JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (June 26, 2020) – Acquisition personnel from the 922nd Contracting Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, provided contracting support June 3 to its mission partner by awarding a contract to a small business to wash and sanitize equipment prior to deploying from Fort Campbell.
The contract, for washing and sanitizing 1,894 pieces of rolling stock and other equipment, supports the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s deployment to U.S. European Command’s theater of operation.
The equipment was required to be sprayed with a specific solution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and based on EUCOM officials’ guidance. The equipment was designated to deploy to various locations within the same theater.
The contracting team leaned forward to award the contract with a period of performance from May 26 to June 12. The requirement was solicited for small businesses, allowing two days for vendors to turn their quotes and a mobilization during the three-day Memorial Day weekend in order to start on May 26.
“We were able to award this contract for a nine-month deployment without missing the deployment timeline on time with no mission failure,” said Wanda Jobe, a contract specialist with the 922nd CBN. She and Tony Hill, a 922nd CBN contracting officer, performed the contract award for the requirement.
The equipment designated for the agricultural wash were items such as light medium tactical vehicles, aviation equipment and parts, internal airlift or helicopter sling able container units, mobile kitchen trailers, water purification equipment, generator sets, and additional pieces of miscellaneous equipment.
“The quick turnaround for this requirement was driven by the logistics plan to have the equipment ready to be received at the railhead in accordance with guidance and deployment schedule,” Jobe said. “The quick turnaround on awarding the contract allowed the 101st CAB to stick to their original plan and keep them on a glided path to meet timelines. Any delay could have had significant impacts relative to movement timelines.”
The typical timeframe for awarding a contract is 60 days; however, the resources for this requirement were met due to the level of participation Fort Campbell receives from its acquisition forecast day activities, as well as a partnership with the Nashville Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Nashville. The vendor, a woman-owned small business, had attended both acquisition forecast events.
“The vendor performed wonderfully under the circumstances coupled with a holiday weekend to mobilize. Unit personnel and leadership were pleased with the company's work, mobility response, and overall adaptability to uncertain conditions,” said Maj. Christopher Brunner the 922nd CBN military deputy mission support division team leader.
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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.
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