325th Contracting Squadron
Published November 13, 2012
The 325th Contracting Squadron is one of five squadrons assigned to the 325th Mission Support Group, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The 325th CONS is a multi-faceted organization, which affects every individual stationed at Tyndall. It is responsible for awarding and administering a variety of contracts ranging from computer equipment to multi million-dollar construction projects. This office also manages large dollar, mission-essential contracts for aircraft maintenance, transportation, supply, fuels, and civil engineering support. The squadron is organized into four flights as described below.
The Base Support Flight performs all functions relating directly to the purchase and administration of contracts for supplies, equipment, and services to support the 325th Fighter Wing and 823 Red Horse Det 1. The flight is organized into two customer-focused teams, whose principal customers are 325th Maintenance Group, 325th Operations Group, 325 Mission Support Group, and 325th Medical Group.
The Tenant Support Contracts Flight provides acquisition support for major programs in support of the missions for the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, the Air Force Research Laboratory, 53 Weapons Evaluation Group, AFNORTH and 30 other tenant units They involve highly-complex and groundbreaking contracts which impact the Air Force worldwide.
The Base Infrastructure Flight provides construction, architectural and engineering service, and service contract support to the 325th Civil Engineering Squadron. The flight acquires and administers construction and major service contracts, including the Base Operations Support contract, architectural and engineering design and study services, major utility and other recurring maintenance service contracts. The flight also administers the Simplified Acquisition Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) contract, airfield paving, and other major construction contracts.
The Plans and Programs Flight provides the digital backbone of the squadron through maintenance of the computer system network and several programs necessary for contract awards and congressional reporting. Other major programs managed by this flight include the Quality Assurance Program and oversight of the Government Purchase Card Program for Team Tyndall. The primary function of the Quality Assurance Program is to provide training to all 325th Fighter Wing and Tenant Unit Quality Assurance Personnel, and Functional Commanders/Directors that participate in contractor surveillance.
The Base Procurement Office was established in 1941 with the opening of Tyndall. Contracting was part of the Air Defense Command (later ADCOM) through the 60s and 70s before going to Tactical Air Command, then Air Combat Command, and now Air Education and Training Command. Organizations that the contracting office fell under include the 4,756 Air Base Group in the mid 70s, then Resource Management, later the Logistics Group, and now the 325th Mission Support Group. In 1976, the base procurement office became the base contracting office. In 1987, the unit received the Outstanding Operational Contracting Office in the Air Force award. In 1991, the unit was re-designated as the 325th Contracting Squadron as part of the 325th Fighter Wing.
The 325th Contracting Squadron emblem is symbolic of the squadron's extremely diverse mission with worldwide impact. Blue and yellow are the Air Force' colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The eagle grasping a quill and parchment suggests the squadron's mission of supporting the issuance, review and approval of vital logistics contracts. The eagle reflects the pride and dedication the unit personnel have in their mission.
Maj. Kenneth Haile