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  • Enterprise approach to information technology boosts performance at the Army Contracting Command

    Jul 29, 2010

    As the chief information officer (CIO) of the Army Contracting Command (ACC), my overarching goal is to implement the technology solutions needed to improve contracting processes across the Army, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. A key part of our effort involves modernizing the technology infrastructure for an organization that had been relying on antiquated, labor-intensive and paper based processes. The mission of the ACC, which was established in 2008 as a major subordinate organization within the Army Materiel Command (AMC), is to provide global contracting support to warfighters through the full spectrum of military operations, including humanitarian relief operations such as those recently undertaken in Haiti. In these situations lives are often on the line and contracting plays a vital role in acquiring the goods and services needed for mission success.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Jul 28, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class Andres J. Garcia is the Senior Procurement Contracting Specialist for the 622nd Contingency Contracting Team in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Prior to his reclassification as a contracting NCO, Garcia, a native of Union City, NJ. distinctively served as a petroleum supply specialist. "I have served in many positions throughout my military career, from a Bradley crewmember to an advanced individual training instructor, leading, teaching, and mentoring soldiers," Garcia said. "I wanted to be able to contribute even more than what I have so far, and when I heard about what a 51C does and the impact it has, I decided to reclassify."

  • Army investigators lead probe into leaks

    Jul 28, 2010

    The Pentagon has launched an investigation to find out how thousands of classified military documents were leaked to the group

  • Lessons learned and used during Haiti deployment

    Jul 27, 2010

    Leaning forward in the foxhole, members of the Expeditionary Contracting Command nullified potential problems during their contingency deployment in support of Operation Unified Response, the Haiti humanitarian assistance disaster relief mission. The deployment provided opportunities to use lessons learned from previous military deployment operations as well as capture new ones. The first ECC Soldier arrived in Haiti within the first 48 hours after the devastating 7.0 earthquake rocked the country.

  • Pentagon assesses leaked documents

    Jul 27, 2010

    The Pentagon Monday condemned the actions of the group, which released thousands of classified U.S. military documents on its website Sunday night.

  • DoD needs completed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' surveys

    Jul 26, 2010

    Only about 10 percent of the 400,000 servicemembers asked to complete a survey about possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law have responded so far, and DoD officials said they need to hear from the rest.

  • The 411th Contracting Support Brigade welcomes incoming commander, Col. Fred Puthoff

    Jul 23, 2010

    Thursday, July 15, Col. Fred Puthoff accepted command of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade from...

  • The 411th Contracting Support Brigade welcomes incoming commander, Col. Fred Puthoff

    Jul 23, 2010

    Thursday, July 15, Col. Fred Puthoff accepted command of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade from Col. Daniel

  • 410th Change of Command Ceremony

    Jul 16, 2010

    Col. William A. Sanders accepted command of the 410th Contracting Support Brigade from Col. Ted C. Harrison in a July 8 change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, commander of the Expeditionary Contracting Command, presided over the ceremony. ECC is a subordinate command of the Army Contracting Command.

  • ECC wraps up humanitarian mission in Haiti

    Jul 15, 2010

    The January earthquake that devastated the small Caribbean nation of Haiti initiated the immediate mobilization of Expeditionary Contracting Command contingency contracting officers.

  • Rogers assumes command of the 408th Contracting Support Brigade

    Jul 8, 2010

    Well wishers, family and friends gathered at the Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Training Activity Center to witness the time honored tradition of a military change of command, as Col. Michael J. Rogers accepted command of the 408th Contracting Support Brigade from Col. Shane Dietrich in a June 25th ceremony. Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, commander of the Expeditionary Contracting Command and a former 408th CSB commander, presided over the ceremony. ECC is a subordinate command of the Army Contracting Command.

  • AKO security changes block access for some; users urged to take action

    Jul 8, 2010

    A recent series of beind-the-scenes security changes at Army Knowledge Online has caused some users to no longer be able to access the web-based portal.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Jul 8, 2010

    Staff Sgt. (P) Nickea Harris, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, entered the Army in 2002 and attended basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., and advance individual training at Fort Lee, Va. Prior to her reclassification to a contingency crtacting officer, Harris, a native of New Orleans, La., distinctively served as a food service specialist. Harris' previous assignment was with Headquarters, Headquarters Command, Area Support Group Kuwait where sheserved as the assistant dining facilities manager and a contracting officer's representative.

