MICC Soldier earns ACC contingency contracting officer medallion
Col. Doug Ralph presents the Army Contracting Command Contingency Contracting Officer Medalion to Sgt. 1st Class Igor Malyshev during a recent all-hands event at Fort Drum, New York. Ralph is the commander of the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, and Malyshev is a contracting NCO at Fort Drum. (Photo Credit: Maj. Scott Sylvester) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 27, 2023) -- A Soldier from the 925th Contracting Battalion was presented the Army Contracting Command Contingency Contracting Officer Medallion recently during the organization’s all-hands event at Fort Drum, New York.

Sgt. 1st Class Igor Malyshev awarded the medallion by Col. Doug Ralph, commander of the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, following the contracting NCO’s recent return from his second contingency contracting deployment.

“I am grateful for being presented this award as it will be a reminder for the missions that I have participated in and the people who I worked with and who have taught me everything that I know,” Malyshev said. “It will be a piece of legacy that I will keep and be able to look back on for the work that I accomplished.”

Malyshev was recognized by his chain of command for outstanding service as a Soldier who supports and demonstrates exceptional dedication to the Army contracting mission. This included his deployment to the European Command area of operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. As a warranted contracting officer, he was directly responsible for administering the Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program V contact valued at more than $3.5 billion, which helped transition more than 10,000 refugees to their safe haven destination.

“Not only is Sergeant First Class Malyshev an outstanding example to the 51 Charlie contracting career field, but he is also an incredible asset to the 925th Contracting Battalion, Army Contracting Command and Army,” said Lt. Col. Desiree Dirige, commander of the 925th CBN. “Having demonstrated his technical proficiency both in garrison and while operationally deployed, he exemplifies the Army Values and has earned this well-deserved distinction.”

Recipients of the ACC Contingency Contracting Officer Medallion must be assigned to ACC, a certified contracting professional, have served for nine cumulative months as a warranted 51C contracting officer in support of expeditionary contracting operations, have passed all assessments required by the ACC 51C proficiency guide for contracting officers, and pass Army fitness and physical standards.

MICC Soldier earns ACC contingency contracting officer medallion
Col. Doug Ralph highlights a few of the accomplishments by Sgt. 1st Class Igor Malyshev earning him the Army Contracting Command Contingency Contracting Officer Medalion during a recent all-hands event at Fort Drum, New York. Ralph is the commander of the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, and Malyshev is a contracting NCO at Fort Drum. (Photo Credit: Maj. Scott Sylvester) VIEW ORIGINAL

“The Contingency Contracting Officer Medallion is an honorary award that demonstrates to the community the work that the individual has contributed in a contingency environment. As 51 Charlies, we get a lot of opportunities to show our knowledge and distinguish ourselves while placed in locations throughout the world where we must understand the environment and be the business advisers to the warfighter,” Malyshev explained. “It allows the chain of command to recognize the individuals in the formations that have put in the extra effort -- if its volunteering for tough missions, are the go-to individual to get things done or do an outstanding job during their slated deployment.”

Malyshev also received a contracting officer simplified acquisition threshold warrant under contingency environment in support of Operation Allies Welcome and completed all 35 51C proficiency guide online assessments. His leadership also entrusted him to complete critical mission tasks at three separate sites to include Fort Lee, Fort Pickett and Leesburg, Virginia.

Contingency contracting officers possess the authority to enter into, administer and terminate contracts on behalf of the government in support of a local contingency, steady-state deployments or other contingency operations.

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.