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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Police Tactics

March 27, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) The April 2, 2008 program of Conversations with Cops at The Watering Hole features a conversation on police tactics with special guest Michael Rayburn.

Program Date: April 2, 2008
Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific
Topic:
Police Tactics
Guests: Michael Rayburn
Listen Live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement

About the Guest
Michael Rayburn has over 26 years of experience in the Law Enforcement and Security field and is currently a 17 year veteran of the Saratoga Springs Police Department (New York). He is also an Adjunct Instructor for Smith & Wesson at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield Massachusetts; where he teaches Instinctive Point Shooting, Vehicle Stops, Rapid Shotgun Deployment and Instinctive Point Shooting Instructor Certification.

Michael Rayburn has written a number of articles for various police magazines including Law & Order, The Police Marksman and Police magazine. He is the author of three books: Advanced Vehicle Stop Tactics; Advanced Patrol Tactics; and, Basic Gunfighting 101. Michael Rayburn’s video, Instinctive Point Shooting with Mike Rayburn is a top seller in the Law Enforcement and Combat Shooting communities. According to former Calibre Press, Inc. Street Survival Seminar Senior Instructor Dave Grossi, Michael Rayburn “is a gifted writer, an experienced trainer with a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience to dispense."

About the Watering Hole
The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life. Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

About the Host
Lieutenant
Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years. He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University. He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, technology and leadership. Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One. He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

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Program Contact Information
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA
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909.599.7530

America Supports You

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

March 27, 2008 - A group of volunteer mental health professionals that offers its services to troops and their extended families will host a conference May 16-18 in
Los Angeles for military members who have served in the global war on terror and those who interact with them. Officials of the group, called The Soldiers Project, said the conference theme is "Hidden Wounds of War: Pathways to Healing."

Dr. Jonathan Shay, the first keynote speaker on the conference schedule and a psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Boston, will discuss combat trauma. U.S. Rep. Bob Filner of California, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, will deliver the final keynote address.

In between, conference attendees will hear from other mental health professionals, veterans and
military family representatives who will speak on everything from the impact of war on the soldier and family to challenges facing therapists who counsel military personnel and families.

Another workshop, titled "The Treatment of Mind, Body and Spirit," will focus on different methods for treating issues facing those individuals, said Dr. Barbara Schocet, a licensed clinical psychologist based in California.

"It's a marvelous opportunity for people to really learn from experienced therapists," she said.

Those who arrive in time for the first evening will be privy to a special performance of "Action Conversations." The performance is the culmination of a workshop that joined veterans, performing artists and activists in a series of verbal and physical conversations about their lives, their life histories, and aspirations. It was directed by Victoria Marks, a choreographer who challenges stereotypes and taboos, according to her Web site.

Those interested in attending The Soldier Project's first national conference can visit the organization's Web site to register for a discount before April 18 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Full-time students with valid identification also receive a discounted registration rate.

Health or mental health professionals also may apply for 12 hours of continuing education credit, Schocet said.

The Soldiers Project is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.

Boy's Wish Comes True at Fort Sam Houston

By Phil Reidinger
Special to American Forces Press Service

March 27, 2008 - Gavin Cox could have traveled to any exotic locale or tried any profession in the world, but this 5-year-old with leukemia had just one wish: to be a soldier. His wish was granted March 18 when he became a soldier for the day here.

"He could have chosen any activity during this break in his treatments, to include Disney World," said Gavin's father, Troy Heminger. "He wanted to be a soldier."

During a solemn ceremony in the
Army Medical Department Center and School command conference room, the little boy stood proudly on the conference room table surrounded by soldiers of all ranks. Dressed in an Army combat uniform, Gavin was promoted to the honorary rank of sergeant in the Army Medical Department by the installation commander, Army Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw.

Contacted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Czerw agreed to honor the boy's request, planning a day for him to train with the Army's medics.

After reciting the
Army's enlistment oath with him, Czerw pinned the rank of sergeant on his uniform and emphasized to the young man standing at attention, "This is a great day. Thank you for making this day special for us." He then inducted Gavin as an honorary member of the AMEDD Regiment.

Army Master Sgt. Maurice Sims, command retention noncommissioned officer, presented the Cox family members, including sister Jade and brothers Chandler and Zane, with Warrior Ethos packs, recognizing their role in helping their father, Troy, and mother, Melissa, during Gavin's chemotherapy.

The training day for Sergeant Cox began with a trip in a tactical vehicle to the ES 2000 weapons training facility, where he earned his marksmanship badge. He then took a break from training to join soldiers at the Rocco Dining Facility.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Joey Wrinkle stood outside with a platoon of soldiers assigned to 187th Medical Battalion representing all the medical specialties trained by the battalion. Assigned to the platoon for lunch, Sergeant Cox led the guidon bearer and the formation into the dining facility.

"I presented him with my airborne wings. He is strong and brave like an airborne soldier, and he deserves to be recognized. This is about what we do as soldiers," Wrinkle said.

During lunch, soldiers stopped by to wish Gavin well and present their own badges to him. He left the dining facility with air assault and expert medic badges added to his uniform.

At his next stop on the training schedule, he visited the Department of Combat Medic Training and watched soldier-medics training with a human patient simulator. He completed the day learning how patients are loaded on a Stryker ambulance and transferred to hospital units.

