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  • Academia Day Highlights Opportunities

    Nov 23, 2015

    The Army Contracting Command took part in an Army Materiel Command Academia Day, held recently at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where representatives from local colleges and universities received information on employment opportunities for students.

  • 925th Contracting Battalion uncases its colors

    Nov 18, 2015

    Soldiers and civilians from the 925th Contracting Battalion and Regional Contracting Center-Capital uncased their colors during a ceremony Nov. 11 at the New Kabul Compound Conference Center here.

  • Contract specialists earn professional development opportunity

    Nov 18, 2015

    Two contract specialists from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command were recently selected for the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program.

  • Army sets record low for accidental loss in 2015

    Nov 16, 2015

    The Army achieved its sixth consecutive year of declines in accidental fatalities and reached a historic milestone during the recently closed fiscal year, data from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center show.

  • MICC welcomes new enlisted leader

    Nov 4, 2015

    Members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command welcomed their new command sergeant major during a ceremony here Nov. 3.

  • Commitment To Soldier Readiness Needed To Move Forward

    Nov 4, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army's best can only get better if today's Soldiers commit themselves to the top priority -- Soldier readiness -- as set out by the Army's chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said one of the Army's three-star generals.

  • Faces of the Force: Staff Sgt. Adela Tacla

    Nov 3, 2015

    Looking for a way to support her family, Staff Sgt. Adela Tacla joined the Army 10 years ago and spent nine years as a unit supply specialist. When a number of friends transitioned to acquisition, she followed, and has worked as a contract specialist for the 419th Contracting Support Brigade for the past year. Now deployed, she took the time to answer some questions about her work before she left. "Faces of the Force" is an online series highlighting members of the Army Acquisition Workforce through the power of individual stories. Profiles are produced by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Communication and Support Branch, working closely with public affairs officers to feature Soldiers and Civilians currently serving in a variety of AL&T disciplines. For more information, or to nominate someone, please contact 703-805-1006.

  • 2016 voting season kicks off Army-wide push for registration

    Nov 2, 2015

    Wednesday will be the Army-wide kick-off to the 2016 voting season for Soldiers and their Families throughout the United States and around the world.

  • AMC inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2015

    Oct 28, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command added six new faces to its Hall of Fame at the AMC headquarters.

  • 612th Contracting Team provides critical NTC support

    Oct 22, 2015

    Members of the 612th Contracting Team are providing operational contract support for National Training Center rotation 16-01 at Fort Irwin, California.

  • Customer contact

    Oct 20, 2015

    Responding to unique contracting challenges, DOD has made a major strategic change in contingency contracting administration services to support U.S. forces in Africa--from the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army and Joseph Kony to the Ebola outbreak--that makes it easier to get needed services and supplies to the customer, much more rapidly. This article was originally published in the October - December 2015 AL&T magazine

  • Strong Ties Of Trust Bind Allies Buying U.S. Weapons

    Oct 14, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Delivering U.S. aviation and missile systems to allied countries goes well beyond packing and shipping.

  • Organic Industrial Base touted as nation's insurance policy

    Oct 13, 2015

    The Army's Organic Industrial Base took center stage at a Warrior's Corner presentation during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 12. Jim Dwyer, Army Materiel Command principal deputy to the deputy chief of staff for Operations and Logistics, G-3/4, told an audience of industry representatives and Army leaders that the OIB, which consists of 23 geographically-dispersed depots, arsenals and ammunition plants, serves as an insurance policy for the nation.

  • MICC caps fiscal 2015 with $5.2 billion in contract awards

    Oct 7, 2015

    More than 36,000 contract actions valued at $5.2 billion were executed by Mission and Installation Contracting Command acquisition members from throughout the country in support of Soldiers and their families during fiscal 2015.

  • MICC achieves historic small business goals

    Oct 7, 2015

    For the first time the Mission and Installation Contracting Command has met all five of its small business socioeconomic goals since the command was established in 2009.

