Contingency Contracting Officer's conduct training

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The 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron completed their five day annual Contingency Contracting Officer training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 10, 2024.

The exercise brought together contracting administrators and contracting officers within the 1st SOCONS to engage in a comprehensive curriculum designed to hone their skills in contingency contracting, a critical aspect of military operations.

“Going into the exercise all of the Airmen were made CCO’s, so the newer Airmen had to get comfortable with having the confidence to say ‘this is what I’m doing, and this is why’ so they could get a glimpse of real world scenarios as a CCO.” said Senior Airman Tony Ortega, a 1st SOCONS contingency contracting officer.

The training consisted of three days of classroom where they went over command structure, mission analysis, and force deployment data. The Airmen ended the third day by giving a briefing to Lt. Col. Anderson, 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron commander.

“We developed a briefing to give him what we would tell a deployed commander to describe our capabilities, let him know what our limits are and learn what the commander's priorities or requirements are.” said Ortega.

The last two days of the exercise were focused on executing all the scenarios the commander gave and the ones the Airmen planned during the classroom days. The scenarios took place at three forward operating bases that were simulated to be in the Philippines, Malaysia and Australia.

While in the deployed environment the 1st SOCONS had to deal with many factors that they aren’t used to dealing with while stateside.

“It’s not as easy as just asking for water,” said Ortega. “You have to find a source of water and work with bio environmental or civil engineers to approve the water for drinking.”

Airmen would also be randomly selected to be taken out of the exercise for one to two hours to test the other Airmen’s capabilities after losing manpower.

On the last day, after all the scenarios were completed and all three FOBs were operational the Airmen returned back to their squadron with real world operational skills and experience.

“The best aspect of this training has been the experience that the younger administrators got in this potential environment,” said Ortega. “Being able to have the confidence to make a decision and justify it. I think that is a huge skill that they will carry over to future operations.”

After the training, contracting administrators and contracting officers can apply their newfound expertise in diverse operational theaters, bolstering the 1st SOCONS capabilities in executing missions with efficiency and effectiveness.