By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeJuly 10, 2019
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (July 10, 2019) -- The new leader of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command was promoted to the rank of brigadier general during a ceremony July 9 prior to assuming command at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
In attendance at the ceremony marking a career milestone for Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler were military and civic leaders, family and friends, and members of her command. She comes to the MICC from Army Contracting Command where she served as deputy to the commanding general for operations outside the continental United States.
Officiating the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Paul Pardew, commanding general for ACC at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He highlighted the exemplary performance by Beeler throughout her career and influence in establishing ACC.
"Her roots grow deep with ACC, and I am proud to have her continue her path with another ACC element," Pardew said. "Today, with this promotion, Chris will take on the challenges of serving as the commanding general of the MICC. I could not ask for a better person to lead this organization. She has been and will continue to be an incredible leader."
Beeler credited her family and love of country from her hometown of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, as the greatest influences in serving her country.
"From a very young age my parents, my grandparents and my community have filled me with a love for America and the notion that everyone should do their part to help each other and keep that shining beacon on the hill burning bright for all to see," she said, citing her family's own military service spanning World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
"And for the past 28 years, I have been blessed and honored to be a United States Army Soldier and leader of Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians," Beeler added. "I have met some of the most amazing people -- many who have honored me with their presence here today. I am your legacy, and you are mine. This promotion would not have been possible if not for your steadfast support."
Beeler took command of the MICC in a ceremony following her promotion.
Beeler received her commission as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps through the Army ROTC program at Boston University in 1991, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration as a distinguished military graduate. She joined the Army Acquisition Corps in 1998 and has held numerous command and staff positions throughout her career.
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.