By Rachel Clark, 409th CSBMarch 27, 2013
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion pulled its teams together here for a field training exercise to analyze and discuss tactical procedures used to support expeditionary and contingency environments.
"It's critical for us to ensure our battalion is ready to deploy at a moment's notice. This exercise gives us an opportunity to train and learn in a controlled environment," said Lt. Col. Lynda Royse, 903rd CCBN commander.
The week-long exercise, March 17-22, included contracting scenarios, warrior tasks and battle drills. Royse said the training led to increased camaraderie and cohesion between the 903rd's Grafenwoehr and Kaiserslautern teams.
"Our Grafenwoehr teams got to see how others work within the 903rd's Theater Contracting Center and our Kaiserslautern teams got to learn about the 903rd's regional contracting offices' best practices," said Maj. Armando Corral, team leader, 642nd Contingency Contracting Team.
"One of my favorite parts of this experience was the overall team building and unit cohesion. I loved getting out there and doing Solider stuff and getting back to basics," said Master Sgt. Albert Lee, 903rd CCBN operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge.
Part of the exercise included working specific contracting scenarios such as post-award orientation, delivery issues, termination for cause and protests. The FTX was a new experience for many of the Soldiers.
"I'm pretty new to contracting and Maj. Corral took the time to share knowledge and mentor me on aspects of a contract I was working," said Staff Sgt. Philip Bouffard, 644th CCT contracting specialist. "I can't tell you how valuable this was for me."