During the day, Gavin's parents watched their son talking to soldiers and enjoying his day with them. Troy Heminger served on active duty for nine years with 1110th Support Battalion and 58th Signal Battalion as a microwave systems operations and maintenance specialist. "He is having fun," he said, watching the boy interact with soldiers. "He is forgetting about his illness for a while."

After spending the day with
Army medics, Gavin and his family left San Antonio the next day for Fort Hood, Texas, where honorary Sergeant Cox would spend another day in the Army as a soldier with the Army's combat units.

Following his week as a soldier, Gavin was scheduled for intensified chemotherapy at Dallas Children's Hospital.

(Phil Reidinger works in the Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs Office.)

Army Suspends Ammo Contract for Afghan Security Forces

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

March 27, 2008 -
Army officials announced today that the service has suspended its contract with a company that delivered ammunition from China for use by Afghan army and police forces in a way that violated the contract terms. Officials from the Army Legal Services Agency notified Edraim Diveroli, president of the Miami Beach-based AEY Inc., that his company is suspended from future contracting with any U.S. government agency. That letter, dated March 25, follows an Army investigation launched in November regarding AEY's violation of its contract.

The Army contracted with AEY in January 2007 to supply various types of nonstandard ammunition for use by the Afghan National
Army and Afghan National Police, an Army official said on background. The company was required to purchase the ammunition and deliver it to Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan.

As of today, the
Army has issued five task orders, collectively worth $155.3 million, the official said. AEY has made about 80 deliveries, with an estimated value of $54.6 million, into Kabul.

Those deliveries violated two specific terms of the contract, the official said. One stated that the ammunition could not be acquired directly or indirectly from the People's Republic of China, and the other specified that it must be packaged to comply with best commercial practices for international shipment.

Although AEY specified that its 7.62 mm ammunition had been produced in Hungary for the civilian market, U.S. inspectors and
Army investigators in Afghanistan determined that much of it actually was manufactured in China. In addition, much of the ammunition was older than specified, with some produced as early as 1962, officials said.

Army
Criminal Investigation Command is continuing its investigation, an Army official said.

Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told reporters today the
Army suspended its contract with AEY over questions about the origin and packaging of ammunition, not the company's safety or performance.

"Safety and performance has not apparently been a factor, according to our folks in Afghanistan," Whitman told Pentagon reporters. "They have had no safety incidents reported and no reports of any ammunition that has malfunctioned associated with this particular contract."

Whitman denied that the issue resulted from the
Army's awarding of a contract to the lowest bidder and said he was not aware of AEY's qualifications for fulfilling the contract terms.

"As the United States government does business, they are obviously always trying to ensure they get the best value," he said. "But that does not mean that, in achieving the best value for the taxpayer, that we will accept something that is below standard for what it is we are purchasing, either."

Suspension of the AEY contract will have no impact on operations in Afghanistan, and many other contractors have expressed interest in entering into a contract, an
Army official said. "Besides, there's no shortage of ammunition already in Afghanistan," he said. "This will have no impact."

$49.3 Million Awarded to Universities for Research Equipment

The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award $49.3 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 210 awards to 98 academic institutions are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The awards are expected to range from about $50,000 to $1,000,000 and average $235,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD research offices and the academic institutions.

DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. DURIP meets a critical need by enabling university researchers to purchase scientific equipment costing $50,000 or more to conduct DoD-relevant research. Researchers generally have difficulty purchasing instruments costing that much under research contracts and grants.

These planned awards are the result of a merit competition for DURIP funding conducted by the
Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Each office requested proposals from university investigators conducting research of importance to DoD. This includes research related to information technology, remote sensing, propulsion, electronics and electro-optics, advanced materials, and ocean science and engineering. In response to the requests, the research offices collectively received more than 800 proposals requesting $224 million in support for research equipment.

The list of winning proposals may be obtained by accessing the World Wide Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2008/DURIP2008.pdf .

MILITARY CONTRACTS March 27, 2008

ARMY

General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2008, a $151,161,050 cost-plus fixed fee contract for system technical support for the Abrams tank program. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jun. 8, 2006. TACOM Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-0046).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co., LLC, Independence, Mo., was awarded on Mar. 25, 2008, an $85,976,512 firm-fixed price contract for 206,714,800 rounds of small caliber ammunition. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jan. 2, 2008. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-99-D-0016).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co., LLC, Independence, Mo., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2008, a $43,216,476 firm-fixed price contract for assistance in modernizing and enhancing manufacturing capability of ammunition at the Lake City
Army Ammunition Plant. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Oct. 31, 2006. U.S. Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill. is the contracting activity (DAAA09-99-D-0016).

Alliant City Small Caliber Ammunition Co., LLC, Independence, Mo., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2008, a $31,579,030.78 firm-fixed price contract for 146,704,980 rounds of small caliber ammunition. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jan. 2, 2008. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (Contract Number).

Cox Construction Co.,
Vista, Calif., was awarded on Mar. 25, 2008, a $12,960,000 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of Non-Standard Operations Urban Terrain (MOUT) Phase II. Work will be performed at Fort Irwin, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Apr. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec. 14, 2007, and six bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912PL-08-C-0007).

