39 CONS bridge gap for a safe and secure supply chain

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  • By 1st Lt. Henry Camp
  • 39th Contracting Squadron

Leaders from the 39th Contracting Squadron (CONS) recently connected suppliers in the U.S. to Turkish vendors. The Turkish-based companies were awarded Blanket Purchase Agreements to provide Trade Agreement Act compliant laptops for Incirlik Air Base, Türkiye.

The meeting is the first of its kind and will serve as part of a broader effort to establish a pool of pre-priced contract vehicles with local Turkish companies. This method centrally manages purchases to reduce administrative acquisition costs and increase time and resource efficiencies to streamline recurring purchases with orders placed through the newly established 39th CONS Expanded Use Program.

The program cuts acquisition time from 60 days to only a few hours for purchases under $250K and generates a 3% rebate which can then be utilized for other purchases throughout the 39 Air Base Wing. In addition, with greater oversight over the supply chain through targeted sourcing, delivery times have been cut from 210 days to 90 days.

"Hopefully, we can foster more collaboration with the U.S. and Turkish businesses to deliver our mission partners the larger-than-life solutions they need to secure NATO's southern flank and strengthen our partnership with a NATO Ally and its citizens," said Staff Sgt. Stephen Barter, a contracting supervisor with the 39th CONS.