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Colors approved June 15, 2009, by Charles V. Mugno, the director of The Institute of Heraldry

In 2007 the Secretary of the Army formed and independent commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations, also known as the Gansler Commission, to review recent lessons learned and recommend ways to improve future military operations.

The Gansler report traced many of the difficulties to post-Cold War cuts in the Army acquisition budget, which led to an undersized acquisition workforce in the face of an expanding workload.

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In compliance with these recommendations, on Oct. 1, 2008, the Army formally recognized the establishment of the Army Contracting Command as a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. This new, one-of-a-kind Army organization performs the majority of contracting work for the U.S. Army, and consists of two subordinate commands responsible for installation and expeditionary contracting, and other Army contracting elements.

To ensure the most optimal structure for effective and responsive contracting support worldwide for the Army and other federal agencies to meet warfighter needs, including installation operations, the Army Contracting Agency was realigned under AMC as the Army Contracting Command. With this realignment, contracting missions and functions were transitioned to form the U.S. Army Installation Contracting Command as a subordinate command to ACC as part of Department of the Army Permanent Orders 249-02 dated Sept. 5, 2008. Permanent Orders 277-03 redesignated the Installation Contracting Command as the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.