Admiral Integration Inc., Cherry Hill, N.J., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2008, a $5,200,000 firm-fixed price contract for refined leads for the U.S.
Army recruiting command. Work will be performed in Cherry Hill, N.J., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Oct. 24, 2007, and one bid was received. Army Contracting Agency Southern Region, Fort Knox, Ky., is the contracting activity (W9124D-08-C-0014).

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded on Mar. 14, 2008, a firm-fixed-price contract for $7,233.737. This contract increases the PY03 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) hours to ensure continued CLS coverage for the UH-72A. The action also exercises the option for PY03 Procedural Trainer Support Labor to ensure Procedural Trainer support labor coverage is available for maintenance of the Procedural Trainer following acceptance. Performance locations include Fort Irwin, Calif. (33.3 precent), Fort Eustis, Va., (33.3 precent), and Fort Polk, La., (33.3 precent). The estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2008. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The contracting office is the U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. (W58RGZ-06-C-0194)

Innovative Concepts, Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded on Mar. 14, 2008, a CPFF contract for $13,488,121. This modification Definitizes contract W58RGZ-06-C-0153. This requirement exists to add engineering services to perform computer software modifications, and system engineering support for the Improved Data Modem (IDM) program. This contract will contain Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs) to perform modifications to IDM software to meet Software Block 3 requirements (IDM S/W version 9.1). This contract will have a 14 month period of performance with an estimated completion date of May 14, 2009. The performance location is McLean, Va. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The contracting office is the U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. (W58RGZ-06-C-0153)

BAE Systems, Survivability Systems, LLC, Fairfield, Ohio, was awarded on Mar. 14, 2008, a $71,546,085.00 Undefinitized Contractual Action (UCA), which will result in a firm-fixed-price contract. As part of the Objective Gunner's Protection Kit (O-GPK), purchase of 12,519 Battery Powered Motorized Traversing Units (BPMTU), which is used to assist the gunner in rotating the armored turret. To be used on High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), models M1114 and M1151, and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. One bid was solicited with one bid received for the action that has an estimated completion date of Sep. 30, 2008. All work will be performed in
Fairfield, Ohio. The contracting office is TACOM, LCMC, Rock Island, Ill. (W52H09-08-C-0081)

Clark Construction Enterprises, St. Martinville, La., was awarded on Mar. 14, 2008, a $8,978,105.00 firm-fixed-price contract. WBV-14c.1, West Bank and vicinity,
New Orleans, La., Hurricane Protection Project, Westwego to Harvey Canal, New Westwego Pumping Station to Orleans Village Levee, Third Enlargement, Jefferson Parish, La. Bids were solicited via FedTeds with 10 bids received. The performance location is Jefferson Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 14, 2008. The contracting office is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, La. (W912P8-08-C-0035)

GENERAL DYNAMICS LAND SYSTEMS, INC., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Mar. 14, 2008, a Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract for $31,500,000. The contract procures system technical support (STS) for the Abrams tank program to include modification work order (MWO) hardware & installation, blue force tracking support, prototype developmental testing, and Australian tank program aim support. The estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2011, with work to be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich. One bid was solicited and one bid received. The contracting office is TACOM-Warren, Warren, Mich. (W56HZV-07-C-0046)

Natt McDougall Company, Tualatin, Ore., was awarded on Mar. 13, 2008, a Firm Fixed Price Construction contract for $7,915,500. The contract affects the Elk Creek Fish Passage Corridor. The Dam will be notched to provide a free passage for fish. Currently they are trapped below the Dam and trucked to above the Dam to be released. This also requires some river work and restoration. Bids were solicited on the web with one bid received. Work will be performed at Trail, Jackson County, Ore., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2008. The contracting office is the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, Ore. (W9127N-08-C-0009)

RAYTHEON CO., NETWORK CENTRIC SYSTEMS, McKinney, Tex., was awarded on Mar. 13, 2008, a firm fixed price contract for $203,272,335. The action is for Improved Target Acquisition System Production for FY2006-FY2010 Option exercise. All work will be performed at McKinney, Tex., with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2012. The contracting office is US
Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. (W31P4Q06-C-0490)

Science Applications International Corp., (SAIC), Arlington, Va., was awarded on Mar. 13, 2008, a Cost Plus Fixed Fee Contract for $9,147,000. The proposed contract will fulfill a government requirement for integrating three present independent software stovepipe systems: The
Army Flow Model (AFM), Continuous Early Validation (CEaVa), and Force Development Investment Information Systems (FDIIS). The AFM is used to monitor and distribute equipment for the Army, report fleet level assessments (trucks, tanks, rifles, etc.), provides the Army G-8, HQDA staff and the Army with other critical information concerning Army equipping requirements, inventory, priorities, and projections. FDIIS allows the Army G-8 to document equipping resource requirements as fiscal information elements and collect, process and synchronize changes to resources across financial domain. CeaVa is an information management system that facilitates interface with action officers on specific tasks & objectives (looks like an online "chat" or discussion board). The period of performance (POP) is to commence Mar. 16, 2008, for the Base Year with four (four) one year option periods. Estimated completion date is Mar. 15, 2013, with work to be performed at Arlington, Va. The contracting office is the Contracting Center of Excellence, Army Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (W91WAW-08-C-0022)

Burtek, Inc., was awarded on Mar. 17, 2008, a $27,336.975 firm fixed price contract for ambulance shelters to be manufactured and installed on high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle M1152 chassis. Work will be performed in Chesterfield, Mich., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Sep. 10, 2007, and eight bids were received. TACOM, Warren Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-0090).

