By Capt. Wilson Griffin, 710th Contracting Team leaderOctober 29, 2018
FORT HOOD, Texas (Oct. 29, 2018) -- Members of the 901st Contracting Battalion were vital in equipping the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade by awarding multiple information technology contracts as well as a contract for a TA-50 wall locker and weapon racks for the newly formed brigade.
The battalion's 710th Contracting Team is aligned to support the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and other tenant brigades on Fort Hood, Texas. Contracting Soldiers from the 710th CT awarded a contract for 1,131 pieces of equipment for wall locker and weapon racks Sept. 21, only 28 days after receiving the purchase request.
"Teamwork begins with trust, and that is exactly what the 710th CT displayed by supporting 3rd SFAB contract requirements. The team put in countless hours coordinating with the 3rd SFAB team to ensure all their requirements were met before its Sept. 28 timeline," said Lt. Col. Kizzy Danser, the deputy director of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Hood contracting office and 901st CBN commander. "These requirements were critical to the unit's initial standup and its mission to successfully rapidly deploy. In addition to meeting the unit's requirements ahead of schedule, the 710th CT was able to save them more than $100,000."
The universal weapon racks are designed to house M4s, pistols, ammunition and other sensitive items for a team of four Soldiers and deploy with them as is, anywhere in the world. All of the weapon racks ordered are custom and has the interior components to store all for the 3rd SFAB's weapons prescribed in its modified table of organization and equipment to include crew-served weapons, securely in a normal arms-room.
"These racks are unique and will definitely serve their purpose here in the brigade" said Maj. Brian Glenn, who is responsible for supply and logistics at 3rd SFAB. "Contracting was able to assist us through the whole process, award a contract and found us a vendor who could produce and ship the supplies before the fielding of our weapons."
The first items were delivered Oct. 17, and the delivery of the remaining items is set for the second week of November 2018.
Contracting teams from the 901st CBN are aligned with armored brigade combat teams, the Army's primary armored force, to provide contracting support to those brigades during National Training Center and Joint Readiness Training Center rotations and their deployments as needed. This alignment allows contracting as a whole to better support the Soldiers and to operationalize contracting.
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command 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. The command is made up of two contracting support brigades, two field directorates, 30 contracting offices and nine battalions. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of 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.