By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeNovember 20, 2019
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 20, 2019) -- The 902nd Contracting Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, is the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting winner in the contingency contract category for fiscal 2019.
The award, one of four by Mission and Installation Contracting Command teams and individuals, was announced by the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement in a message to the workforce Nov. 18.
Lt. Col. Kevin Shilley, the 902nd CBN commander who is deployed as the chief of contracting for Regional Contracting Center-Operation Inherent Resolve, credits both Soldiers and their civilian acquisition counterparts at JBLM for the achievement.
"It is truly an honor for the 902nd CBN and MICC-JBLM team to be publically recognized for their efforts and awarded this prestigious award," Shilley said. "It serves as an example and a reminder of what a team with shared vision, dedication and betterment of one's self and teammates can accomplish."
Army acquisition officials recognized the battalion for its unparalleled mission support to Army and joint warfighters across the globe during fiscal 2019. The battalion simultaneously provided contracting support in three separate theaters of operation and across four geographic continents in support of declared contingency operations, presidential emergency declarations, and other contingency-like environments.
Shilley explained that during fiscal 2019, the 902nd CBN and MICC-JBLM experienced a very high operations tempo providing contracting support to Worldwide Individual Augmentation System deployments in Central Command, exercise support in Indio-Pacific Command, and border support to Northern Command.
"The team was able to not only manage its commitments but also excel at all levels of operations across all warfighting functions providing flexible and adaptive contracting solutions," he said. "This was accomplished through a shared vision, trust and focus on getting the warfighter what they needed to accomplish their mission."
The 902nd CBN deployed its headquarters to Iraq to serve as the command element of Regional Contracting Center-Operation Inherent Resolve during the award period, where it was responsible for 34 Army contracting Soldiers, 11 Department of Defense civilians and 10 Air Force contracting personnel. In addition to executing more than 3,000 contract actions valued at more than $128 million, the battalion administered Logistics Civil Augmentation Program and basic life support contracts valued at more than $1.6 billion in support of bringing peace to the region.
Last November, the battalion provided contracting support to joint forces deployed to California and Arizona in response to the president's emergency declaration, awarding 13 contracts valued at more than $1.2 million for base life support services and concrete barricades used in the reinforcement of ports of entry. Throughout fiscal 2019, the 902nd CBN also deployed Soldiers to Qatar in support of Special Operations Command Central and Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. It provided contracting support for the I Corps-led exercises Salaknib and Balikatan in the Philippines and Talisman Sabre and Hamel in Australia.
"The most significant achievement during fiscal 2019 for the team was the ability to not only maintain a focus on accomplishing the mission and tasks given to them, but also to do so while getting better both at the collective and individual levels," Shilley said.
Army awards for excellence recognize acquisition workforce members committed to customer satisfaction, productivity, process improvement, innovation and quality enhancement. They consist of team award, special award and contracting award categories. All award winners will be recognized during a Dec. 11 ceremony hosted by the Honorable Dr. Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, in Arlington, Virginia.
This is the first in a series of articles highlighting the four Mission and Installation Contracting Command individuals and teams recognized as winners for the fiscal 2019 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contract.
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.