Make no mistake about it, you all are an important part of the greatest military on earth. By supporting your families, you all are helping to protect this country and keep every single one of us safe. You are doing that ... And in the coming years, as these wars draw to an end and we draw down our troops, I want you to know, you and your families to know that we will not be drawing down our work to support you.
- First Lady Michelle Obama, emphasized her commitment and the commitment of Mrs. Jill Biden, to continuing to draw attention to the needs of military families through the Joining Forces program, at the Kids' Inaugural: Our Children. Our Future concert, an event held in advance of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 19, 2013, in Washington D.C.
Concert for military kids kicks off inaugural weekend
I want to ... show that athletes and people in the military go through the exact same thing. We go through struggles. We go through pains. I have never been to war, but when I retired my war started.
- Chris Sanders, NFL player, who has played eight seasons with the Houston/Tennessee Oilers and the Tennessee Titans
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Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise- 2013
What is it?
Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise-2013, is the U.S. Army Contracting Command's annual contracting readiness exercise that trains military and deployable civilian contracting officers in warrior and contracting specific tasks. This hands-on training exposes contingency contracting officers to contracting and contingency challenges while affording them the opportunity to develop and exchange solutions. JCRX 2013 is being conducted Jan. 15 - 31, 2013 at Fort Bliss, Texas.
The exercise was designed to minimize ramp-up time in theater and allow contracting officials to concentrate on their mission. Scenarios ensure participants are technically proficient and include training and appointing contracting officer representatives and field ordering officers, preparing purchase orders and contracts, performing contract close-out actions, reporting commander's critical information requirements, resolving contracting ethics issues, handling confrontations with disgruntled customers, and working with foreign vendors.
What has the Army done?
The ACC's Expeditionary Contracting Command created the realistic training exercise to replicate what maneuver units receive at the training centers. The exercise provides tools, techniques and procedures necessary to deploy with confidence and the ability to survive and support our deployed forces. This two-week exercise will train almost 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of the Army Civilians.
JCRX 2013 has four objectives:
- Provide real-world contract scenarios to minimize contingency contracting officer ramp-up time in theater
- Sustain contingency contracting officers' warrior skills
- Introduce theater-specific contingency contracting officer training and tools
- Enhance contingency contracting officers' confidence to excel and work in a joint contingency environment
- Conduct realistic senior contracting official training for worldwide contingency missions
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Lessons learned from this exercise will be incorporated into the expeditionary skill sets of Army contingency contracting officers and improve interoperability between the services' military contracting operations. The joint participants agree that future JCRX exercises should expand to include the finance and comptroller community.
Why is this important to the Army?
The exercise leads to improved contract planning and execution in a joint environment and contributes to establishing expeditionary contracting as a core and enduring Army operational capability. Future military operations will continue to demand expeditionary contracting Soldiers who are trained, and ready to meet Army Service Component Command needs and this 'work as they fight' strategy will prepare them to deploy and support Army operational forces anywhere in the world.
The better contingency contracting officers are trained the better they will be able to support the warfighter in any environment. Providing them with an opportunity to train in a realistic training environment and test their warrior and contracting skills prior to deployment has made a huge impact on operations in the Southwest Asia theater during Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.
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