By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeJuly 18, 2013
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (July 18, 2013) -- Members representing the Defense Department, Army and Air Force gathered here this week to develop scenarios in preparation for the 2014 Operational Contracting Support Joint Exercise.
The Master Scenario Event List II workshop got under way July 15 and concludes July 19. Scenarios developed this week will be incorporated into the exercise taking place Jan. 7-31, 2014, at Fort Bliss, Texas, in order to test and build Soldier and civilian operational contract support skills.
"The purpose of this workshop is to develop scenarios to inject into the exercise that contracting officers and other members of the operational contract support community must react to and conduct operations within," said Maj. Evan Chung, 412th Contracting Support Brigade.
OCSJX-14 is the premier contingency contracting exercise designed to prepare uniformed and civilian operational contract support professionals to deploy and support any contingency, humanitarian or operational mission. It also provides DOD contracting and support professionals training on joint skills and warrior tasks that include control of contracting operations and contract planning, execution and administration.
More than 25 members participating in the workshop represent various services and agencies throughout DOD. They include the Defense Contract Management Agency, Joint Chiefs of Staff Logistics and Directorate for Joint Force Development, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, Army Sustainment Command, Army Contracting Command, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Expeditionary Contracting Command, and the Contingency Acquisition Support Model Program Office. Air Force participants include representatives responsible for contingency and functional area management, contracting instruction and business systems.
More than 380 trainees and cadre participated in the 2013 exercise. Among them were MICC Soldiers as well as civilian personnel from contracting offices throughout country who supported the joint event as teachers, mentors or coaches.
Chung said it is the second of three workshops in addition to three planning conferences that are required to develop and plan the exercise.