903rd CCBN Site Assessment
In Arua, Uganda, Keith Thompson with Alion Science and Technology Corp., Staff Sgt. Wayne Hand, a contracting officer representative, Capt. Samuel Lagara, Ugandan People's Defense Force logistician and Maj. Justin De Armond, 903rd CCBn, contracting o... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany. - Soldiers from the 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion were in Africa providing contracting support services for a Special Operations Command Africa-led operation.

The contracting team deployed to Entebbe, Uganda, in support of Operation Observant Compass. Contracting support services included various support services and infrastructure needs, according to Maj. Justin De Armond, 903rd CCBn. contracting officer.

"We provided customer contract support for radio station upgrades, repair and maintenance services, short message services, and other communication needs that helped to shape multi-national operations against the Lord's Resistance Army," Armond said. "We also ensured there were trained contracting officer representatives on the ground and made sure everything went according to plan. This line of effort against the LRA was one of the main efforts as it proved the most fruitful in the destabilization of Joseph Kony's forces."

The team is part of the 409th Contracting Support Brigade and augmented the 414th Contracting Support Brigade. The primary mission of the team was to administer the Logistic Civil Augmentation Program task order supporting OOC.

"Our team was there providing contract administrative services with an estimated value of $54 million and to provide expeditionary contracting support," said Lt. Col. Daryl "Gwen" Devera-Waden, 903rd CCBn. commander.

According to Ontario Flowers, contracting officer, 903rd CCBn, part of the contracting teams' mission was to ensure that all the services that LOGCAP brings to support the special operations forces personnel in the field are executed well and are responsive to their needs, especially as the requirements change. LOGCAP brings a unique solution to contracting in Africa and can be quickly exercised to meet needs in an expedient manner.

"Working with the local economy was an evolving educational process. I loved teaching and guiding them on conducting business with the U.S. government in order to promote the local economy. I guess you can say that I've developed a great business relationship with them because they know that I'm fair and ethical in every aspect that I conduct business with them" Flowers said.

OOC began in the fall of 2011 and is currently approved by the president to operate through the fall of 2015. The U.S. is conducting the operation in Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic to help Uganda stop Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army by providing military advisers and transport services.