JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Jan. 9, 2015) -- More than $191 million in contracts were awarded to small businesses throughout the nation during the first quarter of this fiscal year by contracting officials with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command."These awards are a direct result of the command's commitment to American small businesses and the attainment of the nation's public policy goals," said Mark Massie, associate director for the MICC Office of Small Business Programs at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.The MICC Small Business Programs consists of personnel around the country who provide aid, advice and counsel to small businesses. In addition to providing advice to individual small businesses, the program also advocates within the command's 33 contracting offices to ensure small businesses have the maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts awarded by those activities.MICC officials and small business representatives across the command continue to conduct acquisition forecast open house events at installations throughout the country over the next two months. Remaining outreach events are slated for:Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 7, Wiley Theater Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Fort Meade, Maryland, Jan. 12, McGill Training Center on Fort Meade Fort Carson, Colorado, Jan. 13, McMahon Auditorium Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Jan. 21, MICC-Fort Jackson contracting office Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jan. 22, Main post theater Fort Stewart, Georgia, Jan. 29, Post education center Fort Hood, Texas, Feb. 3, Killeen Civic and Conference Center Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Feb. 3, Fort Sam Houston Theater Fort Polk, Louisiana, Feb. 18, Post conference facility Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Feb. 23, Cole Park Community Activities Center Fort Irwin, California, Feb. 25, Barstow Harvey House Fort Drum, New York, March 24, Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference CenterPete Hunter, an assistant director for the MICC Small Business Programs at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, said such events help increase competition for Army contracts, broaden industry participation in Army contracts, and assist small businesses in winning Army contracts.Dollars awarded to small-business contractors help support the achievement of annual government-wide goals required by the Small Business Act. Small-business directors at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston monitor each small business category throughout the fiscal year to ensure contracts are awarded in each of the following small business categories:- Small disadvantaged business - Service-disabled veteran-owned small business - Woman-owned small business - Historically underutilized business zone small businessHeadquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 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.