REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited the U.S. Army Contracting Command and the Expeditionary Contracting Command headquarters here Sept. 25.

This was his first visit to the ACC and ECC headquarters since assuming command of AMC Aug. 7.

Via toured the campus and received briefings from Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general, Brig. Gen. Theodore Harrison, ECC commanding general, and other staff members on the 51C acquisition noncommissioned officer career development model, the status of expeditionary contracting and the state of Army contracting.

After touring the facilities and meeting ACC and ECC Soldiers and civilians, Via conducted a mini-town hall where he addressed members of the commands.

"I wanted to make sure I came out to visit with you," Via said. "Thank you for what you do every day. Your reputation across the Army is tremendous.

"I know this is a busy time of year for you as you work to close out contracts at the end of the fiscal year. By the time you're finished, you will have successfully closed out more than $75 billion. That's a lot of hours and a lot of work. But you do it every day. The expeditionary capabilities you posses cannot be found anywhere else in the Department of Defense."

In addition to discussing the contracting mission, Via told the town hall participants of his desire to help the command move into better facilities.

"We are working to get you into better facilities while we renovate the final facility," he said." A quality work environment is what we want to achieve."

Conducting business worldwide, ACC awarded nearly 246,000 contracts in fiscal year 2011 valued at more than $86 billion, which is equal to 69 percent of the Army's contract dollars and 16 percent of the total dollars spent on contracts by the entire federal government. ACC accomplishes this with more than 6,800 military and civilian employees at more than 100 locations worldwide.