Military News

Monday, March 31, 2008

Chairman Speaks With Troops at North Carolina Base

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

March 31, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked soldiers and airmen based here and at adjoining Fort Bragg for their service during what he called the "most dangerous time" he has seen.
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen visited special operations personnel and held an "all-hands call" here today. He told the soldiers and airmen that the United States has never had a better military. The military is so good "because you and people like you made the decision to raise your hands to serve your country and your fellow men," Mullen said.

Mullen said this is an unpredictable and dangerous time for America and its allies. He told the servicemembers that the
military is executing its missions flawlessly. The chairman also thanked their families. "You could not do what you do without their support," he said.

America and the
military are going through "an extraordinary time of change," Mullen said. "We need to adapt to change and lead that change, because the pace of change is accelerating."

One example of that change is that conventional forces are going to have to "become more Special Forces-like," he said, not only in warfighting, but also in how they are recruited, trained, retained and rewarded.

The chairman also told the troops that it is important that they lead. He said that everyone has a responsibility to lead and to train those coming behind them.

"Someone mentored you," Mullen said. "It's your turn to give back."

Disabled Vets Motivate Each Other at Winter Sports Clinic

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

March 31, 2008 - As disabled veterans test their mettle this week during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, they're finding motivation not just on the slopes, but also in each other. Four hundred disabled veterans, 67 of them wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, said coming together for the six-day clinic is helping them push themselves even harder to achieve things they never thought possible.

As they heed the advice of Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Gordon H. Mansfield, a disabled veteran himself who opened the clinic last night urging them to reach out to each other, the veterans said they're finding a special brand of camaraderie that's driving them on.

Among them is retired
Marine Cpl. Jason Poole, who was on a patrol near Iraq's border with Syria in June 2004 when a massive bomb killed three of his fellow Marines and sent him into a coma. Poole awoke two months later deaf in his left ear, blind in his left eye, riddled with shrapnel and suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Poole admits he was "very scared" to come to the winter sports clinic the first time in 2006, but quickly got over his trepidations. "I had a blast!" he said.

Now back for his third clinic, 25-year-old Poole savors every opportunity the clinic has to offer. "I love it here!" he exclaimed. "This is 110 percent the most fun, craziest, most beautiful time ever!"

What makes the clinic so special, he said, is the chance to spend time with other disabled veterans who understand him and what he's gone through. "It's really fantastic coming together with all these different
military members. What we share is why everyone has so much fun."

Now-retired
Army Pfc. Adam Lewis was serving in Baghdad with 3rd Infantry Division when a land mine claimed both his legs in July 2003. What scared him the most about his circumstances, he said, was the prospect of never being able to do the things he once loved.

Motivated by his daughter, who was born during his deployment, Lewis became an active athlete, earning top honors in the Wheelchair Games in several categories and returning here for his third winter sports clinic.

"I try to compete in everything," 27-year-old Lewis said. "But this is about more than the competition. It's about the people you're around."

Now considering himself "a seasoned veteran," Lewis said he tries to help more recently wounded veterans adjust to their new situations. "I try to listen and see where they're coming from," he said. "If they ask for advice, I'm happy to give it."

Lewis said disabled veterans, regardless of when they served or which uniform they wore, share a common bond. "A soldier is a soldier always," he said. "It doesn't really matter who you are or what your rank (is). All of us share the same mixed emotions. The wiser the veteran I become, the more I realize that everyone is pretty much the same."

This time last year, Angel Gomez had just been medically retired from the
Marine Corps and had to wear a helmet around the clock to protect his skull following surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Gomez was driving a 7-ton truck during a night mission in Ramadi, Iraq, in April 2005 when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle and sent him into a coma. He awoke two weeks later to find the right side of his body paralyzed, a tube holding his windpipe open and his brain damaged by a traumatic injury.

Even as he struggled to recover, with grueling hours developed to regaining his ability to walk and talk, the Mountain View, Calif., native said he felt so self-conscious about his appearance that he withdrew into himself. He turned down opportunities to go on outings that provided a respite from the hospital, hating the way people stared at his helmet, his cane and the pipe sticking out of this throat after his tracheostomy.

Coming to the winter sports clinic last year, where he learned how to snowboard, proved to be a huge boost in Gomez' recovery. "I got motivated going out there," he said. "It was a big step for me."

This year, Gomez is back again, his helmet now gone, and ready to take mono-skiing so he can ski even faster than last year. But he said he's equally excited about the chance to spend time with his fellow veterans.

