JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (May 24, 2018) -- Command of two Mission and Installation Contracting Command battalions changed hands during ceremonies over the last week.

Lt. Col. James Burkes assumed command of the 918th Contracting Battalion May 18 at Fort Carson, Colorado, from Lt. Col. Thomas McFall in a ceremony officiated by Col. Lynda Armer, commander of the 418th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. At MICC-Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Lt. Col. Kevin Shilley assumed command of the 902nd CBN from Lt. Col. Toney Stephenson during a May 22 ceremony also officiated by Armer.

Burkes comes to the 918th CSB after completing his Training with Industry assignment with Amazon Web Services. McFall leaves for an assignment with the Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska. During the ceremony, Burkes said the 918th CBN has proven it has the grit and know how to support the Army's premier division and will continue to be proactive and focus on the warfighter.

"There are big challenges that confront our Army," Burkes said. "A series of powerful global trends that have shaped the strategic environment as we continue to transition from over a decade of war. I am confident in the talented workforce of the 918th CBN as we will support our Army mission to fight anytime, anyplace, and win our nation's wars."

Shilley previously served as a program integrator for Defense Contract Management Agency Lockheed Martin-Dallas in Dallas, Texas. He led a multi-functional team to provide contractor surveillance for a high mobility artillery rocket system. He also led the supply chain management team that was responsible for providing supply chain management surveillance for precision fires rockets and missile systems projects. Stephenson moves to Arlington, Virginia, to become the program integrator for Arlington National Cemetery and all continental United States Army and national cemeteries.

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.