  • Contracting officer is Son of the American Revolution

    Oct 2, 2015

    Have you ever wondered about your ancestry? What if you learned that your ancestors fought in the American Revolution?

  • Innovation to win in a complex world: Investing in S&T to confront the future threat

    Oct 1, 2015

    In October 2014, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command rolled out the latest Army Operating Concept (AOC), titled "Win in a Complex World." This AOC details how the Army of the future will strengthen capabilities across multiple domains as part of a joint partnership to ensure dominance against "determined, elusive, and increasingly capable enemies." This article was previously published in the October-December 2015 Army AL&T Magazine.

  • Mendoza Inducted Into Senior Executive Service

    Sep 30, 2015

    Mendoza was promoted, Sept. 3, to the Senior Executive Service in a ceremony witnessed by an auditorium full of family, friends and teammates from ACC-WRN and U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The ceremony was officiated by Michael Hutchison, deputy to the commanding general, Army Contracting Command

  • Army AL&T magazine explores innovation

    Sep 28, 2015

    This newest edition of Army AL&T explores the topics of Innovation and foreign military sales. Readers will also find a moving tribute to the Hon. Claude M. Bolton Jr., former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, whose sudden passing in July was a blow to his many friends and former colleagues across the services.

  • New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

    Sep 23, 2015

    New professional development guidelines for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who specialize in Army contracting are outlined in the revised version of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Guide, released earlier this month.

  • Tookes takes opportunity to reenlist

    Sep 17, 2015

    Sgt. Marcus Tookes had the opportunity - and took it - to reenlist on Sept. 17 while in Huntsville, Ala. with the Army Contracting Command.

  • An Army contracting officer re-enlists on Patriot Day

    Sep 14, 2015

    Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan -- An Army contracting officer re-enlisted on Patriot Day while deployed here. Sgt. 1st Class Samantha Brown, contracting officer and team leader for the Armed Security Guards Contracting Team, Regional Contracting Center-East, raised her right hand on Sept. 11. Lt. Col. Scott McKee, 904th Contracting Battalion commander and chief, RCC-East, rendered the oath of enlistment from Guard Tower 29 as Soldiers, civilians and contractors looked on.

  • Leadership perspective: End of fiscal year is our time to shine

    Sep 11, 2015

    It's September, and for all of us in the MICC it is crunch time to obligate every dollar for our customers as part of end-of-year fiscal year-end closeout. As of Sept. 1 we have obligated from 83 to 89 percent of funds for the major commands that we support. We are on track to accomplish more than 37,000 contract actions valued at about $6 billion this fiscal year.

  • Acquisition officials seeking input on draft solicitation for advertising

    Sep 11, 2015

    Contracting officials here are seeking feedback over the next two weeks on a draft solicitation for Army advertising and marketing services released Sept. 11 on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

  • MICC directorates merge to provide better field support

    Sep 10, 2015

    The merging of two directorates at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command headquarters in August marks another step in the command's posturing to sustain operations in a resource-constrained environment.

  • Lending a Helping Shoe

    Sep 4, 2015

    Growing up without a lot of money, Staff Sgt. Nikkelya Barbee knows what it's like to do without. "When I got hand-me-downs, it meant the world to me" remarks Barbee. She knows what hard times feel like, and the impact someone else's cast off to someone in need.

  • Deployment strengthens operational contracting skills

    Sep 3, 2015

    Operational contracting support skills honed by Soldiers from the 418th Contracting Support Brigade headquarters and its subordinate battalions and teams over the last six months in Afghanistan will serve to reinforce the Army's acquisition strategies for future operations.

  • 418th CSB uncases its colors, welcomes new commander

    Sep 3, 2015

    Soldiers from the 418th Contracting Support Brigade uncased their colors in a ceremony here Sept. 3 after their six-month deployment and then joined the rest of their organization, family and friends in welcoming a new leader in a change of command that followed.

