Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT July-September 2013 Contents Anthony Jones could be climbing the career ladder of
a bank manager by now, if not for a former colleague
who introduced him, through her husband, to the
Army contracting profession. anks to that intro-
duction, he recently completed a once-in-a-lifetime experience
as a contracting specialist deployed to Qatar in support of U.S.
Jones, who deployed from Huntsville, AL, from October 2012
to April 2013 through the Deployable Cadre Program of U.S.
Army Contracting Command (ACC), had the opportunity
to contribute directly to lifesaving capabilities such as Scud
bunkers and Mylar glass protection.
Along with other members of the cadre, Jones provided much-
needed contracting manpower in Qatar. "We were able to
provide the manpower that they didn't really have," Jones
said. "I think it allowed us to maybe take a little more time
to ensure that the customer was getting the best that we could
provide. Anytime you have a small number of people doing a
large number of things, something may slip through the cracks
at times. We beefed up [the contracting operation] and made
it that much better. We helped them prepare the requirements,
helped them coordinate the work, just kind of facilitated."
Jones had little idea of what to expect when he volunteered for
ACC's civilian Deployable Cadre Program early last year. He
had been a contract specialist in the Army for ve years at that
point but had never served in uniform. Previously, he worked
at a bank in Huntsville and was about to pursue a job there as
a management associate when that fateful introduction hap-
pened and he took a civilian job with the Army instead. He
subsequently received training as a contract specialist.
Volunteering for deployment was a logical next step in his
professional development. "For me, it was a chance to do
something di erent [and] be more directly involved supporting
the war ghter. And there was some nancial bene t," Jones said.
He and his wife had just moved into a new house and had yet
to nish unpacking when he left for Qatar. ose concerns
faded quickly once Jones got down to work.
Particularly engrossing, and professionally satisfying, was the
work he did to launch a contract for the construction of cement
Scud bunkers, helping prepare the statement of work to ensure
that it would provide everything that was needed, down to the
strength of the concrete.
" at's one of those things where it's [a matter of] safety. I was
just able to help start it. And there were some contracts we had
for Mylar glass protection; it's a lm that prevents glass from
shattering in case you have an explosion. To me the things like
that, that are de nite issues, were really important to me."
Jones emphasized that "everything that we do in contracting
is a team e ort. ere's nothing that you can do in this line of
work that doesn't require help from somebody else. Everything
that everybody does is important. is was just a small part of
that bigger e ort."
e opportunity to work directly with Soldiers in this team
e ort was one of the major bene ts of deploying to Qatar,
Jones said. "I actually got to work more closely with our Sol-
diers, our 51 Charlies. I was able to meet a lot of Soldiers, a
lot of guys who were really knowledgeable. I was able to learn
some things from them. Each person you meet there brings
something di erent to the table."
Stateside, by contrast, "It all depends on what area you work in;
you may work hand-in-hand with [Soldiers], or you may not."
Working in Qatar posed certain challenges, but nothing akin
to the hardships of working in Afghanistan. "I was still in a
relatively easy environment. I can only imagine the guy who's
out there; he's looking out for IEDs, or there's a Scud attack,
or anything like that where you have your wife, your kid
MR. ANTHONY JONES
DA CIVILIAN CONTRACT SPECIALIST
U.S. ARMY CONTRACTING COMMAND DEPLOYABLE CADRE PROGRAM
REDSTONE ARSENAL, AL
120 Army AL&T Magazine July--September 2013
IT TAKES A TEAM
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