Working in the private sector before joining the Army Contracting Command -- Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., in 2009, Slechta Vaclav had worked in sales, automobile racing and real estate.

Vaclav said his experience in the private sector has definitely been a plus working for ACC-APG in Orlando, Fla., where he exercises a full range of duties in the contracting process from purchase requests to closeouts. His duties also include providing comprehensive and complete support from pre-award to administration of the assigned contracts ranging from small purchases to multi-million dollar systems acquisitions.

It's a career field he initially did not pursue while attending one of the world's oldest universities, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. There, Vaclav graduated from law school and was set to practice law until his move to the United States.

At home in Orlando, Vaclav enjoys windsurfing with his two teenage sons and relishes the thought that his work supports Soldiers here and abroad.

"It's quite satisfactory to see the final product helping the Soldier in the field, especially the force protection teams on the lookout for the enemy," he said.

Currently, Vaclav is working on his level two Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification.