Fort Belvoir, VA, January 19, 2011: The U.S. Army Contracting Command announced today the renaming of its major contracting centers to reflect their geographical locations. The centers provide comprehensive acquisition, contracting, business advisory, production support, and depot-level maintenance services in acquiring, fielding, and sustaining Army weapon systems, services and Soldier support.

ACC Soldiers and civilians work with commercial firms to acquire equipment, supplies and services for America's Army. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, communicates with it, wears it, or eats it -- ACC contracts for it.

Commenting on the reason for the change, Mr. Jeff Parsons, ACC executive director, stated: "Over the past two years, we've come to realize the importance of establishing a consistent and practical identity across the organization. After much study and consideration, the one area we believe can achieve some major returns on investment is branding and standardizing the naming convention of the ACC contracting centers. We decided to incorporate the geographical locations of the centers in their new names."

The accompanying graph contains the former and new names of the seven ACC contracting centers effective today.