By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office January 12, 2012
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney J. Rhoades as its command sergeant major during a change-of-responsibility ceremony here Jan. 9.
Rhoades comes to the MICC after serving as the garrison command sergeant major for Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
He replaced Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton Jackson, who has served as the MICC command sergeant major since November 2009 and is retiring after more than 31 years of service.
Headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, the MICC is made up of seven mission contracting centers, nine mission contracting offices and 28 installation contracting offices throughout the country. In fiscal 2011, the command executed more than 63,000 contract actions worth almost $7 billion.
Rhoades will draw on his wealth of experience including tours in support of operations Iraqi Freedom, Desert Thunder, Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Vigilant Warrior, Restore Hope, Support Hope, Desert Shield and Desert Storm as well as various stateside assignments to help guide command decisions at the MICC.
"It is such an honor to be selected as this command's command sergeant major," Rhoades said. "My focus will be on providing sound leadership for the command, to enforce standards, and to instill discipline throughout the MICC. My wife, Lori, and I are happy to be here and look forward to working with the entire Command and Fort Sam Houston community."
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 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.