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  1. 1. Vol. 4, No. 14 April 10, 2013 “Providing global contracting support to war fighters.”Army kicks offSexual AssaultAwareness MonthBy J.D. LeipoldArmy News ServiceWASHINGTON – The Army launchedits official recognition of National SexualAssault Awareness and PreventionMonth in the courtyard of the Pentagon,April 5, with the announcement of a newtheme meant to convey how the servicehopes to eradicate sexual assault withinthe ranks. “We own it, we’ll solve it, together,”said Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, Army (Photo by Larry D. McCaskill)deputy chief of staff, G-1. He introducedthe new theme during the kick-off. Top acquisition official visits ACC, ECC Bromberg explained the new theme is Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics anddesigned to strengthen the collective moral technology (center), shakes hands with Robert Gray of the Army Contractingand ethical commitments of Soldiers, in Command Inspector General’s office during an April 4 tour of the ACC campuskeeping with the Army values and the on Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Looking on (left to right) are Kathy Meyers, Traceywarrior ethos, to preserve the respect and Gonzales, Janiece Thomas and J. R. Richardson. During her visit here, she alsothe dignity of every Soldier, civilian, and visited personnel at the Expeditionary Contracting Command and ACC personnelfamily member in the Army. in the Sparkman Center and Army Materiel Command headquarters. See AWARENESS, page 4.ACC-APG begins integration of 51C acquisition NCOsBy Rachel Kozak-Howard stateside elements including ACC-APG. contingency mission in addition to theACC-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. As a result, ACC-APG will assume the workload management and professional management of approximately 40 military development of assigned military members. The Army Contracting Command- personnel, according to Col. Michael J. “Although the ECC will retainAberdeen Proving Ground began Rogers, ACC-APG military deputy to the responsibility for contingency operations,integrating military members into its executive director. the day-to-day training and developmentorganizational structure to optimize “The end state of the ACC-APG of the teams will be ACC-APG’scontingency contracting and to enhance the military integration will be the activation responsibility. In the event that our Soldierstraining opportunities for Soldiers in the of the 926th Contingency Contracting are called to support contingency missioncontracting career field. Battalion commander at APG with requirements, the members will be detached An operations order issued by four subordinate CCTs,” Rogers said. from ACC-APG for the duration of theACC detailed a 4-phase plan to attach “Currently, the Expeditionary Contracting deployment.”contingency contracting teams to its Command is responsible for the See INTEGRATION, page 4. AGILE PROFICIENT TRUSTED
  2. 2. Spotlight on... For Spotlight submissions, click on the icon. Danny L. Hall Mission and Installation Contracting Command - Fort Knox, Ky. Danny L. Hall is a contract administrator how those contracts support Soldiers,assigned to the Mission and Installation their families and their quality of life.Contracting Command - Fort Knox, Ky. We also support the Warrior Transition Battalion which reminds me of theirDescribe your current position. sacrifice. I currently serve as the senior contractadministrator and contracting officer What would you like others to know aboutwithin the Contract Management you?Division, MICC-Fort Knox. Of our highly visible, diverse customer I retired from the Air Force where Ibase, I primarily support the garrison also served as a contract administratorcommand and manage its higher profile and contracting officer. While onservice and job order contracts. active duty, I spent time in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab EmiratesDescribe your passion for your job. supporting Desert Storm. When the I enjoy supporting the Soldier and the call came for volunteers to deploy, I waswar fighter through my love of contracting. eager to do my part. I have deployedI served in the military and have a high twice since 2009. I spent a year (Aprilrespect for it. I enjoy the contracting 2009 - April 2010) in Iraq and sixchallenges, the people I work with and my months (February - July 2012) as anplace of employment. Danny L. Hall administrative contracting officer for the Defense Contract Management AgencyWhere do you call home? Tell us about with my friends. Besides the back roads in northern Afghanistan. I was at theyour family and what you enjoy during your of Kentucky, I’ve toured the Blue Ridge same location as the former MICCspare time. Parkway, the Rockies, Yellowstone and commanding general, Brig. Gen. Stephen My home is Ekron, Ky., a nice, small Canada to name a few places. G. not far from Fort Knox. I met My wife always supported me inmy wife, Ginger, while serving in the Air How does your job support the Soldier? my decision to deploy and I receivedForce. We’ve been married for 34 years. tremendous support from the people II’m a proud dad of a daughter and a son, Our Contract Management Division is work for and with at Fort Knox. Besidesboth who have graduated college and are annually responsible for more than $500 having to pull extra duty while I was away,doing well. million of contracts that either support they kept in contact with me and sent My spare time is filled with traveling the Soldier directly or support those who generous care packages. I work with awith my family and motorcycle tours provide services to them. I see every day great group of people. NewsBlast readers now have a feedback tool to provide input about the weekly newsletter. Click on the mailbox icon to theright and submit your comments or suggestions. Responses will assist the editorial staff in producing a publication to