Contracting seminar: A problem shared is a problem halved

Story and photos by
Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph McFall, 3rd Air Force vice commander, speaks during the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency – U.S. Air Forces in Europe Contracting Seminar at the Officer’s Club on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 20, 2018. The two-day seminar pooled together key leaders from approximately eight units across the command to tackle problems at the operational level and provide better service to the units they support.

The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency — U.S. Air Forces in Europe Contracting Seminar was called to a close at the Officer’s Club on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 20.

The two-day seminar pooled together key leaders from approximately eight units across U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa to tackle problems at the operational level and provide better service to the units they support.

“Our purpose is to enable the warfighter,” said U.S. Air Force  Senior Master Sgt. Richard Sainte-Rose, 700th Contracting Squadron superintendent. “Because of the rules placed on spending government funds, only a warranted contracting officer can obligate those funds. Our job is to get our mission partners the support they need.”

The contracting seminar served as a way for leaders to get together and share best practices, innovative ideas, and things that can be done to better fulfill mission requirements.

“By taking these ideas and best practices learned at the USAFE contracting conference, we’ll be able to do things better, faster and more efficient for the units we support,” said 1st Lt Kristopher Ball, 700th Contracting Squadron construction flight commander.

Some of the topics covered during the event included the future of contracting and any potential changes to the career field, mission briefs highlighting the challenges and accomplishments of each represented unit, and how to conduct better acquisitions.

Additionally, leaders were able to prepare for upcoming contracts that aligned with the European defense initiative and anti-terrorism force protection which are slated to take priority.

“By allowing the different commanders and key leaders the time to come together, network and exchange ideas, visions, challenges, we now have new ideas as to how to better serve the 86th Airlift Wing along with its mission partners throughout the KMC,” said Sainte-Rose.