51C NCOs train as the Army fights
February 21, 2013
According to the Army Contracting Command's senior noncommissioned officer, the Joint contracting Readiness Exercise conducted Jan.14-Feb. 1 at Fort Bliss, Texas, is the type of training that will help 51C contracting NCOs advance their skills and achieve the level of expertise needed during deployment operations.
"Training is what the Army does every day," said Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray, ACC command sergeant major. "For 51C NCOs, their training is actually executing the procurements that the Army requires to sustain and execute its daily mission and operations."
Murray cited how the Army trains its medical professionals to illustrate how the same training process applies to 51C personnel.
The doctors and technicians in the hospitals and clinics across the Army don't train on Soldiers every day. They perform medical treatment, he said.
"They do, however, come out of the hospitals to train or hone their skills and techniques in a deployed or operational environment. The same process is needed for the contracting professional. The Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise is preparing military contracting professionals to deploy and support the missions that the ACC is tasked to perform."
Murray said the training exercise falls into the operational domain and is an integral part of increasing and developing the 51C NCO's contracting proficiency.
"NCOs attend institutional training and structured self development," he said. "As with all military occupation skills, this exercise is a critical part of the development model to achieve the goal of trained and proficient contracting NCOs."
According to ACC's senior NCO, proficiency can only be achieved by constantly challenging oneself, and that means constant training.
"Training builds confidence and competence, while providing essential skills and knowledge," Murray said. "Leader development is the deliberate, continuous, sequential and progressive process - grounded in Army values - that develops Soldiers and Army civilians into competent and confident leaders capable of decisive action, mission accomplishment, and taking care of Soldiers and their families.
"All training and leader development actions occur within the Army culture - a culture that embraces values and ethics, the warrior ethos, standards, and enduring principles and imperatives," he said.