Vol. 4, No. 15April 17, 2013“Providing global contracting support to war fighters.”AGILE PROFICIENT TRUSTED(Photo by Larry D. McCaskill)Army Inspector General visits ACC, ECCMaj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general, Army ContractingCommand,escortstheArmyInspectorGeneral,Lt.Gen.PeterM.Vangjel,during a visit to the ACC and Expeditionary Contracting Commandheadquarters at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., April 10.By Larry D. McCaskillACC Office of Public & Congressional AffairsLarry.email@example.comDuring this year’s Army ContractingCommand Noncommissioned Officerof the Year competition, participantsand judges will rely on technology morethan ever as portions of the event will beconducted virtually.Due to budget constraints, portions ofthe 2013 ACC NCOY competition will beconducted through video teleconferencing.The competition is scheduled for May6-10.“In some ways this will challenge ourNCOs even more,”said Command Sgt.Maj. John L. Murray, ACC commandsergeant major.“The 12-mile foot marchand the physical fitness test will beconducted at their home stations. Eventslike the formal board and exams can bedone at home station but will be evaluatedthrough the video teleconference. Itcertainly puts a different wrinkle on things.Performing in front of a camera can be a bitstressful.”Murray said ACC will select thebest-qualified NCO to compete at the2013 Army Materiel Command BestWarrior Competition. Units will assignsponsors for competitors whose primarymission is to be readily available to assisttheir competitors for the duration of thecompetition.“It’s great to watch the competitionand see the warrior spirit not only in thecompetitors but from their unit sergeantsmajor and others watching the events,”he said. “Competition is a part of theArmy and one of the attributes thatmake it so great. Everyone strives to bethe best. An event like the NCO of theYear competition is one of the ways thatindividuals can demonstrate, without adoubt, who is the best.”The competition is open to all ACCNCOs in the rank of sergeant throughsergeant 1st class. NCOs wishing tocompete should contact their unit’s seniorNCO for more information or go to theACC NCOY website on SharePoint,https://acc.aep.army.mil/NCOY/default.aspx.2013 ACC NCOY competition goes virtualBy David VergunArmy News ServiceWASHINGTON – Army leaders told Congressthat the readiness Americans have come to expectfrom the Army is at risk if sequestration andcontinuing resolutions are allowed to go on.Lt. Gen. James L. Huggins Jr., deputy chief ofstaff for Operations, U.S. Army, and three otherArmy generals testified to that at a hearing beforethe House Armed Services Committee, ReadinessSubcommittee, April 16, regarding the Army’sreadiness posture.Huggins told lawmakers bigger impacts in fiscalyear 2014 will be felt if the budget is not addressed.Cost deferments in training and modernizationthis fiscal year will be pushed back to the next,“compounding risk” and creating a “magnitude ofchallenges ahead.”See BUDGET, page 7.Budget challengesimpacting readiness
April 17, 20132U.S. Army Contracting CommandThe NewsBlast is a weekly newsletter authorized and produced by the U.S. Army Contracting Command’sOffice of Public and Congressional Affairs editorial staff in accordance with AR 360-1 (The Army PublicAffairs Program) to inform, educate and entertain the ACC community on people, policies, operations,technical developments, trends and ideas of and about the Department of Defense, the Department of theArmy and this command.The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsedby, the U.S. government, the U.S. Army or this command.Send submissions and correspondence to the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Office of Public andCongressional Affairs, ATTN: Editor, NewsBlast, 3334A Wells Road, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000.Telephone: 256-955-7634, DSN 645-7634 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Commanding GeneralMaj. Gen. Camille M. NicholsACC Command Sergeant MajorCommand Sgt. Maj. John L. MurrayDirector, Office of Public & Congressional AffairsArt ForsterPublic Affairs Team ChiefEd WorleyEditorDavid San MiguelPublic Affairs TeamLarry D. McCaskill, Giselle Lyons, Beth E. ClemonsFor Spotlight submissions, click on the icon.Spotlight on...Master Sgt. Samantha WeatherspoonArmy Contracting Command - Rock Island, Ill.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.By Liz AdrianACC-Rock Island, Ill.Elizabeth.email@example.comMaster Sgt. Samantha Weatherspoon,the senior noncommissioned officerfor contracting at Army ContractingCommand-Rock Island, Ill., says she’sfriendlier than she looks.