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Within six months, the
U.S. Army Contracting
Command's (ACC) De-
ployable Cadre Program
has built a standing roster of ACC-
qualified employees ready to deploy at a
Civilian and military contracting special-
ists are increasingly in demand to support
critical contracting requirements around
the world. Whether for military opera-
tions, counterinsurgency, life support
systems, or emergency disaster relief, con-
tracting specialists are always needed.
The ACC Contingency Support Center
serves as the command's resourcing focal
point for all contingency operations over-
seas and natural disaster relief in the United
States. The mission of the Deployable
Cadre Program is to have the immediate
capacity to deploy contract management
support when needed. The command is
prepared to respond quickly and effec-
tively with highly qualified personnel.
Because of the overwhelming response to
its request for employees, ACC could sup-
port more than just the initial requirements.
ACC reached out to the Defense Contract
Management Agency (DCMA) to provide
deployment opportunities for ACC acqui-
sition personnel and to support DCMA's
burgeoning operational contracting mission.
ACC and DCMA signed a memoran-
dum of agreement in April specifying that
ACC will support seven DCMA Afghani-
stan positions on an ongoing basis as
volunteer pools and Army contingency
tasking allow. The seven positions consist
of three contract specialists, two prop-
erty specialists, and two quality assurance
specialists to perform duties in DCMA
Afghanistan. Typically they deploy for
179 days, but specific assignment and
mission requirements may require a lon-
ger deployment. As of September, ACC
had provided DCMA with 11 employ-
ees to perform contingency contracting
duties for DCMA, as well as to support
ACC contingency requirements.
To establish a standing personnel roster,
the center actively promoted the ben-
efits of serving in the Deployable Cadre
Program through command information
channels and social media outlets. The
financial benefits offered vary consider-
ably, based on the deployed location.
Generally speaking, volunteers are eligible
for Foreign Post (Hardship) Differential;
Danger Pay (except in Kuwait); and Over-
time/Premium Pay, based on the mission
(not guaranteed) for current OCONUS
deployment locations. In addition, a
Relocation Incentive may be offered for
specific, hard-to-fill positions.
The workdays can be long, and the absence
of one's favorite coffee may be felt keenly.
The noise of a Counter Rocket, Artillery,
and Mortar system can certainly be jarring.
But Cadre volunteers say that the rewards
of volunteering for the program are numer-
ous, both tangible and intangible, and that
the work is so absorbing that time flies.
"The ACC Deployable Cadre Program
offered me an opportunity to take risk
and develop my skill set in a contingency
environment. I was ready to explore
another facet of the 1102 career field,
and the Cadre program helped me take
that first step," said Kathy Valentine, a
Contracting Officer assigned to ACC in
Afghanistan. "While the money is great
being deployed, the knowledge you gain
is priceless," she added.
"To work alongside the warfighter is to see
American's finest who leave their families,
go into the field at great personal risk, and
still maintain a sense of humor. I have the
deepest respect and admiration for what
I've seen them accomplish," said Lynn
Roberts, a Contract Specialist assigned to
ACC in Afghanistan.
The ACC Contingency Support Center
continues to recruit for the Deployable
Cadre Program. The program is currently
open to ACC employees serving in the
1102, 1103, and 1910 job series. The
basic eligibility criterion is Defense Acqui-
sition Workforce Improvement Act Level
II certification, although occasionally
opportunities are available for individu-
als with Level I certification. Volunteers
are selected for deployment based on any
unique skills or qualifications required
for the specific position and the length of
time they have been in the program, on
the principle of first-in, first-out, subject
to mission requirements.
For more information, visit http://www.
COL JACK CUNNANE (USA Ret.) is
Director of ACC's Contingency Support
Center. He holds a B.S. in business manage-
ment from Plymouth State University, an
M.S. in computer systems management from
George Washington University, and an M.S.
in national resource strategy from the Indus-
trial College of the Armed Forces. Cunnane
is Level III certified in contracting and pro-
gram management and is a member of the
U.S. Army Acquisition Corps.
THE PROGRAM OFFERED ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE RISK. "
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