JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 28, 2019) -- A handful of contracting offices and battalions throughout the Mission and Installation Contracting Command welcomed new leaders as directors accepted positions and the summer military assignment rotation comes to an end.

Members of MICC-Fort Belvoir, Virginia, welcomed a new leader in June. Lt. Col. Haneda Garner assumed command from Lt. Col. Doug Ralph during a ceremony officiated by Col. Jason Jefferis, director of the MICC Field Directorate Office at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Garner comes to the battalion from the MICC headquarters where she served as the deputy chief of staff for operations. Ralph departed for an assignment with the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

In early July, Lt. Col. Rickey Torres assumed command of the 925th Contracting Battalion from Lt. Col. Jessie Griffith in a ceremony at Fort Drum, New York, officiated by Col. Brad Hodge, commander of the 418th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Torres comes to the command after serving as the executive officer to the executive deputy to the commanding general for the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Griffith departs the battalion for the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island. Master Sgt. Tamara Trigg, who has been selected for promotion to sergeant major, joined the battalion in late June as its enlisted leader. She comes to the battalion from the Army Corps of Engineers in Nebraska.

Also in July, Paula Claudio formally became the director of MICC-Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, after serving as acting director since April. The Puerto Rican native comes to the office from the Joint Interagency Task Force South at Key West, Florida, where she served as the contracting director under the contracting authority of the 410th CSB. Claudio was selected following the departure of Christine Davis, who accepted a position as the small business program manager for the Army Corps of Engineers' St. Paul District in Minnesota.

Also, Tomika Brown was selected to lead MICC-Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and arrived at the contracting office Aug. 4. Brown previously served as the chief of business operations at the contracting office. Jim Ward, who previously directed the office, accepted an assignment as the deputy to the commander for the 414th CSB at Vicenza, Italy.

The 900th Contracting Battalion gains a new enlisted leader as Master Sgt. Della Overton, who has been selected for promotion to sergeant major, will accept responsibility of the battalion's organizational colors from Sgt. Maj. Luzmila George in a Sept. 17 ceremony at Fort Bragg. Overton comes to the 900th CBN from the 413th CSB at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where she served as the operations sergeant major. George will retire from the Army later that month after 26 years of service.


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.