During a quarterly update to the Army Materiel Command, the Army Contracting Command discussed workload capacity and analysis, accountability, and contracting output in relation to readiness.

Gen. Gus Perna, AMC commander, received briefings Sept. 11 from Maj. Gen. Paul Pardew, ACC commanding general, as well as other leaders from ACC's subordinate commands and centers.

Additional topics during the update included strategic support for focus areas as well as ACC's support to other major commands.

Throughout the briefing, Perna stressed the importance of accountability and with less focus on the number of contracts and dollar amounts.

"It's not about the money and the contracts. It's about the output," Perna said.

He further emphasized that outputs and end states can't be mechanical and that the key question leaders should ask themselves is "what is it that we really want to achieve with a contract?"

Perna also recognized several ACC members for excellence in their respective fields. Receiving an AMC commander's coin were Raymond Jones (G-6), Steve Wical (ConOps Field Support Division), Maj. Ronald Jackson (G-3), Jessica Ely (ACC-Redstone), Maxie Pooler (ACC-Redstone) and Michelle Miller (ACC-Warren, Michigan).

Perna reminded the group of his strong support for ACC and to be unafraid to contact him for help if it's needed.

"All commanders are responsible for three main things: having a vision, equipping the staff with the proper resources to accomplish the mission whether it is time, personnel or money and to mitigate risks. That's my job. It's not a favor. It's my job," he said.