JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 13, 2018) -- Members of the Field Directorate Office-Fort Sam Houston welcomed their new director Oct. 22 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Col. Jason Jefferis assumed director and principal assistant responsible for contracting duties from April Miller-Dietrich, who had been performing those duties since the deactivation of the 412th Contracting Support Brigade in April 2017.

"It is my task to continue to lead this exceptional organization and build upon the great work in support of the command's efforts to operationalize contracting and establish a renewed focus on contract administration," Jefferis said.

Jefferis comes to the FDO-Fort Sam Houston after his deployment for Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. He served as the deputy director for resource management and senior procurement adviser to the Afghanistan National Defense Security Forces and National Procurement Authority with the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, an executive-level agency responsible for oversight of all contracts in country.

"I am truly humbled and honored by the opportunity to continue to serve in this capacity," Jefferis said. "Command at any level is a privilege, but command of an organization so intricately linked to many of the Army's largest enterprise-wide initiatives is truly a special opportunity. The outstanding work of this organization impacts the greater Army on a daily basis all across our formations; from our newest recruits, to the readiness of our most seasoned warfighters, and ultimately to the care of their families at all stages of their Army journey."

Jefferis was commissioned as a second lieutenant and Field Artillery Officer after graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in June 1996. Since that time he has completed various assignments of increased authority at the command and staff level including deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined the Army Acquisition Corps in 2004.

This assignment is the third for Jefferis with the MICC. He previously served as commander of the 902nd Contracting Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and more recently as the deputy chief of staff for operations at the MICC headquarters from July 2015 to June 2016.

FDO-Fort Sam Houston is made up of three large contracting offices at Fort Sam Houston, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia. MICC-Fort Belvoir serves the five Army installations in the National Capital Region. These offices plan, integrate, award and administer more than 6,000 contracts in excess of $1.2 billion for customers including Arlington National Cemetery, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Installation Management Command, Army North, Army Human Resources Command, U.S. Medical Entrance Processing Command, the Military District of Washington and many elements of the Army Staff.