  • ACC Soldier gets BIG award

    Sep 3, 2015

    An Army Contracting Command Soldier in Italy is one of two Army recipients of the 2015 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award. Lt. Col. Brenda F. Perry, director of the Regional Contracting Center-Africa, 414th Contracting Support Brigade, Vicenza, Italy, received the award Aug. 25 during a ceremony at the 37th Annual Blacks In Government National Training Institute in Orlando, Florida.

  • 3rd ESC sustains Swift Response

    Sep 1, 2015

    Soldiers with the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command deployed to Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany to support XVIII Airborne Corps during the largest combined airborne training exercise on the continent in decades.

  • ACC-RI's Maj. Feist receives Meritorious Service Medal

    Aug 24, 2015

    Maj. Marian Feist, a contract specialist assigned to the Army Contracting Command-Rock Island, was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal during a ceremony here, Aug. 13. Melanie Johnson, ACC-RI executive director, presided over the ceremony, while Maj. Drenna Thompson, rear detachment officer in charge, provided remarks prior to the presentation.

  • US Army contracting team trains local institutions in Kosovo

    Aug 21, 2015

    U.S. Army Soldiers with the 1960th Contingency Contracting Team out of Huntsville Ala., and currently assigned to Area Support Team-Balkans in Kosovo, marked the completion of a five-day training series on market management and technical specifications, for approximately 20 members and officials from Ministry of Kosovo Security Force and their Land Forces Command, during a ceremony Aug. 14 in Pristina, Kosovo.

  • ACC welcomes new commander

    Aug 19, 2015

    The U.S. Army Contracting Command welcomed its new commander during a change of command ceremony here Aug. 19. Maj. Gen. James E. Simpson became ACC's third commander. He succeeds Maj. Gen. Theodore "Ted" C. Harrison III, who has commanded ACC since October 2013. The ceremony was hosted by Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general, Army Materiel Command.

  • Fort Bragg forecast garners attention at trade show

    Aug 19, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (Aug. 19, 2015) -- Officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, conducted an acquisition forecast open house in conjunction with the 14th Annual North Carolina Defense and Economic Development Trade Show for 139 current and prospective federal contractors Aug. 3 in nearby Fayetteville.

  • Redstone missiles take spotlight in war of 25 years ago

    Aug 17, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Twenty-five years ago this month, the U.S. embarked on a war deployment that showed the world its military strength. Operation Desert Shield, and consequently Operation Desert Storm, became the largest deployment and subsequent combat use of Army missile technology in U.S. history.

  • 412th CSB welcomes new command sergeant major

    Aug 13, 2015

    Members of the 412th Contracting Support Brigade welcomed their new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony Aug. 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • JBLM contracting leader to retire

    Aug 12, 2015

    The director of contracting for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, retires Aug. 17 during a ceremony honoring 36 years of federal service.

  • What Soldiers should know about the Qualitative Management Program

    Aug 11, 2015

    The following article provides an overview of the QMP process, explains why the Army has such a program, to whom it applies and to whom not, and provides a few tips on how to respond to notifications.

  • Army contracting supports development of Taqaddum

    Aug 10, 2015

    AL-TAQADDUM AIR BASE, Iraq -- Developing a new military site at Al-Taqaddum Air Base was a mission originally given to the U.S. Marines. And through their mission analysis, the Marines identified various services that would be required to sustain life at the remote site, which is located roughly 40 miles west of Baghdad in the Al-Anbar province.

  • Iraq regional contracting office conducts first vendor day

    Aug 10, 2015

    Soldiers at the regional contracting office in Erbil, Iraq, conducted the first in-theater vendor training day to cultivate the critical relationship between local vendors and U.S. forces in Iraq.

  • Two command members earn ACC awards

    Aug 6, 2015

    Two members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command are among the 32 recognized by higher headquarters for performance excellence.

