After activating earlier this month, a new contracting brigade is working to establish its role at Fort Hood after starting from scratch.
“When I first found out that I was going to activate the brigade, I asked, ‘Where’s the playbook,’ (and they said) ‘There is no playbook,’” said Col. Timothy Starostanko, commander of 418th Contracting Support Brigade, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, during an interview Friday at the command’s headquarters.
“You have (a playbook) but you have to tailor it to the area that you work in.”
Starostanko’s said he’s working on assigning about 50 soldiers to the brigade. Starostanko also commands the brigade’s subordinate 901st Contingency Contracting Battalion, which is stationed at Fort Hood.
“I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to lead this brigade,” said Starostanko, during the unit’s activation ceremony July 10. “Activating a new brigade is exciting in and of itself. Not many individuals can say that they have activated a brigade from day one.”
The activation follows the attachment of contracting soldiers to the Mission and Installation Contracting Command in April, as part of an integration with contracting centers and offices throughout the Army Contracting Command and MICC that began in March.
The contracting command, headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter throughout Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico.
In fiscal 2012, the command executed more than 58,000 contract actions worth more than $6.3 billion across the Army, including more than $2.6 billion to small businesses.
Starostanko’s unit also works with civilian contractors on a daily basis to perform contracting in a contingency environment, including military and stability operations as well as natural disasters and humanitarian events.
The Fort Hood Sentinel contributed to this story.