Chamber Military Affairs Council joined by JBSA special guests

Your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council kicked off its February meeting with remarks from 2021 Chair of the Board, Hope Andrade. She discussed the Chamber’s One City vision for 2021 and thanked our Military members for their service. “The positive impact of the Military in San Antonio as an industry cannot be underestimated. The quality of life for our military neighbors and support of their missions continues to be of highest priority to our Chamber businesses,” Andrade said. “We will continue to work to promote partnerships between the business community and the military missions, and we will work to support important workforce development initiatives that ensure our service members and their spouses’ transition into successful careers in Military City USA.”

The Council also hosted special guests from JBSA-Fort Sam Houston’s U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) to discuss ongoing efforts to encourage small business support of Army contracting opportunities. Brigadier General Christine Beeler, commander of the MICC attended while Mr. Mark Massie, Director of the MICC, Office of Small Business Programs at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, provided details on the virtual Advance Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI) events taking place from March 22 to March 26, 2021. This single, command-wide online effort reinforces the command’s commitment to enabling Army readiness by meeting the service’s acquisition needs. The event’s goals are to adequately and efficiently educate industry on the MICC and its mission partners and provide a comprehensive overview of projected contract opportunities for the remainder of this fiscal year as well as fiscal 2022 and 2023.

The event will be hosted online through Microsoft Teams and can be attended online through a computer or a smartphone from any location. Amy Ulisse, the assistant director for the MICC Office of Small Business Programs at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, is heading up the effort, along with Massie and a cross-functional team from throughout the MICC. Updates to the agenda can be found here, where small business representatives will also be able register for the briefings. These briefings are targeting small business according to their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, to allow organizations to join in at just the right time. The draft agenda includes:

DAY 1:  March 22nd – 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will feature presentations from the MICC Commanding General, Deputy Commanding General, Mission Partners, Director of the Army Office of Small Business Programs.

DAY 2:  March 23rd – 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Requirements will be briefed by TOP NAICS/SECTORS: 23 Construction and 56 Administrative & Support &Waste Management & Remediation Services

DAY 3: March 24th – 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Requirements briefed by TOP NAICS/SECTORS: 54 Professional, Scientific & Technical Services and Other Service Requirements

DAYS 4 and 5: March 25th and March 26th – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  **To Be Determined** Industry Days will likely be held for upcoming actions.  Additional details on briefed actions will be provided no later than 30 days prior to the event.

Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.

For questions on the MICC Advance Planning Briefing for Industry, please email and for more details on the MICC Small Business efforts visit

The mission of the San Antonio Chamber’s Military Affairs Council continues to be to promote San Antonio by engaging the greater San Antonio community and especially its business community to demonstrably support, maintain, celebrate and grow the military presence in San Antonio. If you are interested in joining, please email Lori Stinson, Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development, at

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