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ACC TODAY - Spring 2013
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  • 1. ACC TODAYU.S. Army Contracting Command Spring 2013ACC JCRXat Fort Bliss www.acc.army.mil View from the top ACC Integration Contracting and customers go hand in hand
  • 2. VIEW FROM THE TOP ACC TODAY The customer – our reason to exist By Harry Hallock, Executive Director, Army Contracting Command-Warren, Mich. COMMAND STAFF A rmy Contracting Command-Warren works hard to deserve its long- standing reputation for providing exceptional acquisition, contracting, and business advisory services to its customers and other stakeholders. With more than 760 civilian and military personnel located at six sites, the Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols Commanding General Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray Command Sergeant Major center manages more than $130 billion in active contracts for combat, armored Art Forster security, route clearance, tactical and commercial vehicles, robotics and so Director, Public and Congressional Affairs much more. In fiscal year 2012, ACC-WRN awarded 17,600 contract actions, and obligated $10.2 billion. Ed Worley Public Affairs Team Chief ACC-WRN serves the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. TACOM LCMC provides more than 65 percent of Army equipment in support of EDITORIAL STAFF brigade combat teams, and the technology for more than 90 percent of Army lethality; supporting our men and women in uniform at 100 worldwide Editor Larry D. McCaskill locations. The contracting center ensures Soldier readiness for a broad customer base CONTRIBUTORS that includes four program executive offices: ground combat systems, combat Col. Martha Brooks Beth Clemons support & combat service support, Soldier, joint chemical biological defense Giselle Lyons and others. David San Miguel Ed Worley We have earned our reputation for exceptional customer support by making it a top strategic priority. Customer service has been the first goal in the WRITE TO THE EDITOR ACC-WRN strategic plan since the plan’s development in the late 1990s. Goal ACC Today welcomes letters to the editor. Letters objectives include a requirement for senior leaders, managers, team leaders must be under 200 words and include your name, address and telephone number. To submit and employees to meet regularly with our customers to exchange information a letter, e-mail it directly to acc.pao@us.army.mil, and identify concerns to promote and improve business relationships. As part (256) 955-7655. of a customer assessment process, we use a simple survey to obtain feedback from our customer base regarding timeliness, communication, teaming, quality, FIND BREAKING NEWS ONLINE and responsiveness. We also ask our customers to identify individuals in ACC- Find today’s top news, breaking news and links to electronic versions of ACC Today at WRN who have provided exceptional support to customer organizations and www.acc.army.mil/news. ACC Today is an we recognize those individuals in a town hall forum. It is not uncommon to authorized publication for members of the recognize 30 percent of the ACC-WRN workforce at these events. U.S. Army. Contents of ACC Today are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, ACC-WRN leadership and contracting personnel also actively participate the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, in events designed to encourage private industry participation in defense Department of the Army or Army Contracting Command. ACC Today is a quarterly contracting, as they, too, are considered to be center customers. ACC-WRN publication produced by the Army Contracting key procurement decision makers were speakers, presenters and attendees at Command Public and Congressional Affairs various events such as the 2011 President Barack Obama Detroit Small Business Office. All editorial content of ACC Today is Summit, the 2012 National Veteran’s Small Business Conference, and the prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Army Contracting Command Public and February 2013 Doing Business with the Department of the Army. ACC-WRN Congressional Affairs Office. also co-chairs the TACOM LCMC advanced planning briefing for industry. By working closely with our customers in a collaborative manner, we are able ADDRESS The editorial office is located at: to bridge the knowledge gap that exists between the many different functional specialties and organizational goals, to allow us to be true “business advisors” to Army Contracting Command our customers, and create an environment for success within the Department 3334-A Wells Road Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000 of Defense acquisition, logistics and technology community.2 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 3. ACC TODAY • SPRING 2013 WHAT’S INSIDE www.acc.army.mil 2 View from the top - The customer - our reason to exist 4 Educated in the contracting school of hard knocks 5 Quality assurance benefits MICC customers 6 Contracting and customers work hand in hand for mission success 7 MICC-Fort Bliss delivers for Army’s second-largest installation 8 ROTC outreach event well-received at NIU 4 9 Deployable Cadre Program mission evolves 10 Hutchison: ACC ops tempo higher than envisoned 11 Soldiers and DA civilians can go online for career development assistance 12 Contracting readiness exercise a success 14 ECC colonel on the red carpet 15 ACC receives five awards for contracting excellence10 14 16 Questions and Answers: Mr. Kim Denver 18 ACC appointed lead for new contract writing system 18 ACC integration on track 20 Military integration at ACC-APG 21 Process improvements produce savings 22 Duncan deploys in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy 24 MICC-Fort Hood test program yields savings 25 ACC NCOs attend inaugural ball 25 26 Sticky note, the ‘s’ word and the wisdom of a seven-year-old 28 Employee returns to work after cancer battleACC TODAYU.S. Army Contracting Command Spring 2013 30 Around ACCACC JCRX Cover—Army Contracting Commandat Fort Bliss Soldiers and civilians spent long hours in the operations center during the command’s annual joint contracting readiness exercise at Fort Bliss , Texas, Jan. 14-31. (U.S. www.acc.army.mil View from the top ACC Integration Army Photo by Larry D. McCaskill) Contracting and customers go hand in hand www.acc.army.mil |SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 3
  • 4. Educated in the contracting with over-arching government regulations that changed the school of hard knocks way contracting specialists did competitive negotiations. “It made it easier,” she said. “The next big thing came along By Larry D. McCaskill Then I went to the district office as a in the 1990s. The Defense ACC Office of Public & Congressional Affairs purchase agent and the rest is history. larry.d.mccaskill.civ@mail.mil Acquisition Workforce Improvement I’ve been in contracting ever since.” Act gave professional status Back then, Ijames said to contracting people. If you people came up through the pardon the expression, I’ve ranks by doing the work. grandmothered into that.” “You might have started as Working what she calls the a clerk and over the years you night shift, Ijames supports the U.S. accumulated duties and eventually Central Command-Joint Theater wind up as a contracting specialist. Support Contracting Command. Now you have to have a degree to “Working in the rear I can stay get in this career field,” she said. in the background and do a lot of Ijames learned the intricacies of the work, the reviews, keep up contracting by immersing herself in with the FAR and DFAR clauses for her work and staying up to date with them,” Ijames said.“I can answer all the changes as they occurred. questions from a lot of the newbie “Contracting is like any other contracting officers going over there. profession; you have to stay current,” I consider myself a resource for them she said. “What’s so neat about to help them through tough issues, Ruth Anne Ijames (U.S. Army Photo by Larry to help with policy and training contracting is that it is dynamic. McCaskill) presentations and suggestions.” A The rules are always changing by rmed with a doctorate executive order or, (Department Armed with two computers degree in getting it of Defense) policy letters. When and a phone, Ijames provides the done from the school of Congress makes changes to a law type of detailed, quality service hard knocks, Ruth Anne or passes an authorization act, it’s that doesn’t go unnoticed. Ijames has been a fixture in the going to be implemented in the “I heard about her almost contracting world since 1970. Federal Acquisition Regulation and from my taking over the JCC-Iraq/ A retired federal annuitant the Defense Federal Acquisition Afghanistan command in December working out of her Billings, Mont., Regulation. We serve at the 2009,” said Maj. Gen. Camille M. home, Ijames recently helped in pleasure of the law-making process Nichols, ACC commanding general. the Army Contracting Command because contracting is law.” “I would travel out to one of our Control Cell during the command’s To stay up to date Ijames does remote contracting offices and joint contracting readiness exercise what she has been doing since the contracting officers would at Fort Bliss,Texas. Ijames came the 1970s. She reads everything tell me about their advisor in the into contracting when contracting pertaining to contracting. She checks states - Ruth Ann.They shared officers didn’t need a college degree. the Federal Register daily and the amazing stories and only had the “Do I have a degree? Oh heavens Government Accountability Office best to say about her sage advice no. I told you I’m from the school of comptroller general’s decision for and her timely responsiveness.” hard knocks,” Ijames said.“I started changes and any possible protests, According to Nichols, Ijames in a construction field office around as well as particular court cases. She professionalism, advice, and construction contracting as an also purchases new copies of the FAR responsiveness are appreciated by administrative assistant. I was always and the DFAR when they come out. almost everyone Ijames meets. looking for something to help the Ijames said those two documents “She is an institution and a engineers and always wanted to might be the best thing that ever pocket of brilliance for all of the learn something new. I didn’t care happened to military contracting. Department of Defense,” Nichols if it was in my job title or not. I Publishing the FAR in 1984, said. “She mentored airmen, was doing pay estimates and lots of followed by DFAR, provided sailors, Marines and Soldiers for stuff.Then I was an admin assistant. military contracting specialists the last five years, giving folks4 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 5. “She is an institution and a pocket ofbrilliance for all of the Departmentof Defense,” Nichols said.answers on specific questions operating without her expert professionalism, advice, andthat provide knowledge for future touch. She had been deployed in responsiveness. Everyone has greatefforts these contracting officers the early part of the war and now things to say about her and herwill experience in their careers.” her reach was in rotation after work,” the general concluded. What can an individual do rotation,” Nichols explained.“She notto have people praise them as only answered their questions oninstitutions and a pocket of contracts in the combat zone, but Ibrilliance? According to Nichols, have had contingency contractingit’s Ijames’ spirit and her dedication officers that tell me they sometimesto her craft and to Soldiers. work with her even today on their “There was no office in either issues on contracts in the states.Iraq or Afghanistan that was “Everyone appreciates herQuality assurancebenefits MICC customersRyan L. Mattox Services Quality Assurance.“The services or supplies conformMICC Public Affairs Office to contract requirements, and Army has a material weaknessryan.l.mattox2.civ@mail.mil in contract administration and contractors are “acceptablyJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO– oversight and documentation of maintaining” their quality controlFORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas that oversight. In many cases, we systems to ensure they are providing– Assuring Army customers receive do not have documentation to acceptable services or supplies.what they pay for is the objective support that the Army received Merry said it is also important tobehind new quality assurance acceptable services and supplies in understand that quality control ispolicy published by Mission accordance with the requirements the responsibility of contractors,and Installation Contracting of the contract to justify contractor and the MICC Quality AssuranceCommand officials in January. payments. It demonstrates that Program focus is determining The policy also marks a major we are committed to moving that contractors are maintainingmilestone in helping correct forward in addressing the adequate quality control inspectionthe Army material weakness Army material weakness with systems congruent with thein contract administration and contract administration.” services performed and suppliesoversight. It follows the MICC’s MICC quality assurance specialists furnished under contracts.Quality Assurance Program are acquisition professionals Merry pointed out that it isroadmap to provide guidance on and members of the command’s difficult to hold contractorsgoals, expectations and functional acquisition team. The policy responsible and accountable forrequirements for quality assurance defines their roles in conducting performance and quality control ifacross the command leading to the quality assurance mission, requirements have not been wellimproved customer service. The which is critical to the success defined with measureable outcomes.roadmap includes three basic and efforts to hold contractors This is where quality assuranceelements – policy and procedures, responsible and accountable for specialists can play a role in thequality assurance workforce performance and quality control. pre-award process through assistingdevelopment and contracting The command’s overarching goal in determining if requirements areofficer’s representative management. is to ensure it has an effective and written with well-defined outcomes. “This policy is a major step in the independent government quality The new quality assuranceMICC Quality Assurance Program,” assurance program required by program policy is available onsaid Joe Merry, a senior quality the Federal Acquisition Regulation. the MICC SharePoint site.assurance specialist, MICC Strategic The program assures contracted www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 5
