ACC hosts second senior leader forum

By Vinston PorterApril 15, 2022

Leaders from across Army Contracting Command's enterprise gathered for a senior leader forum at Redstone Arsenal, April 5 - 7.
Leaders from across Army Contracting Command's enterprise gathered for a senior leader forum at Redstone Arsenal, April 5 - 7. (Photo Credit: LTC Vinston Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL

REDSTONE ARSENAL - The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) hosted a senior leaders’ forum (SLF) April 5-7, 2022 at Redstone Arsenal to engage its subordinates leaders from across all echelons around the world on organizational roles and responsibilities in support of the current and future Army and joint forces operations related to the Army’s focus areas.

Brigadier General Christine A. Beeler, commanding general for ACC, introduced Ms. Lisha Adams, Army Materiel Command’s executive deputy to the commanding general, who provided opening remarks on ACC and the abilities of the Acquisitions Center of Excellence (ACE) as well as elaborating on the enterprise efforts supporting organic industrial base (OIB) modernization. The gathered leaders also gained a shared understanding of the Army Materiel Command (AMC) vision.

Members of the ACC staff led discussions over the next three days on other topics such as updates to the modified table of organization and equipment, or MTOE - the document that specifies how a unit is organized, manned and equipment, the 21st century workplace and enterprise contract administrative challenges, successes and best practices.

The forum's outcomes provided subordinates and key leaders a platform to collaborate on the acquisition workforce training, contract legalities, future of telework, manpower analysis, and the hiring process. Leaders shared current organizational methodologies and aligned those practices to ACC's priorities.

Colonel Daryl G. Devera-Waden, commander of the Korea-based 411th Contracting Support Brigade, was especially excited about the opportunity for collaboration.

“Great organizations create opportunities for their senior leadership team to come together, where new connections are built and existing relationships are strengthened. There is something about the collective intelligence and positive energy of everyone being together for a period of time…. All in all the SLF helps to improve communication, improve learning and improve collaboration.”

Colonel Frankie J. Cruz, commander of the Italy – based 414th Contracting Support Brigade noted, "As one of the smallest CSB's, the most meaningful part of attending this SLF is that not only did it provide an opportunity to directly engage and share information with other leaders in ACC to solve current challenges, but also provided extremely valuable updates on hot topics across the Army Contracting Enterprise and the Army for our Command Team to share with our home-station Brigade."

Going forward, Beeler stressed the importance to continue synchronizing best practices across the ACC spectrum, recognizing common disparities and providing leaders with a shared approach to mitigate issues and concerns.

As the Army’s principal buying agent, ACC delivers the power of Army contracting in support of its people, Army readiness, modernization and reform to win – everyday, everywhere, anytime. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies, communicates with it, wears it or eats it, ACC buys it.

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