"There's a big benefit of coming here, because you meet people on the slopes, at the concerts, dancing and at meals," he said. "You spend time together and talk, and it really means a lot."

Marine Corps Reservist Jared Smith was mobilized at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in June when a spinal cord injury from running with a combat rucksack left him in a wheelchair with little hope of ever walking again. Less than nine months later, he's walking with one crutch and planning to try out an adaptive mono-ski here at Snowmass Mountain.

Looking forward to returning to the slopes, 22-year-old Smith said he's confident he can tackle the mountain and return to the skiing level he'd built since he first picked up skiing 10 years ago. "If there's one thing I've learned since this injury, it's that you can do everything you did before," he said. "You just have to do it in an adaptive way."

Now medically retired as a corporal, Smith said he's also excited about the opportunity to meet and mingle with other disabled veterans. "When I look around here, I can see that we all have something in common. That's just not something you find in your hometown," he said. "So just being here and getting to talk with them is pretty amazing."

Alfred Clarke, an
Army Gulf War veteran who was medically retired from the Army due to an eye disease, returned this year for his fourth winter sports clinic to ski and snowmobile and spend time with fellow veterans.

"This place gives me motivation," said the Tampa, Fla., native. "It's someplace where I can talk with and hang out with some of the guys. There's a lot of spirit here."

U.S. to Push European Missile Defense Plans

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

March 31, 2008 - The United States will continue to push for a missile defense system in Europe despite resistance from Russia, a top Pentagon official said ahead of President Bush's visit with Russia's top
leader this week. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England today said the United States has offered "a wide range of proposals" on working through disagreements with Russia over building U.S. radar and interceptor sites in Poland and the Czech Republic. Construction on missile defense sites could begin once "necessary agreements" are reached with the two nations, he said.

"Despite some Russian reluctance to sign up with these cooperative missile defense activities, we continue to work towards these goals," England told an audience at the sixth annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference here.

Russian senior officials have expressed fears that the extension of the U.S. system into Europe could be used against their country.

In attempts to assuage Russia's concerns, England said, the United States has offered to keep the system inoperative until Iran conducts further missile tests, and has proposed sharing relevant data among countries involved.

"An extraordinary series of transparency measures have also been offered to reassure Russia," England said. He added that sites in Europe would help counter potential threats to the United States, Europe and Russia from Iranian ballistic missiles.

The deputy secretary praised NATO for making progress in developing an "active layer" of the missile defense system capable of protecting deployed alliance forces, which he characterized as a step toward keeping U.S. and allied
security "tightly linked."
President Bush, who left today for a four-nation trip, is expected to discuss missile defense with the 26 NATO members and other attendees at the alliance's April 2-4 summit in Bucharest, Romania. In addition, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are slated to hold talks on the issue when they meet at the Black Sea resort of Sochi following the NATO conference.

"The main issue there is to find a way, in concrete terms, to reassure Russia that the radar and missile installation that is planned in Poland and the Czech Republic are, as we say, about potential threats coming to Europe, coming to Russia, if you will, from the Middle East, and are not aimed at Russia," National
Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said March 26 at a White House briefing.

Hadley noted the United States hopes to find "a formula of measures" that would reciprocate Russia for its effort to cooperate in an integrated missile defense system while respecting Czech and Polish sovereignty.

In a meeting at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, last July, Putin offered to incorporate a radar and early warning system in southern Russia into the defense system's architecture as an alternative to the other European sites.

Earlier this month, officials expressed optimism in an agreement reached in Moscow to draft a "strategic framework" document that could guide U.S.-Russian negotiations on the European missile defense plan.

"We had the opportunity to elaborate on a number of confidence building measures and measures for transparency to provide assurance to the Russian Republic that our missile sites and radars would not constitute a threat to Russia," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at a March 18 news conference in Moscow.

"I think both President Putin (yesterday) and our Russian colleagues today found these ideas useful and important, ... and they will be studying them further," said Gates, who was joined by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russia's Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyukov and Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian officials at the meetings acknowledged the United States was working to assuage fears that the system could threaten Russia. They also agreed on the importance of maintaining continuity while both administrations change their top
leadership in the months to come.

But Russia's defense minister remained steadfast against the U.S. proposal.

"In principle, our positions have not changed," Serdyukov said. "We can say that we have a lot of work to do, but we need to see these proposals to look at them, to understand them, and then, following the work at the expert level, we'll make a decision on how to move forward."

