Mary A. Birdsong
Assistant Director, Office of Small Business Programs, for the Army Contracting Command
Mary Birdsong serves as the Assistant Director, Office of Small Business Programs, for the Army Contracting Command. The ACC provides global contracting support to the operational Army, Joint War Fighters and other federal agencies while ensuring the most responsible use of taxpayer dollars.
Ms. Birdsong serves and the lead senior Small Business Advisor for ACC, reporting directly to the Commander. Ms. Birdsong is responsible for advising the ACC Commander on all matters pertaining to small business. She is responsible for encouraging contracting strategies for small business participation and oversee and monitor the Command’s small business goal attainment. Ms. Birdsong’s responsibilities span over the Mission Installation Contracting Command (MICC) and the Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC), including globally located full and part time small business advisors and advocates.
Prior to leading ACC’s Small Business Office, Ms. Birdsong was on a developmental assignment at the Space Missile Defense Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) Office of Small Business Programs. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Acting Director and Deputy Assistant Director for Small Business Programs at the Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, where she oversaw and reported small business program achievements for the AMCOM Logistics Center (ALC), the Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), PEO Aviation, PEO Missiles & Space, Garrison, Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD), US Army Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Activity (USATA). Ms. Birdsong also oversaw small business programs and achievements at three subordinate contracting activities: Army Aviation Technical Directorate (Fort Eustis), Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), and the Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD). Prior to her appointment as the Deputy Assistant Director, she was a small business specialist in the AMCOM Office of Small Business Programs.
Ms. Birdsong began her career as an Army Materiel Command intern in the contracting and acquisition field. As a contract specialist and contracting officer, Ms. Birdsong has held limited and unlimited warrants. Other experience includes contracting and acquisitions with the Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), the Army Aviation and Troop Support Command (ATCOM), and the Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM).
Ms. Birdsong is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Management and Technology (UMT), Arlington, Virginia.
She is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and has Level III certification in Acquisition Management and Level I certification in Program Management.
Ms. Birdsong’s awards include the Army Materiel Command Small Business Specialist of the year, the Department of the Army Small Business Specialist of the year, Commanders Award for Civilian Service, Superior Civilian Service Award, and several commendations for service efforts throughout her career.