“As I get reassigned and moved to newplaces, I guess I have a demeanor thatsome people think looks mean, but noone tells me until after they get to knowme,” said Weatherspoon. “After they getto know me, they tell me that they aresurprised I’m so nice. So, I guess I don’tlook as friendly as I actually am. Lately, Iam making a point to smile a lot more.”Weatherspoon is in her third year ofcontracting, and has been assigned toACC-RI since November.This is herfirst time serving as senior NCO, whichshe said mainly entails taking care ofthe Soldiers assigned to ACC-RI fromadvising and mentoring to determiningrotations and training.She said she likes the position becauseshe is learning a lot, it is fast-paced, andshe gets to see the results of her work on adaily basis.“There are a lot of things that I didn’tknow about human resources, becauseI never had to worry about it,” saidWeatherspoon. “After serving in thisposition, I’ve really come to appreciate thepeople who do human resources, and Ireally enjoy seeing others’ satisfaction withthe work that we do.”The senior contracting NCO positionhas always been on the ACC-RI Table ofDistribution and Allowances, but wasn’tfilled until recently. Weatherspoon wasassigned the position because ACC-RI isin the process of standing up the 920thContingency Contracting Battalion, anda military person was needed to help thistransition go smoothly.“I’ll do everything I can to make surethat the 920th battalion and the fourcontingency contracting teams that standup have the support they need until theyget their entire battalion staff online,” saidWeatherspoon.Originally from Houston,Texas,Weatherspoon has been in the Army for 14years. She started her career as a unit supplyspecialist at Fort Hood,Texas, and has beenstationed at bases all over the world beforelanding at Rock Island Arsenal.“After Fort Hood, I was stationedat Vilseck, Germany; Camp Bondsteel,Kosovo; Iraq; Fort Benning, Ga.; CampHovey, Korea; Fort Carson, Colo., whereI deployed to Afghanistan; and then toSacramento, Calif., where I was assignedto my first contracting job at the Corps ofEngineers,” she said.Weatherspoon said her favoriteassignment was Germany, though shedidn’t realize it was her favorite at the time.“There was so much to do,” saidWeatherspoon. “The community is so closeknit because there is no family, so all youhave is the military.”While stationed in Germany, oneof her favorite things to do was togo shopping, especially in the CzechRepublic’s flea markets.“The base where I was stationed wasonly 45 minutes away from the border, sowe would drive there on weekends and goshopping for crystal,” she said. “Poland wasthe best place to go for pottery.”See SPOTLIGHT, page 3.Master Sgt. Samantha Weatherspoon
SPOTLIGHT continued from page 1April 17, 20133Her love of shopping continues to thisday as she and her 12-year-old daughter,Alexandria, – who she calls her “littlebattle buddy” – are always searching forgreat deals.They also love skating, bowlingand going to the movies.Besides caring for and having funwith her daughter, Weatherspoon saidshe spends the bulk of her time finishingher degree in management studies with aminor in business law and public policythrough the University of Maryland.She has been diligently plugging awayat the degree through reassignments anddeployments and said that she should befinished this summer.This fall, she hopesto start her master’s degree in managementand leadership.“I will have a little bit of a breakbetween classes and I hope to take Alexup to Minnesota to the Mall of America,”said Weatherspoon. “I always wanted togo, and now that we’re close enough thatwe can drive, I really want to get up there.”Editor’s note: Army Contracting Commandpublic affairs had an opportunity to ask HeidiShyu, the Army acquisition executive andassistant secretary of the Army for acquisition,logistics and technology, a few questions aboutArmy contracting. She visited ACC andthe Expeditionary Contracting Commandheadquarters at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., onApril 4.ACC: When you think about Armycontracting, what is the first thing thatcomes to mind?Shyu: The strength of our military andcivilian workforce. When I receive aContracting Enterprise Review, or I seethe team during a visit to an installation,and especially when I was at the JointContracting Readiness Exercise, I meetand interact with amazing folks. It isgreat to see men and women, civilian andmilitary working in partnership to providecommanders and their Soldiers what theyneed.ACC: If there is anything, what would keepyou