Asked today whether Bush's upcoming talks with Putin will yield success, Hadley said U.S. officials remain hopeful at the possibility.

"I think we're moving in a direction where something that some of us have been working for, for a long time, where Russia and the United States could have missile defense as an area of strategic cooperation," he told reporters aboard
Air Force One en route to Kyiv, Ukraine.

"Interestingly, that was something that President Putin said when he talked to the press at Kennebunkport last summer," he continued. "And we are trying to see if we can articulate that in concrete terms."
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Valero Marketing & Supply Co.,
San Antonio, Texas is being awarded a maximum $397,444,621.88 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Texas City, Texas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0480).

Placid Refining Co. LLC., Port Allen, La.*, is being awarded a maximum $134,823,041.55 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were 48 proposal originally solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0481).

Gary-Williams Energy Corp,
Denver, Colo.*, is being awarded a maximum $127,153,444.80 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0477).

Alon USA, LP.,
Dallas, Texas is being awarded a maximum $111,102,800.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Big Spring, Texas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Mar. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0474).

Calumet Sales Co. Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a maximum $37,108,800.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity, partial set-aside contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Shreveport, La. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Mar. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0475).

General Electric Transportation Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a maximum $8,513,262.15 firm fixed price, requirements type contract for engine line parts. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. There was one sole source proposal solicited with one response. This contract is for ten years with a two-year base and four two-year options. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Mar. 31, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., (SPM400-00-D-9403).

AIR FORCE

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. of Littleton, Colo., is being awarded a modified firm fixed price contract for $124,100,000. This modification is issued to purchase launch services from Lockheed Martin Co. under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program and Atlas medium-plus rocket (Atlas 5510 to launch the Mobile Users Objective System (MUOS)-1 Satellite. At this time $124,100,000 has been obligated.
El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8816-06-C-0004, Modification Number P00002).

Raytheon Co. Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee with performance incentive contract for $80,295,119. This action will provide miniature air-launched decoy JAMMER risk reduction phase II effort to include tasking to support through a Critical Design Review and taking a subsystem development into system level. At this time $21,317,355 has been obligated. Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity (FAB676-08-C-0062).

General Atomics Aeronautical System, Inc., of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a firm fixed price contract for $49,870,416. This action provides for 24 Predator MQ-1B Aircraft, Hellfire missile kit installation, IMAs, and core tasks. At this time $49,870,416 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-05-G-3028 0042).

Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a contract for $31,162,736. This modification will allow research and development in accordance with the contractor's statement of work entitled risk reduction of the Alternative Infrared Satellite System. The additional effort provides for upgrading the integrated sensor assembly components to yield a space qualifiable configuration of the integrated sensor assembly. These upgrades will allow enhanced ground environmental testing of the sensor assembly in order to determine that it is a "Space Qualified" design and additionally reduce the risk associated with building space qualification satellite units in the future. At this time $18,750,000 has been obligated. Kirtland AFB, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9453-06-C-0378, P00010).

General Atomics of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a firm fixed price contract for $28,947,434. This effort is for the manufacture, test, and delivery of four Predator B Reaper MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. At this time $28,947,434 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-05-G-3028 ORDER 0031).

FMC Technologies Airport Division of Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a firm fixed price supply contract for $9,659,316. This action provides for Halvorsen Aircraft Cargo Loaders: Aircraft Cargo Loader 14 each; Production Support 14 each; Packaging 14 each; Data one lot. At this time $6,726,120 has been obligated. Robins AFB, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8519-08-D-0004 and delivery order 0001).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for $9,630,212. The Information Assurance Technnical Analysis Center will provide research to further the development and integration of confidentially, integrity, and authentication capabilities of the Global Information Grid. At this time $1,091,787 has been obligated. Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (SPO700-98-D-4002, DO 0334).

ATK Missile Systems Co. Integrated Systems Division of
Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a modified contract for $9,234,375. This action exercises options to procure multiple Common Munitions Built-In-Test Reprogrammable Equipment (CAMBRE) Plus units and to modify CMBRE units to a CMBRE Plus configuration. CMBRE's Plus is designed to interface with Munitions in an Air Force backshop/flightline or Navy carrier deck environment. CAMBRE Plus will support the fielding of the next generation AMRAAM and Small Diameter Bomb Munitions and allow the war fighter to maintain one configuration for maximum War Fighter flexibility. W-23 Cables (also part of this contract mod) support simultaneous testing of four AMRAAM missiles at one time (which saves time). This action exercising options to purchase 37 CMBRE Plus's; Data for CMBRE Plus Production; 175 Modifications of CMBRE units to CMBRE Plus; 9 W-23 cables; and 6 Initial Spares through the CMBRE Program Office at WPAFB, Ohio (ASC/647 AESS). At this time $9,234,375 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8626-06-C-2060, P00010).