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., LLC, was awarded on Mar. 17, 2008, a $14,095,500 firm fixed price contract for the West Coast Hopper Dredge 2008. Work will be performed primarily in the mouth of the Columbia River, Clatsop County, Ore., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jan. 31, 2008, and three bids were received. U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, Ore., is the contracting activity (W9127N-08-C-0010).

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus,
Ohio, was awarded on Mar. 18, 2008, a $5,949,373 firm fixed price contract for 210 Chemical Vapor Sampler Systems over a three-year period. Work will be performed in Battelle Eastern Science and Tech Center, Aberdeen, Md., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 17, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Oct. 9, 2007. Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-08-D-0016).

Raytheon Company, Andover, Mass., was awarded on Mar. 19, 2008, a $60,165,648 cost plus fixed fee contract for 75 Ground Based Operational Surveillance System, Rapid Aerosate Initial Deployment tower systems and modification kits. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 14, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Feb. 6, 2008. U.S.
Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W9113M-07-C-0002).

Nan Inc. Ocean House Builders, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded on Mar. 18, 2008, a $26,200,000 firm fixed price contract for a high-rise unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing facility for 156 single personnel. Work will be performed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by Jun. 17, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Oct. 30, 2007, and four bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer Honolulu District, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (W9128A-08-C-0005).

Rome Research Corporation, Rome, N.Y., was awarded on Mar. 18, 2008, a $15,118,684 firm fixed price contract for augmentation support of the operation and maintenance of standardized
tactical entry point/teleport facilities. Work will be performed in Camp Roberts, San Miquel, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jan. 11, 2008, and four bids were received. ACC, Information Technology, E-Commerce and Commercial Contracting Center – West, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the contracting activity (W91RUS-08-C-0015).

NAN, inc. Ocean House Builders, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded on Mar. 19, 2008, a 11,088.00 firm fixed price contract for the design and construction of a 195-child capacity standard design child development center. Work will be performed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 23, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Nov. 17, 2006, and four bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (W9128A-08-C-0006).

Simmonds Precision Products, Inc., Vergennes, Vt., was awarded on Mar. 19, 2008, a firm fixed price contract for integrated vehicle health
management systems kits and associated hardware. Work will be performed in Vergennes, Vt., and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Feb. 13, 2008. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Acquisition Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-08-C-0108).

Raytheon Company, Network Centric Systems,
Plano, Texas, was awarded on Mar. 19, 2008, a $7,411,000 cost plus fixed fee contract for a Sensor Demonstration System with optional enhancements and Advanced Prototype System. Work will be performed in Plano, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Bids were solicited on Aug. 26, 2008, and one bid was received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J. is the contracting activity (W15P7-08-C-P203).

Archer Western Contractors,
Atlanta, Ga., was awarded on Mar. 19, 2008, a $90,161,500 firm-fixed price contract for a residuals collection and treatment facility. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Oct. 17, 2007, and five bids were received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-08-C-0015).

Vistas Construction of Illinois, Inc., was awarded on Mar. 19, 2008, a $14,622.356.54 firm-fixed price contract for
New Orleans, La. Hurricane Protection Project levee enlargement. Work will be performed in Jefferson Parish, La., and is expected to be completed by Feb. 15, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jan. 25, 2008, and six bids were received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-08-C-0036).

Lakeshore Engineering Services, Inc., was awarded on Mar. 20, 2008, a $11,186,337 firm-fixed price contract for design and build services for a child development center and youth center. Work will be performed at Fort Bliss, Texas, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Bids solicited on Aug. 4, 2006, and seven bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Little Rock, Ark., is the contracting activity (W9127S-07-D-6002).

DRS Training & Control Systems, Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded on Mar. 20, 2008, a $9,381,722 firm fixed price contract for TOW missile launchers. Work will be performed in Ft Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jan. 24, 2008. U.S.
Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-08-C-0145).

Ewing Cole, Washington, D.C., was awarded on Mar. 20, 2008, an $8,441,224 firm- fixed price contract for a new facility for the Command Control/Communications Network Transport East. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 27 bids were solicited on Oct. 24, 2007, and 15 bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (W912BU-08-C-0007).

General Dynamics Land Systems Division, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Mar. 19, 2008, an $8,118,082.80 cost-no-fee contract for RESET Abrams Integrated Management M1A1 vehicles. Work will be performed primarily in Lima, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Apr. 30, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Sep. 25, 2007. TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HVZ-06-G-0006).

Weeks Marine, Covington, La., was awarded on Mar. 18, 2008, a $5,700,000 firm-fixed price contract for sediment mining in passes of the Miss. River. Work will be performed in Plaquemines Parish, La., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Feb. 8, 2008, and three bids were received. U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-08-C-0039).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co, LLC, was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $88,250,416 firm-fixed price contract for 169,467,800 rounds of small caliber ammunition. Work will be performed in Lake City AAP, Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jan. 2, 2008. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-99-D-0016).

B.L. Harbert International, LLC, Birmingham, Ala., was awarded on Mar. 20, 2008, a $25,906,995 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of a special operations facility battalion operations complex. Work will be performed at Fort Campbell, Ky., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 30 bids were solicited on Nov. 15, 2007, and three bids were received. Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-08-C-0009).

