By Lt. Col. Joshua R. Burris, 413th Contracting Support Brigade December 14, 2011
The 413th Contracting Support Brigade took the Expeditionary Contracting Command commanding general and command sergeant major to the extremes during a recent visit to its units in November.
Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, ECC commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray, ECC and Army Contracting Command command sergeant major, visited the brigade's units in Alaska and Hawaii where the brigade provides support to Army and Air Force arctic warriors prior to visiting the brigade headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The ECC command team presented commander's coins for excellence to Maj. John Cooper and Maj. Mike Deems, Capt. Charles Allen, Sgt. 1st Dawn Simington, Staff Sgt. Louis Olvera, and Staff Sgt. Derrick Wade, along with U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott Schofield and U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Meredith Ellen.
Bass and Murray met with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Air Force Col. Robert Evans, 673rd Air Base wing commander and Air Force Col. Edward Thomas, 673rd Mission Support Group commander, regarding the hospitality, integration, and joint training to Simington and Wade who work in the USAF contracting squadron.
The next stop for the ECC command team was Hawaii where Bass was the guest speaker at the Aloha Chapter National Contract Management Association's monthly luncheon at the Hickam Air Force Base Enlisted Club.
After the luncheon, Col. Mike Hoskin, 413th commander, hosted a town hall at Schofield Barracks where Bass and Murray spoke to Soldiers and civilians on the critical importance of their work to the Pacific warfighter.
During the town hall Bass presented commander's coins for excellence to 12 Army civilians and two Soldiers. In addition, Bass presented the ECC Contingency Contracting Officer Award to Lt Col. Matt Hodge, Lt. Col. Josh Burris, Matt Mastick, and Maj. Kyle Noda. Master Sgt. Marlon Cooper and Lt. Col. George Holland, although not present, also received the award.
Of the first ten ECC CCO Awards, the 413th have earned.
During the visit, Bass wasn't the only one bearing gifts.
Hoskin presented Murray with the "CSM Dime Special Warrant" for his support to the 413th acquisition community. The special warrant "authorizes" him to issue U.S. government contracts obligating up to and including 10 cents.
During their visit, Bass also met with senior 413th civilians while Murray met with the noncommissioned officers for some professional development. The duo ended their 413th visit with a tour of Kane'ohe Bay and an evening social complete with Hawaiian Ono (tasty) Grindz (food) and fellowship.