As one of the newest members of the contingency contracting noncommissioned officer corps, Staff Sgt. Delwayne Kirkland is making a huge impact during his first contracting assignment as part of the 411th Contracting Support Brigade, Army Contracting Command-Korea.

In less than 60 days after being assign to the 411th, Kirkland successfully competed against eight noncommissioned officers and was selected as the 411th NCO of the Year, then went on to compete for the Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO of the Year competition and finished as the first runner-up.

"This job provides me with the perfect opportunity for success," said Kirkland, a Brewton, Ala., native who entered the Army in 2002 as a petroleum supply specialist, station at Fort Bragg, N.C. "When I found out that I was accepted to 51C in July 2010, I knew right away that this was the job for me. Since re-classifying into the MOS I have learned something new every day."

Kirkland is currently enrolled at Central Texas College and pursuing his degree in Business Management. His goal is to eventually retire from the Army as a command sergeant major and to obtain his master's in Business Management.