Via: Army Contracting Command 'moving in right direction'
Gen. Dennis Via, commander of Army Materiel Command, or AMC, shakes hands with Gene Duncan, chief of the Army Contracting Command Strategic Initiatives Group, during an update briefing from the Army Contracting Command, or ACC, and the Expeditionary ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Jan. 29, 2016) -- Army Contracting Command, or ACC, is "moving in the right direction," Army Materiel Command's, or AMC's, commanding general said.

"You are doing phenomenal work and you're doing it around the world. ACC is critical to AMC's ability to provide what the warfighter needs, when it's needed," Gen. Dennis L. Via told Maj. Gen. James E. Simpson, ACC commanding general.

Via met with Simpson, ACC and the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command staffs during an update briefing at ACC Headquarters here, Jan. 21. ACC is an AMC major subordinate command.

Via said the ACC team is very good at what it does and that increases the demand for ACC's services.

Simpson credited ACC's workforce for the command's success.

"That work is being done by our global workforce of 6,400 Soldiers and Army civilians," Simpson said. "We are an enabling capability in every combatant command theater around the world."

Via said AMC and ACC support readiness, and the Army chief of staff's No. 1 priority remains to provide the equipment and materiel joint warfighters need to accomplish their mission. He said few people understand what AMC does. Therefore, AMC and ACC Soldiers and civilians "have to continually tell our story about what we bring to the fight."

ACC has about 150 Soldiers and 40 Army civilians currently deployed, supporting four of the six geographic combatant commands. In January, Expeditionary Contracting Command-Afghanistan assumed Contingency Contracting Administrative Services responsibilities for contracts issued by the Army Contracting Command with performance in Afghanistan.

In fiscal 2015, ACC's global contracting enterprise executed more than 173,000 contract actions valued at more than $54.6 billion. Simpson projected fiscal 2016 to be about the same and to remain stable through fiscal 2018. He said ACC executed more than 24,500 contract actions valued at more than $10.4 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, which began Oct. 1.

"While those numbers are below last year's numbers, I expect our business to pick up over the rest of the fiscal year and that we'll close out around 170,000 actions valued at about $53 billion," he added.

"I think it's going to be a banner year," Simpson said.

Simpson pointed out two keys to the command's success: a renewed emphasis on communication across the workforce, and stakeholder and customer engagement as keys to the unit's improved morale. He said contracting requires continual interaction with its supported organizations. He said ACC has to help its customers and stakeholders understand the acquisition process.

ACC provides global contracting support to warfighters engaged in military operations, weapon system acquisition, life-cycle management and sustainment and acquisition of goods and services vital to the Soldier's mission and well-being. Its workforce includes more than 6,400 military and civilian personnel at more than 100 locations worldwide.

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