JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 19, 2022) -- Neal Oakman is a contract specialist at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Belvoir Mission Support Division in Virginia. The Dumfries, Virginia, native joined the MICC six weeks ago after having spent the last five years with the Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia. He served as a seventh-grade math teacher the first two years at Potomac Middle School and the last three years as a high school math teacher with Gar-Field High School.
Describe your current position:
My job is to do everything in my power as a contracting professional to provide Soldiers in the U.S Army and their families essential goods and services so they can defend the freedom we have the privilege of enjoying on a daily basis.
What attracted you to federal service?
My parents both had incredible careers in the FBI. I grew up knowing how important federal service is for our country to run on both a domestic and international level.
Why did you choose Army contracting?
I love the feeling like you made a difference in someone’s life, even if it is just one person. In this profession, I feel like I am making a positive impact on hundreds of lives; possibly more.
Describe your passion for your job?
My cousin, Pvt. 1st Class Kyle Matthew Holder, served in the Army in 2010 before passing away. I got to see what a remarkable transformation the Army did for his life, and he died as a hero for our country. I have always enjoyed helping people, which is why I was an educator. Now, I get to help those that helped my cousin completely turn his life around.
What would you like others to know about you?
I have been playing ice hockey since I was 5 years old. I still play weekly over at Prince William Ice Center. My dad taught my younger brother and I how to skate when we were very young. My Twitter picture is the first time I got on a rink with my dad.
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.