902nd Contracting Battalion cases colors for deployment
Lt. Col. Juan Villatoro, left, and Sgt. Maj. Beethoven Jacques case the 902nd Contracting Battalion organizational colors during a ceremony as colors bearer Sgt. 1st Class Sungkoo Jung looks on March 8 at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. The command team cased their colors in preparation for their deployment in the coming weeks to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Michael Sapp) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (March 15, 2022) -- Leaders from the 902nd Contracting Battalion cased their colors during a ceremony March 8 at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington, in preparation for their deployment in the coming weeks to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Lt. Col. Juan Villatoro, battalion commander, and Sgt. Maj. Beethoven Jacques cased their organizational colors before their fellow Soldiers and members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at JBLM.

Villatoro will lead the battalion headquarters element responsible for providing regional contracting support for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and the task force’s work by, with and through regional partners to increase regional stability through whole-of-coalition governmental actions.

902nd Contracting Battalion cases colors for deployment
Lt. Col. Juan Villatoro, left, and Sgt. Maj. Beethoven Jacques case the 902nd Contracting Battalion organizational colors before their fellow Soldiers during a ceremony March 8 at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. The command team cased their colors in preparation for their deployment in the coming weeks to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Michael Sapp) VIEW ORIGINAL

A small contingent of Soldiers will remain behind to serve as the rear detachment and continue to support the civilian workforce at MICC-JBLM as well as joint mission partners at the installation.

The 902nd CBN is integrated in supporting the operations of I Corps and its eight brigades and four supporting units. It was most recently called upon to deploy the battalion headquarters in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in June 2019 and upon the unit’s return was promptly called upon to support the establishment of a field hospital to combat the spread of COVID 19.

About the MICC

Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,300 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.