By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeSeptember 18, 2017
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Sept. 18, 2017) -- A contracting officer from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command is a graduate of the Logistics and Technology Program with a Master of Science Degree in Supply Chain Management.
Cindy McAleese was one of only 13 graduating in August from the competitive, 12-month resident pilot program as a collaborative effort between the Army Materiel Command and Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, New York.
The Watertown, New York, native was the only student selected from the 1102 contracting career series for program, which included a broad range of studies in numerical decision processes, quality studies and managerial theory.
"My contracting experience contributed to effective learning in all of the supply chain courses, the Lean Six Sigma course, and the strategic sourcing course," she said. "Since the primary focus of these courses was on industry, I was able to enhance the learning process by sharing how contracting is performed at the DOD level."
As supervisory contract specialist, she served as the deputy chief for the MICC-Fort Drum Construction Division upon selection for the LOGTECH program in 2016. McAleese supports the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum garrison with requirements for construction, services and supplies.
Having spent 15 years in the private sector, she began her career in government contracting in 2007 as a contract specialist with the MICC's legacy organization at Fort Drum and has swiftly advanced to a supervisory contract specialist, holding a $10 million contracting officer's warrant. She is responsible for leading and mentoring seven contract specialists and trained several contracting Soldiers from the 925th Contracting Battalion in construction contracting in preparation for deployment.
A stout proponent for higher education, that desire along with a steadfast work ethic can be traced to her early childhood on a working beef farm. Raised on an island in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, she completed grade school in a one-room schoolhouse. Junior and senior high school required McAleese to commute across the river, necessitating students to board with the families of fellow classmates on the mainland during the winter months.
She is a graduate of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where she earned a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Finance, but acknowledges the importance of continuous learning.
"I gained so much more knowledge and experience working with advanced computer systems and software programs than I ever have before. It is truly amazing how technology is leveraging today's supply chain management strategies," she said. "My plans are to utilize this newly acquired skill in making better, more efficient and effective acquisition decisions."
Lt. Col. Jessie Griffith, the 925th Contracting Battalion command and director for MICC-Fort Drum, said the program will greatly benefit McAleese in the career field and further develop her capabilities as a senior leader.
"Cindy's devotion to her personal and professional growth increases not only her capabilities, but also the capabilities of the 925th CBN and MICC-Fort Drum," Griffith said. "Cindy is an excellent leader and teammate with unlimited potential. We look forward to her sharing her experiences and knowledge across our organization."
The LOGTECH pilot program offered graduate-level material in logistics and supply chain management with the focus on developing, managing and leading the complex integration of products, services and distribution within the defense industry. AMC program administrators believe the program provides graduates a competitive advantage in strategically aligning supply chain support services with DOD tactical and operational objectives.
Since completing the LOGTECH program, McAleese was selected by her office leadership to manage the Simplified Acquisition Threshold Supply Procurement Program, or S2P2, developed to reduce procurement lead time and touch labor for purchases less than $150,000 that has been adopted enterprise-wide across the MICC.
"Because the S2P2 program processes a large volume of supply procurement actions, the skills and knowledge that I have acquired in supply chain management and Lean Six Sigma will help ensure the continued success of this new program," she said.
The program was open to all AMC civilian personnel in the grades GS-12 to GS-14 who possessed a bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution. Eligibility included those in the supply management, contracting and logistics, materiel maintenance management, transportation and distribution management, or ammunition management Army civilian career programs. The selection board's evaluation criteria include career goals, demonstrated breadth of experience, leadership skills, potential for further advancement, awards and recognition, written communication abilities, personal statement and letters of endorsement.
MICC-Fort Drum is subordinate contracting office of the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Brag, North Carolina. The brigade is one of two that along with two field directorates make up the MICC. Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the MICC consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, preparing more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.