Capt. Ian Vargas and Staff Sgt. Nichole Gibson discuss an acquisition procedure during the Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise Jan. 27, 2013, at Fort Bliss, Texas. Vargas is a contracting officer from Fort Polk, La., and Gibson is a contracting specialist from Fort Knox, Ky. They are among the more than 400 Soldiers being attached to the Mission and Installation Contracting Command over the next seven months.