REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., May 17 --Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols became the first commanding general of the U. S. Army Contracting Command today during an assumption of command ceremony here.

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, Army Materiel Command commanding general, welcomed
Nichols during the ceremony with nearly 500 Soldiers, Army civilians and guests in attendance.

Dunwoody spoke highly of Nichols.

"Major General Nichols is a true Army superstar," Dunwoody said. "She is a dynamic innovator, strategic thinker, and hard-charging commander, and I am thrilled that she is taking the reins today."

Nichols comes to ACC from Fort Belvoir, Va., where she was the Army's Program Executive Officer, Soldier. She previously served as commanding general, U.S. Central Command Contracting Command in Iraq. In September 2008 at Fort Belvoir, she became the first commanding general of the Expeditionary Contracting Command, one of ACC's two subordinate commands. Nichols is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has more than 20 years experience in Department of Defense acquisition.

Nichols succeeded Dr. Carol Lowman, who relinquished her duties as executive director to become the deputy to the ACC commanding general.

"ACC has done some amazing things since we were established in 2008. I want to keep us on this path of success while strengthening our team, maturing our capabilities and expanding our foot print," said Nichols. "I'm eager to learn more about what you do and how I can help."

ACC provides global contracting support to Soldiers through the full spectrum of military operations. ACC consists of more than 6,300 military and civilian personnel at more than 115 locations worldwide. The command awarded more than 198,000 contracts in fiscal year 2011 valued at more than $86.9 billion.