Armtec Countermeasure, Coachella, Calif., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $22,580,526 firm-fixed price contract for M206 and MJU-7A/B infrared countermeasure flares. Work will be performed in Coachella, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two bids were solicited on Aug. 4, 2006, and two bids were received.
Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-04-C-0096).

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Co., Bedford, Mass., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $17,593,901 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the PATRIOT Engineering Services Contract. Work will be performed primarily in Tewksbury, Mass., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Aug. 26, 2003. U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-04-C-0020).

Rapiscan Systems,
Torrance, Calif., was awarded on Mar. 20, 2008, a $7,259,420 firm-fixed-price contract for relocatable gamma-ray imaging systems. Work will be performed in Torrance, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 38 bids were solicited on Apr. 12, 2007, and two bids were received. Army Contracting Agency, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is the contracting activity (W9124Q-08-F-1044).

TEPA EC LLC, Colorado Springs, Co., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $5,956,204 firm-fixed price contract for the design and construction of the Fort Sam Houston Medical Education Training Center Headquarters Administrative Building. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 20, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Feb. 12, 2008. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-08-C-0008).

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $56,687,872 cost-reimbursement contract for advance procurement of materials, tooling and test equipment for six future combat systems non-line sight cannon vehicles. Work will be performed primarily in Minneapolis, Minn., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Aug. 17, 2007. TACOM-LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0146).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co., LLC, was awarded on Mar. 24, 2008, a $46,216,476 firm-fixed price contract for modernizing and enhancing manufacturing capability for the production of 5.56 mm 7.62 mm and .50-caliber ammunition. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Oct. 31, 2006. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-99-D-0016).

Nammo Talley, Inc., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $26,136,932 firm-fixed price contract for M141 bunker defeat munitions systems. Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 21, 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Sep. 21, 2007. Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-08-D-0422).

Mid Eastern Builders, Chesapeake, Va., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $18,875,000 firm-fixed price contract for construction of a four-story office wing addition, two-story storage and work area addition, a one-story multipurpose room addition, temporary parking lots, site development, and incidental work at the Defense Commissary Agency. Work will be performed at Fort Lee, Va., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 20 bids were solicited on Oct. 12, 2007, and six bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (W91236-08-C-0033).

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $56,687,872 cost-reimbursement contract for advance procurement of materials, tooling and test equipment for six future combat systems non-line sight cannon vehicles. Work will be performed primarily in Minneapolis, Minn., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Aug. 17, 2007. TACOM-LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0146).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co., LLC, was awarded on Mar. 24, 2008, a $46,216,476 firm-fixed price contract for modernizing and enhancing manufacturing capability for the production of 5.56 mm 7.62 mm and .50-caliber ammunition. Work will be performed in Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Oct. 31, 2006. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-99-D-0016).

Nammo Talley, Inc., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $26,136,932 firm-fixed price contract for M141 bunker defeat munitions systems. Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 21, 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Sep. 21, 2007. Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-08-D-0422).

Mid Eastern Builders, Chesapeake, Va., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $18,875,000 firm-fixed price contract for construction of a four-story office wing addition, two-story storage and work area addition, a one-story multipurpose room addition, temporary parking lots, site development, and incidental work at the Defense Commissary Agency. Work will be performed at Fort Lee, Va., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 20 bids were solicited on Oct. 12, 2007, and six bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (W91236-08-C-0033).

Ashber Construction Co., Puyallup, Wash., was awarded on Mar. 25, 2008, a $73,268,083 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of new barracks and demolition of buildings. Work will be performed in Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 15, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec. 3, 2007, and four bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer Honolulu District, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (W9128A-08-C-0008).

Structural Associates, Inc., East Syracuse, N.Y., was awarded on Mar. 25, 2008, a $40,779,000 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Phase II. Work will be performed at Fort Drum, N.Y., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 15, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Ten bids were solicited on Sep. 28, 2007, and one bid was received. Corps of Engineers, CENAN-CT, New York City, is the contracting activity (W912DS-08-C-0007).

Kilgore Flares Company, LLC, was awarded on Mar. 24, 2008, a $17,840,939.20 firm-fixed price contract for countermeasure flares and infrared countermeasure flares. Work will be performed in Toone, Tenn., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jun. 17, 2004, and three bids were received.
Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-04-C-0097).

TJC Engineering, Inc, Louisville, Ky., was awarded on Mar. 21, 2008, a $15,161,429.96 firm-fixed price contract for construction of 5th Special Forces Group Equipment Maintenance and Supply Complex. Work will be performed at Fort Campbell, Ky., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec. 6, 2007, and three bids were received. Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-08-C-0012).

Verizon, Arlington, Va., was awarded on Mar. 25, 2008, a $13,656, 245 firm-fixed price contract for 12 months of operation and maintenance services for the Defense Private Global System for Mobile Communications Cellular Network. Work will be performed in Iraq, and is expected to be completed by Jul. 25, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jul. 24, 2007. CECOM-LCMC Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-07-C-E402.

Technologists, Inc. Arlington, Va., was awarded on Mar. 24, 2008, a $9,156,075 firm-fixed price contract for construction of Afghanistan National Civil Order
Police Brigade Headquarters. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed by Apr. 1, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five bids were solicited on Feb. 27, 2008, and three bids were received. Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan District, Kabul, is the contracting activity (W917PM-07-D-0016).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Supply Core, Inc., Rockford, Ill.* is being awarded a maximum $250,000,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, prime vendor contract for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO). Other locations of performance are Japan. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The original proposal was Web solicited with six responses. This contract is exercising its first year option. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Mar. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM500-05-D-BP06).

