FORT BELVOIR, Virginia -- (Sept. 25, 2017) Members from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, took time to train contingency contracting Soldiers from the Virginia Army National Guard Sept. 14-16 in preparation for their deployment this coming spring.
MICC-Fort Belvoir worked with the 1940th Contingency Contracting Team and 1945th CCT from the Guard's 329th Regional Support Group located at Virginia Beach, Virginia.The weekend of training allowed Guard Soldiers to meet with representatives from the Army Reserve Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Battalion at Fort Belvoir. LOGCAP Support Brigade leadership from Rock Island, Illinois, expressed interest in conducting a joint training exercise with Virginia Army National Guard, Army Reserve and MICC acquisition personnel later this year as members of the 1945th CCT will be interacting with LOGCAP units when they deploy."The planning session was focused on developing an operational contracting support multi-component training exercise that encompasses all three aspects of OCS - planning, procuring and managing contract support," said Lt. Col. Doug Ralph, the commander for MICC-Fort Belvoir. "This multi-component exercise will provide the infrastructure necessary to raise, train, equip and deploy material integrators."He added that such planning supports the Army Materiel Command in developing and delivering readiness solutions to maintain a globally dominate land force capability.Contracting training also included the attendance of contract review boards for the Davison Army Airfield resurfacing contract and Army Warrior Care and Transition System as well as a solicitation review board for the Davison AAF runway lighting contract. Davison AAF serves Fort Belvoir as a military use airport.Additionally, Soldiers networked with other Army acquisition personnel while attending an Army acquisitions lecture series at the Fort Belvoir Officer's Club where they heard a brief on effective communication by Gabe Camarillo, the former principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.The training opportunity also allowed Soldiers to be part of an industry day at nearby Fort Meyers where they learned about several new autonomous vehicles and drone and anti-drone technologies. Soldiers from the contingency contracting teams were also able to accomplish more than a handful of annual ancillary training requirements over the weekend.MICC-Fort Belvoir is a subordinate contracting office to the 419th Contracting Support Brigade located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The 419th CSB along with another contracting support brigade and two field directorate offices 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.