Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT October-December 2013 Contents 1986 to 1995. In what other position can
one have such a critical in uence on the
purchasing decision and, more impor-
tant, an impact on the environment and
relationship among the government, its
contractors and the people you work with
on a daily basis?
We ve all had vendors tell us they o er
the only solution for the U.S. Army; their
ser vices are unique; they are the only one
that can complete the project on time
and on budget. In these situations, it s
the PCO who ensures that every contract
is executed in accordance with Federal
Acquisition Regulations and that every
buy follows the law. Having worked
with so many over the years, I am proud
to serve with my fellow members of the
Army Acquisition Workforce.
is is a great career eld for civilians
and military personnel. Contracting pro-
vides direct support to our war ghters;
whether it s ensuring that they have the
right equipment and tools, or providing
meal and support ser vices, our job is to
ease the stress and contribute to their
success anywhere and at any time, but
especially in contingency environments.
CHANGE OF STATION
For the past six years, I served as the
executive director of the U.S. Army Con-
tracting Command (ACC) -- Warren,
MI. What a great place to live and work.
(Go, Lions!) In July of this year, when
I accepted the DASA(P) position, I did
something I really never thought I d do:
I left Michigan. I sold my house, down-
sized and moved to the National Capital
Although this marked my rst permanent
change of station move, it wasn t my rst
time working in the NCR. Back in 2005,
I did a four-month developmental assign-
ment at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers in downtown Washington
as the deputy to the contracting direc-
tor and acting PARC. It was right after
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, so I
got an unexpected lesson in contingency
contracting. is large-scale, natural
domestic contingency was far di erent
than the usual developmental assignment,
and I learned a lot.
Some may also remember that, about 18
months ago, at the beginning of FY12, I
ser ved as ACC s deputy to the executive
director, working in Huntsville, AL. It
was there that I saw rsthand how the
Army contracting enterprise operates and
the importance of developing personal
and professional relationships between
headquarters and eld o ces. During
my assignment, it occurred to me that it
would be a great idea to rotate each of the
directors in the eld through the head-
quarters in some form or fashion. And
here I am, back in the NCR at HQDA.
Now it s my turn to spread the word
about Army contracting s most impor-
tant asset--- its people.
relates directly to our workforce. We re
7,700 people strong and growing, yet
we re a tight community. Many of us have
years of training and the highest levels
of certi cation. Others are relatively
new members of that community, and
those are the people who have my
interest at the moment and inspire me
every day. ey are the next generation
of managers, watchdogs, contracting
o cers and leaders who will continue
Army contracting s legacy of being good
stewards of American ta xpayer dollars.
Our continued success rests on their
backs, so it s vitally important that we
train and develop them to the best of our
ability and give them the tools in their
rucksack that they ll need to succeed.
'A TOUCH OF OPTIMISM'
As DASA(P), I am truly honored and
humbled to ser ve as your voice within
the Army and with DOD senior leaders.
One of the greatest responsibilities of Army contracting leadership is to identify and encourage
the next generation of managers, watchdogs, contracting officers and leaders. Here, ACC CSM
John Murray, center left, and CSM Angel C. Clark-Davis, U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting
Command, conduct the NCO of the Year board by video teleconference. (Photo by Edward G.
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GETTING CONTRACTING RIGHT
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