NAVY

Raytheon Co., Electronics Systems, Goleta, Calif., is being awarded an $11,681,964 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0123) to exercise an option for the full-rate-production of 14 Lot 10 AN/ALR-67(V)3 Radar Warning Receivers to support F/A-18 legacy aircraft programs for the Canadian Air Force (13) and the Swiss
Air Force (1). The AN/ALR-67(V)3 RWR is a radar warning receiver that provides visual and aural alerts to F/A-18 aircrew upon detection of ground-based, ship-based, or airborne radar emitters. It is designed to enhance pilot situational awareness by providing accurate identification, lethality, and azimuth displays of hostile and friendly emitters. This contract combines purchases for the Governments of Canada ($10,847,538; 92 percent), and Switzerland ($834,426; 7 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Forest, Miss. (46 percent); Goleta, Calif. (14 percent); Lansdale, Pa. (10 percent); Brisbane, Australia (9 percent); Chatsworth, Calif. (7 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); McKinney, Texas (4 percent); and Portland, Ore. (3 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Jun. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

American Bridge Company, Richmond, Va., is being awarded $10,814,142 for firm-fixed price Task Order #0001 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract (N40085-07-D-7021) for utility upgrades and repairs of Dry Dock #3 and Berth #11 at Naval Shipyard Portsmouth. The work to be performed provides for repair of deteriorated concrete coverings of structural members at Berths 11A, B and C. The project will provide for the removal and replacement of zinc anodes and miscellaneous broken fender components, repairs to failed sections of the steel sheet pile bulkhead and minor deck and pavement repairs along the 1,200 foot length of Berth 11. At Dry Dock #3, construction will include concrete and structural repair to the dry dock floor, walls, caisson and decking; mechanical restorations to the weld house and pumpwell facilities; resurfacing of the existing concrete deck including removal of abandoned crane, railroad rail and utility upgrades. Work will be performed in Kittery, Maine, and work is expected to be completed by Jan. 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Jacksonville, N.C., is being awarded a maximum $9,448,548 combination firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for grounds maintenance services at
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The work to be performed provides for grounds services to include mowing, raking, edging, debris removal, etc. Contractor shall also maintain storm drainage systems and playground equipment. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and work is expected to be completed Mar. 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract for performance-based services was negotiated under Facilities Acquisition Regulation Part 8.7, therefore only one offer was received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-08-D-8425).

McDonnell Douglas, St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $6,915,101 for firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order #7038 under previously awarded contract (N00383-06-D-004H) for procurement of newly manufactured spares in support of the F/A-18 C/D flight surfaces system. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and work is expected to be completed by May 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded competitively. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

Glotech, Inc., Rockville Md., is being awarded a $6,405,519 cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance based contract to provide support engineering, project management, testing, logistics and technical support of various C4ISR related systems in the areas of engineering and systems engineering support; system design documentation and technical data support; interoperability, test, and evaluation support; in-service engineering support; and installation and integration. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $33,904,760. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and work is expected to be completed by Mar. 2009 (Mar. 2013 with options exercised). Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was competitively procured under full and open competition with exclusion of sources (100 percent 8(a) set-aside) with proposals solicited and fouroffers received via the Commerce Business Daily's Federal Business Opportunities website, and the Space and Naval Warfare e-Commerce Central website. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity (N65236-08-D-2834).

AIR FORCE

McDonnell Douglas Corp., A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of the Boeing Co., of Long Beach, Calif., is being awarded a modified contract for $13,769,216. This contract is for the procurement of 27 Aeromedical Litter Stations Augmentation System Kits. Each kit consists of nine Aeromedical Stations, one set of included replacement components and one container for storage and transport. At this time $6,196,147 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB (
Ohio) is the contracting activity (FA8614-04-C-2004, P00236).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for $6,300,891. The Survivability Assessments of Combat Vehicle Systems
Technology for the Tank-automotive and Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Research Business Group Survivability Directorate and the Quick Reaction Cell. At this time $268,377 has been obligated. Offutt AFB (Neb.) is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380, Delivery Order: 0248).

Bush, Cheney Consult Senior Uniformed Leaders on Way Forward in Iraq

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

March 26, 2008 - President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Stephen Hadley, the national
security advisor, today met Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon to discuss the way ahead in Iraq. The meeting was an opportunity for the senior uniformed officials to give their advice to the president directly. The men met for two hours in "the Tank" -- a secure Joint Chiefs conference facility in the Pentagon.

The purpose of the meeting was for the chiefs to "have this time with the president to talk to him about their views, their recommendations, their observations on Iraq," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. "We want to make sure the president has the opportunity to talk to all the important key
leaders that are involved in ensuring the success of the war effort."

The president met earlier this week with U.S. Central Command chief
Navy Adm. William J. Fallon and met via videoteleconference with Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq.

"At the end of the day, the commander in chief will have a good idea of what his key
military leaders feel right now," Whitman said.

Gates will continue to consult with Bush and other members of the National
Security Council on these issues. Gates and Bush meet often, Whitman said, and the secretary "had some discussions in recent days about the situation in Iraq, but he also has multiple opportunities (to further those discussions) during his engagements with the president."

