Jackie Lynne Pinkston is an acquisition services group program manager assigned to the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Describe your current position:

Pinkston serves as the ASG program manager and procurement subject matter expert responsible for reviewing the MICC purchasing and contracting activities for efficiency and effectiveness.

She performs management control of procurement actions for the acquisition of services and participates in reviews and oversight. She is the technical authority on Department of the Army procurements to include communications, training and a multitude of troop and combat support.

She currently is participating in the Army Contracting Command Strategic Leadership Program.

Describe your professional/education background:

Pinkston enlisted in the Navy in August 1984 and served until 1988 when she transferred into the Naval Reserve until 1991. During this time, she supported Desert Storm while working in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

The Erie, Pa., native earned her undergraduate degree in business management from the University of LaVerne, Calif., in 1992 while working in Naples, Italy, and a master's in business
administration in Strategic Management and Public Policy in 1995 from The George Washington University while working as a contracting intern at the Naval Air Systems Command.

Pinkston was recently recognized for 25 years of service with the federal government where she has worked for a multitude of commands/agencies to include, Naval Sea Systems Command, Veterans Affairs, Defense Intelligence Agency and, most recently, the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, as the J6 and for the chief of staff in shared services.

Do you have children/grandchildren/pets:

She and her husband, David, have three sons: David, Jacob and Christopher.

What do you in your spare time:

In her spare time, she enjoys playing football, swimming and going on cruises. She has a dog, Bingo, and a cat, Sabrina. She is the daughter of Kitty Long and stepdaughter of Kenny Seastrum, of Erie, Pa.

How does your job support the Soldier:

Pinkston's leadership style challenges the staff to think outside the box and ask questions. She believes we should ask ourselves, "What else can be done to provide the best value for the mission, Soldiers and their families?" By leading with questions, "we develop proactive, innovative methods to address the needs of our Soldiers and to reach across the organization to provide better contracted materiel and services," she said.