By Ms. Tara Clements (ASA (ALT))May 12, 2014
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 12, 2014) -- Fourteen candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held here April 22-23, 2014.
The last board of the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office.
"We had a record number of applications this year resulting in one of our most competitive boards yet," said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C proponent NCO. "Out of 197 applicants, fourteen were selected meeting our end-strength goals for the fiscal year," he added. As a result, the July board has been cancelled.
The number of selected applicants varies across each board and is dependent upon the accession needs of the Army at the time. The next reclassification board date is scheduled for first quarter, fiscal year 2015.
This board also marked the first time the proponency team used the virtual board application, processing a record number of applications using the online portal.
"The application proved to be a very useful tool; we learned a great deal and need to make a few tweaks to improve it for the next board, but I'm excited we were able to automate the process making it easier for applicants, judges and the administrative team," said Sears.
The purpose of the board is to ensure the best qualified NCOs from across the Army are selected for reclassification into military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C, an Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Contracting NCO, which is part of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce.
The primary mission for 51C NCOs is to deploy as contingency contracting officers and serve as members of the early entry module contingency contracting team. When not deployed, selected NCOs will serve as contingency contracting officers in support of a headquarters, principal assistant responsible for contracting, contracting support brigades, contingency contracting battalions, and/or installation contracting offices for training and mission support.
USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection:
Staff Sgt. Derbe Amiah
Sgt. (P) Robert Anderson
Staff Sgt. Maria Barrow
Sgt. (P) Yao Bagoudou
Sgt. (P) John Butts
Staff Sgt. Nayoung Chu
Staff Sgt. Antoine Echols
Staff Sgt. Paul Gaeth
Sgt. Jeffrey Geer
Staff Sgt. Ryan Grimmer
Staff Sgt. Dirk Holz
Sgt. Lesley Odom
Staff Sgt. Justino Surla
Staff Sgt. Tamika Williams