  • Contracting officials make big impact in National Capitol Region

    Jul 6, 2010

    Good things come in small packages, and this can also be said for the undersized staff of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Directorate of Contracting staff at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. With a staff of just nine people, the contracting officials here support some of the Army's most visible units including the Old Guard, the Army Band and handles contracts to keep Arlington National Cemetery a national treasure. Led by Kenneth L. (Mitch) Mitchell, the director of contracting, the members of the DOC managed more than 1,200 contracts in fiscal 2009 valued at nearly $40 million. Already for fiscal 2010, the staff has worked 634 contracts worth more than $22 million.

  • Seven members of Rock Island Arsenal community retire

    Jul 2, 2010

    Seven Rock Island Arsenal employees take part in a retirement and retreat ceremony June 25 and 29. Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine presided over the ceremonies that took place on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. The seven included four Department of the Army civilians and three Soldiers: James Loehrl, executive director of the Rock Island Contracting Center; Lee Thompson, executive director of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program; Patricia O'Conor, ASC small business office; Lawrence Williams, Joint Munitions Command equal employment officer; Lt. Col. Charles Smith, Distribution Management Center executive officer; Sgt. Maj. Sharon Campbell, DMC sergeant major; and Sgt. 1st Class Yacine Asad, enlisted aid to Fontaine.

  • RIA offers job experience for students and grads

    Jul 1, 2010

    Minority College Relations Program gives students and recent graduates hands-on experience in the federal workplace. To be eligible, interns must be a junior, senior or recent graduate from an historically minority college or university. MCRP shows them many different ways to serve the nation aside from uniformed service. Sixteen interns work in Army Sustainment Command, Joint Munitions Command and Rock Island Contracting Center located on Rock Island Arsena, Ill.

  • AMC Town Hall and Awards Ceremony

    Jun 30, 2010

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command conducted a Town Hall and Awards ceremony at the Bob Jones Auditorium here Friday, June 25.

  • Army assesses "self-healing" waveform for platoon-level communications

    Jun 30, 2010

    The U.S. Army concluded its three-week assessment of a waveform that could help separated squads maintain communications despite terrain and obstructions, during its annual integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix on June 25. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics cenA,A!ter conducted a 36 node assessment of the Soldier Radio Waveform in a relevant field environment. This was done to gauge the waveform's ability to support platoon-level data and voice traffic from the rifleman up to the squad leader. When squads spread out, they can potentially loose communications due to obstructions in the terrain. SRW is "exciting" because the network "self heals" its fragmented connectivity by leveraging other squad radios using the waveform.

  • Army Contracting Command's honored with Communicator award

    Jun 25, 2010, Army Contracting Command's commercial recruiting Web site, recently received an Award of Distinction from the International Academy of the Visual Arts at the 16th Annual Communicator Awards in two categories; best interactive employment Web site and best interactive government Web site.

  • Army Contracting Command's honored with Award of Distinction

    Jun 25, 2010, Army Contracting CommandAca,!a,,cs commercial recruiting Web site, recently received an Award of Distinction from the International Academy of the Visual Arts at the 16th Annual Communicator Awards in two categories; best interactive employment Web site and best interactive government Web site.

  • Truck deliveries pioneer BRAC relocation

    Jun 24, 2010

    Two 18-wheel tractor trailers departed the McAfee Center June 17, the first in a massive series of deliveries as part of a contract to relocate and enable the functions now performed at Fort Monmouth, Fort Belvoir, and Eatontown to be performed in the future at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • AMC redesigns staff elements at headquarters

    Jun 24, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The Army Materiel Command has reorganized and streamlined certain staff elements in the headquarters to better position itself in preparation for its move to Huntsville, Ala. in July 2011.

  • ACC Wins Social Media Award

    Jun 22, 2010

    The Northern Virginia Technology Council honored the Army Contracting Command for 'Best use of LinkedIn' at its recent award program. LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking Internet site with more than 67 million registered users worldwide.

