Kim Tycer joined the Army Contracting Command as its new chief counsel and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on Jan. 28, 2013. Her previous assignment was as associate counsel in the Army Materiel Command Office of Command Counsel's Business Law Division.

Describe your current position:

It's a real honor to serve as the command's chief counsel. My job will be to serve the command, Maj. Gen. (Camille) Nichols - her mission and her vision. From a legal perspective my goal will be to develop and implement policies that will help increase the efficiencies and consistency of acquisitions across the command. My staff and I will focus on providing services to all the stakeholders we impact across the command. With that in mind, we'd like feedback. We really want to engage people so that all the stakeholders understand what we can provide and how we can help them achieve their mission.

Describe your passion for the job:

I have two daughters and two sons. When one of my sons graduated from high school, he went into the Army. I thought that if we're willing to watch him put on a uniform, fight for our country and our rights as well as for other people around the world that don't have the advantages that we do, then I should put my education and experience to work to help keep him and all his fellow Soldiers safe.

What would you like others to know about you?

As an attorney coming from private practice, it's another world. You have adversaries, not necessarily fighting each other, but strategizing against each other. There's always a winner and a loser. In government contracting, everyone is on the same page working toward the same goal.
My experience, from the technical and contracting perspective, is that the military draws good people that are dedicated and hard-working and who are the best at what they do. I enjoy the camaraderie. I can litigate with the best of them but it's really nice to have such good people on your team. Government service was an opportunity to serve my country and to get back into a team environment. It is one of the best decisions I've made in my career.

Tell us about your family. What do you enjoy during your spare time?

I grew up in rural Virginia - horse country - in a small town called Remington. We're farm people. We used to be big fox hunters but now we're trail riders. My husband is from New Orleans and volunteers to cook Mardi Gras dishes in support of our church. He is also a member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. We're big cooks and we like to entertain. We love it here in Huntsville. It's a
great mix of cultures.