McDonnell Douglas Corp., A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of the Boeing Co., of Long Beach, Calif., is being awarded a modified contract for $6,125,000. This contract modification is a Foreign
Military Sales requirement for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership (GSP) program. This action incorporates the FY08 Quarter III Option Exercise for site activation and material for RAAF aircraft sustainment. At this time $0 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8614-04-C-2004 P00241).

NAVY

Lockheed Martin Integrated Defense Systems, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $57,046,566 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #5012 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement contract (N00383-06-G-016F) for procurement of initial and wholesale spares requirements for six different weapons replaceable assemblies that are required to support the system used on the MH-60R/S helicopter. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and work is expected to be completed by Oct. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications, Titan Group, Panama City Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $44,594,382 cost-plus-fixed-price contract for the procurement of engineering logistics and material support for the mine roller in-service program. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and work is expected to be completed by Sep. 2012. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Online and the Federal Business Opportunities websites, with three offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-08-C-0007).

McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $38,540,436 firm-fixed-price, definite-delivery/definite-quantity contract modification #0004 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-06-D-001J) for new spares to support the F/A-18 AN/APG-79 AESA radar. Work will be performed in
El Segundo, Calif., (90 percent) and St. Louis, Mo., (10 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Aug. 2010. 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

Walbridge Aldinger Co.
Detroit, Mich., is being awarded a $35,883,000 firm-fixed price contract for an addition and alterations to the Naval Hospital at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The work to be performed provides for construction of a three-story addition with an eight-story elevator tower and areas of alteration and partial renovation. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and work is expected to be completed by Jul. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively negotiated via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website two proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-08-C-1271).

Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Integrated Systems Division, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $37,482,191 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-06-G-0014) for the engineering study to modify the AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems in order to improve probability of detection in operational environments. This delivery order will also include the development of a class one engineering change proposal and delivery of modified government furnished equipment for developmental test. Work will be performed in
Clearwater, Fla., (50 percent); Austin, Texas (45 percent); Santa Barbara, Calif., (3 percent); Atlanta, Ga., (1 percent); Natanya, Israel (.5 percent); and Hamamatsu, Japan (.5 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Aug. 2008. Contract funds in the amount of $16,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $20,627,930 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0060) for the procurement of Power By The Hour® maintenance support, including program management, field engineering, and site specific logistical support at V-22 Osprey operating and production sites for the U.S.
Navy $17,495,778; 84.8 percent) and the U.S. Air Force ($3,132,152; 15.2 percent). Work will be performed in New River, N.C., (74.9 percent); Kirtland AFB, N.M., (7.4 percent); Hulburt Field, Fla., (7.4 percent); Indianapolis, Ind., (5.2 percent); Patuxent River, Md., (3.6 percent) and Amarillo, Texas (1.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in Dec. 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $19,476,930 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

CACI Systems, Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $19,279,281 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00421-06-C-0074) to exercise an option for technical and engineering services and supplies in support of the Special Communications Requirements Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. This modification provides support for various
Navy, Army, and Air Force, Special Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Electronic Systems. The estimated level of effort for this contract is 286,000 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md., (80 percent) and St. Inigoes, (20 percent) and is expected to be completed in Mar. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity.

Pearson Engineering Ltd, Wincomblee Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom is being awarded $16,910,573 for firm-fixed-price, delivery order #0032 under previously awarded contract (M67854-05-D-5000) for 20 lane marking system, 20 high-lift adapter systems, 21 full width mine plow, and six dozer blade subsystems. Work will be performed in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, and work is expected to be complete Mar. 2009. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole source award to Pearson Engineering Ltd for the manufacturing the Assault Breecher Vehicle components. The
Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,177,810 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop
technology that supports the Globally Netted Maritime Headquarters with Maritime Operations Center Component Commander by an applied research program which calls for innovative technologies in support of war fighters. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and work is expected to be completed Mar. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at end of current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under Office of Naval Research BAA Number 07-021. The Naval Research Laboratory. Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00173-08-C-4008).