  • Webster, Pillsbury and Hunzeker tour Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

    Jun 17, 2010

    Lt. Gen. William G. Webster (Left), Third Army commanding general, leads a discussion with Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury (Center), U.S. Army Materiel Command deputy commanding general, and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker (Right), deputy commanding general, Multi-National Force Aca,!" Iraq, during a tour of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, following the Third Army Nickel II Conference held at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 8. The purpose of the event was to coordinate, synchronize and prioritize the end-to-end retrograde and redeployment of personnel, equipment, sustainment stocks and capabilities from Iraq, and to synchronize equipment disposition and sustainment across Third ArmyAca,!a,,cs Area of Responsibility in support of buildup operations (Photo by Cpl. Brandon Babbitt, 203rd Public Affairs Detachment).

  • 413th receives four stars during leadership visit

    Jun 17, 2010

    Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey J. Mellinger included a visit to the 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, during a recent tour of the Pacific. Dunwoody is the commanding general of the Army Materiel Command and Mellinger is the organizationAca,!a,,cs senior enlisted advisor. The two were in the Pacific to visit AMC assets and attend briefings and meetings with AMC supported organizations. The 413th is an Expeditionary Contracting Command unit.

  • Congress celebrates 235 years of Army's response to call

    Jun 16, 2010

    House and Senate Army Caucus leaders joined Army leadership on Capitol Hill Tuesday night in celebrating the Army's 235th Birthday.

  • Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence Winners

    Jun 15, 2010

    Professionals from the Army Contracting Command received more than half of this year's Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting ceremony in Orlando, Fla., May 13. These awards recognize contracting officers, units and teams for excellence in executing the contracting mission in support of Soldiers and the nation. All military and civilian Army contracting professionals are eligible for the awards.

  • Leaders lay wreath to begin Army's birthday

    Jun 15, 2010

    Senior Army leaders began the Army's birthday June 14 with an early-morning wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence Winners

    Jun 15, 2010

    Professionals from the Army Contracting Command received more than half of this year's Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting ceremony in Orlando, Fla., May 13. These awards recognize contracting officers, units and teams for excellence in executing the contracting mission in support of Soldiers and the nation. All military and civilian Army contracting professionals are eligible for the awards.

  • Gates cites leaders' responsibilities at Army birthday event

    Jun 15, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates helped to celebrate the Army's 235th birthday at a Pentagon courtyard ceremony and imparted a message for its leadership to always make time to listen to what their troops have to say.

  • U.S. Army Birthday Wreath Ceremony

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh along with the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General George W. Casey Jr. and the Sergeant Major of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston lay a wreath in honor of the U.S. Army Birthday during an Army Full Honor Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery on June 14, 2010.

  • Army directs global inspection of armor plates

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Army recently issued a message for all troops and units to inspect their body armor in search of a specific model that was not made according to contract requirements.

  • Maj. Gen. Hogg takes command of U.S. Army Africa

    Jun 10, 2010

    Gen. William E. Ward, commanding general of U.S. Africa Command presided over the ceremony, which signaled the departure of outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Jun 8, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class (P) Mario Murray is a contracting non-commissioned officer with the 901st Contingency Contracting Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Murray attended the Army Acquisition Basic Course in Huntsville, Ala., in February 2007, making him the first NCO to ever attend this course prior to establishing the 51C career field. Despite only having two months of contracting experience, Murray graduated at the top of the class and has always been a trendsetter in his career field, continuing to excel no matter what job or mission he is given.

  • High-tech radar maps defeat camouflage

    Jun 7, 2010

    To the untrained eye, U.S. Army radar-generated maps may look like a bird's-eye view of a city at night; however, these images contain useful intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information that reveal concealed objects by penetrating foliage, buildings and some terrain while overcoming camouflage, concealment and deception techniques.

  • A walk through history

    Jun 6, 2010

    When Col. Kent Goff isn't sporting his Army Combat Uniform during weekend battle assemblies, he is likely decked out in a military uniform from another era. The 412th Theater Engineer Command's intelligence and security officer is also a military history buff who participates in civil war re-enactments.

  • Army building, buying, going 'green'

    Jun 4, 2010

    Saving the environment and saving money at the same time are not incompatible goals, as highlighted in the Army Sustainability Report published last month.

  • Army seeks balance with rapid acquisition

    Jun 4, 2010

    The difference between rapid acquisition and traditional acquisition can be as much as six years.

