FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The standup of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command’s Mission Contracting Center here July 3 will be the third of eight intermediate levels of command established to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of contracted services at installations throughout the continental United States. MICC officials said the standup of the MCC-Fort Sam Houston aims to improve support for major generating force commands and synchronize contracting within the Army enterprise. Serving as director of the MCC is April Miller, who has served as the MICC acting deputy to the commander since July 2010.The MCC-Fort Sam Houston will ultimately consist of 15 employees who will make up a command and control element, contract operations, administrative operations and special staff. Its primary customers will be Headquarters Installation Management Command, Army North and Fort Sam Houston mission partners.Initially aligned under the MCC will be the Fort Sam Houston mission contracting office and installation contracting offices at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, and Miami.The MICC’s subordinate units are responsible for working with installation leadership to translate their requirements into contracted materials and services in support of Soldiers and their families.Headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, the MICC began the process of restructuring its contracting centers and installation contracting offices under the eight MCCs earlier this year to improve customer service and workload distribution. MICC officials said the new level of management establishes a more effective span of control and contributes to the standardization of procedures and processes.Two mission contracting centers have already stood up at Fort Eustis, Va., and Fort Bragg, N.C. The MICC plans to stand up other mission contracting centers through the remainder of this year at Fort Belvoir, Va., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Fort Knox, Ky., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.The MICC is responsible for planning, integrating, awarding and administering contracts in support of Army commands, direct reporting units, U.S. Army North and other organizations to provide the best value for the mission, Soldiers and their families.