By CourtesyJanuary 18, 2018
By Ryan Mattox
Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Dec. 22, 2017). A team of Soldiers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, are spending the holidays focused on providing operational contracting support and a little holiday spirit in Afghanistan.
The team is comprised of Soldiers from the 614th Contracting Team, 900th Contracting Battalion, and 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Bragg.
The contracting team members are Maj. Daniel Howser, the team lead; Capt. Tysalaam Bowman, the contract management officer; Sgt. 1st Class Christie England, the contracting team NCOIC; Staff Sgt. Adebowale Goyea, a contracting specialist, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Conrad, also a contracting specialist.
Since arriving in-country in July 2017, the Soldiers are providing both base life support and private security to all U.S. and coalition forces involved with Operation Resolute Support.
They support more than just Army units, the significant customers they support are Headquarters Resolute Support; U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan; the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing; 3rd Infantry Division and the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.
The team has a unique mission in support of Operation Resolute Support. Two members, Howser and Goyea, work a LOGCAP task order, which provides base life support for forward operating locations in southern Afghanistan. England works another LOGCAP task order, which provides base life support for the following locations, Fenty, Gamberi, Lightning, Dahlke, Resolute Support HQ, New Kabul Compound, Morehead, Duskin, and Scorpion in Afghanistan. Bowman works on private security contracts for all of the CJOA. Conrad works on the services team two, which provides services that are not covered under the LOGCAP task orders.
While deployed, the contracting team does plan to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday.
"There has been a holiday party planned, where there will be a white elephant gift exchange along with other various events to celebrate," England said.
The team will also be able to stay in touch with their family members back home.
"We frequently communicate with our family members either by phone, facetime, text messages or other means," England said. "We spend time making plans for loss time and for vacations to enjoy with our families when we return from this deployment."
Deployments during the holidays or other significant events are nothing new to these Soldiers.
"All the members on the team have deployed in the past, and understand that this is part of the Army life to support the warfighter," England said. "As a team, we ensure each of us keeps in good spirits and stays motivated throughout this deployment. As a whole, with the other team, battalions, and brigades that are deployed with us, we all keep each other in check, ensuring that we stay in good spirits and motivated."
The MICC is made up of about 1,500 military and civilian members across the United States and Puerto Rico who are responsible for contracting good and services in support of Soldiers' readiness. The MICC also is responsible for 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 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 maintain more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.