Kim Tycer, chief counsel for U.S. Army Contracting Command, Huntsville, Ala., presides over the retirement of Bruce B. Berinato, principal assistant responsible for the U.S. Army Contracting Command-New Jersey, headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. The March 27 ceremony, held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, wraps up a 37-year federal career for Berinato, who started his career as a Defense Logistics Agency intern before becoming the Army contracting leader in 2006. His most notable achievement was being assigned the principal contracting officer as a Senior U.S. Delegate to and aand the chairman of the NATO Group 32 Contracting Working Group, in Brussels, Belgium. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing development, solicitation,and awards of competitively placed contracts with International Consortia comprised of industrial organizations from the eight NATO nations participating in Project Group 22. As the chairman, he successfully operated under eight sets of international laws and procedures and implemented a multi-national banking arrangement for operations outside the U.S. treasury system. His program development during this period were used as benchmarks and adopted by subsequent NATO cooperative programs. Besides his many awards and horns over his long career, he was presented with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. The Army Contracting Command-New Jersey has operating locations at Picatinny, ASA-Fort Dix, and Watervillet Arsenal, N.Y.