Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols will become the U.S. Army Contracting Command's first commanding general at a 10 a.m., assumption of command ceremony, May 17, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

She takes the leadership reins from Carol E. Lowman who served as ACC's executive director since Sept. 27. Lowman will become the deputy to the commanding general.

A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Nichols previously served as program executive officer, Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va., and served as the first commanding general of the Expeditionary Contracting Command. She has more than 20 years experience in Department of Defense acquisition and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level 3 certified in both contracting and program management, and Level 2 certified in systems engineering.

Headquartered at Redstone, the ACC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and includes two subordinate commands--ECC and the Mission and Installation Contracting Command--and six major contracting centers that support AMC's other major subordinate and life cycle management commands.

The command provides global contracting support to war fighters through the full spectrum of military operations. It consists of more than 6,300 military and civilian employees worldwide who awarded and managed more than 198,000 contracted actions valued at more than $86.9 billion in fiscal year 2011.