By Mike Egami, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public AffairsMarch 15, 2010
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Regional Contracting Office-Hawaii celebrated the opening of its new office location with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, here, Feb. 26.
The move to Schofield Barracks from Fort Shafter is the result of transformation, collaboration and support to the warfighter for more than 25 years.
In 2008, RCO-HI aligned with the Army Contracting Command and Expeditionary Contracting Command.
"We now have the vision, resources, mission structure and strategy to bridge the gulf that existed pre-2008 within Army contracting," said David Brock, chief, RCO-HI.
"With this support, we are able to move forward with the execution of the Army Contracting Campaign Plan at levels never before seen in the history of Army contracting," Brock added.
The alignment with ACC/ECC internally transformed RCO-HI to better serve the mission and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii customers with two contract operations: Contracting Division Alpha and Contracting Division Omega.
The move from Fort Shafter complements the mission alignment to RCO-HI's primary customer base, USAG-HI.
"(USAG-HI) represents the majority of the RCO-HI's 3,600 annual contract actions, as well as 70 percent of the $380 million the RCO-HI obligated in contractor dollars from (fiscal year 2009)," Brock said.
At Schofield Barracks , the RCO-HI can better address its customer alignment strategy, as the majority of the organization's support actions are developed and executed here.
"Aside from supporting the home of the warfighter, the move to Schofield, and ultimately Wheeler, also provides great benefit to the contingency planning and coordination we take on under the guise of Operational Support Contracting," Brock said.
"Our ability to pre-train the deploying warfighter decreases strain in theater contracting operations and allows the warfighter to obtain contracting goods and services (in theater) much more quickly," Brock said.
"We look forward to continuing and reinforcing these comprehensive and collaborative customer relationships as they are the key to our past and future success," he added.
Kahu (Pastor) Kaleo Patterson performed the traditional untying of the maile lei at the Schofield Barracks location after he blessed the officials, office staff and attendees.