  • 6. Contracting and customers work hand in hand for mission success By Rachel Clark 409th Contracting Support Brigade rachel.d.clark4.civ@mail.mil KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany– The relationship between the Soldiers and civilians line 409th Contracting Support Brigade up for lunch at the Clock contracting offices and their Tower Dining Facility on customers represent a link that the Kleber Kaserne in affects the successful completion Kaiserslautern, Germany. of Army missions in Europe. The dining facility is one “We are a customer-focused of the contracts serviced organization and we measure our by the 409th Contacting success on customer satisfaction,” Support Brigade. said Col. William Bailey, commander, (U.S. Army Photo by 409th CSB.“The 409th CSB is here Rachel Clark) to provide effective contracting support, and we will not fail.” theater contracts spanning years. expectations is key. However, I According to Bailey, the 409th “I follow up with the requiring also believe the key to customer CSB supports a large part of Army activity to ensure that the contract satisfaction is customer education contracting in Europe and places is running smoothly,” Powell said. combined with open and constant value on supporting customers “If it doesn’t, I ask why and get communication,” said Daniel Jaques, and ensuring their needs are met. involved. I am 110 percent involved 409th CSB procurement liaison. “Our customers rely on our in everything that is going on.” “If we can tell the customer responsiveness and effectiveness Contract management often requires what it will take to create a to get the best supply or service the contracting officers to make site successful acquisition and follow for their buck,” said Ulli Powell, visits to their customers and reach up with them through the process, contracting officer, 409th CSB Theater out to contractors and vendors. the requirement development Contracting Center.“We support “Contracting plays a vital role process will be improved and the many military missions and if we due to our location overseas, said acquisition will be successful.” don’t provide the best customer Maj. Roger Rodriquez, chaplain Early involvement of the service for them and work hand–in- resource manager, U.S. Army Garrison contracting offices has equaled hand with them, it could affect their Stuttgart.“Regional Contracting success toward the mission. missions and their well-being.” Office Stuttgart has personally made “If we didn’t support and work The organizational relationships two office visits, and they were with our customer, the community the 409th develops are critical very helpful and informative.” would not be able to function,” to mission success. Other customers agree. Powell explained.“We take care of “I believe it is imperative to have a “Our contracting officer has been so many military units, organizations, good working relationship with our key in making this contract work and and embassies as well as remote contracting office and the people put in long hours, went above and locations that we need to be right that support us and I believe we beyond to make the customer happy by their side to provide the supply have this type of relationship (with and work with us every step of the and service needed. Every person the 409th),” said Valerie Daniel, way,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 working for the 409th impacts Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Matthew Hurd, U.S.Africa Command the outcome for a Soldier.” For the contracting team, the job Personnel Support Detachment. does not end when a contract has Both customers and contracting been awarded. A tremendous amount officers believe good communication of work goes into the follow up and and working relationships are maintenance of those contracts with integral to the success. management of some larger-scale “Certainly meeting customer6 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 7. MICC-Fort Bliss deliversfor Army’s second largest installationBen Gonzales and civilians at MICC-Fort Bliss fiscal year 2010, our staff helped theMICC Public Affairs OfficeBenito.gonzales3.civ@mail.mil executed more than 2,100 contract 1st AD with a 54 percent reduction actions valued at more than $207 in costs with no noticeable reductionP roviding the contracting million.They take care of all of Fort in services through smart contracting needs for more than 35,000 Bliss’ major units including the 1st and consolidation of requirements. Soldiers and their families at Armored Division, Fort Bliss Garrison, They understand the value ofthe Army’s second-largest installation 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense contracting and how we can workis no easy task, but members Command, Brigade Modernization together to save the Army money.”of the Mission and Installation Command, Joint Task Force-North, In addition to working withContracting Command-Fort Bliss, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Fort Bliss units, support by theTexas, accomplish that every day. and assist with the new William contracting office reaches beyond The 56-member contracting Beaumont Army Medical Center. the post gates to local smalloffice plans, integrates, awards According to Lt. Col. Shawn businesses that perform manyand administers contracts for Jenkins, the MICC-Fort Bliss associate of the contracts required for theArmy commands and units on director, the MICC-Fort Bliss staff installation. In fiscal year 2012,the El Paso post that spreads partners with its customers to more than $69 million went to areaacross 992,000 acres. evaluate and determine the best small businesses through more than Home to the Army’s second- course of action to achieve contract 1,300 contract actions. Leading thelargest maneuver area as well as award, management and oversight. effort for Fort Bliss is Sue Jones,1,500 square miles of virtually Such efforts include teaming the small business specialist.unrestricted airspace used for missile with 1st AD officials to develop a “We open our doors to meet withand artillery training and testing, Fort contract action review board to area small business representativesBliss has the room to accommodate assist the division in prioritizing every Friday to educate local officialsthe 300-percent increase in its its contract requirements on what opportunities are availablepopulation over the last five years. “We sit with the 1st AD’s chief here, as well as provide the forecastProviding and sustaining the contract of staff and go through all the large for contracts to come,” Jones said.needs of the installation is where requirements to make sure we When Jones isn’t working asthe MICC-Fort Bliss staff comes in. procure only what is truly necessary the conduit for area businesses, she In fiscal year 2012, the Soldiers for the customer,” said Jenkins.“Since trains the MICC-Fort Bliss staff on market research for small businesses and how the programs benefit the Army and local economies. According to Melissa Garcia, a contracting officer in the major acquisitions division, it takes a team effort to administer the installation’s contracts. “In a constantly changing environment, my job is to keep my team on track through mentoring while staying abreast of the current policies and changes in the dynamic contracting world,” explained Garcia, who leads four contract specialists.(Left to right) Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols, ACC commanding general, talks to KarlaCandelaria and Melissa Garcia during an office visit Jan. 25 at Fort Bliss, Texas. (U.S. Armyphoto by Ben Gonzales) www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 7
  • 8. ROTC outreach event well-received at NIU By Liz Adrian Army Contracting Command-Rock Island, Ill elizabeth.a.adrian.civ@mail.mil ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. – In the frigid, early hours of Feb. 20, four Army Contracting Command-Rock Island officers made their way into a van bound for DeKalb, Ill.Their mission: to meet 30 Northern Illinois University Reserve Officers’Training Corps Military Science III and Military Science IV cadets to discuss their potential futures in the Army. Maj. Jade Miller (standing) discusses his professional background with a class of Northern Majors Jade Miller, Donald Smith Illinois University ROTC cadets Feb. 20 as (left to right) Majors Donald Smith, Dwayne Haigler, and Dwayne Haigler, ACC-RI and Capt. Timothy Godwin look on. (U.S. Army Photo by Liz Adrian) contract specialists, along with Capt. Timothy Godwin,ACC-RI executive at Western Illinois University as It is also an outstanding way for officer, talked about their military part of a local effort to recruit, these officers to “pay it forward” backgrounds and took questions train and retain the nation’s future with these cadets and soon-to-be from the cadets about the transition force. Miller said the questions commissioned officers, he said. from ROTC cadet to Army officer. cadets asked at NIU and WIU “This second outreach event Lt. Col. David Dosier, department were largely similar. Several cadets by ACC-RI’s officers was a great chair, Military Science, NIU, said stayed after the session to ask the opportunity for them to make lasting the morning’s outreach may have officers additional questions. impressions and provide their first- changed some of the cadets’ “Once again the cadets posed hand accounts of how they built a perceptions of their upcoming some very good questions,” said successful Army career with some transition from student to officer. Miller.“We are trying to emphasize potential future leaders of the Army,” “It really gave the cadets a chance long-term thinking and not said Hannon.“I’m hopeful we are to see things from a different just what it means to get their able to extend our reach to other perspective,” said Dosier.“Having this commission. A unique opportunity ROTC programs in area colleges and information come from someone for us is to be able to define universities. It is imperative that we other than me, who they’ve listened functional areas, with particular help tell the Army story and keep to for the past three years, is valuable. focus on the acquisition corps.” ROTC recruiting Army strong.” I think it may have changed some The ACC-RI officers are hopeful of the cadets’ minds on what it will they will be able to reach out to be like moving into their branches.” other ROTC cadets at schools such An hour-and-a-half question-and- as Illinois State, University of Iowa, answer session touched on many Northern Iowa and Iowa State. topics, but the overall theme centered Col. John Hannon,ACC-RI acting on the relationships the cadets director, said the critical personal would have with the Soldiers they interaction and information the will lead as newly commissioned officers provided to the ROTC cadets officers, as well as the relationship will very likely be instrumental between peers and leadership. to many of their Army officer In November, Miller and Smith career choices, helping them to conducted a similar outreach event visualize the long-term big picture.’8 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 9. Deployable CadreProgram mission evolvesBy Giselle LyonsACC Public And Congressional Affairs Office ACC is now taking steps to whole way through and providegiselle.n.bodinlyons.civ@mail.mil improve the medical and mental whatever assistance we can.” Merritt redeployment review by requiring a explained.M anagement of the Army Contracting Command’s Deployable Cadre Programhas moved to the ACC Deputy Chiefof Staff Human Capital G1. second medical review 90-120 days after the deployment, Merritt said. “We are here for the deployed civilians when they return and we The DCP pool consists of 118 volunteers from ACC headquarters, the Expeditionary Contracting Command, the Mission and want to make sure they know that,” Installation Contracting Command The program is the command’s Merritt said.