JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Leaders from the 419th Contracting Support Brigade (CSB) uncased their organization colors during a ceremony Jan. 4 at Fort Bragg signaling the end of their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Col. Brad Hodge and Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Perryman uncased the brigade colors in a ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Bill Boruff, the commanding general for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The 419th CSB served as the command and control element of Army Contracting Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
“Although this is a simple, short ceremony, it does mark another major milestone in the history of the 419th CSB,” Hodge said. “This team of acquisition professionals successfully executed the responsibility of contracting support across the Combined Joint Operation Area (CJOA)-Afghanistan as the senior contracting office … in support of the U.S. and coalition partner nation’s mission to strengthen the Afghanistan National Defense Force (and) to allow for a political solution to the war in Afghanistan.”
Deployed contracting efforts by the 419th CSB improved contingency contracting administration services support for the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program and Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise Program. In addition to managing a $19 billion portfolio contract, key acquisitions executed by the brigade included a $74 million aviation fuels contract in support of operations across the CJOA-Afghanistan as well as contracts to provide security to the Kabul Security Zone.
After commending the 419th CSB’s contributions to the warfighter, Boruff praised the work by those remaining behind making up the brigade’s rear detachment who continued to support their mission partners on Fort Bragg and elsewhere. That support included contract awards to bolster an advanced unit training environment at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, installation food service requirements at eight dining facilities as well as mobile gym equipment and strength and conditioning coach services.
The MICC commanding general also took the time to recognize the gratitude owed to the Family members left behind having to delay celebrations for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
“This deployment was successful due to not only the efforts of our deployed forces, but also to those who remained behind here at Fort Bragg,” Boruff said. “So to the Families of our deployed Soldiers, thank you very much for your sacrifice, your strength and the love you’ve shown supporting your deployed Soldier.”
Activated in June 2013, the 419th CSB is responsible for the oversight of installation and operational contracting support to Army commands through its seven installation-level contracting offices and four battalions.
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitating training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.