JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Dec. 14, 2015) Leaders from throughout the command took part in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Acquisition Leadership Conference here Dec. 1-4 to discuss key issues impacting the workforce as well as contracting enterprise solutions.The conference included commanders, directors and senior enlisted members representing the MICC's three contracting support brigades, field directorate office and 32 contracting offices taking part in a variety of briefings, interactive discussions and breakout sessions over three days.Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Gabbert, George Cabaniss and Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka O'Neal, who make up the command team, opened the conference with welcoming remarks and a briefing on the state of the command."The MICC has put in place innovative--data driven solutions and management systems built around the MICC Marketplace that not only improves our customer support, but also manages our workforce and acquisition efforts more efficiently and effectively," Gabbert said.Following their brief, leaders from across the command heard from a guest speaker before dividing for breakout sessions to discuss enterprise issues. Over the remaining two days, they discussed a number of topics to include stakeholder relationships, civilian labor law, NCO professional development, contracting officer proponency, data management, legal trends in contracting, small business program, inter-governmental service agreements, Government Purchase Card Program trends, and reverse auction best practices. Additional subjects covered included the Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program, trends discovered through command management reviews, and contract closeout.Anthony Sligar, deputy to the commander for the 925th Contracting Battalion and MICC-Fort Drum, said the conference's theme -- "It's a new day" -- summed it up best for him."The challenges of the MICC today are different than the challenges of yesterday," he said. "This shows how great our organization is because throughout the ever-changing mission of the Army we continue to complete our mission."Leaders also reviewed the MICC 2025 plan, which includes the Purchase Agent Program, MICC Academy, and standardized office structure."The conference is an essential element in communicating and understanding command priorities and transformation initiatives," said Lt. Col. Richard Pfeiffer, MICC-Fort Irwin commander. "Without the interactive dialogue and discussion, we would be significantly less well equipped at the tactical level in moving the organization forward."The MICC Contracting Operations Directorate, which stood up in August as part of the MICC 2025 transformation, conducted training for leaders on the Contracting Tactical Operations Center management system as well as discuss modernization efforts with the application.Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC is made up of more than 1,500 military and civilian members responsible for contracting for Soldiers. In fiscal 2015, the command executed more than 36,000 contract actions valued at more than $5.2 billion across the Army, including $2.25 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 600,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2015 valued at an additional $747 million.