FORT BRAGG, NC -- Command of the 419th Contracting Support Brigade changed hands during a July 22 ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, attended by contracting leaders, family members, distinguished guests and members of the brigade.
Col. Carol Tschida assumed command from Col. Tony Brown in a ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Gabbert, commanding general for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.
Tschida comes to the 419th CSB after 10 months at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Brown departs for an assignment with the Army Acquisition Support Center as a Defense Acquisition University contracting instructor at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.The MICC commanding general praised Brown for his success in standing up the 419th CSB and guiding it to full operational capability."With minimal staffing and limited resources, Tony was able to forge command relationships with every key leader and leveraged operational contracting support to ensure their mission success," Gabbert said. "This greatly increased the 419th CSB's responsiveness to the customers' contracting requirements and provided expeditionary contracting support training in preparation of exercises and deployments."The general charged Tschida to continue that success as the brigade's new commander."You have an immense responsibility to the airborne and special operations forces communities as well as installation support to 10 Army posts," Gabbert said. "This is an incredible responsibility, and with your experience and training, I have confidence you will be able to superbly lead our contracting professionals."Tschida received a commission into the aviation branch as a distinguished graduate from the University of West Florida ROTC program at Pensacola, Florida. She has logged more than 1,000 flying hours in rotary and fixed-wing aircraft prior to joining the Army Acquisition Corps. The new brigade commander has served in various command, staff and operational assignments during her 23-year career including three deployments. Tschida is Level III certified in contracting and Level I certified in Program Management and Information Technology.In addition to accomplishing all necessary levels of professional military education, her advanced education includes a master's degree in procurement and acquisition management from Webster University and a master's degree in strategic studies from the Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.The 419th CSB has oversight of MICC contracting offices at Fort Bragg, Fort Drum, New York; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Fort Meade, Maryland.