By Ben Gonzales, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeNovember 26, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 26, 2014) -- The commanding general of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command swore in 60 future Soldiers during pregame activities at a San Antonio Spurs basketball game Nov. 8 in San Antonio.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Gabbert, the MICC commanding general, with the assistance of Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Bowens, recited the oath of enlistment to the San Antonio-area recruits at midcourt just prior to the Spurs game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The oath of enlistment was part of the Spurs Veterans Appreciation Night, where all current military members and veterans were recognized during the game at a sold out game of more than 18,000 fans. At halftime, Gabbert and his family were recognized at midcourt for their service to the country.
Army drill sergeants from the Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, presented the national colors during the oath of enlistment and marched the 60 future Soldiers onto the court. The drill sergeants also presented the colors during the national anthem at the beginning of the game.
The 60 recruits came from the San Antonio Army Recruiting Battalion, and several recruiters participated in pregame activities.
"What a distinct honor to swear in 60 San Antonio youths into the United States Army in front of their families, friends and Military City U.S.A.," Gabbert said. "I am confident these future Soldiers will be valuable assets to the world's most domiant land force as they will be professional, volunteer Soldiers capable of effectively executing operations in the Army's complex operating environment."
Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter at Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2014, the command executed more than 37,000 contract actions worth more than $5.6 billion across the Army, including almost $2.4 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 633,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2014 valued at an additional $783 million.