By Ms. Rachel Clark (Army Contracting Command)June 18, 2014
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The 409th Contracting Support Brigade recently supported the 405th Army Field Support Brigade's job shadow program by allowing one of its participants to work with contracting officers here.
The 405th AFSB provides opportunities for its employees to work alongside or "shadow" employees in different career fields as part of the Army Sustainment Command's Journey to Leadership program.
As part of a 20-day developmental assignment, Miranda Lee, a budget analyst with the 405th AFSB, worked alongside Stephanie VanDine, a contracting officer at the 409th Theater Contracting Center, to learn more about the ins-and-outs of contracting.
"I had to find a unit within Army Materiel Command to job shadow with, and I've always been interested in contracting," Lee said. "I reached out to Dana Harris, the deputy director of TCC, since they are in the local area."
Harris said the brigade was happy to show Lee how contracts are managed.
"Anytime we are able to support a sister brigade, we will," Harris added. "Pairing her with Ms. VanDine worked because she represents what a good contracting officer is."
During her time with the 409th, Lee helped with contract modifications and learned contracting peculiarities and technicalities.
"Working this job has given me a much better understanding of the acquisition process. There's a lot more to it than I could have imagined," said Lee.