“Whatever we can do to and all six contracting centers.primary source for identifying, assist them, we do our best.” According to Bill Baxter, ACCassigning and deploying civilian In addition to the physical and deputy chief of staff Human Capitalvolunteer personnel in support G1, upon redeployment, cadreof contracting requirements members earn up to an additionalaround the globe, according to the 10 percent of their base salaryACC Deployment Cadre Program for successfully completing theirHandbook. assignment. Beverly Johnson, ACC DCP Overseas deployments arecoordinator, said ACC is called upon typically six months and there areto provide contract management also opportunities for statesideskills and expertise to support the temporary duty. Volunteers canwar fighter in operations beyond sign up to be considered for eitherthe scope of the command’s day-to- or both. Cadre members also haveday mission. This includes support guaranteed return rights to theirto overseas operations, training current assignments. Employees inexercises, natural disasters within the contracting and quality assurancethe U.S. and high-visibility priorities career fields can apply, and thoseacross the command. with knowledge of the Procurement Prior to being moved to the G1, Desktop-Defense Contracting Systemthe DPC was a stand-alone office Beverly Johnson (left), and Sandra Merritt, are preferred.operating at the ACC-National Capital program coordinators, review personnel Valerie Johnson, a procurementRegion offices in Alexandria, Va. The information. (U.S. Army Photo by Larry D. analyst in the ACC Operations Group,move comes at a time when the McCaskill) is a DCP volunteer who recentlyprogram is being revamped. The returned from Iraq.DPC is also developing a major mental reviews before and after deployment, the best assistance “Whenever I had a problem, theyinitiative focusing on the well-being the DCP staff can provide to those responded quickly,”Valerie Johnsonof the volunteers as they return from deployed is to maintain constant said.“If they didn’t know the answer,deployment, said Beverly Johnson. communication during their they found out.They never left a Before civilians are deployed, question unanswered.”they go to a unit deployment center deployment. “Personal contact with them Cadre members like Valeriewhere they receive initial training, is an essential component of our Johnson are exactly who the G1uniforms and equipment. They jobs. Phone calls, emails, pictures… office strives to assist, Merritt said.return to the deployment centerupon their redeployment and receive we want to communicate with “We have to communicate witha medical review before returning to them,” Beverly Johnson stressed. them,” said Beverly Johnson.“Wetheir home units. “We want to make sure they feel can’t assist them if we don’t know stable and comfortable during their what is going on.” Research has revealed thatcivilians face the same psychological deployment.” “It’s important to keep thedifficulties as Soldiers upon returning Merritt said it’s also critical for the communication going so we canfrom deployment, such as post DCP staff to communicate with the tweak the program as we need to,”traumatic stress disorder, but they civilians at all times. Merritt added.“It not only helpstend to not follow up with additional “We try to give them help before them, but it helps us help the nextmedical treatment since it’s not they deploy, while they are in the group of cadre members who go outmandatory, according to Sandra field, and when they come back,” into the field.”Merritt, also an ACC DCP coordinator. Merritt said. “We follow them the www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 9
  • 10. Professional Workforce Hutchison: ACC ops tempo higher than envisioned By Ed Worley “I left because Gen. Nichols to standardize processes and Public and Congressional Affairs asked if I would be her deputy,” he procedures across ACC, to create an Edward.g.worley@us.army.mil enterprise approach to contracting,” explained. “I thought: when the boss REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.– asks, unless there is a compelling he explained. “Key to that are the Shortly after becoming the Army reason to say ‘no’, I need to say yes initiatives that are being worked out Contracting Command deputy to and serve where the Army needs me. of contracting operations. Ensuring the commanding general, Michael When I said yes, I underestimated that those initiatives continue to Hutchison learned that the ACC how hard it would be to leave.” make forward momentum is really headquarters is busier than he Nichols is happy Hutchison fundamental to ACC bringing real thought it would be. accepted her offer. value to what’s being done in the “There is a whole lot more going (contracting) centers. “I’ve known Mike for a long time on at the headquarters than I had and he is absolutely the right person “My personal goal for the position anticipated,” he said. “The operations to complete the ACC leadership is to be the best deputy I can be for tempo here is a whole lot higher team,” she said.“He is uniquely Gen. Nichols,” he explained.“I really than what I had envisioned.” qualified, having served as the want to make her life easier. I hope Hutchison became the deputy to executive director of two of our she will view me as a partner and a Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC contracting centers. He has already key advisor in the leadership of ACC.” commanding general, on Jan. 14. taken a lot of work off my plate, Hutchison sees some challenges He came to the headquarters after especially leading the command for the command, including what serving as executive director of the when I’m on the road. I trust his he called “significant” money and ACC-Rock Island, Ill., contracting judgment and I value his counsel. It’s manpower resource challenges. center and was dual-hatted as the great to have him on the team. We “Money equals capability. Money acting executive director, ACC- welcome him and look forward to equals manpower. Money equals National Capital Region, Alexandria, his assistance in getting us closer to training. Money equals personnel. Va. our vision.” Money equals travel.” “We weren’t nearly this busy,” he Hutchison’s general focus as the While serving as the acting said, comparing ACC’s optempo deputy is on contracting issues and director of ACC-NCR, Hutchison had to that of a previous assignment some of the initiatives under way to deal with the Army’s decision to to Army Materiel Command in the ACC Operations Group, but close the center. In the end, he said, headquarters. “Of course, it was a he said his role is evolving. He is the decision came down to “dollars different time. We were not at war also maintaining his position as the and cents.”The center is scheduled and we weren’t trying to resource a principal assistant responsible for to close in July. It’s the human costs, 6,000 to 7, 000-person contracting contracting for ACC-RI and ACC-NCR. though, that concern him most. operation.” “If you think about it, one of “ACC-NCR is full of great people Hutchison said leaving Rock Island the things that ACC was created who do a great job every day,” he was “very hard for me to do. I love to do was to improve the quality said.“I felt very connected to them. the mission and I love the people. of the work that’s being done, You don’t want people to think they10 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 11. Professional Workforceare not valued. I still wrestle with, contracting officers. “What do they need, what canin the end, how do I handle the He acknowledged the extra be slipped? And they have manypersonal cost that we are laying on workload will add to the stress customers, so the process will havethat workforce.” already experienced by contracting to be repeated with each customer,” ACC’s resource shortfall is also officers and others who directly he said.“They and the customer alsocontributing to the contracting support the contracting mission. have to realize that some things justworkload, he said. “With respect to the workload, aren’t going to get done. “Sequestration will bump up the the contracting officers need to do “Personally, you can get frustratedcontracting workload,” he explained, some serious prioritization with and angry, but you have no controlsaying every contract modification the customer,” said Hutchison, who over it,” Hutchison said.“My advice isstimulated by sequestration relieves stress by visiting historical to let it go and do the best you can.”generates additional workload on the sites and museums.Soldiers and DA civilians can go onlinefor career development assistanceI n an open letter to Soldiers and Murray said it’s leaders, Sgt. Maj. of the Army effective because it Raymond F. Chandler III said is a single site wherepersonnel must be agile and adaptive an individual can goto succeed in today’s complex and to find several onlinedynamic environment, and that links for careerrequires Soldiers and Department development.of the Army civilians to continually “We need todevelop knowledge, skills and abilities. make it a sign-offChandler said the Army Career requirement onTracker portal, https://actnow.army. all Soldier andmil, supports career development Department of thewith information technologies and Army civilian in-other important tools. By using ACT, processing sheets,”Soldiers and civilians have the ability he said. “ACC hasto organize and schedule individual been working withdevelopmental opportunities into a the Training andplan that satisfies their individual goals Doctrine Commandand objectives over time. and the Acquisition ACT is an online tool for career Support Centerand leadership development with an to make severalincreasing number of resources to improvementshelp Soldiers and leaders manage Army to the 51C andcareers, said Chandler.This includes the 1102 (military andability to collaborate with leaders and civilian contracting Personnel can find all kinds of training aids and progression chartsmentors, and connections to up-to-date professional specialties, on the Army Career Tracker website. (U.S. Army Graphic)Army-wide and military occupational respectively)specialty-specific information to guide dashboards to include interfacing with to the command.Soldier decision-making. the career acquisition management “Right now we can review the “The best manager of an individual’s portal so the Soldiers and civilians will structured self-development,career is themselves,” said Command only have to create and manage one retention, and professional militarySgt. Maj. John L. Murray, command individual development plan.” education of the command,” Murraysergeant major,Army Contracting Murray said ACC has been granted said. “We will continue to enhanceCommand. “ACT will help individuals a license to pull reports to identify the tool to make it more viable fororganize and manage their career the current training and development the field.”along a proven path to success.” status of Soldiers and civilians assigned www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 11