  • Fort Campbell Directorate of Contracting receives award

    Jun 4, 2010

    The Fort Campbell Directorate of Contracting received the Excellence in Acquisition Leadership (Other Than Major Weapons Systems) Award in the 2010 Army Contracting Awards Program competition. The award was given "based upon outstanding mission support of customers, contracting innovations and process improvements and effective resource management." The Army Contracting Command, part of the Army Material Command, also recognized Fort Campbell's DOC for its continual support for Soldiers and Families, which was cited as "second to none." DOC Deputy Director Carl Heckmann said competition for the award was strong, and the win recognizes the quality work of Fort Campbell's contracting activity.


    Jun 4, 2010


    Jun 4, 2010

    Have you visited lately' The website for civilian career opportunities with the Army Contracting Command has been redesigned to provide more information on big opportunities with big responsibilities. ACC manages nearly $100 billion in contracts annually, and provides information about ACCAca,!a,,cs rewarding careers and great benefits. YouAca,!a,,cll find videos, information about upcoming job fairs, highlights of featured locations, as well as tips about applying for jobs with the federal government. Visit to see how you can make a big impact in the world of Army procurement.


    Jun 4, 2010

  • 2009 Army Contracting Command Awards

    Jun 2, 2010

    The U.S. Army Contracting Command held its first Army Contracting Awards ceremony at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., May 27. Dr. Carol Lowman, ACC deputy director, made presentations to 32 individuals and teamsfrom throughout the command.

  • Army Supports National Safety Month

    Jun 1, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The National Safety Council has designated June as National Safety Month and with this in mind, Soldiers, leaders and family members should think about how they can "Play It Safe" this summer. Historically, off-duty fatality rates increase from April to September, consequently there is a greater emphasis on warm weather activities such as grilling, water-related activities, ATV riding, dirt biking and more. Seasonal dangers include heat injuries, drowning, food preparation and storage dangers, sunburn and fireworks injuries.

  • Photos from Memorial Day 2010 at Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 1, 2010

    The U. S. Navy Sea Chanters perform "American Anthem" during the Memorial Day Ceremony in the Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010.

  • DoD launches personalized quit tobacco training

    Jun 1, 2010

    The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the launch of Train2Quit, an innovative Web-based tobacco cessation training specifically designed for military personnel and families.

  • The Army's 235th Birthday

    Jun 1, 2010

    Link to the Army Birthday Website

  • Season of Remembrance

    May 28, 2010

    Throughout history, our Soldiers, veterans, civilians and the entire extended Army family have made contributions to our Nation.

  • APG unveils new Web portal

    May 25, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Staying on top of news and information at Aberdeen Proving Ground just got easier. Army officials unveiled a new Internet portal for the installation June 10.

  • Managing Army Contracts In The Field

    May 21, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A few years ago, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Sears turned in the keys to his Army truck for a job that is now taking him halfway around the world to manage war-related contracts. Sears, one of the Army's top non-commissioned officers, has recently deployed to Afghanistan, where he will serve with the Joint Contracting Command/Iraq-Afghanistan at the Herat Regional Contracting Center, Camp Stone.

  • Army applies boot camp approach to acquisition workforce

    May 21, 2010

    Here at the Army Contracting Command (ACC), we believe that both our short- and long-term organizational success is directly related to the manner in which our workforce is recruited, hired, integrated, developed and mentored. Particularly, we consider the first few years of a new hire's career critical for long-term, productive and satisfying government service. As a result, we focus a considerable amount of time, energy and resources to lay the foundation for our new hires' transformation to fully productive members of our workforce.

  • Brazilian Dignitaries visit the 410th Contracting Support Brigade

    May 20, 2010

    The 410th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, recently hosted members of the Brazilian Army, providing a glimpse of the various contracting officers' roles and responsibilities within their command. Their visit to the 410th began with Col. Ted Harrison, 410th CSB commander, providing an overview of the U. S. Army Acquisition Corps, an explanation of how the U. S. Army trains its military and civilian acquisition officers, Army contracting force structure and the 410th CSB and its capabilities. Harrison also explained to the Brazilian officers, the historical role contracting has played in meeting the needs of the United States military while utilizing a smaller uniformed military force, citing actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Is your helmet part of the recall'

    May 19, 2010

    The Army is recalling 44,000 combat helmets made by ArmorSource and Rabintex. If you were issued one of these helmets, you must turn it in to the Central Issue Facility to be issued a new helmet. Read on to learn how you can tell if your helmet is part of the recall.

