"I'm pleased to announce that Mike Hutchison will become our new deputy here at Redstone Arsenal (Ala.)," stated Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols, commanding general of the U.S. Army Contracting Command.

She added: "I've known Mike a long time and am delighted to have him join our headquarters team. I look forward to working with him to provide our customers with world class contracting support and to highlight the accomplishments of our exceptional family of professionals."

Hutchison currently serves as executive director of ACC-Rock Island (Ill.), one of six major ACC contracting centers. He is responsible for almost 500 personnel and more than $80 billion worth of contracts. His center supports six major Army commands and activities including chemical demilitarization, ammunition, installations, the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, Army Prepositioned Stocks and Reachback Contracting Support for Southwest Asia. Hutchison also serves as Executive Director of ACC-NCR, providing contracting support to numerous customers within the National Capital Region.

Commenting about his Rock Island Arsenal team, Hutchison said: "We have played a critical role in supporting our war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last 10 years. It's been an honor to serve with such professionals. Their dedication and commitment to excellence have been awe inspiring!"

Hutchison continued: "It is truly a privilege to be selected for this position and an even greater privilege to serve the entire ACC team. I welcome the opportunity of working with General Nichols to achieve her vision of making ACC the preeminent Department of Defense provider of decisive edge contracting solutions and practices."

Hutchison is expected to assume his new position in early November.