  • 12. Professional Workforce Contracting readiness exercise a success By Larry D. McCaskill ACC Office of Public and Congressional Affairs larry.d.mccaskill.civ@mail.mil FORT BLISS, Texas – Contracting Maj. Gen. Camille professionals gathered here starting M. Nichols, ACC Jan. 14 for the fourth annual commanding Army Contracting Command general, addresses joint contracting readiness JCRX-13 exercise, dubbed JCRX-13. participants at More than 300 Soldiers and Fort Bliss, Texas, civilians from military contracting on the importance offices worldwide participated this of contingency year, the second consecutive year contracting. (U.S. it was conducted at Fort Bliss. Army Photo by Larry D. McCaskill) “We expanded the scope of this year’s training,” said Col. Timothy Strange, commander, to hone their craft in a very low- essential that we prepare to do it 412th Contracting Support Brigade, threat, low-risk environment. in a joint environment,”Williams Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam In addition to Nichols, Heidi said. “These kinds of exercises give Houston,Texas. The 412th was the Shyu, assistant secretary of the you the opportunity to practice lead organizer for the exercise. Army (Acquisition, Logistic and what you are going to face when Maj. Gen. Camille. M. Nichols,ACC Technology); Kim Denver, deputy you get into theater.We’re always commanding general, commended assistant secretary of the Army talking about training like we fight. Strange and his team for their (Procurement); Lt. Gen. Patricia Well, this is allowing Soldiers, sailors, dedication and hard work. McQuistion, deputy commanding airmen and Marines to do just that.” “I want to thank the 412th and general,Army Materiel Command According to Strange, the everyone involved in putting and Charlie E.Williams Jr., director, exercise leads to improved contract this together,” she said.“They Defense Contract Management planning and execution in a joint ensured that this was the most Agency, also observed JCRX activities. environment and contributes professional event that we could “It’s absolutely important.The first to establishing expeditionary put on given our resources and our thing we learned over the last two contracting as a core and enduring expertise. It was phenomenal.” years is that preparation to go deploy Army operational capability. Future Nichols said the training was an and get the contracting mission military operations will continue to opportunity for the participants done is critical and it’s absolutely demand expeditionary contracting Soldiers who are trained and ready to meet Army service component command needs.This “work as we fight” strategy will prepare them to deploy and support Army operational forces anywhere in the world, he said. The ACC team created the realistic During JCRX-13, live-training exercise to replicate Army Contracting the conditions that a contracting Command Soldiers officer could face in Afghanistan and civilians, in and elsewhere, Strange added. an early morning The live training is similar to formation, await the the training that maneuver units start of a command receive at the training centers and run at Fort Bliss, according to Denver; it’s exactly Texas. (U.S. Army the training that is needed. Photo by Larry D. McCaskill) “When you look at all the activities1 2 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 13. Professional Workforce During JCRX-13, cadre members spent long hours within the operations center. Cadre for the exercise was comprised of personnel from Army Contracting Command organizations nationwide. (U.S. Army Photo by Larry D. McCaskill)that are taking place here, they Command’s strategic plans officer Force. “I’ve participated in theare truly preparing our 51Cs, our and the officer-in-charge of the warrior training and I have to saymilitary contracting support, for Senior Contracting Officers my legs are sore. It really givesoperations across the globe,” said Control Cell. She has been at you an appreciation for Soldiers.”Denver. “So this is probably one of each of the previous exercises. Warrior task trainingthe best environments that we have “The contracting scenarios and included convoy operations,to provide actual training with real- workload used in the exercise were medical training, vehicleworld scenarios to train our 51Cs.” modified and improved to include rollover simulations and The exercise provides tools, current policies, processes and simulated weapons training.techniques and procedures procedures used in the U.S. Central “I was willing to experiencenecessary to deploy with confidence Command’s area of responsibility, exactly what (the military members)and the ability to support deployed where the majority of our personnel experienced during this exercise,”forces, he explained.The exercise are deployed and we gain a vast said Anna Walker, a contractingincluded trainees and cadre amount of contingency contracting officer from MICC-Fort Bragg.“Itmembers from the Army, Navy, experience,”Tschida said. builds morale between the militaryMarine Corps and Air Force. During the exercise, trainees - and civilians because, hopefully “This contracting exercise military and civilian – stayed in the they saw that I am not just here tohas grown significantly in barracks, ate in the dining facilities teach them, but also to go throughcomplexity,” said Lt. Col. Carol and car-pooled everywhere. all the same training they do.”Tschida, Expeditionary Contracting “I hope the Soldiers see we are The three-week exercise trying to connect with them on wrapped up Jan. 31. Many of the their level,” said Kimberly Kilpatrick, approximately 200 trainees will Mission and Installation Contracting return to home station and begin Command-Fort Bragg, N.C., who preparations for deployment. hadn’t slept in a barracks since 1991 when she was in the Air(Left to right) Staff Sgt. Jenny Martinez,Capt. Manuel Prado, Anna Walker andMarine Corps Capt. Elena Vallely practicevarious first aid techniques during thewarrior skills training portion of the exercise.(U.S. Army Photo by Larry D. McCaskill) Staff Sgt. Channel Pederson, 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C., instructs one of the JCRX-13 participants during training on escaping from rolled over vehicles. (U.S. Army Photo by Ben Gonzales) www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 13
  • 14. early to get their seats in the fan box,” recalled Brooks. She explained that Professional Workforce getting there early ended up being a good thing. ECC colonel works “Before the show, the local and smaller press organizations were Academy Awards allowed to go behind the scenes inside the theater and get photos and red carpet videos before it got crazy.” Brooks said being on hand in By Beth E. Clemons her mess dress was quite the show- ACC Office of Public & Congressional Affairs stopper. beth.e.clemons.civ@mail.mil Col Martha K. Brooks and “No one had ever seen the formal her new friend, Oscar. Army uniform, because we only W hen Col. Martha K. Brooks found out she was heading to California, she had no idea of the able to represent the military at the Oscars and on the red carpet.” The service members were on wear it for special occasions and most Soldiers don’t buy one,” said Brooks.“The uniform presented the adventures she had in store. hand to gather photos, videos and opportunity to explain the Army Brooks, the Army Expeditionary sound bites to be used by the local to civilians who had never been Contracting Command public affairs mobile public affairs detachment and exposed to Soldiers before.” officer, was asked to assist during the the Armed Forces Network. Once the program began, the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Travelling with her sister, Lela, press was sectioned off behind “I was contacted by a Soldier that Brooks’ adventures began on her ropes. As the stars began to arrive used to work for me at Third Army,” plane ride to Los Angeles Feb. 23. on the red carpet, Brooks competed Brooks said.“He is now working “I was getting on the plane and with much larger television and print at the Office of the Chief of Public boys kept coming up to the man in media to get the passing celebrities Affairs Los Angeles and was in charge front of me and asking for pictures on camera. of the program this year. He said he with him. I wasn’t sure who he was “I just grabbed folks,” Brooks needed someone that would not be but later we chatted and it turns laughed.“Once I told them we were intimidated by the stars or be star out he’s some sort of football star,” there to share their messages with struck and he thought of me.” Brooks joked.That “football star” the Soldiers they were happy to stop Originally, Brooks was headed to was none other than Terrell Suggs, and chat with us.” Tinsel Town as an official temporary linebacker for the recent Super Bowl When asked to recall her favorite duty with the Army covering the champions, the Baltimore Ravens. interview, Brooks said it was a tie costs. Due to money constraints During their trip, the sisters between Robin Roberts and Halle in a tight fiscal environment the stayed with their cousin, Corey Berry. Army decided not to fund the trip. Sales, who lives in California. On her “I was barely able to get Halle,” Undeterred, Brooks volunteered to first day in L.A., Brooks was at the Brooks recollects.“The red carpet perform the mission and pay for Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy was so crazy and the stars were the trip herself.“This is a once-in- Awards ceremony, bright and early. being pulled in a million different a-lifetime opportunity, Brooks said. “Although I had press credentials, directions. But once I told her what “Not many people can say they were Lela and Corey had to be there really huge fans the Soldiers were of her movies she jumped right in and gave them a shout-out. “Robin was probably the most moving. I didn’t realize her father was one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen so that was really interesting to hear about,” said Brooks. Col. Martha K. Brooks, After about two hours of working center, worked the red the red carpet, Brooks and her family carpet at this years went across the street to a theater Academy Awards for the where they ate and watched the Armys Office of the Chief awards show on a giant screen. of Public Affairs. Brooks But her busy week didn’t stop mission was to engage there. celebrities and solicit Brooks went on to attend the encouraging words for the Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres and troops.1 4 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 15. Actress Halle Berry poses for a picture with Col. Martha K. Brooks on the red carpet at the 85th Professional Workforce Academy Awards Feb 24, in Los Angeles, Calif. (U.S. Army Photos by 302nd Mobile Public Affairs associate who looked strangely Detachment) familiar. “We were waiting for our table her family. During a bike ride along and my cousin’s co-worker came the beach they stopped to admire in and everyone started swarmingJay Leno shows. the multi-million dollar mansions. him yelling ‘Kobe, Kobe’ but he was During one such stop she met one saying ‘I’m not Kobe’.” “Kimmel was neat because of the home owners, producer Paulduring commercial breaks they Turns out, the co-worker was Abbott. He invited Brooks and her Kobe Bryant’s cousin and they bear awould ask the audience to give family in for a tour and then hadfactoids or questions and the rest striking similarity. Soon, Kobe arrived them back for a sunset dinner. and joined the table.of the audience would try and getthe correct answer. I got up every “Paul and his family were so “The camera flashes and attentiontime to give facts about the Army generous, I couldn’t believe the were insane,” recalled Brooks.“And Iand really got them interested.There hospitality. And of course his home didn’t even think to get my camerawere even a couple of other Soldiers was amazing,” said Brooks. out because there were so manyin the audience so they jumped in But that wasn’t the end of her people already bothering him. Heas well. At the end of the show I was chance meetings. Her last night in couldn’t stay long but it was cool togiven a prize for having the best L.A. proved to be eventful as well. meet him.”questions,” Brooks said. “During the week I went to my With her whirlwind trip behind “But Ellen was probably my cousin’s office, he’s an Air Force her, Brooks says she’s grateful for thefavorite.They played music during contractor, and they briefed me opportunity.the breaks and had a dance contest, on their current projects. After the “I will definitely go back for El-which I won, and when the show briefing they invited us to dinner. len’s Christmas show, so this isn’t mywas over Ellen invited the entire Since it was our last night in town last trip to California. But the accessaudience back for her special ‘12 they insisted we go to a famous, and red carpet experience was adays of Christmas’ show.” exclusive restaurant.” lifetime memory that I’ll never forget. After all the shows, Brooks Once at the restaurant, the I’m just glad I got to represent thedecided to take in a few sites with group was met by another business Army and help spread our message.”ACC receives five awards for contracting excellenceBy Beth E. Clemons Outstanding Contracting Officer - The Secretary of the Army AwardsACC Office of Public & Congressional Affairs Systems, Research and Development, for Excellence in Contracting werebeth.e.clemons.civ@mail.mil Logistics Support (Sustainment) established in 1997 to recognize Contracting: James M. Owens,ACC- contracting and acquisitionEL PASO, Texas – The U.S.Army Redstone,Ala. professionals that excel inContracting Command collected timeliness, customer support andfive awards at the 2012 Secretary of Outstanding Contracting Officer - contracting innovation and led tothe Army Awards for Excellence in Installation Level – Directorate of process improvements and specificContracting ceremony. Contracting: Sandra E. Kim, 413th achievements in supporting the The awards ceremony recognized Contracting Support Brigade, Hawaii contracting mission worldwide.Allteams and individuals in 11 categories military and civilian Army contractingand was held Jan. 28 at the El Paso Outstanding Unit/Team Award - Systems, Research and Development, professionals are eligible for theseMarriott in conjunction with the awards.Assistant Secretary of the Army Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting: Fiscal Year 2013-2015 The awards were presented by Heidi(Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Stryker Life Cycle Requirements Shyu, assistant secretary of the ArmyPrincipal Assistant Responsible for Contract Team,ACC-Warren, Mich. (Acquisition, Logistic and Technology)Contracting Workshop. and Kim Denver, deputy assistant sec- ACC award winners are: Outstanding Unit/Team Award: retary of the Army (Procurement).AbilityOne Program: Deborah A.Ault, Installation Level – Directorate ofMission and Installation Contracting Contracting: Regional ContractingCommand, Fort Knox, Ky. Office Hawaii, 413th Contracting Support Brigade. www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 15
