along with those responsibilities of a contracting officer, my responsibilities are to mentor personnel on contractual procedures.
What are your hobbies/passions?
Nothing compares to spending time, watching movies and traveling with my 13-year-old son, Sam, a Ramstein Middle School student and a Ramstein Cadet Squadron-Civil Air Patrol cadet staff sergeant. I like to read books by Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, Kathy Reichs and others. One of my passions was to go to Russia so I went on a three-and-a-half week trip with the Sierra Club in 1993 to Siberia where we pitched tents at different area parks and worked doing clean-up, helping the rangers build leantos, picnic tables and benches, digging fire pits surrounded by a circle of log seats, digging holes and putting out-houses in place.
What are some of your future goals?
I have a year left in Germany then I will exercise my return rights back to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where I hope to use the experience I've gained as a contracting officer. I will pursue other opportunities to further my contracting career. There are agencies worldwide with opportunities in contracting and I've learned that no matter how long I work in contracting, there is always something new so my experience will never stop growing as long as I keep working in my chosen career.
Why did you get into contracting?
Contracting allows me the opportunity to support our troops and their mission no matter where they are in the world. The workload is challenging and customer satisfaction is rewarding.
Any special accomplishments?
I had the opportunity to be a technical trainer for up to twenty-five military contingency contracting team members when they were all a part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Division through workload assignments, training presentations, and providing guidance in support of their self-development and training as contract specialists.