up at night when thinking about Armycontracting?Shyu: Besides sequestration? The scope ofthe mission; it is tremendous. Now, I don’tjust mean the number of contracts that areawarded, that is big, but what is even moreimpressive is the way it is accomplished.The rules and regulations adjustcontinuously and there are important goalsthat must be met, like those with smallbusinesses and important programs tosupport such as AbilityOne. In light of allthe requirements, the men and women inArmy contracting accomplish the mission.It is impressive.There is something else,deployed Soldiers and civilians in harm’sway. I think about them often.ACC: If you were advising a newcontracting professional 1102 Army civilian,or 51C Soldier, someone with two to threeyears experience, what would you tellthem?Shyu: I would ask all of our civilians andSoldiers to improve their knowledge onfair and reasonable price determinationsand cost and pricing fundamentalprincipals ‒ whether working negotiatedor simplified acquisition procedurecontracts. We have faced challenges inthis area: Mi-17 (Department of DefenseInspector General) report on Should Cost,UH-60 drip pans, to name a couple. Wecan improve in this area and improvementwill be long-lasting with our newer folkson board early.ACC: Do you have a message for theworkforce?Shyu: I do.The Army appreciates whatyou do. From the secretary on down, keyleaders are aware of your contribution tothe Army. Yours is a tough mission. Andit will get harder as we approach fiscalyear end. I know, across the Army, 33percent of our contracts are awarded inthe fourth quarter. I also know that thechief of staff of the Army is personallyinvolved in the prioritization of workloadand the directive to accomplish 80percent of (operations and maintenance)obligations by July 1. Normally, this occurson July 31 and, to my knowledge, neverhas it had this level of support.The Armyleadership has your back. We ask that youdo everything you can to ensure that theArmy gets the best product and services toour Soldiers.Thank you for all that you do.Shyu to ACC: ‘Army leadership has your back’(Photo by David San Miguel)Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols, ACC commanding general, escorts Heidi Shyu (center),the Army acquisition executive and assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition,logistics and technology, through the ACC compound April 4.
April 17, 20134By C. Todd LopezArmy News ServiceWASHINGTON – In August, the Armywill convene a Selective Early RetirementBoard for lieutenant colonels and colonels.The move is just one part of a largerArmy effort to meet its congressionallymandated end strength reduction.Currently, about 500 colonels and700 lieutenant colonels in the ArmyCompetitive Category meet the criteriafor the SERB. While the board mayselect up to 30 percent of those officersfor early retirement, it’s expected manyofficers may opt instead to apply forvoluntary retirement.Those who meet the criteria for theAugust SERB include active duty colonelsin the Army Competitive Categorywho have been a colonel for more thanfive years; and lieutenant colonels whohave been at least twice non-selected forpromotion to colonel.While the SERB is necessary toboth reduce the size of the Army andappropriately shape the officer force forthe future, it is a difficult action for theArmy to take, said Lt. Gen. Howard B.Bromberg, Army G1.“It’s hard to do, because we’re doingit to people who have supported ustremendously with great honor and serviceto the nation and service to the Armyover the last 12 years while we have beenengaged in the fight,” he said.Bromberg said the SERB is not justabout force reduction, it’s also about forceshaping and about ensuring opportunitiesfor other officers to move up in rank.“What we have seen in the last tenyears or so is that the average officer isstaying about 10 percent longer than thenorm,” Bromberg said, saying that colonelsthat might have retired with 25-26 yearsa decade ago are now staying for 28 or 29years in service. “It’s just because they wantto serve, which is very commendable. Butunfortunately, in order to shape the Army,we are going to have to bring that down.”See SERB, page 5.Selective retirement board could affect 1,200 field grade officersBy Larry D. McCaskillACC Office of Public & Congressional AffairsLarry.firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Army has reached a formalagreement that will enable 51Cnoncommissioned officers to receiveacademic credit for completion ofvarious military courses necessary forcertification in the contracting careerfield.The agreement between ExcelsiorCollege, Albany, N.Y., and the Armywill allow 51C NCOs to receivecollege credit for the following ArmyAcquisition Center of Excellencecourses: the Army AcquisitionFoundation Course, the ArmyIntermediate Program ManagementCourse, the Army AcquisitionIntermediate Contracting Course, andthe Army Basic Contracting Course.