413th CSB tests readiness while providing contracting support to Pacific
Maj. John Greenman conducts a detailed operations plan brief to Col. Anthony Rogers and Army Contracting Command Operations Directorate members conducting External Evaluation 2.0 on the 413th Contracting support Brigade Jan. 23 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Greenman is a contracting officer with the 413th CSB, and Rogers is the 411th CSB commander. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Jan. 25, 2024) – Members of the 413th Contracting Support Brigade assessed their ability to provide support throughout the Indo-Pacific region while exercising their readiness posture in an Army Contracting Command External Evaluation that concluded Jan. 24 here.

The ACC External Evaluation 2.0 measured the 413th CSB’s training proficiency while testing the unit’s command and control, communications, movement and operations in a simulated environment.

External Evaluation 2.0 also evaluates how contracting support brigades and battalions set the battlefield for Army units to succeed. The 413th CSB staff underscored the brigade’s proficiency in the military decision making process and its ability to execute its wartime mission. The brigade staff navigated through all seven MDMP steps for fiscal 2025 U.S. Army Pacific Pathways Support, which was used as the External Evaluation 2.0 concept.

A notable innovation used by the 413th CSB in EXEVAL 2.0 was the integration of Microsoft Teams as a platform for knowledge management. This approach marked a significant departure from the conventional on-site EXEVAL for evaluation events, allowing the brigade to leverage Microsoft Teams to conduct briefings, record specific evaluation events, and retain products. To supplement the virtual components of the exercise, elements of the 411th CSB based in South Korea and ACC Operations Directorate traveled to Hawaii for four days to observe and evaluate distinct battle rhythm events firsthand, confirming the 413th CSB's abilities to execute mission essential tasks successfully.

“The External Evaluation 2.0 was a realistic evaluation that measured the CSB's planning capabilities and readiness, ensuring responsive contracting support for FY25 Pathways Rehearsals that will enhance theater interior lines,” said Col. Jason Miles, the 413th CSB commander.

The men and women of the 413th CSB plan, synchronize and execute theater support contracting across the U.S. Army Pacific region. In addition, brigade members provide expeditionary contracting support to joint forces across the Pacific.

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.