  • Linked In

    May 19, 2010

  • Haitian relief effort luncheon shows multi-faceted nation

    May 13, 2010

    There is still a need for relief efforts, according to Paul Maguire, Catholic Medical Mission Board regional representative and presenter at a Fort Monmouth employee-organized Haitian relief luncheon. According to Maguire, a second-round of amputations will occur because many of the amputees have contracted infections due to improper or unsanitary procedures performed immediately after the disaster.

  • FEB Honolulu Honorees

    May 13, 2010

    Col. Michael Hoskin, (left) commander, 413th Contracting Support Brigade and Dave Brock, chief, Regional Contracting Office Hawaii, received awards at the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board's 54th Annual Excellence in Federal Government Awards Luncheon and Expo. Brock received a 'Supervisor of the Year' award. The 413th Contracting Support Brigade was announced as the 'Employer of Choice' based on a recent survey showing employees' satisfaction with mission, facilities and leadership.

  • Army and Microsoft extend cooperative research agreement

    May 13, 2010

    The U.S. Army extended a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement with Microsoft on April 16 to share research in support of developing hand-held and multi-touch technology for the Warfighter through 2013.

  • AMC wins three DoD level awards

    May 12, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va.- The U.S. Army Materiel Command won three of the 2009 Value Engineering Achievement Awards. The Department of Defense honored each recipient for their outstanding achievements through the application of Value Engineering, May 12 at the Pentagon auditorium.


    May 12, 2010

    ACC TODAY Spring Edition 2010 - Find todayAca,!a,,cs top news, breaking news and links to electronic versions of ACC Today at www. ACC Today is a quarterly publication produced by the Army Contracting Command Public and Congressional Affairs Office. All editorial content of ACC Today is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Army Contracting Command Public and Congressional Affairs Office.

  • Senate confirms Army general to lead new Cyber Command

    May 11, 2010

    Defense officials are lauding the Senate's confirmation of Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, to also lead the new U.S. Cyber Command.

  • Hurricane Rehearsal of Concept exercise readies responders

    May 11, 2010

  • "Flags In" commemorates the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery

    May 10, 2010

    Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will be joined by service members from the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard in placing small American flags, known as grave decorating flags, on the gravesites of all who rest at Arlington National Cemetery for the Memorial Day weekend.

  • Gates calls for significant cuts in defense overhead

    May 10, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe to declare war on duplicative overhead, bloat and needless spending in the Defense Department.


    May 9, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> iWATCH ARMY is a modern version of neighborhood watch focused on the threat of terrorist activity. iWATCH ARMY is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourage reporting of suspicious behavior or activity to Military Police or local law enforcement agencies for investigation. The Headquarters Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) is leading this effort. OPMG's Antiterrorism Branch has developed the iWATCH ARMY initiative and media awareness products (including posters, brochures, websites, and public service announcements) to educate the Army community.

  • Army builds support for tomorrow's conflict

    May 7, 2010

    A holistic view of people and equipment. That's what the Army's Materiel Enterprise philosophy is all about.

  • Diary of a Military Mother's Day

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In June 2009, Shelley Feltmeyer sent her son off to war. Five months later, she sent herself. "I figured that if I could send my baby boy into harm's way, I could send myself," Feltmeyer, deputy to the commander for the Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Element, United States Division-Center, stationed with the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade in Baghdad, said.

  • Petraeus describes changes in Army structure, doctrine

    May 7, 2010

    The Army's conversion to a modular combat brigade structure in the years immediately preceding the surge of forces into Iraq was a key factor in the strategy's success, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here yesterday.

  • Redstone Arsenal Expresses Sympathy for Families of Accident Victims

    May 7, 2010

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. - It is with deepest sympathy and sadness that TEAM Redstone and Amtec Corporation announce the deaths of two contract employees.

  • Depot builds kits to protect CREW systems

    May 6, 2010

    Tobyhanna is providing an armored layer of protection for critical improvised explosive device (IED) jamming systems used in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

  • Update: Explosion at Redstone Arsenal

    May 6, 2010

    Wednesday, two members of the Team Redstone family were involved in an accident that has deeply touched us all. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of two of our team members.


    May 6, 2010

    The U.S. Army has decided to continue base life support (BLS) services in Iraq under the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) III, rather than transitioning these services to LOGCAP IV.

  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' online inbox goes live

    May 6, 2010

    A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law has gone live.

