Growing up as an Air Force brat, Maj. Richard H. Pfeiffer, Jr., became accustomed to the moving.

It's an experience he frequently draws from as a member of the Expeditionary Contracting Command's 714th Contingency Contracting Team at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to help train and prepare Soldiers for deployments and contingency operations.

Currently, Pfeiffer is deployed with the U.S. Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command in Afghanistan where he is responsible for construction contracts in support of the coalition forces. Such contracts have included expansion projects to provide Afghanistan National Security Forces with lodging, offices, dining and hygiene facilities as well as administrative spaces to support several battalion-sized units.

"I feel contingency contracting is an awesome force multiplier," he said. "We can contract for capabilities, services and assets that cannot be provided for organically or through troop labor, thus allowing those assets to concentrate on other missions."

An Army contracting officer with several deployments under his belt, Pfeiffer has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in acquisition and contract management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

The major enjoys spending time with his wife, Anne, and two daughters, Olivia and Chelsea, and anticipates completing his tour just in time for Olivia's high school graduation in the spring.