“Excelsior College is a non-profitschool with a Defense AcquisitionUniversity partnership already, plusthey are actively involved in theCollege of the American Soldierand Sergeants Majors Academy,”said Master Sgt. Jason Pitts, 51Cproponent NCO, U.S. ArmyAcquisition Support Center, FortBelvoir, Va. “It was a perfect blendbetween contracting and staying inline with ongoing Army initiatives.”According to Pitts, the USAASCCenter of Excellence and ExcelsiorCollege worked on the agreementand curriculum review. The ArmyContracting Command providedNCOs to participate in the militaryoccupational skill interview and reviewprocess. This ensured the collegeunderstood the complex businessinteractions/experiences the officersand NCOs receive in their daily duties.“Ninety eight percent of all theNCOs in career management field 51Care assigned to the Army ContractingCommand,” said Command Sgt.Maj. John L. Murray, ACC commandsergeant major. “The 51C militaryoccupational specialty requires NCOsto have a bachelor’s degree in order toobtain contracting certification. NCOsshould receive bachelor and graduate-level business credits for the militarycontracting education they attend. Inorder to ensure they get the maximumcredit they deserve, we partnered withExcelsior College to get them a solidfoundation toward completing theireducation.”Upon completion of the fourmilitary courses, the college willaward 51C NCOs 43 semester creditstoward a bachelor’s degree in one of itsbusiness degree programs.The program, which was created sixmonths ago, is open to officers, NCOsand civilians who have graduated fromthe center of excellence.According to Pitts, individuals whowant to take advantage of this programshould visit their installation ExcelsiorCollege representative and bring withthem college transcripts, their serviceschool academic report and otherpertinent information for evaluation.The school will conduct a review andaward credits and set the individual onthe path to receive a bachelor’s degreein professional studies in businessmanagement.According to Pitts, Excelsior waivedthe initial evaluation and sign-up fee,but it participates in the “Go ArmyEd” program and standard rates apply.It is the only bachelor degree programoffering this service but there is apartnership with Webster Universityfor a procurement and acquisitionsmanagement master’s degree.For information on the Websterprogram, go to http://admissions.webster.edu/admissions/graduate/masters/proc.asp.College partnership helps contractingprofessionals reach educational goals
April 17, 20135Promotion rates to colonel over thelast two years have been low, he said, atabout 35 percent or lower. He said askingsome colonels to leave will clear up spotsfor new officers to put the eagle on theirshoulder.“Younger lieutenant colonels will stillsee that opportunity to continue to serve,”he said. “What we don’t want to do ishave people say ‘oh, (I) won’t ever getpromoted.’“For the Army to meet the mandatedend strength goal of 490,000 Soldiers byfiscal year 2017, it must start making cutsnow, Bromberg said.The SERB will meet on or about Aug.13. When the board results are approvedby the secretary of the Army, which isexpected to happen in January 2014, thoseofficers selected will have no more thanseven months before they must retire. It’sexpected the retirement date for officersselected by the 2013 SERB will be no laterthan August 1, 2014.Officers who know they meet thecriteria for the SERB, but who chooseto volunteer to retire instead of face theSERB, can benefit from an extendedadvance-time for submitting retirementpaperwork. Typically, an officer can put inretirement paperwork a year in advance.Bromberg said that has been extended.An officer could put in retirementpaperwork in June, for instance,before the August SERB, and plan hisretirement date for September 2014.Officers who choose to voluntarily retiremust have their requests in to HumanResources Command no later than July8, 2013.Secretary of the Army John M.McHugh first notified general officers ofthe SERB late last month, and Brombergfollowed that up with a message topersonnel officers and staff Army wide,shortly after. Additionally, a MilitaryPersonnel message on the subject wasreleased April 4.SERB continued from page 1By Ryan MattoxMICC Public Affairs