  • 'I Want To Help Soldiers So They Can Focus On Their Job'

    Aug 5, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- With his welcoming smile and can-do attitude, it's easy to see that Maj. Curt Schultheis is happy to serve as the commander of the Aviation and Missile Command's Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

  • Army Contracting Command Announces Annual Award Winners

    Aug 4, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The U.S. Army Contracting Command has recognized 32 individuals and four teams for excellence in fiscal year 2014.

  • Simultaneous NTC exercises call for contracting teamwork

    Jul 31, 2015

    Members of the 615th Contracting Team are executing operational contracting support for two simultaneous exercises at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

  • Soldiers gear up for AMC Best Warrior Competition

    Jul 30, 2015

    Ten Soldiers will compete in the 2015 Army Materiel Command's Best Warrior Competition. The contest will be at Camp Atterbury, Indiana Aug. 24-28.

  • Army Contracting Command Announces New Commanding General

    Jul 23, 2015

    The U.S. Army Contracting Command will get a new commander next month.

  • MICC leader receives new assignment

    Jul 22, 2015

    The Mission and Installation Contracting Command's senior enlisted leader is departing the command in August following his selection for another nominative position.

  • Rock Island's 920th CBN assumes CENTCOM mission

    Jul 21, 2015

    The 920th Contracting Battalion has assumed the contingency contracting administration services mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during a ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 9. It replaced the 926th CBN.

  • Leaders Are Best When They Connect With Employees

    Jul 20, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Time is often considered a leader's most valuable asset. There's never enough of it, someone always wants it and it is fleeting when it's most needed. So, it goes without saying that time management is essential to effective leadership. But, for one of the Aviation and Missile Command's long-time leaders, time takes on a whole different dimension when a leader uses it to move an organization and its employees forward.

  • Chaplain "Grants" Civilians Marriage Enrichment Program

    Jul 20, 2015

    If you're in the Army or work for the government, you're probably familiar with the Strong Bonds program, where military personnel spend a weekend with their spouse in a group setting meeting with the chaplain about topics to grow their marriage. If you're a civilian, you might be jealous of that opportunity. But don't be. At Army Contracting Command, you can have it, too.

  • 928th Contracting Battalion welcomes new commander

    Jul 17, 2015

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ‐ The 928th Contracting Battalion has a new commander. Lt. Col. Jerel R. Grimes, assumed command July 14 during a ceremony here. He succeeds Lt. Col. Robert C. Murray.

  • 903rd Contracting Battalion assesses capabilities with field training exercise

    Jul 17, 2015

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The 903rd Contracting Battalion recently conducted a field training exercise to assess its contracting capabilities in a deployed environment.

  • MICC stands ready for promising new future

    Jul 13, 2015

    More than 500 days ago, Dec. 2, 2013, I accepted the colors of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. In addressing the men and women in the formation that day, I challenged, "During this period of fiscal uncertainty, we must do our part to keep the Army strong. This will take every man and woman within our formation to be dedicated to innovative contracting solutions to ensure we maintain a highly capable Army within our budgetary constraints."

  • Army to realign brigades, cut 40,000 Soldiers, 17,000 civilians

    Jul 9, 2015

    By the end of fiscal 2018, the active Army expects to have drawn down in size from 490,000 to 450,000, said Army officials during a press conference at the Pentagon, July 9. The service will also shrink the size of several brigade combat teams and will cut 17,000 civilian employees.

  • Reservist Leadership, Capabilities Benefited Army in Two Ways

    Jul 7, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- When it comes to the nation's "citizen Soldiers," the skills and capabilities developed during the work week in a civilian career can turn into a substantial benefit for the Army on the weekends.

  • ACC-WRN Unveils New Source Selection Office

    Jul 2, 2015

    U.S. Army Contracting Command -- Warren unveiled the newly renovated space that will house its Source Selection Support Center of Excellence in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

  • Small businesses benefit from combined resources

    Jul 1, 2015

    The strategic partnering with two local small business experts with more than 65 years of shared acquisition experience with diverse companies along with contracting professionals from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command offered a wealth of information for open house participants June 17 at Fort Lee, Virginia.

