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 […]

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

POSITION: GPC Agency/Organization Program Coordinator UNIT: ACC-APG/Tenant Contracting Division TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 26 (20 years on active duty, 6 years as a civilian) AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; MBA, Oklahoma City University; B.S. in business administration, University of Louisville. Level III certified in contracting and Level II certified in program management Meal Ticket Becomes a Career Path By Susan L. Follett When Jim Bushnell joined the Army in 1984, his goal was fairly simple: to make sure he knew where his next meal was coming from. While the Army isn’t known for gourmet cooking, it is known […]

Faces of the Force: Steven Bryant

Faces of the Force: Steven Bryant

POSITION: Deputy Director, Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground. UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: MBA, Loyola University; B.S. in business and marketing, Towson University Change in plans leads to 29-Year Career By Susan L. Follett “I had no intention of working for the government—I wanted to make money.” That’s what Steven Bryant told his father, an Army sergeant major who served 33 years, when his dad suggested he look for a job with the Army. “So, after I got my MBA, I went to work for a builder-developer […]

Faces of the Force: Melissa Garcia

Faces of the Force: Melissa Garcia

POSITION: Contracting Officer/Team Lead UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command–Fort Bliss/919th Contingency Contracting Battalion TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service EDUCATION: MBA and B.A. in marketing, University of Texas at El Paso From Latrines to Role Players: Contracting Requires Depth and Breadth By Susan L. Follett Melissa Garcia got her start in contracting by accident. “I responded to a request for resumes for an internship when I was in college, but I wasn’t really sure who I was submitting my resume to,” said Garcia, now contracting officer and team lead for the 919th Contingency Contracting Battalion in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC). […]

CRL Graduates to Government Work

CRL Graduates to Government Work

A nontraditional defense contractor success story By Michael Klein and James Cummiskey Late last year, the Army Contracting Command–New Jersey (ACC-NJ) awarded the contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) to Carnegie Robotics, LLC (CRL). The signing of the contract, awarded on behalf of the Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems (PM CCS), was a proud moment for the entire acquisition team, which had invested months of effort to reach that goal. From a contracting perspective, the award also highlighted a larger success story that began several years earlier, when ACC-NJ awarded a competitive project […]

Faces of the Force: Roderick Redman

Faces of the Force: Roderick Redman

POSITION: Branch Chief, Contract Pricing UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: DA Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; B.S. in business administration, University of Denver   Making the most of mentoring opportunities By Susan L. Follett After 20 years in the private sector as a litigator and consultant in telecommunications, Roderick Redman decided to look for a position that offered a more equitable work-life balance along with the opportunity to use his skills and experience. That exploration led him to the Army Contracting Command, where he currently serves as branch chief for contract pricing. He recently marked five years in government […]

Faces of the Force: Al Rinaldi

Faces of the Force: Al Rinaldi

TITLE: Contracting Officer UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Official Commendation, Department of the Army (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Star Note, Program Executive Office Ammunition (2); Superior Civilian Service Award; Honorable Mention Elmer B. Staats Young Acquisition Professional Award EDUCATION: MBA, St. Peter’s College; B.A. in history and B.S. in criminal justice, The University Of Scranton   Army acquisition career provides chance to lead and mentor By Susan L. Follett Roughly 10 years ago, Al Rinaldi was working for a rental car company while earning an MBA and looking for something more in a career. “A friend of mine was an engineer at […]

Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

Faces of the Force: Sheri Baskins

POSITION: Director, Utility Helicopter Contracts UNIT: U.S. Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, 2013; Secretary of the Army, Excellence in Contracting, Team Award, 2004; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, 1991; Frank S. Besson Award for Procurement Excellence, Army Materiel Command Intern of the Year, 1991. EDUCATION: MBA and B.S. in finance and marketing, University of North Alabama   ‘More opportunities than I ever anticipated’ By Susan Follett Ask Sheri Baskins if she thought she’d be with the Army Contracting Command 25 years after she started, and her answer will be a resounding yes. “I’ve always liked the stability that comes from working […]

Nichols addresses JCRX audience

Nichols addresses JCRX audience

Larry D. Mccaskill   FORT BLISS, Texas – The more than 380 cadre and trainees at the Army Contracting Command Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise 2013 were all eyes and ears as Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general, spoke on the merits and importance of the JCRX training Jan. 24. After passing out JCRX Gold Eagle Hero of the Day awards, Nichols thanked the exercise planners. “I just want to thank the 412th Contracting Support Brigade and everyone involved in putting this together,” she said. “They have ensured that this will be the most professional event that we could put on given our resources and our expertise and I […]

JCRX-13 expected to draw more than 200 contracting professionals

JCRX-13 expected to draw more than 200 contracting professionals

ACC public affairs   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Contracting professionals will begin to converge onto Fort Bliss, Texas, starting Jan. 15 to participate in what military officials are calling the premiere Department of Defense contracting readiness exercise. For the fourth consecutive year, the Army Contracting Command is conducting a contracting readiness exercise for military and civilian personnel. Formerly called Joint Dawn, the Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise or JCRX-13 will be conducted at Fort Bliss Jan. 15-31. “We’re expanding the scope of this year’s training,” said Col. Timothy Strange, commander, 412th Contracting Support Brigade, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. “Participants can look forward to working on more than 100 […]