Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general, Army Contracting Command, presided over an award ceremony during her visit to the ACC-New Jersey Arsenal April 8.

During the ceremony, Nichols recognized Gherin Fracasso, John Swift, Vincent Turco, Mark Bobitka, Jason Melofchik, John Vince Fox and Thomas Howes for completing the center's two-year Ammunition Enterprise Smart Buyer Program training.

"These individuals form a present and future cadre of contracting officers and leaders of ACC-N.J.," said Paul Milenkowic, deputy director ACC-N.J.

Milenkowic said this program combines formal training and on-the-job experiences in a comprehensive manner to further develop highly qualified contract specialists into becoming smarter buyers. Participants are assigned for one year working to support an assigned program manager in the acquisition process. The second year they receive specialized training and hands-on assignments in cost and pricing, source selection and in the office of the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting. This is the center's initial rotation of trainees and its first graduating class.

He said the training provides ACC-N.J. personnel with a better understanding of the user, requirements, markets, proposals, cost and price principles, competition and the role of small business while also building relationships and enhancing career development.

Nichols, along with Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness, program executive officer, Ammunition and senior commander, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., presented the graduating class with their certificates of completion.

Milenkowic said Nichols has been aware of this program since her last visit and is very supportive of continuing it.