By Capt. David Terhune, 621st Contracting TeamMarch 8, 2018
FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky (March 8, 2018) -- Soldiers from the 922nd Contracting Battalion cased their colors in preparation for deployment in support of the 101st Airborne Division and Operation Freedom's Sentinel during a ceremony March 5 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
The battalion will deploy for the third time in its brief history and assume its role as the Regional Contracting Center-Afghanistan for Operation Freedom's Sentinel headquarters.
"Today will mark the third time the battalion has cased its colors within four years," said Lt. Col. Anthony Rogers, the 922nd CBN commander. "Our next mission will take us to Afghanistan, where we will provide contracting support throughout Afghanistan for U.S. and coalition forces, to the end of building the capacity and legitimacy of the Afghan national defense."
The 922nd CBN will provide and oversee vital supply, services and construction contracting support in addition to contingency contracting administration services for Afghanistan.
"While we are deployed, our contracting mission at Fort Campbell does not stop," Rogers said. "I am confident MICC-Fort Campbell will continue providing excellent support to the garrison and the remaining units from the 101st AD."
The 922nd CBN and MICC-Fort Campbell contracting office provide cradle-to-grave contract support for supplies, services and construction in support of the Fort Campbell Garrison as well as the 101st AD and its supported elements. Fort Campbell's ranges, training areas and facilities serve as an essential training platform for Reserve component forces and units of the Tennessee and Kentucky Army National Guard. The 922nd CBN and MICC-Fort Campbell are subordinate to the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that with another brigade and two field directorate offices make up the MICC.
Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 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.