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NEWS | Dec. 6, 2013

Mission and Installation Contracting Command welcomes new leader

By Daniel P. Elkins MICC Public Affairs

Command of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command changed hands during a ceremony Monday attended by Fort Sam Houston leaders, local civic dignitaries and members of the organization.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Gabbert assumed command from Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke in a ceremony at the Quadrangle officiated by Brig. Gen. Theodore Harrison III, commanding general for the Army Contracting Command.

Gabbert comes to the MICC after serving as the special assistant to the ACC commanding general at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Vollmecke departs for an assignment as the deputy for acquisition and systems management at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in Washington, D.C.

Harrison praised Vollmecke for success while guiding the MICC over the past 21 months.

"General Vollmecke ... continuously strove to improve the capability, quality and professionalism of the civilian and military contracting workforce," Harrison said. "Through the challenges of sequestration, furloughs and realignments, his leadership was indispensible in developing a trained and ready workforce capable of providing world-class support to the world's greatest Army."

Harrison added the challenge passes to Gabbert who leads the command as the Army continues its transformation in an uncertain budget environment.

"General Gabbert has served at just about every level of procurement and acquisition. His rich military background and more than 25 years of experience and leadership have prepared him for the challenges ahead," the ACC commanding general said.

"Matching the right senior leadership to the right command at the right time is one of the toughest tasks in the Army. When the combination is the right fit, the command has a great opportunity to reach new heights," Harrison added.

In order to meet that challenge, Gabbert said the command must stay focused on learning, training and development.

"As an Army, we share in the sacrifice of all Americans during this period of fiscal uncertainty and must shape the Army of the future with an understanding of both our national security obligations and the importance of transforming to retain the strength of the nation today, tomorrow and always," Gabbert said.

Gabbert has served in numerous command, staff and operational assignments during his 27-year Army career. He entered the Army Acquisition Corps in 1995 and has held a variety of leadership positions to include command of the Defense Contract Management Agency-Iraq/Afghanistan, DCMA Huntsville, Ala., and DCMA Central Region.

Gabbert was commissioned as a quartermaster officer in 1986 from the ROTC program at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M., where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. In addition to accomplishing all necessary levels of professional military education, his advanced education includes a Doctor of Business Administration from Argosy University, Sarasota, Fla., and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

As the MICC commanding general, he is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter at Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico.

In fiscal 2013, the command executed more than 43,000 contract actions worth more than $5.3 billion across the Army, including more than $2.1 billion to American small businesses. The command has also managed more than 780,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions this fiscal year valued at an additional $880 million.