  • 16. Questions and Answers: Mr. Kim Denver Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement) Robert DeVisser (left), chief, Regional Contracting What is the goal of the single Who is managing and providing Office – Bogota, Colombia greets Kim Denver Army Contract Writing and oversight of this effort? during a recent visit to Columbia. (Photo by Lauren Schmidt) Management System and what are the benefits of having one system? W ith the approval of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and continues to have executive agency responsibility for all theater-based Technology, we have established a I n response to the October 2011 mandate from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense formal product manager under the U.S. Army Program Executive Office (operational) contracting, so the solution we identify must be readily deployable to any environment, to for Acquisition,Technology, and Enterprise Information Systems support any mission, anywhere. Logistics, to discontinue the use of as the material developer of the the current, joint Department of proposed system. In conjunction Will the system be required and Defense contract writing system (the with that action, as the deputy used Army-wide? DoD-wide? assistant secretary of the Army for Standard Procurement System) by the end of fiscal year 2015, the Army now has an opportunity to transition Procurement, I appointed the U.S. Army Contracting Command to T here is no one-size-fits- all contract writing and management system. That being to a single, enterprise, contract act as my agent to establish and said, within the Army we must have writing system which will increase staff a contracting capabilities a single solution. We are sharing business process efficiencies, management office on behalf of the results of our market research support compliance with the Federal the Army contracting enterprise. and capabilities analysis with the Financial Management Improvement The CMO will function as the other services/agencies so they can Act of 1996, and better integrate capabilities developer to elicit, curate, leverage our lessons learned. It is with existing Army enterprise and refine a set of unified functional not the Army’s intent, however, to resource planning solutions. requirements with the participation develop a DOD-wide solution. The Army’s proposed solution will from each of our Army contracting The mandate from the Honorable decrease the number of complex activities and our stakeholder partners Mr. Frank Kendall, undersecretary interfaces and foster auditability (e.g. finance, logistics). The CMO will of defense (Acquisition,Technology while simultaneously promoting present those requirements to our and Logistics) is actionable on each the Department of Defense’s procurement systems governance of the DOD services and agencies. procure-to-pay acquisition focus board, chartered to oversee the Specifically, Mr. Kendall has said area. The Army will streamline its orderly development and deployment that “...as emerging technologies current use of two independent of procurement systems across the and contracting capabilities no contract writing solutions into a Army contracting enterprise. longer require a ‘one-size-fits-all’ single enterprise approach that approach to system development will be utilized in all facets of the What are the biggest challenges and implementation, one contracting Army contracting mission, such as in providing this type of system? system for the whole department installation support, contingency, construction, major weapons systems, grants and agreements, and W ithout a doubt, our biggest challenge in the face of fiscal uncertainty is to identify the is not envisioned.” Consequently, the Army’s approach is to identify a single solution, based on a best secure environment contracting. right set of functional contracting value approach that will best meet capabilities to meet our full the Army’s full-range contracting spectrum contracting mission, and mission needs. Once identified marrying those capabilities into and deployed, the system will be an affordable, efficient software mandatory for all Army contracting solution. Additionally, the Army activities, both CONUS and OCONUS.16 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 17. Kim Denver, is the deputy assistant secretary ofthe Army (Procurement) and manages the Army’sprocurement mission including developmentand dissemination of policies, processes andcontracting business systems. He directs the How will this help theevaluation, measurement and continuous contracting workforce? Will itimprovement actions for more than 240 Army make contracting more efficientcontracting offices worldwide. and effective? W e believe a single approach to contract writing, with an enterprise approach in mind, will result in significant process“We envision a system that will assist the efficiencies since it will eliminategoals of improved financial management redundancies and establish a single process baseline, facilitatingthrough increased emphasis on audit more efficient and timely training. Our initial analysis incorporatedreadiness and accountability.” operational, management, usability and technical/functional use of SPS and decommission the requirements needed to meet orWhen do you think the new exceed our current capability. software no later than the end ofsystem will be ready for fielding? September 2017. With those goals There will be a degree ofT he USD(ATL) mandate is to cease creating all contractactions with the legacy Standard in mind, and notwithstanding any unforeseeable roadblocks, we are striving to identify a sustainable business process reengineering that will result in more effective contracting related businessProcurement System contract writing solution, with a phased approach to practices. By employing a solidsystem by the end of September deployment and training as early as business process reengineering2015, and to fully terminate the the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. process, we hope to gain significant efficiencies through adaptability and interoperability to external systems. In addition, our goal is to support the priorities of the DOD Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Plan by ensuring the contract writing solution facilitates the financial community’s requirement to derive auditable financial statements based on data derived from the contract document. We envision a system that will assist the goals of improved financial management through increased emphasis on audit readiness and accountability. Overall, our goal is to streamline acquisition end- to-end business processes, reduce operating, maintenance and support costs, and to decrease and, where applicable, mitigate the number of existing and future interfaces. Kim Denver and Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general, Army Contracting Command, discuss contracting initiatives during a recent meeting . (U.S. Army Photo) www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 17
  • 18. ACC appointed lead By Larry D. McCaskill for new contract writing system ACC Office of Public & Congressional Affairs larry.d.mccaskill.civ@mail.mil REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – baseline, which is needed to issue is approved to officially grow the Appointed by the deputy assistant a solicitation for the new ACWS. office. Although the team consists of secretary of the Army (Procurement) The second is to conduct business only three people, a lot of progress as the lead agent for the Army process reengineering to define has been made since September 12,” Contract Writing System, the and assess process weaknesses.” Sanner said.“We began a deliberate Army Contracting Command has In doing so, Sanner said the process to identify the right set of opened a capabilities management CMO staff is looking to identify functional contracting capabilities office to develop capabilities, gaps and implement opportunities (requirements) for the new ACWS.” elicit, curate, and refine a set of they discover that can streamline Sanner said one of the smaller unified functional requirements. and improve the processes while tasks is to keep the field updated (See Questions and Answers creating a solid foundation for on the CMO’s progress.The CMO with Kim Denver on page 16.) success in changes to the full briefs at different forums regularly According to Lt. Col. Michelle spectrum of contracting operations. and will soon provide quarterly Sanner, ACC Capabilities Management The staff consists of personnel updates to the field, she said. Go to Office lead, the office’s bottom line from ACC-Redstone Arsenal, https://acc.aep.army.mil/G6/cmo/ is to act as the end-user’s advocate. ACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground, default.aspx for more information. “There are two primary tasks Md., and ACC headquarters. the CMO is working,” Sanner said “The intent is to use of the office that stood up in developmental assignments from September. “The first primary task the stakeholder community to is completing the requirements support the office until the funding ACC integration on track By Ed Worley of a civilian hiring freeze— and ACC contracting centers ACC Office of Public & Congressional Affairs edward.g.worley.civ@mail.mil there are no show-stoppers. direct supervision of Soldiers A “Affected commands and centers supporting stateside operations rmy Contracting Command’s are conducting internal and within their organizations, he said. initiative to integrate stateside cooperative staff exercises designed Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, contracting Soldiers into to test the new relationships and ACC commanding general, said its contracting centers and smaller their associated administrative her intent is to “streamline mission contracting offices is on track, requirements,” he said. command, better manage our according to the headquarters staff, ACC began the process in military contracting Soldiers’ even though the beginning of phase January of attaching portions of workloads and enhance contracting two was slipped by one month. its Expeditionary Contracting Soldier professional development. Phase two of the integration effort Command forces to several of ACC’s “This action provides greater began March 20, explained Maj. stateside organizations in an effort predictability for our civilian Bjorn D. Johnson, Future Operations, to streamline command and control. contracting leaders in assigning ACC Operations Directorate. The action reduces the ECC span of work to Soldiers in their offices,” “This delay allowed staff and control from the day-to-day oversight she said.“It also provides greater subordinate commands further of Soldiers executing their stateside professional development time to outline specific processes contracting mission, allowing opportunities for contracting in support of the integration the ECC commander to focus on Soldiers as they are offered increased effort,” Johnson explained. overseas installation and contingency contracting experiences.” Johnson said while the current support, explained Lt. Col. Kevin Nichols said it also allows ECC federal government fiscal Nash, ACC Integration project officer. to focus on the day-to-day overseas situation has affected hiring It also gives the Mission and contracting mission and operational actions—the Army is in the midst Installation Contracting Command contract support tasks associated with1 8 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 19. Army service component commands. He anticipates that the Brig. Gen.Ted Harrison, ECC ACC centers and MICCcommanding general, said the field directorate offices willrealignment will help 51C absorb military personnelcontingency contracting Soldiers administration responsibilitiesdevelop their contracting skills. for the integrated forces with the “Future military operations will existing civilian force structure.continue to demand expeditionary “Military personnel centers andcontracting Soldiers who are trained those locations with life cycleand ready to meet Army service management commands willcomponent command needs,” provide assistance to our forcesHarrison said. “ACC integration with the centers taking the lead toMaj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general,said her intent is to “streamline mission command, bettermanage our military contracting Soldiers’ workloads andenhance contracting Soldier professional development.”allows the ECC’s 51Cs to hone ensure adequate military personneltheir skills in day-to-day contracting service support is available,” hemissions in MICC installation explained. “As always, the ACC G1contracting offices as they support is immediately available to assist thethe Army’s generating force.This command with any and all military‘work as they fight’ strategy will personnel administration actions.”prepare them to deploy and Nash said the integration willsupport Army operational forces occur in four phases. It began inanywhere in the world. ECC is December with the realignmentconfident that the MICC civilian of MICC contracting offices under Valerie