2013 is proving to be the year of the Contracting Officer.

 

Photo2Supply Corps Acquisition and Contract Management Officers, subspecialty code 1306, and NAVSUP GS-1102s and 1105s are making a huge contribution to fleet readiness and towards supporting our Navy and Joint customers around the globe. 

 In our current budget environment, Contracting Officers consistently seek innovative ways to ensure we spend our limited resources judiciously, and work closely with customers to search out strategic and innovative solutions that stretch their dollars even further. 

 Our stock has never been higher, with top Navy leadership recognizing the value our business expertise brings to the table in maximizing value to customers and in upholding high standards of ethics and procurement integrity.

 Supply Corps 1306 serve across the NAVSUP Enterprise and the Systems Commands supporting procurements for all weapons system in the inventory and providing essential support for fielded weapons systems in procuring parts, repairs and overhauls across an extensive network of maintenance and support activities.  Our Contracting Officers serve around the world, and provide supplies and services to Navy and the Joint Forces around the world.  They answer the call to serve forward in contingencies in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Djibouti, and stand ready to respond to the next contingency or natural disaster.  The demand for our highly professional services has never been higher, and we are in great demand.

 There has never been a better time to be a Contracting Officer.  In the face of shrinking defense budgets, Department of Defense and Navy leadership is committed to growing the active duty Contracting force and ensure the contracting arm of the acquisition workforce remains intact.  In fact, we are currently examining Supply Corps 1306 growth at the System Commands (SYSCOM), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and potentially the Marine Corps field Contracting system.  Contracting Officers provide incredible value to the Navy and there are diverse opportunities to serve at SYSCOMs, within the NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) Navy Field Contracting System, at the NAVSUP Weapons Systems Support, at DLA, and the Defense Contract Management Agency.  The contracting career field provides opportunities to serve in command, within a joint environment, and overseas while maintaining the opportunity to serve in operational billets. 

 I hope this issue of the Supply Corps newsletter provides some understanding of what it takes to become a qualified Contracting Officer, the value Contracting Officers bring, and the tremendous diversity of assignments available to those who earned the right to obligate funds on behalf of the government.  This issue will showcase just a few of the ways Contracting Officers bring value to our customers and to our Navy.

By CAPT Chris Parker

NAVSUP HQ, N7