  • Obama signs veterans, caregivers legislation

    May 6, 2010

    President Barack Obama signed legislation today to improve health care for veterans and to recognize the important role that family caregivers play in the recovery of wounded personnel.

  • LOGCAP III Task Order continues support in Iraq

    May 5, 2010

    The U.S. Army has announced that it will continue the LOGCAP III contract to provide life support services to U.S. Forces in Iraq until the scheduled withdrawal of those forces is completed in December 2011. Under the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP, contractors from the private sector are used to provide a broad range of logistics and support services to U.S. and allied forces during combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian and training operations.

  • Explosion at Redstone Arsenal

    May 5, 2010

    At about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Redstone Arsenal Directorate for Emergency Services responded to a fire at Building 7352, an Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center facility.

  • Explosion at Redstone Arsenal

    May 5, 2010

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. - At about 8:45 a.m. today, the Redstone Arsenal Directorate for Emergency Services responded to a fire at Building 7352, an Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) facility.

  • Logistics chief tours Charleston's prepositioned stock

    May 4, 2010

    The Army's deputy chief of staff for logistics got some face time with personnel supporting the Army Sustainment Command's Prepositioned Stock Program located at Charleston, S.C., and walked away confident of mission operations. "I could not be more comfortable with operations here at Charleston, knowing you and your team are on duty," Lt. Gen. Mitchell H. Stevenson told Bob O'Brien, general manager, Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston (ASLAC), during a late-March visit.

  • Supper with a Hero

    May 4, 2010

    As an Army wife, you quickly learn that living in on post military housing is always an opportunity to learn. My 8-year-old neighbor and military child, Katherine Birdsong, was at our house admiring our Christmas Tree with our son, John Jr.

  • Questions and answers with the ACC Executive Director

    Apr 27, 2010

    The editor recently sat down with Jeff Parson, executive director, Army Contracting Command, for answers to questions heard from around the command.

  • Intern program vital in refreshing the workforce

    Apr 27, 2010

    Detroit, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Houston and Ramstein, Germany are only a handful of locations that attract participants to the Contracting Career Intern Program; many from different walks of life apply but only a few are chosen to experience this challenging yet rewarding career path. The program offers reachable goals for participants while providing a gateway for eager trainees to enter the federal working environment, and is considered effective recruiting.

  • Sexual assault impact is detrimental to Army family

    Apr 27, 2010

    The message reinforced the theme for April, which is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month: 'What hurts one, affects all. Preventing sexual assault is everyone's duty.'

  • Army Community Covenant celebrates second year

    Apr 26, 2010

    The Army Community Covenant commemorates its two-year anniversary this month with appreciation for communities, organizations and Americans who continue to support Soldiers and their families.

  • AMCOM reps visit Hood aviators

    Apr 26, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - For the last 25 years, Peggy Hunt, an Army Contracting Command contracting officer has been a behind-the-scenes player in the overall development of the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter.

  • Creation of the U.S. Army Public Health Command

    Apr 25, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command has directed the establishment of a U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) as a subordinate command. The creation of the USAPHC will integrate select missions from the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine and the U.S. Army Veterinary Command (VETCOM) to form the core of the USAPHC. The USAPHC became provisional on Oct. 1, 2009, and includes all of the USACHPPM missions and services. Select missions (levels III-V) of VETCOM will become part of the USAPHC (Prov) in spring of 2010 and fully integrate by Oct. 1, 2010.

  • Fort Monmouth employee plays key role in Justice sting

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- A Fort Monmouth employee declined an offer of illicit cash and instead played a key role in an operation that led to the arrest of the president and chief executive officer of a defense contracting firm who was charged April 8 with offering the employee a $100,000 bribe.

  • ACC Commanders and Directors Meet in San Antonio

    Apr 22, 2010

    "Fueling the Future" was the theme for the Army Contracting Command's Commanders' and Directors' Offsite conference in San Antonio, Texas, April 5-9. Participants included the commanding generals and command sergeants major of the Expeditionary Contracting Command and the Mission and Installation Management Command, ACC contracting center executive directors and senior members of the ACC headquarters staff. Also participating was Edward Harrington, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement. In his opening remarks, Jeff Parsons, executive director, ACC, reviewed the goals of the conference. "How can we improve our enterprise-wide support for our customers and how we can help prepare our leaders of tomorrow," he asked.

