JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 25, 2021) -- Soldiers and civilians from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Field Directorate Office-Fort Sam Houston and MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting office recently welcomed their new leaders at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Aundair Kinney has been named the deputy director of FDO-Fort Sam Houston, and Kimberly Wentrcek is the director of MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting office.
“I am very excited to be a part of a new leadership team and this organization,” Kinney said. “I am here to guide and support the command and our workforce. I am a people person and look forward to meeting the workforce and getting to know them. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow and shape new leaders and develop our bench to be successful.”
Kinney most recently served as the chief of the Joint Services Branch in the Healthcare Readiness Contracting Office with the U.S. Army Healthcare Activity located at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. She managed the execution of strategic pre-award contract actions supporting medical readiness and healthcare delivery to the Army Medical Command, Military Entrance Processing Command and Defense Health Agency. In 2017, she was the director of the MICC-Fort Hood contracting office in Texas, providing contract support to the Fort Hood Garrison, Operational Test Command and Army Test and Evaluation Command. She deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel in 2015, serving as the deputy to the commander of the former Expeditionary Contracting Command-Afghanistan. Kinney began her Army career as a division chief with the 410th Contracting Support Brigade at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. She was formerly employed as a director at the Environmental Protection Agency in various roles after having begun her contracting career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
FDO-Fort Sam Houston provides full spectrum support for meals and lodging programs and the Army advertising program, in addition to providing contingency senior contracting official oversight for the newly assigned Army North mission. The ARNORTH conducts unified land operations in support of U.S. Northern Command in order to detect, deter and defeat threats to the nation, conduct support of civil authorities, and security cooperation initiatives to defend the United States and its interests. The FDO supports Soldier and family readiness with its mission partners. Installation readiness and Soldier support is accomplished through the Strong Bonds and administrative support contracts. Operational support is provided to ARNORTH and U.S. Central Command Acquisition Support Services contract for the CENTCOM’s area of responsibility, Soldier for Life contracts, and cemetery and mortuary support contracts.
“I am truly honor to be in this position and I am working with really smart people which can take our services to the next level,” Wentrcek said.
Prior to coming to MICC-Fort Sam Houston, Wentrcek served as the deputy to the commander, Army Contracting Command-Afghanistan. ACC-Afghanistan provided support to more than 43,000 joint U.S. and coalition forces, civilians, and contractor employees. The command’s contracting personnel managed a $19.4-billion contract portfolio critical in the support of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, U.S. National Support Element-Afghanistan, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and the Resolute Support Mission-NATO.
For the past 15 years, Wentrcek has supported the MICC and its mission partners in various positions and capacities. She was appointed as the MICC task/deliver order competition ombudsman for all complaints associated with awards under $25 million. Additionally, she has filled numerous critical acquisition positions during recruitment actions.
Wentrcek has more than 30 years of professional experience in contracting and program management in support of DOD and Army programs. She is an Army Acquisition Corps member with Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification in contracting, Level I certification in program management and a graduate of Army Management Staff College Sustaining Base Leadership and Management and Federal Executive Institute Strategic Leadership programs.
“My mantra is to mentor, train and guide my workforce to build ‘bench strength’ in the organization,” Wentrcek said. “This means leveraging my extensive training and experiences to mentor the workforce and my customers. I think we need to start transferring our knowledge and experiences to our younger workforce before we retire. They are ready, really dedicated and hungry to move this organization to the next level.”
In fiscal 2021, MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting personnel performed administration actions on more than 900 supplies, services, construction, energy and environmental contracts valued at more than $420 million. The average awarded amount was $372,000, which illustrates the complexity of the work performed by MICC-Fort Sam Houston.
About the MICC
Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-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. As part of its mission, 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.