  • ECC welcomes new command sergeant major

    Jun 23, 2015

    The U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command welcomed its new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony at Redstone Arsenal, AL, June 22.

  • Contract experts discuss cost, pricing techniques

    Jun 23, 2015

    Contracting professionals from across the command are meeting June 23-25 for a cost and price workshop conducted by Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • ECC commanding general addresses 409th CSB during town hall

    Jun 18, 2015

    SEMBACH, Germany -- Brig. Gen. Michael D. Hoskin, commanding general, U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command, held a town hall with the 409th Contacting Support Brigade here.

  • Finding Closure

    Jun 17, 2015

    Rock Island contract closeout team returns more than $320 million to customers, capturing lessons learned from 13 years of contracting in Southwest Asia. This article was first published in the April - June 2015 issue of Army AL&T magazine.

  • Contracting Command recognizes 414th Contracting Support Brigade for excellence

    Jun 16, 2015

    Brig. Gen. Michael Hoskin, commanding general of the Expeditionary Contracting Command in Huntsville, Ala., and Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Clark, ECC command sergeant major, traveled to Vicenza recently to recognize 414th Contracting Support Brigade personnel for their accomplishments over the past year.

  • The Changing Nature of Contracting in Afghanistan

    Jun 12, 2015

    A traditional military change of command ceremony at the U.S. Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command headquarters at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, was much more than it seemed. It was a harbinger of much greater change to come for contracting support in Afghanistan.

  • Army observing National Safety Month in June

    Jun 10, 2015

    The Army is once again observing National Safety Month during June, and this year leaders and safety professionals will have an opportunity to benefit from a recent partnership with the National Safety Council.

  • 409th Contracting Support Brigade welcomes new commander

    Jun 8, 2015

    SEMBACH, Germany --The 409th Contracting Support Brigade welcomed Col. Douglas S. Lowrey as its new commander during an assumption of command ceremony on Sembach Kaserne here June 5.

  • Tribute to a Servant Leader

    Jun 3, 2015

    Few Soldiers or civilians have dedicated so much of their lives to supporting Department of Defense efforts in the U.S. Central Command as Ms. Dona Alexander. She has continuously been in Iraq or Afghanistan for more than six years, providing policy advice to contracting officers, tactical units and commanders. Seven CENTCOM - Joint Theater Support Contracting Command commanders have credited Ms. Alexander with much of their success. No one knows more about, and no single individual has done as much to advance expeditionary contracting than Dona.

  • Army recognizes MICC small business efforts

    Jun 3, 2015

    Army officials recently recognized the Mission and Installation Contraction Command for its outreach and support efforts with the presentation of the Secretary of the Army Award for Small Business Utilization for 2014.

  • Planning underway for OCSJX-16

    Jun 3, 2015

    More than 25 representatives from across the DOD, Department of State, Transportation Command and joint staff met here May 26-29 for a concept development event and training objectives workshop in preparation for the Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016.

  • ACC Names 2015 Best Warrior

    Jun 1, 2015

    Sgt. 1st Class Enes Memic has been named the U.S. Army Contracting Command's Best Warrior for 2015. Memec and five other Soldiers participated in a series of competitive events here, May 29-30.

  • ACC gets 'FIAR'd' up for Army audit

    May 22, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The Army Contracting Command Deputy Chief of Staff Resource Management G8 office is "FIAR"d up.

  • Self-guided staff rides enhance unit's development

    May 20, 2015

    In the snow and ice of January, Soldiers from the Army Contracting Command-New Jersey Contracting Battalion began a six-part series of professional leadership development, self-guided, one-day staff rides.

  • Key leaders discuss preserving the Industrial Base

    May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON D.C. -- Army Materiel Command's top leader engaged congressional representatives and staff members May 14, for a candid discussion focused on preserving the country's national security insurance policy.

  • 5 Years Later, She's 'The Match'

    May 12, 2015

    Imagine spitting in a cup. Now imagine someone calling you five years later to tell you that you can change a life because of that one simple action. For Terri Arranz, a human resources specialist in Army Contracting Command's Deputy Chief of Staff, Human Capital G-1, that process came true this spring.

