Army contracting specialists, systems engineers contribute to network upgrades

Army contracting specialists, systems engineers contribute to network upgrades

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Dec. 22, 2015) – The Army is fielding upgrades for its at-the-halt tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1 (WIN-T Inc 1), that will increase capability while reducing equipment by a third for a more mobile expeditionary force. In support of the effort, Army contracting specialists serve as the middlemen between the program office that procures the new commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and services and the industry contractors who supply it. “Technology changes by the minute, and it’s very important to keep up with that technology to ensure that our Soldiers in theater have the very best that we […]

Contracting NCOs complete Contracting Pre-command Course

Contracting NCOs complete Contracting Pre-command Course

By Army Contracting Command Public Affairs Staff For the first time in course history, sergeants major and command sergeants major attended the Army Contracting Pre-Command Course. Six Army Contracting Command senior non-commissioned officers were the first enlisted Soldiers to complete the two-week course conducted this fall at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. “In cooperation with ACC, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and Army Acquisition Center of Excellence collaboratively decided to offer the Contracting Pre-Command Course to our sergeants major,” explained Lt. Col. Jonathan W. Spurlock, course director. “This mandatory, branch-specific course is designed to fill the needs of lieutenant colonels, colonels and Army civilians who have been designated […]

ACC contracting officers capture Army awards

ACC contracting officers capture Army awards

By U.S. Army Contracting Command Public Affairs REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Army Contracting Command contracting officers earned 11 individual and team honors in the Fiscal Year 2015 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting, according to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement). “These awards are a testament to your professionalism and performance” said Maj. Gen. James E. Simpson, ACC commanding general. “They reflect your daily commitment to excellence and service, providing our Army what it needs to accomplish the mission.” Jaime E. Reed, 414th Contracting Support Brigade, Vicenza, Italy, won the Barbara C. Heald Award. According to the award website, […]

Customer contact

Customer  contact

Responding to unique contracting challenges, DOD has made a major strategic change in contingency contracting administration services to support U.S. forces in Africa—from the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army and Joseph Kony to the Ebola outbreak—that makes it easier to get needed services and supplies to the customer, much more rapidly. By Maj. Justin L. De Armond Africa is an extremely challenging environment that requires contracting officials know their craft and be able to understand and adapt to each customer’s requirements. This is especially true for those in the noncommissioned officer (NCO) 51C acquisition military occupational specialty. The 51C’s roles and responsibilities encompass contract administration, employing different contracting actions […]

$18M in new contracts help ensure Army retains a critical skill base at Watervliet

$18M in new contracts help ensure Army retains a critical skill base at Watervliet

By Mr. Ben Sherman The Arsenal announced this week that it received five contracts worth more than $18 million that will help ensure that the Army’s arsenal at Watervliet, N.Y., retains a warm base of critical skills to support the future needs of our war fighters. These new orders add to the more than $60 million in contracts the Arsenal had received earlier this year for work that for the most part will be performed in fiscal years 2016 through 2018, said Bill Dingmon, the Arsenal’s chief of manufacturing. The contracts will provide various weapon system components for the U.S. Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The five contracts require […]

US Army contracting team trains local institutions in Kosovo

US Army contracting team trains local institutions in Kosovo

By Mr. David Chace U.S. Army Soldiers with the 1960th Contingency Contracting Team out of Huntsville Ala., and currently assigned to Area Support Team-Balkans in Kosovo, marked the completion of a five-day training series on market management and technical specifications, for approximately 20 members and officials from Ministry of Kosovo Security Force and their Land Forces Command, during a ceremony Aug. 14 in Pristina, Kosovo. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Lesly Richardson, one of the instructors of the training, said the training’s value exceeded her expectations. “They had a lot of questions, and that made the training much more energetic,” Richardson said. “There was a good exchange of information.” AST-Balkans serves […]

Finding Closure

Finding Closure

Rock Island contract closeout team returns more than $320 million to customers, capturing lessons learned from 13 years of contracting in Southwest Asia. By Mr. Jake Adrian and Ms. Andrea Kalb On a daily basis, the Reachback Contract Closeout Team is effectively closing chapter after chapter of the long story that comprises the past 13 years of war in Southwest Asia. This team, located at Army Contracting Command – Rock Island, IL (ACC-RI), a subordinate organization of U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Army Contracting Command created in 2010 to process and close out approximately 220,000 fixed-price contracts awarded in Iraq and Afghanistan, has removed more than $321 million and counting from contracts to […]

What We Learned

What We Learned

Lessons learned in expeditionary contracting have vastly improved the capabilities and professionalism of the contingency contracting workforce By BG James E. Simpson In the past decade, it has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve alongside great acquisition professionals who deployed time and time again to two vastly different theaters. Their deployments were a call to arms—not with weapons, but with pens and two books we fondly refer to as our contracting bibles, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS). I must thank our sons and daughters in the acquisition workforce, both civilian and military, who deployed to support our warfighters. I also […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

  By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board held here and concluded early December selected 10 candidates for reclassification. This board was the first of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We continue to receive a record number of applications, which ensures competition and that the best qualified Soldiers are selected for reclassification,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C Proponent NCO. Sears noted that the high level of competition during this board resulted in a seven percent selection rate. The purpose of the board is to ensure that the […]

Many tasks, one tool

Many tasks, one tool

PM CCS seeks maximum efficiency, affordability with consolidated contractor logistics support by Mr. Raymond W. Chin and Col. Richard J. Hornstein As materiel developers, acquisition program executive officers (PEOs) and project managers (PMs) must consider all aspects of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) before the Army enterprise can fully institutionalize a capability. Over the past 12-plus years of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has successfully developed materiel solutions and pushed them out to the force, using agile acquisition processes to meet the needs of combatant commanders. However, the full set of DOTMLPF considerations often failed to align with the deployment of the “M”—materiel—and […]