The U.S. Army Contracting Command announced April 29 the consolidation of its two contracting centers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., into a new organization: Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground.

According to ACC officials, this action will leverage the enterprise capabilities of ACC and achieve greater efficiencies and effectiveness in providing America's Army with the equipment, supplies and services it needs to accomplish its global mission.

The two contracting centers: Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground (C4ISR), [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] and Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground (SCRT), [Soldier, Chemical, Research and Test], employ 1,000 civilian and military personnel performing the contracting mission.

The centers provide comprehensive, contracting and business advisory skills supporting research and development, production support and depot-level maintenance activities in acquiring, fielding and sustaining Army weapon systems, services and Soldier support.

According to Mr. Bryon Young, executive director, Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground, the consolidation "combines the respective talents and capabilities of two major contracting organizations to better support our Warfighters. We've been considering this change over the past year, as the former CECOM Contracting Center moved here from Fort Monmouth, NJ, to become Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen (C4ISR). This consolidation will allow us to leverage the capabilities of a larger more diverse contracting workforce. One advantage this consolidation will provide greater professional development opportunities for a workforce within the same geographic area. Also, the combined workforce is postured to support the anticipated increase of Foreign Military Sales."

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

Jeff Parsons, ACC executive director, commented on the consolidation: "This is a logical step in maturing and strengthening Army contracting. Although our command has been in business for a little over two years, we've made fantastic progress in the way the Army buys its goods and services. With the merger of our two contracting centers at Aberdeen, I'm confident we can do an even better job of providing our Soldiers and Civilians with the tools and support they need to ensure the defense of our great nation."