By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeAugust 4, 2017
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 04, 2017) -- Members at a handful of Mission and Installation Contracting Command activities welcomed new leaders over the past few months as the summer rotation of assignments continue.
On July 14, Lt. Col. Jessie Griffith assumed command of the 925th Contracting Battalion at Fort Drum, New York, from Lt. Col. Wyeth Anderson. Griffith previously served as operational contracting support director for Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Anderson departed for a position as the deputy director for the MICC's Field Directorate Office at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. In an assumption-of-responsibility ceremony that same day, Sgt. Maj. Timothy Higgs joined the battalion as its senior enlisted leader. Higgs joined the 925th CBN following his assignment as the 905th CBN sergeant major at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Lt. Col. Jason Miles assumed command of the 900th Contracting Battalion in a July 11 ceremony at Fort Bragg, from Lt. Col. Amanda Flint. Miles previously served as chief of contracting support operations with the 410th CSB at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. Flint is retiring from Army after more than 21 years of active service.
At MICC-Fort Irwin, Lt. Col. Frankie Cruz assumed command from Lt. Col. Richard Pfeiffer during a ceremony in June. Cruz comes to Fort Irwin from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Middle East District in Winchester, Virginia, where he served as the contracting branch chief. Pfeiffer was selected to attend Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
In June, Lt. Col. David Taylor assumed command of MICC-Fort Polk from Lt. Col. Tom Kelley in a ceremony officiated by Col. Carol Tschida, the 419th Contracting Support Battalion commander. Taylor previously served as the executive officer and later deputy of the theater contracting center for the 409th CSB at Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Kelley departed for an assignment with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology at the Pentagon.
The MICC is made up of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting good and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, MICC contracts are vital in feeding Soldiers every day, providing many of the daily base operations support services at installations, preparing conventional force members, training almost a half million students each year, and maintaining government lands and structures across the United States and Puerto Rico.