JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Jan. 16, 2020) -- I hope everyone enjoyed their time off to enjoy your family and friends during the holiday season. I must thank every Soldier and Army civilian of our command for being dedicated to delivering ready, decisive and synchronized business solutions and contracting support to our mission partners. Army leaders rely on our acquisition support to support Soldiers and their families and sustain the Army. I applaud your relentless pursuit to forge strategic alliances with all our mission partners to further operationalize that endeavor.

The operations tempo is increasing as we embark on 2020, the demands of work, home and family commitments may become stressful. Addressing conflict management is vital to the success of making the Mission and Installation Contracting Command the best place to work in the federal government. We are in the people business, and as our No. 1 priority, we will not waiver in the realms of dignity and respect! We can only build cohesive teams through mutual trust and mutual understanding.

I look for leaders to intervene if there are conflicts amongst our workforce. Leaders should acknowledge the problem, and determine the proper method to resolve it after gaining an understanding of the situation from all sides and remain unbiased. Once all parties have an interest in working together to solve the problem, then the leader can help them choose a solution best for the team. Conflict can be positive and constructive, but only when it is managed properly. Collaboration and teamwork are the keys to a positive work environment and less stress in the workplace.

The Army People Strategy that was released in October is the roadmap for us to acquire, develop, employ and retain talent. The MICC is dedicated to executing programs and investing the necessary resources to identify this talent and enhance the capabilities, competencies and confidence of the Army's greatest asset: the finest men and women our nation has to offer. The MICC Strategic Initiative Group is diligently working to launch our Leadership Development Program to train, sustain and retain high performing employees. The Leadership Development Program will also work to reduce skill gaps, engage employees at all grade levels and ensure the workforce is committed to a lifetime of personal and professional growth. The MICC is filled with talent, and it is incumbent on us to identify, recognize and mentor every one of the professionals with opportunities to excel.

Our command team and leaders across the MICC must ensure we provide our professionals the support they need to be agile and innovative in delivering acquisition acumen for our mission partners. One area in which our amazing team is pioneering creative solutions is in the development of category management. The Army was tasked to develop better common contract solutions with a disciplined approach to the acquisition process.

Through category management, team MICC will be thoroughly immersed in supporting the development of installation-level campaign plans that detail all service requirements and courses of action to eliminate redundant contracts, reduce cost drivers, consolidate requirements, increase savings, develop relevant contracting vehicles, and increase buying power. Team MICC is dedicated to creating synergies and sustaining momentum with the Installation Management Command to streamline the implementation of category management initiatives where the U.S. military might is generated, projected and sustained during the fight. We are in the process of securing the necessary resources to synchronize our efforts with our IMCOM mission partners across the strategic support area to support the upcoming Contract Review Boards program.

Our command has synchronized its efforts and integrated our processes with our mission partners to get after Soldier, civilian and family readiness, installation readiness, strategic power projection readiness, and reform and adapt initiatives. In addition, we will continue to forge alliances with our industry partners who will always play an intricate role in that success.

In 2020, team MICC will continue to cultivate the partnership and drive effects to increase buying power, increase contractor performance, and increase contract savings.

In closing, let me welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Chantel Sena-Diaz to our team. She is an incredible leader with global experience who will champion the priorities of taking care of people and validating we have the right processes in place so we can meet the standards of performance excellence. I have no doubt she will lead MICC Soldiers and civilians with transparency, dignity, respect and trust.

Thank you for making the MICC the acquisition partner of choice across the strategic support area as we continue to win when our supported partners succeed.

Contracting for Soldiers! With Honor!