Capt. Ryan Oliver, Capt. Kimberly Marra, and Ms. Andrea Schottenhammel from RCO Bavaria, execute a postaward conference for the MRX Logistical Support contract while Contracting Officer’s Representatives, Sgt. 1st Class Galicia and Mr. Stephens, listen in. Photo by Staff Sgt. Reonel Delacruz


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Each year, more than 20 exercises take place between Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Area and very rarely do one of these exercises occur without support from the 928th Contracting Battalion (CBn)


The biggest provider of exercise-related contractual support comes from their Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX) Logistical Support contract and last week marked a major milestone for that contract action.


On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, members from the 928th CBn organized and led the postaward conference for the recently awarded MRX Logistical Support contract.


Conducting the postaward conference was critical for a requirement of this magnitude. With tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in expenditures likely over the life of this contract, it was incredibly important that all parties had a clear and common understanding of the contractual requirements. 


Furthermore, the postaward conference gave everyone a chance to identify and resolve any potential problems.


In addition to the three members from 928th CBn who will be administering the contract, the customers – the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) – and the contractor from both their German and U.S. offices were in attendance. 


Giving the contracting office, the customer, and the contractor an opportunity to sync efforts prior to the performance beginning not only builds stakeholder ownership between the three separate entities, it also ensures a team approach is taken with success as the collective goal.


With the postaward meeting being a discernible victory, the 928th CBn will be able to continue providing flawless exercised-focused contractual support. And as each exercise commences, the 928th CBn not only ensures readiness at the individual level, but also ensures the readiness and capabilities of a globally dominant land force.

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