By Army Maj. Adam Bohlen
Army Col. Daryl Harger, commander of Army Expeditionary Contracting Command, shakes hands with Army Lt. Col. Freddy Adams, commander of Defense Contract Management Agency Afghanistan, after a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 8. The ceremony marked the end of DCMA's 13 years providing contingency contract, quality assurance and property administration services in Afghanistan.
Air Force Col. Christopher Juarez, Defense Contract Management Agency Middle East commander, presents the cased colors of DCMA Afghanistan to Navy Rear Adm. Deborah Haven, DCMA International commander, during a casing ceremony marking the end of DCMA's mission in Afghanistan at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 14.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - After 13 years, Defense Contract Management Agency Afghanistan ended contingency contract, quality assurance and property administration services during a transfer of authority ceremony here, Jan. 8.
Army Lt. Col. Freddy Adams, commander of DCMA Afghanistan, passed contingency contract administration support authority to Army Col. Daryl Harger, commander of Army Expeditionary Contracting Command, during the ceremony.
On their way redeploying home, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, DCMA Afghanistan leadership officially ended the unit mission during a casing ceremony, Jan. 14.
“It was an honor to participate in such an important mission and to have had the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to our nation’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan,” said Adams.
Since 2003, elements of DCMA have deployed to Afghanistan from locations throughout the United States while supporting U.S. and NATO-led missions during operations Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support.
DCMA Afghanistan administered two Logistics Civil Augmentation Program task orders and five theater-wide contracts in excess of $18 billion. The contracts were vital to base life support and sustainment services covering 12 forward operating bases in the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan supporting over 42,000 U.S. and coalition forces, civilians and contractors.
For DCMA Afghanistan Chief of Staff James Olson, the ceremony marked the end of his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. “It was a great experience to be part of this DCMA milestone, knowing all the contributions made throughout the years,” he said. “The efforts and teamwork of this office were exemplary and provided a strong finish for our agency.”
From start to finish, DCMA Afghanistan has remained focused on a seamless transition, said Adams. “I could not be more proud of the team here. They did a truly outstanding job. The hardworking men and women of DCMA have made a lasting, positive impact and left the Army well postured to execute the next phase of contingency contract administration services in Afghanistan.”
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