The discussions center around the strategy for the way forward. The big question is the size of U.S. troop levels in Iraq through the end of the year, Joint Staff officials said. Gates has said he favors a pause of some duration after the last of the five U.S. surge brigades leave the country by the end of July.

Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker will testify before the House and Senate armed services committees during the second week in April. The president is expected to announce his decision on the way forward sometime that week.

America Supports You: Small Grant Sparks Big Celebration

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

March 26, 2008 - A grant of just $163 dollars from a group that supports
military families turned out to be a really big deal -- not only for the recipients, but for the granting organization, as well. The grant put "Our Military Kids," a group that supports families of deployed or wounded National Guard and reserve members, over the $1 million mark in grants given, said Gail Kruzel, one of the organization's founders.

This particular grant means that two young sons of
Missouri Army National Guard Maj. Matt Bacon, who currently is serving his second tour in Iraq, will get to play baseball in a local league.

The boys -- Jacob, 9, and William, 10 -- will participate in an April 7 ceremony marking their part in Our
Military Kids' milestone.

The ceremony just happens to correspond with a visit to grandparents who live here. The trip was impossible during Bacon's last deployment, Kruzel said.

"At that time, their grandparents were also serving in Iraq," she said. "The grandmother, Susan, is with the (Judge Advocate General) Corps in the
Army Reserves and now serves at the Pentagon. The granddad, Arthur, just retired as an Army Reserve chaplain."

As April is "Month of the
Military Child," the ceremony also is designed to recognize military children's part in the nation's defense.

"We wanted to recognize the sacrifices everyone in the family makes when a parent is deployed and wanted to acknowledge the children for their role in serving our country," said Linda Davidson, Our
Military Kids' other founder. "The letters of appreciation from parents and children reinforce the importance of reaching out to support these families during times of deployment."

Kruzel and Davidson started the organization in October 2004 because they believed there was a need to provide support to the children of reserve and National Guard families who become "sudden military families." The grants the group awards average $350 and help children play sports, study fine arts, or enroll in tutoring programs while a parent is deployed.

Our
Military Kids is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.

Soldier Missing in Action From The Korean War is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
He is U.S.
Army Sgt. Harry J. Laurence of Cleveland, Ohio. He will be buried April 9 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the
Army met with Laurence's next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the secretary of the Army.

Laurence was a member of L Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, then making up the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), 7th Infantry Division. The team was engaged against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, from Nov. 27-Dec. 11, 1950. The unit was forced to retreat to the south due to intense enemy fire. Laurence was among many soldiers reported missing in action.

In 2001, joint U.S. and Democratic People's Republic of Korea teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted two excavations of a mass grave near the Chosin Reservoir. The site correlates closely with defensive positions held by the 31st RCT at the time of the Chinese attacks. The teams recovered remains believed to be those of 11 U.S. servicemen. Analysis of the remains subsequently led to the identifications of three individuals, including Laurence.

Among other
forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC also used dental comparisons in Laurence's identification.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.

Africa Partnership Station Brings Veterinary Care to Liberia

By Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak, USN
Special to American Forces Press Service

March 26, 2008 - Members of the
Army's 64th Medical Battalion and volunteers with "Project Hope" administered rabies vaccinations to the local pet population here over the past few days. The Africa Partnership Station facilitated the visits. On March 24 and yesterday, Army Capt. Brian Smith and Pvt. Valerie McCants, with the help of Marley Gevanthor, an emergency room nurse from San Francisco General Hospital volunteering with Project Hope, administered a combination vaccine to dogs, cats and a host of other animals belonging to locals.

Project Hope is a nongovernment organization working in conjunction with the Africa Partnership Station to bring medical supplies and services to those in need in West and Central African countries.

"This project will only cover a small percentage of the population due to the limited number of doses. We are working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Health to arrange funding and assistance to broaden the rabies program here to allow for wider coverage of animals that will receive the rabies vaccine," Smith said.

Rabies is nearly always fatal, and humans can catch the disease from contact with infected animals. In addition to protecting against rabies, the vaccine also protects the animals from several other viruses. The pets also were de-wormed to kill parasites that can be transferred to humans.

"It's wonderful to be able to take my skills and use them in a different discipline," Gevanthor said. "They're all little patients, and we're helping to keep them healthy."

The team is here in conjunction with West Africa Training Cruise 08, an exercise being held March 17 to April 5 in concert with an ongoing African Partnership Station deployment. The exercise is focused on delivering humanitarian assistance supplies to various clinics and schools here from a sea-based command.

By the end of the first day, the trio had administered 100 doses of the vaccine.

"I wish I could do more. Liberia has a large need, especially with rabies," Smith added. "Rabies is very prevalent in the dog population here, and I'm glad that I'm able to do a little bit to help. Hopefully I can arrange to do more in the future."

The Africa Partnership Station is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-led initiative executed by a multinational staff aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry and High Speed Vessel Swift. Part of the U.S.
Navy's Global Fleet Station, the Africa Partnership Station provides a platform to support training and collaboration on a regional scale to maritime partners in West and Central Africa. Task Force 365 and training teams from various U.S. and European military commands, as well as governmental and nongovernmental organizations, are embarked here on board the USS Fort McHenry to enhance cooperative partnerships.