OfficeRyan.email@example.comJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON,Texas –Members of the Mission and InstallationContracting Command at Fort Bragg,N.C., played a critical role in meetingan expedited need to establish acomprehensive training and supportprogram for Iraqi defense forces.Iraqi government officials requestedassistance from the United States throughforeign military sales for obtaininggoods and services in support of theirdefense forces personnel.The U.S. ArmySecurity Assistance Training ManagementOrganization at Fort Bragg is responsiblefor the requirement for support, personnel,facilities, transportation, supervision andnon-personal services items to performtraining services in support of the IraqInternational Academy in Iraq.Due to the nature of their mission,SATMO officials needed it quickly andturned to a team of contracting expertsat MICC-Fort Bragg to develop the $45million requirement for the academy.The academy will be the centerpiece forprofessional military education of Iraqisenior leadership within its ministry ofdefense.MICC-Fort Bragg officials saidthe estimated time frame for an awardwith a value of $45 million, such as theIraq International Academy contract,is typically 280 days from the date ofinvolvement.“Through coordination and a groupeffort with all key players, we were able toaward this requirement in 34 days,” saidAnne Talbot, chief of the installation pre-award division for MICC-Fort Bragg.According to Talbot, there were a fewobstacles they needed to overcome duringthe process.“Personnel resourcing is alwayschallenging,”Talbot said. “We shiftedworkload from the assigned contractspecialist to ensure the Iraq InternationalAcademy was her sole focus.This caused ashift in additional work to other contractspecialists within the division. As thedivision chief and awarding contractingofficer, I also had to frequently shift focusto ensure the award time was completedwhile juggling management of thedivision.”Additionally, MICC-Fort Braggcontracting officials were in constantcommunication with the principalassistant responsible for contractingthrough the MICC field director office atFort Bragg to ensure all necessary reviewsand approvals were accomplished andallowed the team to meet the expeditedaward date.As difficult as it was to shorten thisprocess to 34 days, the contracting officerstill felt the process was the same as withany other award process; however, meetingthe expected Feb. 28 award date would be achallenge.The MICC-Fort Bragg team wasable to meet the customer’s expedited needsby shifting resources and priorities andeffectively communicating with each other.“Everyone involved from the MICC-For Bragg, MICC-FDO Fort Bragg andPARC had to shift resources to focuson this award to ensure success,”Talbotsaid. “One difference between this awardand other awards was the level of detailin reporting our milestones during theprocess. Because of the level of visibilityfor an expedited award like this one, wewere required to report to the PARCthrough the MICC-FDO our timelinesand challenges twice a week.”MICC personnel are responsible forproviding contracting support for thewar fighter across Army commands,installations and activities locatedthroughout the continental United Statesand Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2012, thecommand executed more than 58,000contract actions worth more than $6.3billion across the Army, including morethan $2.6 billion to small businesses.The command also managed morethan 1.2 million Government PurchaseCard Program transactions valued at anadditional $1.3 billion.Fort Bragg team awards multimillion dollar contract in 34 days“Through coordination and agroup effort with all key players, wewere able to award this requirementin 34 days.”Anne TalbotMICC-Fort Bragg
April 17, 20136By Daniel P. ElkinsMICC Public Affairs OfficeDaniel.firstname.lastname@example.orgMore than 65 industry representativesfrom throughout the country took part inthe 1st Industry Day conducted March 28by contracting officials at Fort Benning,Ga., in support of the Maneuver Center ofExcellence and installation operations.The event brought togetherrepresentatives from 13 of the 14 primecontractors as well as contracting officerrepresentatives, Soldiers and federalemployees teaming together to executea multiple award task order contractvalued at more than $400 millionand administered by the Mission andInstallation Contracting Command-FortBenning.A multiple award task order contractis awarded following a single solicitationto two or more prime contractors toprovide the government similar servicesor products.Those prime contractors thencompete