L-3 Services, Inc., Unidyne Division, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $11,223,059 cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering and program support services associated with Battle Force Tactical Training (BFTT) legacy shipboard training systems. The BFTT system is a highly flexible, interactive simulation/stimulation tactical combat training system. BFTT is used on all combatant and amphibious ships. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., (53 percent) and San Diego, Calif. (47 percent), and work is expected to be completed by Mar.2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-08-D-GR02).

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $8,406,000 modification to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-05-C-0045) to provide persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) services supporting the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Operation Enduring Freedom surge detachment. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (90 percent) and St. Louis, Mo., (10 percent) and is expected to be completed in Oct. 2008. Contract funds in the amount of $8,406,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

C. E. Niehoff & AMP, Co., Evanston, Ill., is being awarded an $8,385,720 firm-fixed-price contract for 3,000 N1602-5 Alternators. Work will be performed in Evanston, Ill., and work is expected to be complete by Mar. 2011. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole source award as C. E. Niehoff & AMP, Co., is the sole manufacturer of the N1602-5 Alternators. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-08-C-5025).

Belonger/Blinderman Joint Venture LLC.*, West Bend, Wis., is being awarded a $7,742,000 firm-fixed-price contract for repairs and renovations to building three at Naval Station Great Lakes. The contract contains one option totaling $8,068,200, which may be exercised within 180 calendar days, bringing the total contract amount to $15,810,200. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction for repairing and renovating deficiencies in building three and bringing the facility within all code standards at Naval Station, Great Lakes. Building three is listed as a property of major significance located within the Historic District of the Naval Station. The project will include infrastructure improvements including new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, fire protection, fire alarm, plumbing and electrical systems, new space configuration and architectural finishes, handicap accessibility upgrades, new Anti-
Terrorism Force Protection compliant exterior windows and replacement of the existing roof. Work will be performed in Great Lakes, Ill., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively negotiated via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online websitewith six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill., is the contracting activity (N40083-08-C-0055).

Niking Corp.*, Wahiawa, Hawaii, is being awarded $6,422,074 for firm-fixed price task order #0004 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract (N62478-07-D-4005) for switchgear replacement at Building 112, Main Base Power Plant, at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands. The work to be performed provides for removal of existing primary generator and distribution switchgears at the Building 112 power plant and providing new primary generator and distribution switchgears, modern integrated electronic generator and switchgear instrumentation and controls, monitoring, and protection equipment, building extension with general power, lighting, and grounding, adding a redundant primary power feed for the existing station service, fire alarm and suppression, and incidental related work. Work will be performed in Kauai, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by Jun. 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H., is being awarded a $6,012,934 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-08-C-0003) to exercise an option for the procurement of five OE-120 Antenna Groups. The OE-120 antenna group is one of two major subsystems that provide a centralized identification system for Fleet tactical ships. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H., and is expected to be completed in Aug. 2010. 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.

ARMY

Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $118,092,940 firm-fixed price contract for the design, development, fabrication, production, training, integration, testing and delivery of PATRIOT hardware to be issued to the Republic of Korea
Air Force for the PATRIOT program. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Feb. 26, 2008. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-08-C-0288).

Raytheon Co., AMDS, Andover, Mass., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $38,710,000 firm-fixed price contract for procurement, installation and testing of three PATRIOT Radar Enhancement Phase 3 classification, discrimination and identification Phase three modification kits. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Mar. 12, 2008. U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-07-C-0151).

L-3 Communications, Linkabit Division, San Diego, Calif., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $28,913,720 firm-fixed price contract for PROPHET electronic support. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. And Melbourne, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jun. 12, 2001, and three bids were received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (DAAB07-0-C-L539).

General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla., was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $28, 899,825 firm-fixed price contract for M865 kinetic energy training rounds and M1002 target practice multipurpose tracer cartridges. Work will be performed in Middletown, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by Mar. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were two bids solicited on Jan. 11, 2008, and two bids were received. U.S.
Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-08-C-0010).

ACC Construction, Augusta, Ga., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $23,755,932 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of a battalion headquarters, a co. operations facility and a tactical maintenance facility. Work will be performed at Fort Benning, Ga., and is expected to be completed by Apr. 15, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four bids were solicited on Nov. 26, 2007, and three bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-07-D-0042).

L-3 Communications, Corp., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $20,845,306 firm-fixed price contract for remanufactured Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems transmissions. Work will be performed in Muskegon, Mich., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 4, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Oct. 17, 2007, and one bid was received. U.S.
Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0119). San Juan Construction, Inc., was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $13,378,020 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of a C-17 parking ramp. Work will be performed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by Sep. 1, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec. 17, 2007, and five bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (W9128A-08-C-0007).

