The Fort Hood Military and Installation Contracting Command hosted its annual contract acquisition forum April 18 at the Mission Command Training Center.

The forum open house provides an opportunity for small businesses to get a glimpse into upcoming contracting opportunities with Fort Hood.

“The purpose is to bring in all of the outside vendors from the Fort Hood-Killeen metropolitan area to try to give them our forecast of acquisition requirements for this fiscal year so they have an idea of what they could potentially compete upon,” Lt. Col. Nathanael Bryant, commander of the 901st Contracting Battalion, said.

The open house benefits the Army by creating competition among local businesses, which ultimately brings down the cost to fulfill upcoming mission requirements without sacrificing quality.

“Anytime we put a solicitation, or a requirement for a solicitation, is to drive up the competition which ultimately drives the price down,” Bryant said. “Hopefully it gives the government the best value for the particular service or product that we are trying to procure.”

One benefit of contracting and subcontracting mission requirements to local businesses is the added boost in the local economies around Fort Hood.

“This particular open house occurring today is for the Fort Hood office, and last year they did over $240 million in actions with over 50 percent of that going to small business,” said Luis Trinidad, the deputy assistant director of small business of MICC. “So small businesses play a real important role in the local economy and also in accomplishing the mission.”

The MICC also offers training to potential contractors or subcontractors on how to submit their requests through the acquisition system. “We invite some of our partners to come in and train on how to best get their acquisitions into our office or acquisitions that go to other offices like Fort Drum,” said Aundair Kinney, the director for the MICC-Fort Hood.

For Kinney, success does not boil down to a certain number of contracts being fulfilled, but rather by continually improving the Army and all those that support it.

“Success for me is getting what the warfighter needs in the time they need it in order for them to execute their mission,” Kinney said. “Success for me is making sure that we are good stewards of the taxpayer’s dollars, that we are transparent, that we are listening to what industry has to share, as well as improving our best practices.”