for future requirements, or tasksorders, the government places against theMATOC throughout the contract period.This approach results in an expeditedacquisition process.Steve Sullivan, the director of MICC-Fort Benning, said the contract supportsthe center and garrison operationscommunity in areas such as trainingdevelopment, doctrine development,capability development, traininginstruction, and simulations and analysis.The director credits the collaborativeplanning efforts between his staff and theMCoE over six months for the successof the business outreach event. Despitehaving no budget with which to work,he said the 14 civilians and Soldiersfrom MICC-Fort Benning played aninstrumental role in the execution of theevent.“The industry day was extremelysuccessful. Many participants voiced theirappreciation for the event, requesting thatit be conducted semiannually,” Sullivansaid. “Perhaps the most noteworthyaccomplishment of the day was thefact that we improved communicationsbetween industry and governmentconcerning procedures and what the futureholds when considering sequestration.”The Maneuver Center of Excellenceis responsible for the training and leaderdevelopment of every infantry and armorSoldier ‒ from private to colonel. Itprovides NCOs and officers in those careerbranches initial, mid-level and senior-levelArmy professional development training.Center officials estimate Fort Benning’saverage daily student training load atapproximately 12,000 service membersreceiving instruction in more than180 courses.They anticipate trainingapproximately 96,000 service membersthis year.Fort Benning holds first MCoE industry day(Courtesy photo)Pat Billins discusses lessons learned andprocess improvement suggestions duringan industry day outreach event March 28at Fort Benning, Ga. Billings is the chiefof the contracting division at MICC-FortBenning.By Daniel P. ElkinsMICC Public Affairs OfficeDaniel.email@example.comJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON,Texas –Acquisition workforce members in theMission and Installation ContractingCommand are following revisedprocedures aimed at ensuring equitableconsideration between small businessesand nonprofit agencies for award of Armycontracts.The MICC command policymemorandum on the required sourcesfor the acquisition of service publishedMarch 18 provides explicit guidance oncontracting sources to ensure appropriateacquisition strategy decision making byMICC contracting officers, according toLynette Ward, an assistant director forMICC Small Business Programs here.The guidance also ensuresprocurement actions meet statutoryrequirements established by the FederalAcquisition Regulation. Part 8 of theFAR identifies required sources ofsupplies and services while part 19implements the use of small businessprograms.“It clarifies mandatory sourceprocedures, stresses the importance ofadequate market research, and providesa standardized decision-making processwhen developing acquisition strategies,”she said. “This will enable contractingofficers to appropriately satisfy theirzest for supporting both the AbilityOneprogram and maximizing opportunitiesfor small business.”The policy requires members of thecontracting workforce to accomplishnecessary planning and market researchto provide for the acquisition ofcommercial items and promote full andopen competition to ensure that customerrequirements are being met in the mostefficient, effective, economical and timelymanner. Procurement planning includesa determination of what sources existto meet the government’s needs. Thenumber and nature of the sources factorinto that procurement strategy.See GUIDANCE, page 7.Guidance clarifies mandatory sources for contracted services
April 17, 20137The Javits-Wagner-O’DayAct requires the government topurchase available supplies orservices on a procurement list fromparticipating nonprofit agenciesat prices established by the U.S.AbilityOne Commission.Thoseservices may include janitorial andcustodial, administrative, documentmanagement, call centers, fleetmanagement, warehousing anddistribution of federal supplies,full facility management, recycling,food service, laundry, and groundsmaintenance.The commission sets and approvesa fair market price for products andservices on the procurement list whenpurchased from designated nonprofitagencies. For a commodity or serviceto be added to the procurement list,a set of criteria must be satisfied inaccordance with federal codes.The FAR allows contractingofficers to acquire services not on theprocurement list from other sources.AbilityOne nonprofit agencies maycontinue to compete for such contractswithout preference or priority unlessa potential agency has its own statusunder a socioeconomic program.Ward said small business specialistslocated at MICC contracting officesthroughout the nation are called uponto engage early in the acquisitionprocess to provide guidance tocontracting personnel and customerson the consideration of small business.