Tipton provides Staff Sgt. Wallacecontracting experts will equip our four field directorate offices. Newton some advice on a contract. Newtoncontracting Soldiers with technical MICC FDOs are aligned at sites is a member of the 626th Contingencyknowledge and provide hands- with their major customers, Contracting Team, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.,on experience through coaching, and has been a contracting specialist for six and the 34 MICC subordinateteaching and mentoring.” months. Tipton is a contracting officer in the contracting offices are grouped by Base Operations Division, Army Contracting Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke, MICC customer to bring consistency to Command-Redstone Arsenal. (U.S. Army Photocommanding general, said the operations and improve contract by Ed Worley)integration improves both the civilian administration and oversight.and military contracting workforce. During phase two, MICC-associated support brigades that will be “The synchronization and contingency contracting battalions, attached to the MICC headquarters.integration of uniformed members senior contingency contracting The 418th Contracting Supportacross the MICC provides teams and contingency contracting Brigade will be headquartered at Fortindispensable technical, hands- teams will be attached to the Hood,Texas, and the 419th CSB willon contracting training and MICC. ACC contracting center- be headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.experience for Army contingency associated contingency contracting The final phase calls for the 412thcontracting Soldiers,”Vollmecke said. teams will also be attached to CSB, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam“Soldiers and contracting civilians their corresponding contracting Houston,Texas, to be attached toworking alongside one another centers during phase two the MICC headquarters on Oct. 1.drives positive change and brings “Attaching a unit to another unit Nash said ECC will retain assignmentbalance, skill and depth to the means that, while the attached of the CONUS-based CSBs andacquisition workforce.This unified unit still ‘belongs’ to its higher continue to be the ACC lead forteamwork and collaboration with headquarters, it takes its daily taskings operational contract support activities.ACC and our Army customers is from the unit to which it is attached,” In the event of a mission requiringa key to continued success.” Nash explained.“The units we’re CONUS-based ACC units attached Staffing continues to be a challenge attaching still ‘belong’ to ECC, but to the MICC or centers, Nash saidwith the current sequestration and they are working directly for the ACC will publish an operation orderpossible furlough implementation, organizations they are attached to.” that detaches those selected unitsaccording to Bill Baxter, ACC deputy Phase three begins in April, he back to the ECC for execution of thechief of staff Human Capital, G1. said. ECC will add two contracting Continued on page 29 www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 19
  • 20. Military integration at ACC-APG By Betsy Kozak-Howard ACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. betsy.j.kozak.civ@mail.mil T he Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground began integrating military members into its organizational structure to optimize contingency contracting and to enhance the training opportunities for Soldiers in the contracting career field. An operations order issued by ACC detailed a four-phase plan to attach contingency contracting teams to its stateside elements including ACC-APG. As a result, ACC- APG will assume the management of approximately 40 military personnel, according to Col. Michael J. Rogers, ACC-APG military (Left to right) Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Lt. Col. Derek deputy to the executive director. Draper, chief, Garrison Contracting Division; Col. Michael J. Rogers, military deputy to “The end state of the ACC- the executive director; Maggie Combs, chief, Strategic Initiatives; and Frank Brigham, APG military integration will chief, Manpower/Management Branch, plan for the activation of the 926th Contingency be the activation of the 926th Contracting Battalion with four subordinate contingency contracting teams. (U.S. Army Photo by Betsy Kozak-Howard) CCBn commander at APG with four subordinate CCTs,” Rogers said.“Currently, the Expeditionary Contracting to ACC-APG in March which marks commander. “The 51Cs will gain Command is responsible for the the beginning of phase two. At diverse contracting experience contingency mission in addition this point, ACC-APG assumed the working alongside the seasoned to the workload management management of the teams to include civilian workforce and ACC-APG will and professional development personnel support, workload, benefit from the contribution of the of assigned military members. training, and other logistical support. military to the center’s workload. “Although, the ECC will retain The five-member CCTs consist of two The military will also provide first- responsibility for contingency officers and three noncommissioned hand knowledge of contingency operations, the day-to-day training officers in the 51C acquisition career contracting operations to enhance and development of the teams will field. The official activation of the ACC-APG’s expertise and customer be ACC-APG’s responsibility. In the 926th CCBn and the fourth CCT, the support. The current focus of event that our Soldiers are called 865th CCT, will take place in April the integration is implementing a to support contingency mission during phase three. The military support structure to accommodate requirements, the members will integration will be finalized by the military and ensure the be detached from ACC-APG for October with the attachment of any well-being of our Soldiers.” the duration of the deployment.” follow-on forces during phase four. Phase one of the integration “The ACC-APG integration of began in January and was mainly military will be a win-win situation the planning and preparation for for both the organization and the attachment of the battalion and the Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Derek CCTs. The 712th CCT, 722nd CCT, Draper, chief, Garrison Contracting and the 725th CCT, were attached Division and slated 936th CCBN20 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 21. Process improvements produce savings “The team found that a duplication of purchase requests for the same part created unnecessary workload for contracting employees and other members of Tobyhanna Army Depot,” said Saylock. “For example, a purchase for a particular part would be processed to support a division and the following week another division would submit a purchase request for the same part. With coordination, this purchase could have been consolidated, alleviating unnecessary workload.” Saylock was selected for the project because of her experience. She has been in contracting since 1991 and has served as both a purchasing agent and contract specialist. Also supporting the project was co-worker Patsy Simpson, contract specialist, who has since retired. One key role for Saylock was to review all purchase requests to evaluate the items requested for purchase. “I tracked all purchase requests received each day and provided statistics on which requests could have been consolidated prior to submission to contracting. We spent about one to two hours a week during the initial stages of the project because of the in-depth analysisTobyhanna Army Depot, Pa., Contract Specialist Cheryl Saylock participated in a Lean SixSigma project that was awarded an Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Award (U.S. Army Photo by required. This tapered off to aboutTony Medici) an hour every two weeks and then monthly as we were closer to theBy Betsy Kozak-Howard Sigma project that was awarded an end of the study.”ACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Army Lean Six Sigma Excellencebetsy.j.kozak.civ@mail.mil The statistics were tracked and Award in January. provided to the team for furtherABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, The project involved transforming analysis. The team membersMd.– Customer support is a major the purchase request process which evaluated the purchase requestscomponent of contracting and one resulted in a cost avoidance of $5.1 for their respective divisions tomember of the Army Contracting million in various contracts through investigate why purchase requestsCommand – Aberdeen Proving fiscal year 2017, according to were processed separately versusGround understands the rewards that Saylock. The team began the project consolidated.come from this collaboration. in January 2010 with a thorough “Reviewing the history of In support of Tobyhanna Army analysis of purchases for equipment purchases was very instrumental inDepot, Pa., Contract Specialist Cheryl parts to identify inefficiencies and the process,” Saylock pointed out.Saylock participated in a Lean Six redundancies. Continued on page 29 www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 21
  • 22. Duncan deploys in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy By Betsy Kozak-Howard ACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. 1,200 occupants,” said Duncan, who Duncan’s team worked 24-hour betsy.j.kozak.civ@mail.mil served as the mission commander. “I shifts and faced a multitude of issues didn’t have a frame of reference to such as looting, fist fights, medical C hristopher Duncan, a security understand exactly what I needed and emergencies and families that officer with the Army I wasn’t sure how long I would need were separated by and during the Contracting Command – to support the shelter.” storm. The guardsmen did not carry Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., had Duncan’s team filled five vehicles weapons and police officers were just completed his weekend drill with with food, water, tents, and cots then called to address hostile situations. the New Jersey National Guard as made the 45-minute trip from the Items such as coffee and cigarettes Hurricane Sandy pushed toward the training site to the shelter. During became high-value items due to the New Jersey coastline Oct. 29. their deployment they slept on a shortage of supplies, he said. Weather reports warned that the second-floor conference room floor. After a week of duty, the shelter was storm would make landfall the next “The main obstacle I had was the no longer needed and closed. Duncan day. Duncan’s status immediately lack of electricity,” recalled Duncan. was asked by his commanding officer changed to that of an activated “The university had a generator but to remain on duty and was assigned National Guardsman providing it only controlled emergency lighting to secure Long Beach Island, N.J., support after the storm. and didn’t support the water pump approximately an hour’s drive from Duncan, a second lieutenant for the 10 toilets and showers within the university. While there, the team assigned to Company C, 1/114th the facility.” slept on cots in an ambulance bay and Infantry Battalion, was tasked to lead Duncan immediately placed an used the local gym for showering. a team of 40 guardsmen and manage order for portable toilets but with During the day the team set up the interior and exterior security of a the high demand during the storm check points to ensure only residents shelter at Monmouth University, N.J. aftermath, it took four days for them were allowed access. Construction “I was told to prepare resources to to arrive. In the meantime, toilets contractors were only allowed support the largest shelter established were flushed manually by pouring access if they were escorted by the in New Jersey, consisting of more than water in them. homeowner since it was discovered that looters were dressing in contractor uniforms to gain entry into homes. “At night we established patrol positions on the beach to guard against looting,” Duncan explained. “Prior to our arrival, looters would steal vacant boats and use them for hauling stolen merchandise from the local homes. They stole items such as TVs, tools, appliances and anything of value. Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Christopher Duncan, and Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist of Brick Township, N.J., worked together to maintain security after Hurricane Sandy. Duncan organized community day events to build camaraderie with the local police and residents. The first community day was attended by more than 200 Island residents, according to Duncan. (Photo courtesy of the Brick N.J. Police Department)22 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 23. Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground employee and N.J. National Guardsman, 2nd Lt. Christopher Duncan, repositions a flagupright that was knocked over by sand and water from Hurricane Sandy. (New Jersey National Guard Photo) “When we arrived, we used night This time his commanding officer “Many families weren’t planningvision and thermal vision technology told Duncan to prepare himself for a a Christmas,” Duncan said. “Theyto monitor the beach and notified the leadership challenge and assigned him lost their homes, some of them theirCoast Guard when we detected any 130 personnel to guard the Barrier businesses and insurance claimslooting in progress. The first night Island area of New Jersey. Duncan hadn’t been paid yet. The gifts thatwe caught five. In the beginning established a mission center in Brick, we collected were distributed withinwe detected an average of three per N.J., and controlled access to the 24 hours.”night but it tapered off when our island area, patrolled the beaches Duncan returned to work at ACC-presence became known.“ and worked closely with the local APG on Jan. 7 after approximately During Duncan’s three weeks police to establish and maintain a safe three months of hurricane duty.guarding the island, he witnessed environment for residents. When he left home in Pennsylvania,human behavior at its worst and at To build a good working Duncan initially thought he wasits best. relationship with the community leaving for a weekend drill. When it “We were sent here to secure and the local police force, Duncan was over he was exhausted.properties against thieves, but the organized community days and “I slept for two days,” he recalled.local community embraced our invited everyone on the island. A “I learned a lot about managementpresence and supported us in many corner bagel vendor donated food for through the whole experience. I hadways,” said the 31-year-old. “They the events. to supervise a group of people, keepdonated food, coffee, and home-baked “The community days lifted our the mission functioning properlygoods. One woman found out we spirits after witnessing so much and deal with personal crises as theydidn’t have pillows for our cots so devastation that Hurricane Sandy left occurred. Many Soldiers were alsoshe donated 300. We used what we in her path,” Duncan pointed out. dealing with home damage from theneeded and donated the rest to the “There were house trailers that were hurricane and one completely lostlocal community.” uprooted, highways that were buried his house and his full-time job. If After the team’s mission was in sand, houses that were destroyed given the opportunity, I would do itcomplete in Long Beach, Duncan by wind, water or fire.” all over again. But, the next time Iwas asked one more time to remain As Christmas approached, the would definitely pack better.”on duty to assist with the security National Guard organized a giftmission. The noncommissioned drive and collected 14 palletsofficer-in-charge asked Duncan if he of toys and gifts, according towould remain to lead the mission. He Duncan. Guardsmen delivered thecouldn’t leave the team and “let’s do gifts to a church for distribution toit” was Duncan’s reply. local families. www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 23
  • 24. MICC-Fort Hood test program yields savings Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO- “Business rules have FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas been developed and – A test program with the adjusted based on Government Purchase Card suggestions from Program by the Mission and DPW and small Installation Contracting Command- businesses who sell Fort Hood is yielding success these items to DPW.” through cost savings for military The director said customers in a fiscally challenging FedBid provides environment while also identifying a fully automated efficiencies in the program. reverse auction Beginning in June, the MICC-Fort process for DPW GPC Hood, in conjunction with FedBid, holders to purchase entered into a test program with items, eliminating the the installation’s directorate of need for GPC holders public works and its GPC holders. to call individual To date, the program has saved vendors for items. the Army more than $83,000. “FedBid’s system FedBid is a company that assists allows more vendors government agencies in purchasing to be contacted commodities such as computer electronically, and Randy O’Brien and Trena Mueller are the Government Purchase products, security gear and office Card Program coordinator and the account representative for the thus generates more Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Hood. (U.S. supplies through reverse-auctions. competition and Army Photo by Leonard Mettlach) “The intent of the test was to lower bid prices, explore potential cost saving and which saves the efficiency for GPC transactions,” government money,” he said. security and integrity to the GPC said Barry Barnett, the director of “As an added benefit, FedBid’s procurement process by not contracting at MICC-Fort Hood. system also provides documentation informing vendors of the names “On average, items purchased for the GPC holder’s files, which of individuals purchasing items, have shown a savings of 13.21 improves the efficiency of the how many vendors are competing percent with an average of 2.2 documentation process and annual or the amount of the lead bid. vendors summiting 4.9 bids.” inspections of those files,” said FedBid has an Army-wide contract The test was limited to GPC Randy O’Brien, MICC-Fort Hood managed by ACC-Aberdeen Proving purchases in the $3,000 to $25,000 GPC program coordinator. Ground, Md. It has been in use at price range for supplies, equipment After the GPC holder enters the MICC-Fort Hood for many years and repair parts that were available supply requirement into FedBid, and provides a reverse auction from local small businesses on an email notice is sent to small process for purchasing supplies existing blanket purchase agreements businesses in the local community and some services.The online issued by MICC-Fort Hood. General who are both registered in FedBid marketplace provides free customer Services Administration contracts and are on the appropriate blanket help desk support and assistance. were also used when the items purchase agreement for the item Vendors interested in were not available through a local being purchased. O’Brien added if participating in the FedBid blanket purchase agreement. the item is not available locally, GSA program can register at no cost The test program did not affect vendors nationwide can be notified. as a seller at www.fedbid.com. Department of Public Work service or Vendors can submit bids until the construction contracts or contracts reverse auction is closed, which is issued by MICC-Fort Hood. normally five business days, but can “Based on the initial success, be quicker for high priority request. the test program was expanded in Vendors know only if their bid October to include $1,000 to $3,000 is winning or not. Barnett believes dollar GPC purchases,” Barnett said. the FedBid process offers increased24 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 25. ACC NCOs attend Harris said.“I was able to tell most of my family face-to-face and seeInaugural Ball their reactions.They were all very happy and excited for my wife and me. No one in my family has ever been to something historicBy Larry D. McCaskill like this, so this will be an honorACC Office of Public & Congressional Affairs.larry.d.mccaskill.civ@mail.mil for them as well, having a family member be a part of this ceremony.” According to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray, the ACC command sergeant major, each major command was allotted tickets with ACC initially being provided two. “We received more names than the requirement asked for, but all of our personnel were selected to fill unfilled requirements from other units,” he said.“The presidential inaugural ball is a special occasion and a once-in-a-lifetime event for the average citizen and Soldier. For this occasion, we wanted someone that would represent the unit and the Army well and who also deserved to attend.” Mackie said he was “very excitedACC-New Jersery Staff Sgts. Mario Thompson to be picked to attend. When I(left) and Christopher Mackie accompanied by asked my date (Megan Clark) if shehis date, Megan Clark, pose next to signage would like to go she had a hugefor the Commander In Chief ’s Inaugural smile on her face and instantly saidBall. (Photos courtesy of Staff Sgt. Mario yes. She then started talking aboutThompson) what gown she wanted to buy and then the following day we wentF ive Army Contracting to Lord and Taylor and bought a Command noncommissioned beautiful gown for the event.” officers and their guests tripped Thompson looked atthe light fantastic while attending the the opportunity to attendCommander In Chief’s Inaugural Ball as a special privilege.Jan. 22 at the Washington Convention “I feel honored that I wasCenter in Washington, D.C. selected to attend such a historical Staff Sergeants Christopher event. Words can’t describe howMackie and Mario Thompson grateful and blessed I am,” he said.with ACC-New Jersey, Picatinny During the Inaugural Ball, Staff Sgt. Mario “My date was more excited than IArsenal N.J.; Roberto Zepeda Thompson, ACC-N.J. (right), met up with was. She said she couldn’t sleep andand Larin Harris of the 722nd Medal of Honor recipient, Sgt. 1st Class she immediately started looking forContingency Contracting Team, Leroy A. Petry. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. dresses and planning everything sheAberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Mario Thompson) needed to do in order to be ready.and Jean Paul, 864th Contingency “This will be the biggest eventContracting Team, Fort Belvoir, Va., the opportunity to be a part of in my life thus far. I can’t think ofwere selected to attend the gala. something even remotely like this.” anything I have done that could “I am very excited to be “When I was told I was going match this,”Thompson added.“I reallya part of this historic event,” to be able to attend I was on leave would like to take a picture with thesaid Harris.“I have never had back in my hometown in Idaho,” president so I can give it to my son.” www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 25
  • 26. Sticky note, the ‘s’ word and the wisdom of a seven-year-old By Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho The Surgeon General & Commanding General, U. S. Army Medical Command I recently received a beautiful In my husband’s unit (Army Jr. asked solemnly. letter from an Army family that Contracting Command) Maj. Gen. “Yes.”, I replied with a big lump in dealt with a difficult theme - Camille Nichols had even given my throat. suicide. Seven-year-old, John Murray a heartfelt message about suicide “Mama, dead is forever.” John Jr. Jr. did not know what the word prevention…to simply talk to your stated. “suicide” meant and he implored Soldier, family members, and reach out. Save a life! Even my husband “But Mama, why don’t they just his mother for an explanation. tells me that before he walks out go to the doctor and get better like Not surprisingly, Ingrid Murray the door every day, he looks in the Daddy did with his eyeball?” was reluctant to engage in this conversation but she mustered the mirror and that you “check yourself Well, I explained that sometimes strength to do just that. as a Soldier and check your Soldiers.” it is hard to ask for help. When you So with these thoughts in mind see someone bleeding or fall down The details are contained in her I kneeled down, took a very deep you know they need help. You know letter below: breath and explained to John Jr. you need to get them to a doctor. “We were in the waiting room at Like when Daddy was hurt someone Fox Army Health Center at Redstone that the poster said Army Suicide Prevention.The “s” word was suicide. took him straight to the hospital to Arsenal (Ala.) waiting to pick up see a doctor. But when you can’t see a prescription. My son, John Jr., is John Jr. asked, “What is suicide?” I swallowed and prayed I was using any injuries like blood or scratches in second grade and we use every on the outside of a person, you opportunity to work on his reading. the right words and wishing I had a degree in psychology right about may think everything is OK. People We were playing a game where he may be really sad on the inside and reads as many words from posters then. So I began to explain. want to end their life. That person and flyers as he could see in the “John Jr., remember when Daddy may feel that if there is no blood or waiting room. We were walking went to Walter Reed, when his eye injuries that people can see, if they by a display and John Jr. stopped was hurt?” ask for help, that someone may laugh and looked at it and asked me John Jr. replied,“Yeah, his face at them, point at them, or say they “Mama what is that word?”A huge was kind of black and yellow and are weak. lump formed in my throat. It was a you couldn’t see his eyeballs and John Jr. was silent and then display for Army Suicide Prevention. he was sewn up on his face. Like a replied.