JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Dec. 18, 2018) -- As 2018 comes to a close and we take time during the holidays to spend with those most important in our lives, the approaching new year also offers many a chance to pause and reflect. As a command and individually, we have accomplished many successes throughout 2018.

Almost 30,000 contract actions and $5 billion in acquisitions during fiscal 2018 is a phenomenal feat for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. However, those numbers don't always tell the whole story. The impact beyond the numbers is where your efforts truly endure -- ensuring Soldiers have the necessary training and supplies to deploy down range to fight and win, supporting civil authorities and our communities during humanitarian relief, providing key services directly supporting families, and offering assistance for Soldiers from the start of their commitment to the Army through transition to civilian life -- all of which are critical in sustaining Army readiness.

The new year is also an opportunity to take inventory in your personal and professional achievements and make a plan to build upon them. For those both in our civilian workforce and uniform who are acquisition coded, this may include continuing to accomplish the 80 continuous learning points required in a two-year cycle to maintain certification and warrants. Soldiers must further remain proficient in warrior tasks and battle drills, both vital in individual and group survival in combat situations.

The next two quarters are optimal for focusing on these and other ancillary training requirements. Just as 2018 illustrated, the MICC's operations tempo shows no signs of slowing. Rotations to the National Training Center and Joint Readiness Training Center in support of our aligned units will continue and are valuable in getting to know the operational needs and working with our mission partners. At this time almost 60 Soldiers and a dozen civilians are deployed around the world, including Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Poland and Qatar. They are supporting a number of named operations such as Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Atlantic Resolve as well as other special operations. Additionally, our team was ready to answer the call at a moment's notice for emerging requirements that included hurricane relief efforts, border support and funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush.

Keep in mind that being ready and resilient includes supporting those who serve our nation and their families. Throughout the year and particularly during the holidays, we have a handful of family readiness groups across our command that play an integral role in keeping family members informed and connected to the organization. For units that have a teammate deployed, reach out to their families and share holiday gatherings with them. Ask them what they're doing for the holidays. They remain a critical part of our MICC family.

It's been a busy year, and 2019 is shaping up to be the same. Resolve to remain focused on the mission, but make sure you take the time to enjoy the holidays safely with family and friends.