JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (July 13, 2023) -- Members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, welcomed their new commander during a ceremony July 7.
Lt. Col. Randalle Carter took command of the 922nd Contracting Battalion and MICC-Fort Campbell from Lt. Col. Eric Banks during a ceremony officiated by Col. James Craig, commander of the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Liberty, North Carolina.
Carter comes to the 922nd CBN from Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she served as the concept of operations officer for the MICC Field Directorate Office. She was previously assigned to the MICC headquarters also at the installation.
“I am honored to be able to lead such a great organization; your reputation precedes you,” Carter said. “I appreciate what you have done to be resilient, because I know that (Army Contracting Command) and the MICC asks a lot of all of their battalions, and I appreciate you for the sacrifice to be able to support those on the front lines.”
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Craig emphasized the knowledge and leadership Carter brings to the command.
“You are a prudent leader of character. I know that the team is in fantastic hands (and am) absolutely confident that you’re going to take the family, nurture it, (and) help it to grow even more … as you lead and strengthen the pillars of readiness,” Craig said.
He commended Banks and the battalion on efforts over the last three years to build a highly capable workforce.
“Not only have you brought in a fantastic military team for Randalle to pick up and run with, but you’ve hired more than 31 civilians in the past three years, and most of them are talent from within,’ he said. “You’ve got three outstanding division chiefs … that were all homegrown talent. It’s a team effort, a family effort.”
The brigade commander also highlighted the organization’s contract support for numerous deployed and homeland operations, military organizations, modernization initiatives and acquisition priorities over the recent years. That support included the execution of more than 1,400 contract actions valued at more than $300 million.
“I just can’t say enough about what you’ve done. The bottom line is, when the (commanding general) and I needed something, we knew we could call … and you guys answered the call,” he said.
The 922nd CBN and MICC-Fort Campbell are responsible for delivering responsive operational contract support for the 101st Airborne Division, 5th Special Forces Group, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and Fort Campbell Garrison to sustain and enable readiness for Army unified land operations.
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-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. 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.