“ Ms. Fletcher in guidance at “Mama, I know the words Army and monster but he wasn’t because he school (Endeavor Elementary) says prevention but not the “s” word. was daddy?” that you are supposed to ask for help. What does it say?” He looked up at “Yes,” I continued, “Remember, That we are supposed to help not me and then tugged my arm. Mama we saw lots of other Soldiers with hurt each other. Like, if you can’t tie did you hear me? I don’t know that injuries? Some Soldiers with missing your shoe, you ask a friend to help. “s” word.” arms, legs, and some Soldiers had That is part of being a good citizen I was silent at first. That “s” burns?” John Jr. nodded. I went on, and friend.” word...suicide. I was about to reply “Sometimes people are hurt and you I explained that some people may “Oh, it’s about Army things for can’t see the injury. They may have laugh at people who can’t tie their Soldiers.” and pull him away from arms, and legs, no marks or bruises shoe and have to ask for help to tie the display and walk away as fast but they are still hurt. Inside their their shoe. John Jr. looked at me and as I could. But then it hit me...the head they are really sad and hurt. then said, “Well daddy says that Army Army wants us to talk about it. Me, Sometimes they are so sad and hurt people are helpers and if you are a you, not just Soldiers but everyone they end their lives. They end their helper you don’t laugh, you just help. in the Army family: spouses, Soldiers, life on purpose. That is what suicide Especially if you are an Army person co-workers, everyone need to talk means.” you want to help other Army people. about it. “They wanted to be dead?” John “John Jr. then said,“Mama, I know26 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 27. John L. Murray Jr. provides simple advice for those who need assistance. (U.S. Army Photo by Larry D. McCaskill) what to do.” He asked me for four remaining sticky notes and pen back Suicide is a challenging topic to sticky notes from my purse and a in my purse. discuss even with a mature audience; pen. I gave them to him. He kneeled John Jr. then said,“Mama, they let alone with an intellectually down next to a table and I watched called our number. The medicine is curious and compassionate child. him as he began to write one big ready. ”We got up and walked to the The silence can be deafening and word at a time on each sticky note pharmacy window to pick up the it reinforces a cultural message ASK...... FOR..... HELP !!! He then prescription. that says,“suicide is a deep, dark, stuck the notes on the table. Tears formed in my eyes as we unspoken topic”. In the absence of “Mama, you know how you have walked off. I looked back at the open dialogue- myths prevail and sticky notes to write down important table and saw the four green sticky inappropriate judgments are made. things. Things that are the most notes in childish handwriting that Championing the discussion really super important?” proclaimed “ASK FOR HELP!!” and in the manner the Murray Family “Yes.” I replied. all I could think of was “Yes, please did is a lesson for all of us. It is my “Well, I wrote a reminder for ask for help. Your life does matter, expressed wish that all military Army people to ask for help and even if you think it does not. It does. families engage in this important did five exclamation points because Just ask a little seven- year-old Army discussion and possess the wisdom it is real important. My teacher, kid at Redstone Arsenal and he will of John Jr. Ms. Hardiman, said an exclamation tell you. He took the time to leave point is like yelling a sentence. I put you a message right on the table in five exclamation points so it would the pharmacy waiting room for you be really loud. Maybe the Army to see. ASK FOR HELP!!!!!” person who is hurt just forgot to Ingrid Murray ask for help. This will help remind Proud Military Spouse them.” John Jr. stood up and put the www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 27
  • 28. Employee returns to work after cancer battle By Betsy Kozak-Howard ACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. betsy.j.kozak.civ@mail.mil W hat makes it better is that he is healthier and doing well, which wasn’t the case in 2011 when Dixon was diagnosed with cancer. When he left, or eat. The tumor felt like the consistency of spaghetti in my mouth and it would fall back into my airway making it impossible to sleep. his responsibilities were distributed Concerned, my wife notified among his co-workers and Dixon the doctor and the surgery was focused on his health. After two completed a month early.” years of battling head and neck With the baseball-sized tumor Ernie Dixon (Photo by Betsy Kozak-Howard) cancer of the soft palate, Dixon removed, Dixon began radiation and returned to ACC-APG in February. chemotherapy treatments at the have a new appreciation for people “I’m happy to be back,” said University of North Carolina Chapel with drug addictions. I suffered Dixon. “I feel great and I’m truly Hill’s Cancer Center. withdrawal symptoms such as blessed to have a job doing what I “The treatments were difficult,” cramps, sweats and delirium tremens love.” recalled the father of five.“I couldn’t for more than seven months and was The Army veteran recalled the day talk very well due to the atrophy and just extremely uncomfortable.” he was informed of his diagnosis. burning from the radiation.” During an emergency room visit, “I was at work when I received Dixon’s radiation treatments doctors misdiagnosed a problem the phone call from my doctor and ended in July 2011 and were with his appendix. Two days after he told me that I had an extremely followed by chemotherapy in the visit, the appendix ruptured, rare cancer. Less than 400 cases of October. He also had to endure a which required emergency surgery it had been reported across the U.S. feeding tube from April 2011 until and a nine-day hospital stay. and Europe in the last 30 years,” he December 2012. In the process Dixon acknowledges “the said. “Nothing could have prepared he lost a significant amount of perfection of God’s timing. If this me for that phone call. I felt like I weight, starting at 240 pounds and had happened when my immune was just issued a death sentence. I leveling off at 180 pounds when the system was so suppressed, we would was perplexed as to the cause since treatment was over. not be having this discussion right I had never been a smoker, dipped Dixon said the radiation and now.” or chewed tobacco products. I was chemo caused immune system Throughout his entire treatment, devastated and had no idea what I suppression to the point that his Dixon believed that the support was facing.” red and white blood cell counts of his family, friends, faith and co- Dixon first discovered the cancer were extremely impaired, making workers was instrumental to his himself when he noticed a lesion in his ability to fight infections a recovery. When he left his duties his mouth. Not certain what it was, challenge.Through numerous blood with the RTP Division, he initially Dixon went for medical testing and transfusions, multiple emergency took a medical leave of absence the initial tests were negative. With room visits and a few trips to the which exhausted all of his sick and follow-up analysis it was clear that intensive care unit due to infections, annual leave. Dixon was approved he had a cancerous tumor within the Dixon held on. for the Voluntary Leave Transfer fleshy soft palate in the top of his On the path to recovery, Dixon Program, which gave government mouth. had some setbacks. “I was prescribed employees the ability to donate leave “My surgery to remove the some powerful medication to help to support his medical emergency. tumor was scheduled for May 2011,” me through the pain,” he pointed After approximately six months on said Dixon. “While I waited for my out. “As I recovered, I had to wean medical leave, Dixon resigned his surgery date, the tumor grew and myself from the narcotics to detoxify position. it became difficult to breathe, talk my body. It was difficult and now I Continued on page 2928 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
  • 29. ACC integration on trackContinued from page 19required mission. Upon completion centers as required, he explained. contracting Soldier individual andof the mission, units would redeploy ECC will continue to be the unit training functions, he said.and be re-attached to the MICC or ACC lead for all contingencyProcess improvements produce savingsContinued from page 21“The review revealed which stock- the duplication of purchase requests. improvement measures to ensurenumbered items were purchased This step involved a review of LMP the accuracy of the new process. Itoften resulting in redundant purchase by the requestor to determine if a recommended that the LMP masterrequests and increased workload for purchase request already existed for parts listing be corrected to eliminatethe purchasing agents. The metrics the part to be purchased. If so, the duplicate entries for identical itemsthat were compiled made it apparent requestor would contact Saylock to that were labeled differently withinthat most of the purchase requests increase the quantity of the open the system. Another improvementcould have been consolidated prior to purchase request. implemented was ensuring that allsubmission to contracting.” “By applying this process check current and new LMP users received For the purpose of this project, for new purchase requests, the team proper training, desktop workthe PR process began when the achieved a reduction in duplicate instructions were also made available.demand for a part was identified in purchase requisitions of 89 percent,” As a result of the team’s efforts, it wasthe Logistics Modernization Program, said Saylock. “Prior to this project, awarded the Non-Enterprise Levelan Army supply chain management the number of duplicate purchase (Green Belt) Project Team Award bysystem for inventory and depot repair requests averaged 254 per month, Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W.operations. Within LMP, a purchase but after improvements were Westphal during an awards ceremonyrequest was created and distributed implemented the number of duplicate at the Pentagon. Although the wholeto the ACC-APG for processing the purchase requests averaged 26 per team didn’t attend the ceremony,purchasing transaction. month. “we were all pleasantly surprised and The goal of the project was to “This decrease in repetitive and happy to see that our time and effortreduce the number of eligible duplicate purchase requests resulted in this whole process was acknowl-purchase request actions by 50 in managing the workload more edged,” Saylock said.percent through the consolidation efficiently and a cost savings in theof same-item requests, according to time spent on each purchase request.Saylock. We are currently in the sustainment As a result of this Lean Six phase of the project and the metricsSigma green belt project, the team indicate that a majority of purchaserecognized that by adding a step in requests are now being consolidated.”the LMP input process it could avoid The team also took otherEmployee returns to work after cancer battleContinued from page 28 “I hated leaving my job but felt Dixon is currently in remission and much to return to the RTP Divisiontruly blessed by the donations of in December, he was given clearance that I would have accepted a positionleave,” Dixon recalled. “My utmost to return to work. sweeping floors,” Dixon concluded.concern was taking care of my family “I wanted to return to work andand the donated leave helped ease was grateful for my chance to con-some of this stress. I personally sent tribute. I applied for a procurementthank you email messages to each of analyst position with ACC-APG and Ithe donors to express my gratitude for feel fortunate to be back. I wanted sotheir generosity.” www.acc.army.mil | SPRING 2013 | ACC TODAY 29
  • 30. (Right) Staff Sgt. Brandon Carroll, contracting specialist from the 607th Senior Contingency Contracting Team, was named the Joint Base San Antonio Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 2012 during the Third Annual JBSA Award Ceremony March 8 at the Marriott RiverCenter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. (Left) Cleveland Crutcher, Army Contracting Command-Redstone, Ala., contracting intern, and Will(Above) Col. James Lewis, U.S. Army Black, Redstone Test Center, discussMission and Installation Contracting the workings of a Javelin missile’sCommand chief counsel, shares stories command launch unit. Crutcher andof the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King more than 30 other ACC-RSA internsJr. with a puppet show to preschool and visited RTC’s Test Area 1 to witness thekindergarten students in Round Rock, firing of a Javelin missile March 6. (U.S.Texas. Army photo by Larry D. McCaskill) (Left) Staff Sgt. David Humfleet (grey hat center and Maj. Jong Lee (right), both members of the 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion, lead the way with a WWII reenactor as members of the 903rd and 409th Contracting Support Brigade participate in a 15-mile hike Feb. 23 in Basse- Bodeux, Belgium, commemorating the 82nd Airborne’s role in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. (Right) Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke (front center), Mission and Installation Contracting Command commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades (front far right), MICC command sergeant major, pose for a photo with members of the MICC- Fort Hood, Texas staff during a recent visit. (U.S. Army Photo)30 ACC TODAY | SPRING 2013 | www.acc.army.mil
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