TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
Take a minute and look around Tyndall. With every glance it is easy to see the impact of contract provided capabilities; from the planes, the facilities, the furniture, the computers and the tools used to maintain the most advanced air superiority fighter on the planet.
Likely, those capabilities were provided by the dedicated men and women of the 325th Contracting Squadron.
The 325th CONS exists to provide services and supplies to sustain Team Tyndall warfighters.
“Basically, through the contracts we write, we deliver mission capability,” said Ms. Norma Myers, 325th CONS director of business operations. “Our contracts are warfighting platforms, vital to sustaining Tyndall as a combat air power projection platform. Not only do we make local impact, but our contracts provide world-wide capabilities.
“We have awarded research and development contracts that provide airfield damage repair capabilities, and unexploded ordinance mitigation, that are protecting the lives of our deployed members down range,” she added.
The 325th CONS plays an active role in accomplishing the 325th Fighter Wing’s mission to train and project unrivaled combat air power, and directly impacts each of the four 325th FW commander’s lines of effort.
The squadron is also in the early acquisition stages of an effort to maintain the National Capital Region’s Joint Air Defense Operations Center. The nation can sleep safe at night because of the capabilities that the contracting squadron provides from their blue cubes here at Tyndall.
The squadron is organized into four flights and is responsible for planning, awarding and administering a wide variety of contracts ranging from sub-scale drone recovery to multi-million dollar construction projects.
The squadron manages the base’s Government Purchase Card program, contractor Quality Assurance Program and prepares their 44 contingency contracting officers for world-wide deployment.
“We are a very dynamic and diverse unit of both military and civilian members,” said Myers, who has nearly 30 years of experience within the squadron. “In recent years, we delivered contracting solutions in response to emerging mission requirements during a time of epic budgetary challenges. It takes very dedicated acquisition professionals to do this job, and I am honored to work with some of the finest.”
As the budget became thinner, 325th CONS, along with their mission partners, took a hard look at contracts throughout the base.
“We accomplished a review of all service contracts and were able to successfully trim some services resulting in cost savings without degradation to mission. We are definitely shifting to a more cost conscious and agile approach to contracting.”
The squadron commander’s intent is for contracting to partner with units to achieve successful acquisition outcomes. This means they’re not focused on just writing contracts; that’s only part of the overall process.
The acquisition begins when a mission partner has a need, and puts that need down on paper. And it ends when the customer gets the service or product that they actually need to execute their mission. Therefore, before initiating a requirement, especially if the item or service is not routine or recurring, customers are encouraged to call or set up a meeting with their contracting officer.
“By engaging us early, we can provide advice and collaborate on an acquisition strategy,” said Myers. “We see ourselves as business leaders, but acquisition is a team sport. We can only achieve the desired result with active participation from all stakeholders for the life of the acquisition.”
“Some of the more complex acquisitions have long lead times and are very intense source selections but once successfully awarded it’s very rewarding to know our mission partner’s needs are met and the mission continues,” said Myers.
“Every 325th CONS Airman is proud of the role they play in the 325th FW mission and the mission of our Team Tyndall mission partners,” said Maj. Bryan Lamb, 325th CONS commander. “They impress me on a daily basis with their professionalism and dedication as they provide contract solutions and help guide our customers through the complex and sometimes challenging acquisition process. It’s not easy, but they do it skillfully and with great mission focused attitudes. I feel blessed to get to lead this team of outstanding contracting warriors!”