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Recent Graduates at APG

    Apr 20, 2010

  • Army ethos can help business succeed

    Apr 20, 2010

    When the Army Sustainment Command's top enlisted leader speaks, people listen. Such was the case when Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Blake spoke at the 2010 Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium held April 12-13 at the i Wireless Center in Moline, Ill.

  • Army working to institutionalize contracting reforms

    Apr 20, 2010

    Army leaders told members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan during an April 19 hearing that the service is beginning to institutionalize contracting reforms made during the last seven years of war.

  • Operational contracting support adds capabilities for special ops Soldiers

    Apr 20, 2010

    More than 50 U.S. Army Special Operations Command Soldiers finished up a new two-week contracting support course designed to enlighten them on procedures for establishing and managing contracts in a deployed environment.

  • Army Unveils New Logistics Display to Pentagon Staff and Visitors

    Apr 19, 2010

    The Pentagon got a new look Friday morning. "Army Logistics Around the World," the Pentagon's newest exhibit, was revealed to an audience of more than 100 people. Using digital images, videos, and captions, the exhibit shows Pentagon employees and tourists the crucial tasks completed everyday by more than 300,000 Army Logisticians all over the world.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Apr 19, 2010

    Staff Sgt (P) Jonathan Shumaker is a valued member of Expeditionary Contracting Command's 408thContracting Support Brigade at Fort McPherson, Georgia. Shumaker is one of the recent selectees of noncommissioned officers recruited into the 51C military occupational specialty, contingency contracting officer.

  • Second time a charm for Quintero: 410th CSB NCO honored for contracting excellence

    Apr 19, 2010

    As a contracting noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Eliecer Quintero Jr. has proven himself as a combat multiplier, by applying his skills assisting Soldiers on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan procuring items to get the job done. He's also helped provide the mechanisms to help villages in need of assistance in Third World countries. In part, it's this flexibility that helped Quintero capture the 2009 Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Contracting Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence.

  • Army achieves major program milestone

    Apr 19, 2010

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced that it completed its mission to destroy all non-stockpile materiel declared when the U.S. entered into the Chemical Weapons Convention, an international treaty mandating the destruction of our Nation's chemical warfare stock.

  • Officers have new deadline to claim joint-service experience

    Apr 19, 2010

    Beginning Oct. 1, active-duty officers wanting to get self-nominated credit for serving in a joint-service environment will need to do it quickly -- the Joint Qualification System is changing its requirements.

  • Army technology comes to life at ICT

    Apr 19, 2010

    The Institute for Creative Technologies is a launch pad for nearly all simulation technologies for the U.S. Army. Soldiers will soon enter virtual training environments and encounter scenarios in full sensory, 3D realism so life-like they elicit physical and emotional responses.

  • Army civilians earn honors at Naval Postgraduate School

    Apr 13, 2010

    Two Army civilians earned top honors at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and are particularly deserving of recognition for their contributions to their field of study and to the Army. Students Kevin P. Puma and Beth A. Scherr both graduated with distinction from the NPS Master of Science in Contract Management (MSCM) curriculum in September 2009. Puma is a recipient of the NPS Graduate School of Business and Public Policy Faculty Award for Excellence in Management (also known as the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Business and Public Policy) and successfully completed two exams toward the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification from the Institute for Supply Management.

  • Soldier Show plays off social-media phenomena

    Apr 13, 2010

    Aca,!A"Soldier Show 27.0Aca,!A? is the working concept of the 2010 U.S. Army Soldier Show, an Aca,!A"entertainment for the Soldier, by the SoldierAca,!A? song-and-dance production, and this yearAca,!a,,cs edition revolves around current social-media phenomena.

  • TACOM Contracting Center Receives 2009 Excellence in Education Award

    Apr 12, 2010

    On March 2, the TACOM Contracting Center received 3rd place in the annual Army Management Staff College Excellence in Education Award. Mr. Harry Hallock, Executive Director, TACOM Contracting Center, accepted the award on behalf of the Center at an award ceremony held in conjunction with the Army Management Staff College Annual Civilian Leadership Symposium held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

  • Army's Ground Combat Vehicle

    Apr 10, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The U.S. Army Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) effort is part of a holistic Army plan to modernize its combat fleet. This includes incorporating mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles into the fleet while modernizing current vehicle fleets including Stryker. The first ground combat vehicle will be an Infantry Fighting Vehicle