REDSTONE ARSENAL – U.S. Army Contracting Command leadership and staff welcomed Gen. Ed Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, to his third quarterly update from ACC, Mar. 9. This update is also the last for Maj. Gen. Paul Pardew and Command Sgt. Maj. Jill Crosby as they will depart the command prior to the next update.
ACC’s work in supporting Project Inclusion and its support to the federal COVID-19 response remain as the focus of topics Pardew discussed at the update.
Daly provided opening remarks by reiterating the importance of how we see ourselves as an organization. He further stressed the importance of monitoring inclusion progress beyond demographics and the forecasted way ahead for the command.
“How are we moving the ball, and to what extent? Our program should lead to effects,” he said.
Pardew also provided an update on Operation Armanti Auxilium, which will be a virtual, full-scale Joint Force contracting exercise designed to build a trained and ready joint contracting force prepared to deliver contracting support and contingency contracting effects during large scale combat operations in a multi-domain environment. The exercise is scheduled for early summer.
Four of ACC’s top performing employees were also recognized during the briefing for their hard work:
Ms. Tamara Casselman (419th Contracting Support Brigade), for developing Operation Warp Speed sustainment checklist used by three pharma corporations in support of the OWS mission for 54 sites.
Lt. Col. Latia Wickliffe (ACC-G-3/5), for her outstanding work as an action officer for the implementation and coordination of Force Design Update (FDU) Jr.
Ms. Lisa Behnke (ACC-DTA), for negotiating millions of dollars in savings for the combat portfolio.
Cpl. Kim Ji Yong (411th Contracting Support Brigade), for being the first ever KATUSA (Korean Augmentee to the US Army) from 411th CSB to compete in the Gen. Paik Sun-yup leadership board, win and be awarded the Gen. Paik medal.
Daly concluded the briefing by expressing his gratitude for what ACC does and thank the ACC command team for all of their accomplishments during their tenure.
“I love what this organization does, and it is energizing for me to talk to people who are making it happen around the world… this organization is absolutely spectacular at what is does,” Daly said.
“This is the greatest contracting organization in the world, and I’m proud of that!” replied Pardew.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command, its subordinate organizations and contracting centers enable Army readiness through contracting solutions in support of the Army and unified land operations, anytime, anywhere. As the Army’s principle buying agent, ACC ensures Soldiers have what they need to be successful. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, communicates with it, wears it or eats it, ACC buys it. More information about ACC can be found at www.army.mil/acc.