General visits Rawhide Soldiers, tours Ziggurat

Story and photos by Pfc. Lisa Cope
139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general with Joint Contracting Command – Iraq/Afghanistan, visited Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, March 27, to ensure that her unit, which is responsible for all of the contracts in theater, meets the needs of the service members who live there.

"I have a regional contracting office here that just had a new leader take over, so my goal is twofold," said Nichols, a Niagara Falls, N.Y., native. "One, to make sure that my office has everything they need to do their contracting mission. The other part of my mission is to meet the command team of the tactical units that we support, to make sure that we are providing them with responsible, reliable service and advice, ensuring that the things they need to do their mission, which we contract for, are getting done in the best way possible."

The 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) is one of the units at COB Adder supported by the JCC-I/A.

Col. Sean A. Ryan, commander of the 36th Sust. Bde. and a Cedar Park, Texas, native, met with Nichols during her visit to COB Adder.

Ryan said they had a productive and informative meeting, which allowed him an opportunity to discuss the final phase of the unit's mission in Iraq.

"(The meeting) went very well," he said. "I mainly tried to give her an overview of what our mission is now (and) what the mission is going to be … I was able to get a lot of insight in reference to some of the garrison missions we are taking over and where … to contract out some of those positions."

Ryan said his goal for the meeting was to understand what changes to expect with the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program throughout the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq.

"(LOGCAP) is basically our support," he said. "Anywhere from maintenance on (containerized housing units), to driving trucks (and) running fuel farms … We currently have (1,940) LOGCAP personnel that actually support our operations within the sustainment brigade. It is an important part of what we do and how we support our mission."

Overall, Nichols said she was pleased with what she saw during her visit.

"I learned that we are providing a good service," she said. "I learned that my folks have a good, comfortable, safe place to work and operate in, and to live, and that, in general, most of the contract actions they need are being done in a very proactive partner fashion. I am very, very pleased with what I found today and the partnership that is going on between the tactical units and our contract shop."

 

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Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general with Joint Contracting Command- Iraq/Afghanistan, listens to the tour guide March 27 during a tour of the Ziggurat of Ur near Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. Nichols, a Niagara Falls, N.Y., native, visited the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) to discuss the support provided by JCC-I/A, as well as the 36th Sust. Bde.'s mission plans during the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by: Pfc. Lisa A. Cope)

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Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general with Joint Contracting Command- Iraq/Afghanistan and a Niagara Falls, N.Y., native, talks with Col. Sean A. Ryan, commander of the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Cedar Park, Texas, native, after their meeting March 27 during her visit to Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by: Pfc. Lisa A. Cope)