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Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida– The commanding general of the Army Contracting Command, Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, traveled to Orlando, Florida, Dec. 8-9, for her first visit to the ACC-Orlando contracting center. Her visit was filled with leadership meetings, partner meetings, a town hall, a command briefing, meet and greets with ACC personnel, evening social events, and a tour of the Army Contracting Command-Orlando’s facilities.

During the first day, Beeler received a brief from Michael W. Harris, ACC Orlando’s executive director and senior contracting official, and a tour of the contracting center. Beeler then met with the Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team (STE CFT) director, Brig. Gen. William R. Glaser, to discuss contracting support and future initiatives. STE CFT serves as a platform to accelerate training through science & technology and capability development and is one of eight Cross Functional Teams assigned to U.S. Army Futures Command.  Beeler then participated in a roundtable discussion with the ACC-ORL leadership team held by Harris.  Beeler also met with Timothy Bishop, acting program executive officer for the Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) where they discussed how ACC could automate administrative processes to help the PEO.

During her second day, Beeler held an all hands meeting with the workforce where she discussed her vision and philosophy. In her approach to prioritize people she stated, “we are one big network...when I look at my priority list and mission statement I see you, the acquisition professional...I need every employee and contractor to see themselves as a top priority.”

The town hall had nearly 35 in-person participants with the remaining workforce attending virtually.

The ACC enterprise awarded 145,020 contract actions in fiscal year 2021, including 1,786 actions valued at $33.4 billion in support of the federal COVID-19 response during fiscal year 2021, according to Beeler. As she addressed employees, she noted “our internal readiness is important to me. We need to make sure our workforce is ready for the future.”

Beeler challenged the workforce to identify what can be done to automate administrative actions and share this information across the ACC enterprise. She closed out the town hall by thanking the workforce for the work that they do.