  • 3rd ESC committed to Expeditionary mindset

    May 4, 2015

    The 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) set up their Early Entry Command Post April 21 at the Mission Command Training Center on Fort Knox. The EECP is the 3rd ESC's rapidly deployable Operational Sustainment Headquarters and can provide a wide variety of logistical functions. The EECP setup was part of a multi-phase training event for the 3rd ESC which ended on May 1.

  • APG SHARP Resource Center hosts ribbon cutting ceremony

    May 1, 2015

    Aberdeen Proving Ground's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, Resource Center officially opened its doors during a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted on April 15.

  • Army Acquisition Corps Recognized

    Apr 30, 2015

    Senior Acquisition Corps leaders recognized the expertise and commitment of uniformed and civilian acquisition and contracting professionals dedicated to delivering capability to Soldiers during the 2014 Army Acquisition and Contracting Awards Ceremony on 28 April in Huntsville, Ala.

  • Contracting officer recognized for ARSOF support

    Apr 24, 2015

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 24, 2015 ) - U.S. Army Captain Miracle Garcia, 905th Contracting Battalion (Army Contracting Command), was named the 2014 U.S. Special Operations Command Outstanding Contingency Contracting Officer of the Year for her success while serving as a Contracting Officer supporting Army Special Operations Forces.

  • ACC SHARP Stand-Down Day

    Apr 24, 2015

    Liani Hill, Forensic Nurse Examiner Program director, Crisis Services of North Alabama, tells the Army Contracting Command and Expeditionary Contracting Command headquarters staffs about her organization's services available for sexual assault victims.

  • One mouse click takes ACC employees to crisis assistance sites

    Apr 23, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Army Contracting Command Soldiers and employees have a new, one-stop tool to help employees get help, especially in times of crisis, according to the command's safety manager.

  • Army to observe Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

    Apr 23, 2015

    The Army will continue its annual observance of national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month this May, giving leaders and Soldiers an extended opportunity to prepare for the riding season ahead.

  • ACC volunteers reach out to local elder-care center

    Apr 20, 2015

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Army Contracting Command logisticians, engineers and other staff members have begun a relationship with a local elder-care center.

  • Army regs prohibit eating popular health bar-Hemp seeds source of protein, banned by DA

    Apr 17, 2015

    For anyone who relies on protein bars as an afternoon or after workout snack, they should be warned about nonmilitary friendly ingredients in their all-natural selections. Natural food snacks, like the Kind Companies Strong & Kind bars, are off limits to military personnel and DOD civilians because they contain hemp seeds. While the seeds are a natural source of protein and have high content of necessary vitamins they are off limits as a food source due to the possibility of ingesting THC.

  • APG contracting battalion supports premier DOD contracting exercise

    Apr 14, 2015

    The Department of Defense is wrapping up Operational Contracting Support Joint Exercise 2015. Phase 1 of the exercise ran March 12-30 at Fort Bliss, Texas, and consisted of warrior skills training, classroom instruction and the culminating event, the contracting exercise.

  • Multi-National Partners Integrate with U.S. Joint Forces at OCSJX-15

    Apr 11, 2015

    U.S. forces and civilians integrated with service members from three multi-national partnering nations are here to participate in Part B of the largest contract support exercise to date, Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2015.

  • Spotlight on … CHEERS

    Apr 10, 2015

    Troy Foster leads the Colleagues Helping Each other Engage in Responsive Solutions committee at the command's headquarters. The committee provides an avenue to share thoughts and concerns as well as promote ideas on how members at the headquarters can improve morale and camaraderie in the command, which contributes to the physical, social, mental and emotional well-being of members.

