By Lori A. Newman (USAG Fort Sam Houston)October 6, 2010
A ceremony was held Sept. 16 activating the 916th Contingency Contracting Battalion at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
"The activation of the 916th is the result of the Army's leadership vision to streamline contracting organizations to create more agile and responsive mission-focused units," said Col. William Sanders, commander, 410th Contracting Support Brigade.
"This new command will bring the forces of acquisition, logistics and technology to bear where it matters most, on the battlefield. Even though we are officially activating the 916th Contingency Contracting Battalion, teams are already executing missions around the world."
The 916th CCBN consists of five contingency contracting teams in support of the 410th CSB and U.S. Army South. Three CCTs are located at Fort Sam Houston and the remaining two teams are located in Miami, Fla.
The 916th CCBn is a subordinate unit of the 410th CSB, the primary provider of contingency contracting support to ARSOUTH in support of Army and Joint Operations throughout the Southern Command area of responsibility.
Their mission is to provide responsive contingency and mission contracting support by rapidly preparing, soliciting and awarding critical supply, service and construction contracts at the point of need in support ARSOUTH and joint war fighters across the full spectrum of military operations.
Master Sgt. Eiliecer Quintero Jr., the unit's senior enlisted adviser, uncased the unit colors.
"The Army has selected the right command team for this job, and both are very familiar with being pioneers in contingency contracting," Sanders said.
"I have watched this command team grow and I am confident that they will cultivate a unit of highly-skilled, disciplined, committed Soldiers and civilians. I expect the 916th CCBn to be a force multiplier to Army Acquisition Corps, to our war fighters and to our nation for many years to come."
"This is truly a great day for the Soldiers of the 916th. An activation ceremony is special because it represents an opportunity to create an Army unit from the ground up," said Lt. Col. Vernon Myers, the new commander of the 916th CCBn.
"We have the opportunity to build, model and shape this organization into the premier contracting battalion in [Army Contracting Command]," Myers said.
"We will do this by focusing on three things. We will be mission focused; we will be ready to deploy worldwide in support of contingency operations. We will do this by training on the basics of contracting and getting the basics right; and we will focus on taking care of our Soldiers, civilians and their Families."
"Mission, training and people; if we get those three things right, we will be successful," Myers concluded.