FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- A contracting professional possessing a diverse background of government and private sector experience was named Nov. 16 as the incoming deputy to the commanding general for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command here.George M. Cabaniss Jr. will serve as the deputy to Brig. Gen. Stephen Leisenring, the MICC commanding general. Cabaniss is currently the contracting office chief at Army Contracting Command's Aberdeen Proving Ground Contracting Center-Division B in Maryland."Having worked for so many different contracting agencies, I'm able to look at issues from various perspectives and seek solutions where I can find them," Cabaniss said.That previous experience includes leadership positions with the Army and Navy as well as the General Services Administration. In addition, he practiced as a trial lawyer for almost 10 years in Atlanta."This selection signifies the tremendous contributions George has made in his more than 20 years as a contracting professional and leader," Leisenring said. "His wealth of contracting experience and leadership will be invaluable in our transformation of generating force contracting into a synchronized line of operation."Along with the selection of Cabaniss to the position comes appointment to the Senior Executive Service for demonstrating exceptional skills and abilities in transforming the government. He is one of approximately 300 members to serve in key SES positions responsible as a link between presidential appointees and the federal workforce."I consider it an honor and privilege to be given responsibility for leading the most important resource the Army has -- its people," he said.Cabaniss replaces April Miller, who has served as the acting deputy to the commander since July 2010 as part of an executive developmental assignment. Miller now serves as the director of the Mission Contracting Center-Fort Sam Houston. He will arrive at Fort Sam Houston in early December.Headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, the MICC is made up of seven regional mission contracting centers, nine mission contracting offices and 27 installation contracting offices throughout the country. In fiscal 2011, the command executed more than 63,000 contract actions worth almost $7 billion.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. Contracting professionals at the MICC's subordinate units work with installation leadership throughout the generating force, or institutional Army, to translate their requirements into contracted materiel and services. The institutional Army prepares, trains, educates and supports the operational Army, which is made up of deployed forces.