DCMA Leaders Visit Post

Touring the Combined Arms Support Command headquarters building – with its maze-like design and vast cubicle configuration – can be somewhat daunting to newcomers.

“You’ll like it here,” said one CASCOM employee, passing by a group of future tenants from the Defense Contract Management Agency.

Senior leaders from DCMA, headquartered in Alexandria, visited Fort Lee June 10-12 for a glimpse of their future.

The future for DCMA, according to the Base Realignment and Closure timeline, has the agency moving into the current Combined Arms Support Command building by 2010.

For many of the visitors last week, the tour of the headquarters and surrounding facilities was a chance to get familiar with the transition that will move about 78 military members, 511 civilians and 65 contractors to Fort Lee.

Bob Murphy, who is the BRAC program manager for DCMA, said that this tour was essential for leaders to visualize what needs to happen prior to the transition.

“It’s been two years since the BRAC announcement was made, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to get the entire senior leadership team together and physically see the building they’ll be moving into,” said Murphy. “Some of these people are spread around the country, so coordinating the meeting was difficult but essential so they can actually see the building first-hand.”

The Defense Contract Management Agency is a Department of Defense combat support agency ensuring the integrity of the contractual process and providing a broad range of acquisition management services for America’s warriors, according to the DCMA Web site.

Managing 360,000 prime contracts with current work valued at $900 billion, DCMA directly contributes to U.S. military readiness and the preservation of the nation’s freedom.

DCMA is organized into three districts – East, West, and International – that oversee 67 Contract Management Offices responsible for the work performed at more than 900 operating locations worldwide.

The 2005 BRAC decision will move the base of operations from their current leased space in Alexandria to Fort Lee. Murphy said that the tour of CASCOM allowed the DCMA leaders to determine possible layouts within the building design, and consider the extent of renovations prior to their transition.

“The next step will be working with the Army Corps of Engineers and an architect and engineering firm to look further into the building design,” said Murphy. “Once we determine all the requirements from the senior leaders, we’ll work with these two groups to finalize a building layout.”

Murphy also said that he is working with Fort Lee to coordinate an “all-hands tour” in the future for all DCMA employees to familiarize themselves with the installation.

Esther Lee, deputy to the garrison commander, briefed the leaders on the BRAC timeline, including the transfer of both the Ordnance Center and School and Transportation Center and School to Fort Lee. Discussion topics also included the economic impact of expansion, the relationship shared with the post and surrounding communities, housing, medical care and schools.