bettermeet readers’ expectations and information needs. U.S. Army Contracting Command Commanding General Director, Office of Public & Congressional Affairs Editor Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols Art Forster David San Miguel ACC Command Sergeant Major Public Affairs Team Chief Public Affairs Team Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray Ed Worley Larry D. McCaskill, Giselle Lyons, Beth E. Clemons The NewsBlast is a weekly newsletter authorized and produced by the U.S. Army Contracting Command’s The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed Office of Public and Congressional Affairs editorial staff in accordance with AR 360-1 (The Army Public by, the U.S. government, the U.S. Army or this command. Affairs Program) to inform, educate and entertain the ACC community on people, policies, operations, Send submissions and correspondence to the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Office of Public and technical developments, trends and ideas of and about the Department of Defense, the Department of the Congressional Affairs, ATTN: Editor, NewsBlast, 3334A Wells Road, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000. Army and this command. Telephone: 256-955-7634, DSN 645-7634 or email at April 10, 2013
  3. 3. 409th CSB names top NCOBy Rachel Clark Competitors spent three days facing a409th Contracting Support Brigade variety of physical and mental challengesKaiserslautern, Germany to test their skills, knowledge and endurance. They tested their Army aptitude,GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Staff contracting knowledge, physical fitness,Sgt. Booker Jordan, 903rd Contingency warrior tasks and battle drills relevant toContracting Battalion, was named the today’s operating environment. They also409th Contracting Support Brigade faced board interviews and wrote essays.noncommissioned officer of the year for the For Jordan, going before the NCOsecond consecutive year. board presented him the most challenge. The 409th CSB held its annual NCO of “This year I was the last competitorthe Year competition here March 19-21. going in,” explained the Columbus, Ohio, According to Command Sgt. Maj. native. “As each person went into theBentura Fernandez, 409th CSB, this board, I was left with my thoughts, whichcompetition showcased the best-of-the-best increased my nervousness.”and prepared the top NCO to represent Competitors were also rated on theirthe 409th CSB at the Army Contracting marksmanship and orienteering skillsCommand level. during day-and-night land navigation, “The Soldiers in this competition proved their mettle in a grueling roadrepresent what I believe the future of the march, and tested on contracting-specificcontracting NCO Corps should look like,” tasks to write and process multi-purposesaid Fernandez. purchase orders. (U.S. Army photo) “Besides their physical ability and “With the support from friends and Staff Sgt. Booker Jordan goes before theoutstanding Soldier skills, these NCOs family there is no limit to how much 409th CSB NCO of the Year board heldhave the mental acumen to represent Army one can accomplish,” said Jordan. “I had March 19-21 in Grafenwoehr, Germany.contracting and embody the complete all the support in the world during this He won the competition and will representpackage of an outstanding NCO,” competition.” the 409th CSB at the Army ContractingFernandez said. Command level.Army to hold force reduction, realignment ‘listening sessions’By Lisa Ferdinando communities,” she said. of sequestration are assessed.Army News Service Kageleiry said Army leadership will Listening sessions are scheduled this consider the communities’ concerns month at:WASHINGTON – The Army is before final decisions are made. She Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.;holding listening sessions at installations also said the Army will preserve quality Detroit Arsenal, Mich.; Fort Belvoir,throughout the U.S. this month to hear of life for Soldiers and their families, Va.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Bliss, Texas;what communities think about the force while sustaining relationships with the Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, Ky.;reductions and restructuring that are communities. Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.;likely to impact their areas. The Army could downsize its active Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort Hood, Texas; The Army must cut its force by component force structure from 45 Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; Fort Irwin,approximately 80,000 Soldiers by 2017 to brigade combat teams to potentially as Calif.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; Fort Knox,meet the fiscal reductions in the Budget few as 32, she said. Ky.; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Leonard Wood,Control Act of 2011. The reductions are separate from Mo.; Fort Meade, Md.; The National “These listening sessions are designed sequestration. Training Center, Calif.; Fort Polk, La.;to enable community members to provide Kageleiry said the Army will ensure Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Sill, Okla.; Forttheir concerns and unique perspectives that it still is able to respond to future, Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.;on topics regarding their communities,” unforeseen demands. Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Joint Basesaid Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peggy The force reductions began in fiscal Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; JointKageleiry. year 2012 and focused initially on Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base She said no decision has been made overseas formations. Significant force Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Joint Baseyet on how to reduce the Army strength reductions in the U.S. will begin in 2014, San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas;to 490,000. Kageleiry said. Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; and Schofield “The Army values community input to She said additional reductions may be Barracks, Hawaii.make the best decisions and to mitigate, necessary after President Barack Obama’sas much as possible, the impact on local 2014 budget is released and the impacts April 10, 2013 3
