Diversity is the key word when discussing the Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Gound's mission, wide-ranging customer base, dispersed site locations and varied contracting actions.

"The Center has a comprehensive mission that spans 12 different locations, serves 25 major customers and provides contracting services in support of warfighters worldwide," said Bryon J. Young, ACC-APG executive director and principal assistant responsible for contracting.

"In fiscal year 2011, ACC-APG completed more than 48,500 contracting actions valued at more than $18 billion with $2.9 billion of this amount going to small businesses. We provide sustained expertise in all areas of contracting including research, development, engineering and testing; production; installation and base operations; systems and system support; foreign military sales; grants; cooperative agreements; and other transactions."

The base realignment and closure decision to relocate the former Communications Electronics Command Contracting Center from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to APG Maryland resulted in two centers in the same geographic location. An operational order was issued to consolidate the two and on April 1, the former Research, Development and Engineering Command and CECOM Contracting Centers merged forming the ACC-APG with an organizational structure of 15 contracting divisions.

The divisions provide primary contracting services to support the missions of several program executive offices. "We make it possible to quickly get mission-capable equipment into the hands of soldiers when and where they need it," Young said.

"We play a major role in providing the warfighter with intelligence, electronic warfare, and target acquisition capabilities to enhance survivability and lethality. Through our contracting support, Soldiers have the required computer systems, radios and networks to enable communication and interoperability. These divisions also provide full service contracting in supplying the warfighter with chemical and biological defense equipment along with medical countermeasures."

There are six divisions located at APG and in addition to supporting the PEOs, they support RDECOM, CECOM and the joint requirements of the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This support also includes foreign military sales requirements as well as numerous other organizations.

The ACC-APG Installation Division provides base operations contracting to the APG garrison and its 68 tenant organizations. This division also trains contingency contracting teams from the Expeditionary Contracting Command in BASOPS contracting to ensure team member preparedness for deployment.

ACC-APG's acquisition support also extends to the Denver (Colo.), Adelphi, Md. and Tobyhanna, Pa. with divisions at each location. This support includes research, chemical disposal and the repair of electronic equipment..

There are two divisions at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., the Southwest Division and Desert Division that provide contracting services in support of worldwide communication systems and information technology acquisitions.

The main focus of the Belvoir Division, located at Fort Belvoir, Va., is to direct and control acquisition planning, contract execution, and contract administration for supported organizations and PEOs.

Located in Massachusetts, the Natick Contracting Division manages integrated acquisition from basic research through production providing contracting support for major soldier support systems ranging from uniforms to air drop delivery, and from force protection items to traumatic brain injury research.

The Research Triangle Park Division in Raleigh, N.C. provides a full spectrum of contracting services and cooperative agreements in support of its primary customer, ARL's Army Research Office.

"Although ACC-APG has a diverse organizational structure and customer base, the divisions all work toward one common goal - to provide innovative and tailored acquisition solutions in support of the Soldier," Young concluded.