  • Soldier on the run

    Apr 9, 2015

    An Army Contracting Command -- Aberdeen Proving Ground Soldier was named the first-place sprinter during the U.S.A. Track and Field Masters Indoor Championships held recently in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • Not just contracting: JREC represents commander, operator in full-circle OCS

    Apr 9, 2015

    Truly successful Operational Contract Support is not just about contracting; its real power lies in the second and third-order effects of decisions made during all phases of operations.

  • ACC employee marches to remember

    Apr 8, 2015

    An Army Contracting Command employee commemorated the hardships of the Bataan Death March and the lives to two Soldiers killed in Iraq.

  • Consideration of Economic, Social Environment Ensures Proper OCS

    Apr 8, 2015

    In times of conflict, socioeconomic vulnerabilities can be magnified. For Operational Contract Support professionals, recognizing trends and understanding the economic climate, within a region of operation, is essential to ensure tactical-level OCS decisions have positive strategic-level effects.

  • MICC 2025 underpins contracting relevance

    Apr 7, 2015

    To remain relevant to the nation and our Army, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command must continuously strive to be the most efficient and effective command the Army can afford. To that end, we must align our mission with the Army Materiel Command vision for 2025 and beyond while being fully prepared to meet future.

  • Army contracting supports Operation United Assistance in Africa

    Mar 27, 2015

    In West Africa, Soldiers from the 928th Contingency Contracting Battalion meet with local contractors, procure items and ensure construction is on track for Operation United Assistance and the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program.

  • Army releases spring/summer safety campaign

    Mar 26, 2015

    The Army's annual spring/summer safety campaign was recently released online by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

  • OCSJX-15 Enters Next Phase at Schofield Barracks

    Mar 26, 2015

    The second portion of Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2015 began at Schofield Barracks, HI, as the scenario execution phase of the first portion of the exercise began at Fort Bliss, Texas. The first portion of OCSJX-15 replicates actions taken in support of, phase 0, deterrence activities. At the end of the execution phase at Fort Bliss, the exercise then transitions to the second portion here, with the establishment of the Joint Theater Support Contracting Command.

  • Effects-Based Contracting Used as Commander's Tool During OIF

    Mar 26, 2015

    During Operation Iraqi Freedom, what could be considered a simple contract to clean up trash was used as a commander's tool to achieve much greater military objectives. Lessons learned from this type of effects-based contracting have led to a shift in the way the Department of Defense handles the planning of Operational Contract Support for military operations.

  • Open application period for Army Civilian leadership training

    Mar 25, 2015

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower & Reserve Affairs (ASA (M&RA)) announced the open application period for the highly competitive Senior Enterprise Talent Management program (GS-14/15s and equivalents) and the newly developed Enterprise Talent Management program (GS-12/13s and equivalents), on March 25, 2015.

  • OCSJX-15 scenario execution phase begins

    Mar 25, 2015

    Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2015 scenario execution phase began here March 24 and will continue through March 29. The exercise scenario focuses on training the workforce in OCS planning, execution and management.

  • OCSJX-15 Participants Undergo Three Phases of OCS Training

    Mar 25, 2015

    Roughly 1,000 joint, total force and coalition service members and civilians traveled from around the world to participate in the largest Operational Contract Support exercise to date, OCS Joint Exercise 2015.

  • National Guard needs continued investment, generals tell Congress

    Mar 21, 2015

    Continuing to invest in the National Guard to ensure it remains accessible, responsive and capable will provide the nation a force that is proven on the battlefield and in the homeland.

  • FM capability enhanced in OCSJX-15

    Mar 18, 2015

    For the first time, members of the Financial Management career field are fully integrated in the Operational Contract Support exercise. Two FM members are incorporated into each of the 12 Regional Contracting Cells, with centralized disbursing agents overseeing four RCCs apiece. "It is absolutely critical that w train side-by-side with our FM partners," said U.S. Army Col. Paul Pardew, division chief for OCS on the Joint Staff. "They are critical to how Operational Contracting Support is planned, executed and synchronized with combatant command operations and desired effects."

  • Army Sustainment Command units complete Operation United Assistance mission

    Mar 17, 2015