Sgt. 1st Class Derrick A. Wade is an acquisition, logistics and technology contracting noncommissioned officer assigned to the 619th Contingency Contracting Team at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Describe your current position

As a contracting NCO for a deployable contingency contracting team, I provide the supported commanders enhanced operational flexibility by leveraging the local economy for contracted life and logistics support. In addition, I am responsible for executing operational and garrison contract support for supplies, services and minor construction for the 60,000 Soldiers and civilians within the U.S. Army Pacific area of operation.

Describe your passion for the job.

I enjoy purchasing new items and equipment that I have never seen or heard of. I enjoy being able to see how the taxpayers' dollars are spent and how they are used to better support the armed forces, especially the Soldiers and their families.

Where do you call home? Tell us about your family and what you enjoy doing during your time off.

I am from Pensacola, Fla., and am married to Latasha Wade, a staff sergeant in the Army. We have one daughter, Jade Epiphany Monroe-Wade, 14.

I attend church, go to American Military University, do volunteer work, play video games with my daughter and enjoy family outings.

How does your job support the Soldier?

I provide line material handling equipment, vehicles, communications and various office supplies to Marines, Soldiers, sailors and airmen.

What would you like others to know about you?

Mission First, Soldiers Always. Support and Defend!