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CG unfurls new ACC-APG colors

August 24, 2012

By Betsy Kozak, ACC-APG

Members of the Army Contracting Command -- Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., gathered Aug. 6 to witness the official uncasing of the organizational colors during a ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general and Steven R. Bryant, ACC-APG deputy director.

About 700 employees attended the ceremony either in person or by video teleconference at ACC-APG's six remote site locations.

The ceremony and town hall kickedoff Nichols' two-day site visit with ACC-APG. During the visit, she received briefings from the center's division chiefs who provided an overview of ACC-APG's mission, customers, workload, current initiatives and challenges. She also toured the APG facilities and met with customers.

"The organizational colors embody the spirit and essence of the unit," said Gregory L. Davies, ACC-APG chief of staff and ceremony narrator. "It is the colors that signify a unit's history and symbolically portray the glories, accomplishments, failures, joys and sorrows of its members.

"This uncasing ceremony marks a new beginning for ACC-APG," Bryant said. "As a contracting center, we are proud to be a member of the ACC under the direction of its first military commander, Maj. Gen. Nichols. We have a professional team of contracting employees and look forward to a successful future with the integration of military members across the organization."

Members of the U.S. Army Reserve's 915th Contracting Support Battalion, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., also attended the uncasing ceremony. Lt. Col. Ruby Renee Lardent, 915th commander, presented a certificate of appreciation to ACC-APG for supporting the training of Army Reserve contingency contracting Soldiers.

Immediately following the ceremony, Nichols addressed the forum in a town hall meeting.

"It is truly an honor to be here with ACC-APG to mark this significant event," Nichols said. "Supporting our Soldiers is our number one purpose."

Nichols encouraged all members to work as a team with a focus on mission success. She also challenged everyone to improve contracting support across the Army by developing efficient and effective solutions and to improve partnerships with customers through collaboration.

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