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Carson gains contracting battalion

Col. Timothy A. Starostanko, left, commander, 418th Contracting Support Brigade, passes the 918th Contingency Battalion colors to Lt. Col. Christopher Ostby, signifying Ostby becoming the first commander of the battalion, during an activation ceremony, Dec. 13.

Story and photo by Sgt. William Smith

4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

Lt. Col. Christopher C. Ostby assumed command of the 918th Contingency Contracting Battalion as the unit colors were uncased for the first time, during an activation ceremony at the 4th Infantry Division headquarters building, Dec 13.

Ostby, who last served as the colonel assignment officer for the Acquisition Management Branch, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, was selected to serve as the first commander of the battalion.

Col. Timothy A. Starostanko, commander, 418th Contracting Support Brigade, welcomed Ostby and his Family, saying he believes the Army and, more importantly, the Acquisition Corps, got it right by choosing Ostby to command the 918th for the next three years.

“Chris, you are the right leader at the right time for the 918th CCBN,” Starostanko said.

Ostby thanked those that made the transition easy for him and his Family.

“It’s a great day to be a Soldier,” Ostby said. “The other day, a friend asked me if I could be anywhere else, where would I be? My response was, I am exactly where I want to be and where I should be; right here.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be selected for this unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ostby said. “To be the first commander of an activating battalion truly is an honor and great privilege.”

In 2008, the Army Contracting Command began activating contingency contracting battalions in support of warfighters on Army installations around the world.

In 2013, as part of the ongoing reshaping effort, the command began integrating the Expeditionary Contracting Command; contingency contracting battalions with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command organizations at various warfighting installations.

The 918th CCBN is the newest modular, deployable contracting battalion fully integrated with the MICC.

The battalion consists of three modular contingency contracting teams: the 602nd Senior Contingency Contracting Team and 616th Contingency Contracting Teams.

The battalion, along with the Fort Carson MICC, will train and deploy in support of contingency operations and plans, and execute world-class contracting operations in support of Fort Carson, Pueblo Chemical Depot, and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.

Ostby said he cannot wait to take charge of his new team.

“I do anticipate there will be many first experiences between us, and, with that, I look forward to working with each one of you and sharing future successes together,” he said. “We may be small in numbers, but we are great in deeds.”

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