ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Maj. Gen. Paul Pardew, commanding general, Army Contracting Command, visited Army Contracting Command-Rock Island Sep. 5, his first trip here since taking command of ACC in May.

During his presentation, Pardew outlined expectations for the workforce, priorities, and his view of the future. He also said he is no stranger to the work that ACC-RI does.

"I will freely admit, I have been a consumer of what ACC-RI does since I was a major," said Pardew. "When I was a battalion commander, I didn't get anywhere or do anything without Rock Island helping me. When I became a brigade commander, I was in Italy -- it was a rough assignment -- but Rock Island was there for me then with complicated AFRICOM requirements. Rock Island was strategic reachback that I needed."

As the end of the fiscal year looms, Pardew said that the emphasis naturally needs to be on obligating money. However, once Oct. 1 hits, the command's focus will shift squarely on contract administration.

He said he also wants to ensure he has even more engagement with customers to ensure they are carrying their weight in the development of contract requirements.

Another focus, Pardew said, is making sure every contracting professional is regularly using the Virtual Contract Enterprise system to ensure the accuracy of their data. This is vital to building metrics that measure the successes of the center and the health of the command.

Finally, Pardew said there will be some "Shape the Fight" changes that will result in workload shifting between ACC centers, but said he views ACC- RI as strategically important to the Army.

"What you do here are very complex actions that have not just a systems impact, but operational impacts, and not just on one locality but globally," said Pardew. "I don't think that's ever going to change."

Pardew also held a question and answer session, as well as walking around the center and presenting coins to 11 employees.