By Capt. Robin Wharton, 925th Contracting BattalionDecember 10, 2018
FORT DRUM, New York (Dec. 10, 2018) -- Soldiers from the 925th Contracting Battalion uncased their battalion colors during a ceremony Nov. 28 at Fort Drum, New York, signifying the completion of their nine-month deployment to Iraq.
As the decisive operation for the 408th Contracting Support Brigade, 925th CBN Soldiers managed all theater support contracts in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve as well as provided support to Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan, and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The battalion awarded contracts in support of operations in Iraq and Syria allowing operational units to focus on defeating ISIS.
"The Herculean effort of these Soldiers had an enormous impact at the strategic, operational and tactical levels that will be felt for many years to come," said Lt. Col. Jessie K. Griffith III, commander of the 925th CBN in his ceremony remarks.
During the span of nine months, the 925th CBN provided mission command to five regional contracting offices across Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan, and a theater-wide contingency contract administration services team. Throughout fiscal 2018, the regional contracting offices combined to award 3,173 contract actions valued at $398 million and provided contingency contract administration services for all basic life support contracts.
Griffith thanked the Soldiers and their families for their sacrifice and reminded them of their dedication to the Army.
"Team, thank you for your outstanding support, tireless devotion and commitment to excellence," he said. "You set the standard for all subsequent iterations of Regional Contracting Command-Operation Inherent Resolve to follow."
The 925th CBN is one of four contracting battalions subordinate to the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In attendance at the uncasing ceremony was Col. David Ware, the 419th CSB rear detachment commander. The 419th CSB along with one other brigade and two field directorate offices make up the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.
The 408th CSB provides direct planning and operational contract support for U.S. Army Central, which is responsible for building partnerships and preserving peace and stability in the Middle East and Central and South Asia.
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. 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.