Huntsville Center leader takes new post on Redstone Arsenal

U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville
Published June 12, 2014
John Mayes

John Mayes

Alabama native, John Mayes, Huntsville Center Contracting Directorate, is departing Huntsville Center after six years as the organization's chief of Contracting for a new position with Army Contracting Command on Redstone Arsenal.

Since Feb 2009, Mayes has been responsible for overseeing acquisition services and solutions in support of the Huntsville Center's mission which consists of executing and managing programs and projects that are not normally accomplished by the Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers element.

Prior to becoming Huntsville Center's chief of Contracting, Mayes served as the chief for the Huntsville Center's Contracting Office Business Operations Branch where he was responsible for policy and compliance implementation, oversight and management.

According to Charles Ford, Huntsville Center programs director, Mayes created a high standard of execution and quality within the Contracting Directorate. Under his leadership, Huntsville Center has grown and diversified significantly.

Mayes will be transitioning to the Army Contracting Command, Redstone Acquisition Center for his new assignment. ACC-R is a major contracting center that provides support to the Army Materiel Command; Aviation and Missile Command; Redstone Garrison; Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Activity; and Space and Missile Defense Command. In addition, it also provides contracting support to several program executive offices and program managers supporting the U.S. Army's major acquisition programs.

Mayes said although he is excited about this new career opportunity, he will miss being a part of the Huntsville Center family.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the USACE Huntsville Engineering & Support Center. Over the past six years, we have experienced many significant accomplishments. Serving as the center's chief of Contracting has been very rewarding because when you support more than 40 programs, there is always something new and exciting every day!" Mayes said. "I've had the privilege of seeing us break new ground on many new Department of Defense and Army level initiatives; and more importantly, I've had the honor of working with many superstars in the contracting field while watching them grow in the profession. There is no doubt that Huntsville Center has a bright future ahead of it, and I'll be watching from afar as its successes continue to rise!