“Supporting both the AbilityOneProgram as well as small businessprograms such as woman-owned andservice-disabled veteran-owned smallbusinesses assists in strengtheningour nation’s economy,” Ward said.She added the clarifying policy,available at the MICC SharePointsite, also benefits the command’smission partners with the timelydelivery of customer service.“Having clear guidance willexpedite the procurement process,allowing contracting officers to engagethe most effective strategies to meetcustomer needs,”Ward said.(Photo by Lt. Col. Michelle Sanner)ECC general visits Huntsville elementary schoolBrig.Gen.TedHarrison,commandinggeneral,ExpeditionaryContractingCommand,reads to students at the Blossomwood Elementary School,Huntsville,Ala.,during theschool’s Family Reading Night event April 9. Blossomwood administrators often seekout local dignitaries to spend time with students.GUIDANCEcontinued from page 6Reduced spending for personnel, trainingand modernization will also limit the Army’sability to adhere to the commander in chief’sDefense Strategic Guidance, which wasdesigned to sustain U.S. global leadership, hesaid.Specifically, Huggins said budget cutshave resulted in the curtailment of around 80percent of unit training.Asked what type of training non-deployedSoldiers are getting, Huggins responded thatthey are limited to training at the squad level.They are not able to train to higher levelswithin larger-scale exercises at the nationaltraining centers.Some Soldiers are getting the trainingthey need, however.Those Soldiers includethose preparing to go to Afghanistan, thosein Korea or preparing to go to Korea, andthose who are part of the Army’s GlobalResponse Force. All of those, he said, need tobe at higher readiness levels.The general concluded that strategy mustdrive the way ahead and force structureshould then follow, the way ahead should notbe resource-driven.DEGRADED LOGISTICSLt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, deputychief of staff, Army G4 (Logistics), said thatas the drawdown continues, he’s especiallyconcerned about getting equipment out ofAfghanistan and getting it reset so it can beused again.The equipment drawdown in Afghanistan“is orders of magnitude harder than in Iraq,”he said.The tenuous overland route throughPakistan and equipment beat up by extremesin temperature and terrain make the process“slow and fragile” he said, adding that a lot ofit is being airlifted out, an expensive way toconduct retrograde.Once the equipment gets back to theU.S., it’s shipped to depots and arsenalsacross the country for reset. But the civilianworkers there who make up the Army’s“organic industrial base” are preparing tobe furloughed soon, he said.That reductionin manpower will delay reset of equipment,which means it will take longer to returnequipment to the units that need it fortraining.As well, contracts are being cut, includingsecond, third and fourth-tier suppliers, manyof them small businesses, he said.This iscreating gaps in the supply chain and theindustrial base.BUDGET continued from page 1
Click on the image forACC safety messages.April 17, 20138ACC in the NewsThis article mentions Army Contracting Command.Community honors Army civilians of yearAssociation’s top award goes to Cathy DickensBy Kari HawkinsAssistant editor(Published in the Redstone Rocket, April 10, 2013)Cathy Dickens has long admired the work of several Redstone Arsenal civilian leaders who have stood at the podiumas the top Department of the Army Civilian of the Year during the annual awards program presented by the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.And now she joins them.http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_49e2037c-a1f6-11e2-9667-001a4bcf887a.htmlMikhael E. Weitzel, Army Contracting Command historian,explains the role Redstone Arsenal played in space research. Hisbriefings were part of the command’s history bike ride.(Photos by David San Miguel)Soldiers and civilian employees participated in a “Bring in theSpring” bike ride through Redstone Arsenal, Ala., April 12.The ride was followed by a town hall meeting to recognize andupdate employees on issues and a potluck luncheon.Col. D. D. Mayfield, ExpeditionaryContractingCommand,G3Operationsand Plans, gives a victory salute.ACCHOSTS‘BRING INTHESPRING’BIKE RIDE