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Inc., Detroit, Mich., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $13,354,750 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of a two-story company operations facility of approximately 40,000 square feet. The project includes all utilities, site improvements and demolition of existing buildings. Work will be performed at Hunter
Army Airfield, Ga., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 28, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four bids were solicited on Oct. 19, 2007, and three bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-07-D-0054).

Emerson Construction Co., Inc., Temple, Texas, was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $10,865,800 firm-fixed price contract for construction of basic expeditionary airman skill training Phase II. Work will be performed at Lackland,
Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 23, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Dec. 8 2007, and four bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-08-C-0014).

F – E Contracting, In., Palmer, Alaska, was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $8,880,000 firm-fixed price contract for the construction of the United States
Air Force Reserve Group Headquarters facility. Work will be performed in Elmendorf, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by Sep. 30, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jan. 15, 2008, and two bids were received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W911KB-08-C-0006).

BAE Systems, Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $8,340,793.99 firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed fee contract for procurement of M88 Counter Remote Electonic Warfare A-Kits and CONUS installation, Paladin CREW II A-Kits and CONUS installation, and Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle CREW II A-Kits and CONUS installation, and M1113 CREW II A-Kits and CONUS installation. Work will be performed primarily in York, Penn., 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 May 21, 2007. U.S.
Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).

Conoco Inc., Louisville, Ky., was awarded on Mar. 27, 2008, a $8,180,972 firm-fixed price contract for PA161 and PA103A2 metal containers. Work will be performed in Louisville, Ky., and is expected to be completed by Sep. 27, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Jun. 11, 2004, and three bids were received. Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-04-C-1139).

Record Steel & Construction Inc., Meridian, Idaho, was awarded on Mar. 28, 2008, a $6,578,019 firm-fixed price contract for a ground water treatment plant capable of treating arsenic and fluoride. Work will be performed at Hawthorne
Army Depot, Nev., 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 Nov. 6, 2007, and four bids were received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-08-C-0002).

America Supports You: Indiana YMCA Offers Guard Families Free Membership

By Spc. William E. Henry, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

March 31, 2008 - The Greater
Indianapolis YMCA is offering family members of state National Guardsmen an affordable way to stay active and healthy while their loved ones are deployed. The organization has created "Operation Indiana Partners," which allows the families of deployed Indiana National Guardsmen to enjoy free memberships.

"We want to make sure their families have lots of positive activities during these difficult times," said Eric Ellsworth, president and chief executive officer of Greater
Indianapolis YMCA during a recent news conference at the YMCA's Fishers, Ind., branch.

Operation Indiana Partners and the Greater
Indianapolis YMCA got favorable reviews from Indiana's adjutant general, Army Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger.

"This is really a special day for us in the Indiana National Guard," he said. "The YMCA has stepped up and offered free memberships to National Guard families. We hope all our families take the opportunity and take advantage of the YMCA's generosity."

Participating facilities also are offered up to two hours of free child care during specified time periods. That's time for mothers like Colleen Curtis to get away for at least a little while.

"I think mostly it helps with him," she said, referring to her son, Jaxon. "It gives me a break to have 'me' time. I just want to say how awesome this is. The overwhelming support is amazing."

New YMCA members taking advantage of the program know that little things can make a difference.

"As a
military wife, it's very hard with a loved one being gone, and this definitely helps," said Guard spouse Ashley Witt. "It made my day. Things like this can really change your mood. It's the little things like this that can make the families happy."
About 43 facilities throughout Indiana participate in Operation Indiana Partners, according to YMCA's Web site. Though the years, the YMCA has tended to the needs of servicemembers, prisoners of war and civilians through some of the country's most turbulent times of war and poverty.

The organization established an armed services department in September 1898, and in 1902, YMCA facilities were built on
military bases. In 1903, special training was made available for the Army and Navy. By 1914, there were 31 military YMCAs and 180 traveling libraries, allowing almost a quarter of a million men to stay in dormitories.

During
World War II, the YMCA gave aid to about 6 million prisoners of war from 36 different countries.

Today, the YMCA still offers its support by lending servicemembers and families an opportunity to participate in structured and positive activities, ensuring emotional and financial preservation.

"This is just one way to help our brave men and women who serve in the National Guard," Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman said.

(
Army Spc. William E. Henry serves with the Indiana National Guard.)