(
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak is assigned to Africa Partnership Station Public Affairs.)

Smith, Leonard and Wansley

March 26, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) Police-Writers.com is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three police officers Brian Smith, V. A. Leonard and Larry Wansley.

Brian Smith joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school. In 1984, he joined the California Highway Patrol, rising to the rank of captain. Brian Smith is the author of We Were 17 Again.

According to the book description, “There are numerous books, songs, shows and movies that deal with going back to the past, whether it’s a time machine, dream, boy or girlfriend story, or class reunion. Many of them are enjoyable because the reader gets to visit the past. Life always seemed easier in our childhood days and many long to return to those days. In "We Were 17 Again", not only do you get the chance to return to 17 years old again, you get to return to high school with your entire school.”

According to Academic Politics and the History of
Criminal Justice Education, “between 1925 and 1932, V.A. Leonard was a part-time student at the University of California and a full-time police officer in the Berkeley Police Department. V.A. Leonard founded Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor’s society, in 1942. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Public Administration. The V.A. Leonard Scholarship was established in 1982 in honor and recognition of Dr. Leonard’s leadership and hard work in the field of Criminal Justice. V. A. Leonard is the author or co-author of 16 books: Police Organization and Management; Police of the Twentieth Century; Police Science for the Young American; Police Organization and Management; Police Personnel Administration; Police Traffic Control; The Police Communications System; Police pre-disaster Preparation; Survey of the Seattle Police Department; The Police Enterprise: It’s Organization and Management; Memories of August Vollmer; Academy Lectures on Lie Detection; Police Detective Function; The General Administration of Criminal Justice; Police Crime Prevention; and, The Police, the Judiciary, and the Criminal.

According to the description of Police Organization and Management, “This work describes the basic tenets of organization theory and applies them to the police setting. It describes the problems of integrating the individual into the organization, responding to change through community policing, motivation,
leadership, and productivity.”

Larry Wansley began his law enforcement career with the Compton Police Department. He then went on to a10 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he spent eight years in various uncover roles. In 1986, Larry Wansley left the Federal Bureau of Investigation to become the Director of Security and Counseling Services for the Dallas Cowboys Football team. Larry Wansley went on to become the Managing Director for Corporate Services with American Airlines. After his retirement from American Airlines in 2004, he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for Infinite Security. Larry Wansley is the author of FBI Undercover: The True Story of Special Agent Mandrake.

According to the FBI, “On TV and in the movies, FBI undercover agents are a dime a dozen. But in reality, only an elite handful have the unique combination of wit, instinct and daring to work these highly dangerous scams. For 10 years,
Larry Wansley was one of them.”

Police-Writers.com now hosts 893
police officers (representing 388 police departments) and their 1885 police books in 32 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Army to Focus More on Family Support

By Sgt. Sara Moore, USA
American Forces Press Service

March 26, 2008 - The
Army is doubling its investment in family support programs in the 2009 budget and will use that money to hire support personnel for family readiness groups, improve child care, and expand educational opportunities for spouses and children of troops, the Army secretary said today. The Army has been building on several years of emphasis on better support for families, Pete Geren told online journalists and "bloggers" during a conference call.

The 2009 budget for family support programs will be $1.4 billion, up from $700 million last year. Through traveling to different
Army bases and talking with soldiers and spouses, Army leaders have learned that child care and family support are important issues for troops, he said.

"So much of the family support over the years has been based on volunteers, where you have spouses that carry the heaviest burden for family support initiatives," Geren said. "One deployment, perhaps that works; two deployments, that's starting to be too much to ask; and three deployments is pushing those volunteers to the breaking point."

To remedy this problem, Geren said, the
Army will use its expanded budget to hire full-time support personnel for family readiness groups to help spouses who also have to balance career and family responsibilities. The Army also will hire more staff for child care and youth services, he said.

Another important issue the
Army is working on is improving career opportunities for spouses of soldiers as they have to relocate around the country, Geren said. The Army has started the spouse employment partnership, working with industry across the country to provide greater spousal employment opportunities, he said, and the secretaries of defense and labor have entered into a joint venture to expand employment opportunities for military spouses.

Geren added that the Army is seeking to better manage the force so soldiers and their families face fewer moves throughout their careers, to give spouses more opportunities for education and professional development, and to work with employers to identify more opportunities for
Army spouses.

"With the economy that we have now, ... there are opportunities today for spouses that wouldn't have existed a very few years ago," Geren said. "And as an
Army, we need to explore how we can use the Internet economy and use the virtual economy to help spouses, whether their employment skills are blue collar or professional."

Geren also addressed improvements the Army has made in medical care for wounded soldiers since last year, when problems were revealed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The
Army has established 35 warrior transition units, which are aimed solely at helping wounded soldiers recover, and has hired about 2,500 personnel to man those units, he said. Every soldier assigned to a warrior transition unit has three people who are responsible for him -- a squad leader, a nurse case manager and a primary care physician -- to ensure all that soldier's needs are met, both physically and mentally, Geren said.

"The whole concept of the warrior transition unit is to provide this triad of support that meets the full range of a warrior in transition's care and needs," he explained.

This summer, the
Army is launching a program to educate all soldiers on suicide prevention, Geren said. This program is following on the success of the education program on post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, he said, and every soldier will be required to take the course.