ACC awarded Army Superior Unit Award

By Ben Gonzales, Army Contracting Command Public AffairsDecember 19, 2023

ACC awarded Army Superior Unit Award
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left, Maj. Charlie Jones and Maj. Jerry Andes check in to COVID-19 Response Center after having their temperatures checked April 10, 2020, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Army Contracting Command members were awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for its daily contracting efforts from Jan. 1, 2020, to Sep. 10, 2021, as well as its support to COVID-19. Jones is the 377th Theater Sustainment Command Operational Contract Support Integration Cell officer in charge. Andes was the lead contract support officer at the convention center and was the 904th Contracting Battalion operations officer at Fort Stewart, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Ben Gonzales) VIEW ORIGINAL
ACC awarded Army Superior Unit Award
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Rows of beds and medical equipment line the floor in the CenturyLink Field Event Center in downtown Seattle, Washington, March 30. The site underwent a major transformation from a sports arena to a world-class Army hospital to help free up bed space in local hospitals and allow local medical professionals to focus on providing care to COVID-19 patients. Army Contracting Command members were awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for its daily contracting efforts from Jan. 1, 2020, to Sep. 10, 2021, as well as its support to COVID-19. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, provided military support to the Department of Health and Human Services as well as FEMA in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19. (Photo Credit: Ben Gonzales) VIEW ORIGINAL
ACC awarded Army Superior Unit Award
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Jason Jefferis plans contracting operations with his team to support Army North operations for COVID-19 March 27, 2020, at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Field Directorate Office-Fort Sam Houston at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Army Contracting Command members were awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for its daily contracting efforts from Jan. 1, 2020, to Sep. 10, 2021, as well as its support to COVID-19. Jefferis was the senior contracting officer for ARNORTH and the director of MICC FDO-Fort Sam Houston. (Photo Credit: Ben Gonzales) VIEW ORIGINAL

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama (Dec. 19, 2023) – Army Contracting Command members earned the Army Superior Unit Award for their procurement and acquisition efforts supporting the Army modernization priority in addition to the command’s support to the Coronavirus pandemic during Operation Warp speed Army officials announced in December.

Soldiers and Army civilians serving with ACC between Jan. 1, 2020, and Sep. 10, 2021, at ACC headquarters and the contributing units are authorized the Army Superior Unit Award that is given to Army units displaying meritorious performance of a difficult and challenging mission carried out under extraordinary cases.

During the period of the award, ACC officials awarded more than 286,000 actions valued at approximately $186 billion to deliver synchronized contracting capabilities to deliver readiness for the Army. The ACC team of acquisition civilian and military personnel around the globe enabled operational contracting in a variety of theaters and contingency operations ensuring Soldiers have what they need to fight and win every day. The 6,000 Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors of the command at 100 locations deliver business solutions across the Strategic Support Area while conserving resources to stretch the dollars available for readiness.

During COVID-19, ACC leveraged the entire Army acquisition enterprise to spearhead and synchronize efforts in support of saving lives. More than 370 million vaccine doses were distributed within six months of the vaccines’ emergency use authorization through efforts of ACC members. ACC officials completed 254 contract actions toward COVID-19 during the period of the award. ACC expertly leveraged the entire capacity of the command and every available contracting support brigade to integrate contract support across the joint operations area. At the height of the COVID-19 response, ACC officials provided critical contracting support in more than 15 major cities nationwide while simultaneously providing routine mission support to over 34 posts, camps and stations.

As part of Operation Warp Speed, ACC officials worked with the private sector to scale up the research, development, testing, production, and distribution of vaccines throughout the entire U.S. population. ACC supported the geographic combatant commands through direct support from its contracting support brigades. Members of the contracting support brigades ensured critical and necessary personal protective equipment was secured and rapidly distributed. They also ensured various cleaning activities were ramped up to prevent the spread of contamination, established various life support areas for quarantining moving troops, facilitated the return of contractors and at-risk personnel, and supported the establishment of additional and expanded medical facilities.

“Every day the men and women of the ACC enterprise delivered the power of contracting with precision and agility to achieve the Army and the nation’s objectives,” said Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, the ACC commanding general. “Without your efforts, the scope and scale of the worst pandemic the world has seen since the influenza pandemic of 1918 to 1919 might have been significantly more catastrophic. ACC was key to the COVID-19 response by synchronizing and integrating significant contracting efforts across the U.S. Northern Command area of operations. We procured vaccines, therapeutics, protective equipment, testing supplies, and built medical facilities and base life support facilities for the most afflicted regions of the nation. We also did this while transitioning the complexities of a hybrid work environment and completing the already significant day-to-day workload required to deliver people, readiness, and modernization outcomes to the Army.”

Units receiving the award are ACC, its subordinate contracting centers, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, eight contracting support brigades and 13 contracting battalions. The brigades to receive the Army Superior Unit Award are the 408th Contracting Support Brigade at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; 409th CSB at Sembach, Germany; 410th CSB at Fort Sam Houston; 411th CSB at Camp Coiner, South Korea; 413th CSB at Fort Shafter, Hawaii; 414th CSB at Vicenza, Italy; 418th CSB at Fort Cavazos, Texas; and 419th CSB at Fort Liberty, North Carolina. The battalions receiving the award are the 900th Contracting Battalion at Fort Cavazos, Texas; 901st CBN at Fort Cavazos; 902nd CBN at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; 904th CBN at Fort Stewart, Georgia; 905th CBN at Fort Liberty; 906th CBN at Camp Humphreys, South Korea; 918th CBN at Fort Bliss, Texas; 919th CBN at Fort Bliss; 921st CBN at Wheeler Air Field, Hawaii; 922nd CBN at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 923rd CBN at Fort Riley, Kansas; 925th CBN at Fort Drum, New York; and the 928th CBN at Grafenwoeher, Germany. Also authorized to wear the Army Superior Unit Award are members of ACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland; ACC-New Jersey at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey; ACC-Orlando in Florida; ACC-Redstone Arsenal; ACC-Rock Island in Illinois; and ACC-Detroit Arsenal in Michigan.

About Army Contracting Command

The Army Contracting Command is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. From food and clothing to bullets and bombs; from tanks and trucks to boats and aircraft; from Soldiers' weapons to the installations where they work and live with their families, ACC ensures Soldiers have what they need to be successful. As the Army's principal buying agent, ACC supports Army readiness and modernization by using best practices and expert-level oversight to provide warfighters with premier contracting support. The command accomplishes its global operational missions with a professional workforce of Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, foreign local nationals and contractors at more than 100 locations worldwide.