JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (April 23, 2019) -- Command contracting officials are making every effort to ensure their customers and supported units at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, are trained on the changes to the use of virtual contract management systems.

The Army vice chief of staff issued a memo in June 2018 outlining the mandatory use of virtual contracting enterprise.

To inform acquisition professionals of the changes, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Joint Base Lewis-McChord staff distributed information to Army commands by sending targeted emails to the acquisition community, giving peer-to-peer instructions, publishing an annual end-of-year memo, and briefing the Joint Base Support Enterprise Board by teleconference.

Since July 2018, the staff has facilitated 15 training sessions and developed a series of local procedural guides for stakeholder use. The sessions focused on the transition between a sun-setting system to the benefits of adopting the Virtual Contracting Enterprise-Paperless Contract File suite of tools.

To date, MICC-JBLM boasts 100-percent participation from its local customers, including I Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 7th Infantry Division, Medical Command, Army Special Forces, Forces Command, 404th Army Field Support Brigade, Network Enterprise Center, directorate of public works, and various other units.

"By utilizing VCE-PCF, customers are able to realize the transparency of the acquisition process. All parties are enabled to actively communicate their requirements early and track all procurement milestones, giving customer leadership a greater visibility of their procured resources and services throughout the acquisition cycle," said Vincent Marsh, the MICC-JBLM director. "MICC-JBLM has embraced the 418th Contracting Support Brigade's early outreach to augment local efforts."

The MICC-JBLM Business Operations Division has dedicated efforts to help organize and maximize resources, provide training and analyze metrics to keep the organization on track.

"The overall support of the MICC-JBLM leadership at all levels has helped steadily exceed the 418th CSB metric for VCE cabinets created by customers by more than 36 percent, averaging an 86-percent success rate since January 2019," said Lt. Col. Kevin Shilley, the MICC-JBLM 902nd Contracting Battalion commander.

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.