  4. 4. RUNNING FOR A CURE! 410th CSB helps raise money for breast cancer research Whether running to support family and friends who’ve survived breast cancer or to raise awareness and funding for a cure, a 13-member team from the 410th Contracting Support Brigade led by Col. William Sanders, commmander (center), participated April 6 in the annual Susan Komen Breast Cancer Run/ Walk held in San Antonio, Texas. Together with the more than 25,000 participants, the team helped raise more than $1 million for the cause. (Courtesy photo)AWARENESS continued from page 1 According to G-1 statistics, there were significant growth in sexual assault and Judge Advocate General capabilities1,695 cases of sexual assault in the Army reports. by adding 20 special investigators, 19in 2011. Of those assaults, more than half “Sexual assault is the most unreported special victim prosecutors and five Trialwere Soldier-on-Soldier. Nearly half of crime in the nation, and this increase or Counsel Assistance Program attorneys tothe assaults occurred on weekends, with 84 what we call a propensity of Soldiers to improve processes, training and offenderpercent of the victims in the rank of E-4 report is critical to ensure commanders accountability. JAG will add four specialand below, and 59 percent of the alleged can provide the support to the victims prosecutors before the end of September.offenders also being E-4 and below. while holding offenders appropriately “Training is also essential to everything Since September 2008, when the accountable,” Bromberg said. “In 2012, we we do as a key component of our SHARPArmy launched its Sexual Harassment/ implemented a policy to have two full- program,” Bromberg said. “With moreAssault Response and Prevention time personnel as sexual assault response than 30 SHARP life-cycle trainingprogram, the service has sought to reduce coordinators and victim advocates at every courses, we continue to improve our force’sthe stigma of reporting and increase brigade level.” capability to address this issue at the veryprevention, investigation and prosecution The Army increased investigation base of our Army.”capabilities while ensuring protection ofsexual assault survivors from retaliationand threats. Bromberg said the Army INTEGRATION continued from page 1would continue to enhance training and Phase one of the integration began on forces during phase four.increase resources while refining response in January and was mainly the planning “The ACC-APG integration of militarycapabilities. and preparation for the attachment will be a win-win situation for both the “Every Soldier should see sexual assault of the battalion and CCTs. The 712th organization and the Soldiers,” said Lt. a personal issue, an issue that he or she CCT, 722nd CCT and the 725th CCT Derek Draper, chief, Garrison Contractingneeds to be involved in,” he said. “This were attached to ACC-APG in March Division and slated 936th commander.culture must have consistency from basic which marked the beginning of phase “The 51Cs will gain diverse contractingtraining to the halls of the Pentagon. two. At this point, ACC-APG assumed experience working alongside theWe simply cannot have Soldiers preying the management of the teams to include seasoned civilian workforce and ACC-on each other, because this rips apart personnel support, workload, training and APG will benefit from the contributionthe bonds of trust that hold our Army other logistical support. of the military to the center’s workload.together in both war and at peace.” The 5-member CCTs consist of two The military will also provide firsthand The general noted that over the officers and three noncommissioned officers knowledge of contingency contractinglast year the Army had achieved “great in the 51C acquisition career field. The operations to enhance ACC-APG’sprogress” toward institutionalizing the official activation of the 926th CCBn and expertise and customer support. The currentSHARP program. He also said strides the fourth CCT, the 865th CCT, will take focus of the integration is implementinghad been made in reducing the stigma place in April during phase three. The a support structure to accommodate theassociated with reporting violent crimes. military integration will be finalized by military and ensure the well-being of ourHe added that commanders are seeing October with the attachment of any follow- Soldiers.”4 April 10, 2013
  5. 5. Working hand-in-hand for mission successBy Rachel Clark409th Contracting Support BrigadeKaiserslautern, GermanyKAISERSLAUTERN, Germany –The relationship between the 409thContracting Support Brigade contractingoffices and their customers represent a linkthat affects the successful completion ofArmy missions in Europe. “We are a customer-focusedorganization and we measure our successon customer satisfaction,” said Col. WilliamBailey, commander, 409th CSB. “The 409th (Photo by Rachel Clark)CSB is here to provide effective contracting Soldiers and civilians line up for lunch at the Clock Tower dining facility on the Klebersupport, and we will not fail.” Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The dining facility is one of the contracts serviced According to Bailey, the 409th CSB by the 409th Contacting Support Brigade.supports a large part of Army contractingin Europe and places value on supporting believe good communication and workingcustomers and ensuring their needs are met. “I follow up with the requiring activity relationships are integral to the success. “Our customers rely on our to ensure that the contract is running “Certainly meeting customerresponsiveness and effectiveness to get the smoothly,” Powell said. “If it doesn’t, I ask expectations is key. However, I alsobest supply or service for their buck,” said why and get involved. I am 110 percent believe the key to customer satisfaction isUlli Powell, contracting officer, 409th CSB involved in everything that is going on.” customer education combined with openTheater Contracting Center. “We support Contract management often requires and constant communication,” said Danielmany military missions and if we don’t the contracting officers to make site Jaques, 409th CSB procurement liaison.provide the best customer service for them visits to their customers and reach out to “If we can tell the customer what it willand work hand-in-hand with them, it could contractors and vendors. take to create a successful acquisition andaffect their missions and their well-being.” “Contracting plays a vital role due to follow up with them through the process, The organizational relationships the our location overseas, said Maj. Roger the requirement development process will409th develops are critical to mission Rodriquez, chaplain resource manager, be improved and the acquisition will besuccess. U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. “Regional successful.” “I believe it is imperative to have a good Contracting Office Stuttgart has Early involvement of the contractingworking relationship with our contracting personally made two office visits, and they offices has equaled success toward theoffice and the people that support us and were very helpful and informative.” mission.I believe we have this type of relationship Other customers agree. “If we didn’t support and work with(with the 409th),” said Valerie Daniel, “Our contracting officer has been key our customer, the community would notDefense Threat Reduction Agency. in making this contract work and put be able to function,” Powell explained. For the contracting team, the job does in long hours, went above and beyond “We take care of so many military units,not end when a contract has been awarded. to make the customer happy and work organizations, and embassies as well asA tremendous amount of work goes into with us every step of the way,” said Chief remote locations that we need to be rightthe follow up and maintenance of those Warrant Officer 4 Matthew Hurd, U.S. by their side to provide the supply andcontracts with management of some Africa Command Personnel Support service needed. Every person workinglarger-scale theater contracts spanning Detachment. for the 409th impacts the outcome for ayears. Both customers and contracting officers Soldier.” April 10, 2013 5
  6. 6. Dempsey: Sequestration will not affect Afghan drawdownBy Claudette Roulo to protect the nation and its interests,” heAmerican Forces Press Service said. For example, he continued, the theaterBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – air defense system recently placed inSequestration will have no effect on the Guam was costly, “but it never crossed ourdrawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman mind not to do it because we wanted toof the Joint Chiefs of Staff said April 6. save the money.” “[Sequestration] is an avalanche, not “Money is not a factor when oura light switch,” Army Gen. Martin E. national interests are threatened,” he said,Dempsey said in a round-table discussion “but readiness is something that has to bewith members of the press traveling with sustained over time.”him on his trip to Afghanistan. The cost of requalifying certain service The avalanche started March 1, he said, members, like pilots, due to interruptionsand is building momentum. to training can actually cost more than the “We’re consuming readiness without training itself would have, the chairmanbuilding it, because we are taking the that we would normally have used “The one thing that I would never do ‒to build readiness of units that might and I know (Defense) Secretary (Chuck)deploy a year from now and we’ve had Hagel feels the same way ‒ is we’re neverto apply it into our wartime operations,” going to deploy a service man or womanDempsey said. Additionally, the chairman who’s not ready to deploy,” he said.said, the department is supporting (Photo by D. Myles Cullen) “Sequestration is not a risk to ourcommitments on the Korean Peninsula Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of national security at present,” the chairmanand the Persian Gulf. Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, said. “But the uncertainty does make us “When you fence that off and fully said sequestration will not effect the less efficient (and) it sends a very negativefund it ‒ and you have to fence it off, we’ve drawdown in Afghanistan. message to our men and women whogot young men and women out there in serve.”harm’s way and they will always be fully The department will get through thefunded ‒ when you do that, though, the readiness, the chairman said. readiness challenge, he said, but the nextrisk you take begins to accrue,” Dempsey “The problems we’ve got are challenge could be retention.said. multiplying and will multiply over time,” Service members won’t stay in the By 2014 the department will face Dempsey added. military if they can’t do their jobs, themedium-term problems in maintaining “We will always do what we have to do chairman said. ACC in the News These articles mention Army Contracting Command. Secretary of the Army awards spotlight excellence in contracting By Mr. Robert E. Coultas (Published in Army AL&T, page 152, April-June 2013) Eleven individuals and teams within the Army contracting community were recognized for their exceptional skill, efficiency and dedication in service to Soldiers, the Army and the nation, with the 2012 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting, presented during a ceremony Jan. 28 in El Paso, TX. Click on the image for ACC safety messages. 6 April 10, 2013