FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Mission and Installation Contracting Command deputy to the commander was appointed to the Senior Executive Service today during a ceremony here today recognizing exceptional skills and abilities in transforming the government.George M. Cabaniss Jr. joined the MICC in December and serves as the deputy to Brig. Gen. Stephen Leisenring, the MICC commanding general. He became one of approximately 300 members to serve in key SES positions responsible as a link between presidential appointees and the federal workforce."It's an honor and privilege to be given responsibility for leading the Army's most important resource -- its people," Cabaniss said. "The actions by the men and women of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command impact not only our Soldiers, federal employees and their families, but also those throughout our communities who provide critical services and materials in order for the Army to accomplish its mission."In an environment of fiscal challenges, it's even more vital to ensure every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely, efficiently and effectively. We owe this to our Soldiers and the American public whose support and advocacy are essential in performing the contracting mission," he said.Cabaniss possesses a diverse background of government and private sector that includes more than 20 years in acquisition. That 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.Members of the Senior Executive Service hold well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment, which is grounded in the Constitution. The keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications. Members of the SES operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 federal agencies.Headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, the MICC is made up of seven regional 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. 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.