Military News

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

America Supports You: 4-H Provides Ways to Help Military Kids

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

April 2, 2008 - In mid-March, Indiana school administrators,
military support groups and volunteers met at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville, Ind., to learn about ways to assist children affected by a family member's deployment. One way is through "Operation Military Kids," a program initiated by U.S. Army Child and Youth Services. Now in 42 states, the program works through the 4-H program and other volunteer organizations that connect with military youth and provide support through a network of community resources.

"The idea of the meeting is to give training to the educators to know what steps they can take to form the right connections (to help
military kids)," said Judy Hauser, 4-H project coordinator.

She stressed how important these connections were in establishing resources to assist
military children in times of trouble or confusion.

"Socially, it gives them support through being able to interact with other kids on their level, do fun activities away from school, plus gain support from the volunteers," said Amy Nierman, a 4-H member with the Purdue Extension. "It gives the youth an opportunity to meet with other kids throughout the county, focusing on things they are interested in."

During family meetings like those held by the Family Readiness Group for the Indiana National Guard, 4-H volunteers try to provide children with fun educational activities, including packets created specifically for them.

Another program 4-H participates in is the assembly and distribution of "Hero Packs" for children. Hero Packs are backpacks or sacks filled with fun things to occupy children's time.

"When you work on projects with kids, they tend to talk more and open up about things," said Jacque McBride, a counselor at South Elementary School, in Danville, Ind.

She said the program has given her a lot of insight on things that could be done when dealing with
military children. "I think it will help give me some ideas on who to talk to, and things to do with (the children)," McBride said. "I would like to be more connected with them and be more open.

"I've been brainstorming some ideas on, like a wall of fame for the
military, to put up in the hallway and things like that," she added.

4-H is a youth organization administered by the Cooperative Extension System of the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the mission of "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development." The four "H's" stand for head, heart, hands and health. The organization provides extracurricular activities in every county in the United States, including arts and crafts, photography and working with animals.

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

Defense Secretary Arrives in Bucharest for NATO Summit

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

April 2, 2008 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates landed here today for the start of the NATO summit. Tonight he will attend a working dinner hosted by the Romanian minister of defense with the defense ministers from other NATO allies to discuss defense transformation. The secretary is not scheduled to have any private meetings with other defense ministers, but instead is supporting President Bush, who is here for the summit.

The three-day summit will include meetings at NATO's highest level in different formats, such as the North Atlantic Council, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, the NATO-Russia Council and the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

The North Atlantic Council meetings start off first tomorrow morning with the main topic likely being NATO enlargement, officials said.

Albania, Croatia and Macedonia are hoping for an invitation to join NATO. All have been working through the membership action plan. Also, the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine have asked for an invitation to start the membership action plan process, a necessary step to eventually join NATO.

U.S. officials strongly support those actions, a senior defense official said on background en route to the summit.

Defense ministers from countries with troops serving in Regional Command South in Afghanistan will meet tomorrow afternoon, and afterward NATO heads of state and government and
leaders of non-NATO nations contributing troops to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The United States is hoping for an endorsement of a "strong" ISAF public
vision statement that explains why NATO is there, what it has achieved and its plan for the next five years, the official said. The statement is expected to be published before the end of the summit.

Also, U.S. officials are hoping for an official NATO endorsement of the recently chosen United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, the defense official said. The job, created by the United Nations
Security Council in March, is intended to help improve regional coordination of international agencies such as the U.N., the European Union and NATO.

In addition, U.S. officials want to ensure that more troops can be provided for the mission there. Canada's parliament agreed to extend its 2,500 troops there on the condition that other allies provide 1,000 more troops and extra equipment for its mission in Kandahar province, in southern Afghanistan.

The defense official said it is not likely that any one nation will provide all of the troops, but some are expected to announce troop increases.

France announced this week its plans to send an additional "few hundred" troops. Also, the British are "likely to make an announcement" of adding more troops, the official said. Georgia also is looking at ways to provide troops to ISAF, he said.

The U.S. is sending 3,500
Marines to the region this month.

Other countries are expected to discuss how they can provide additional troops in smaller functional roles, such as trainers, and special teams, such as explosive ordnance teams.

While there is no session specific to U.S. missile defense plans in Europe, they are likely to be discussed in several of the groupings, the defense official said. "There is a growing ballistic missile threat to NATO territories and populations," the official said.

The U.S. has plans to place missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic to protect NATO allies from long-range ballistic missile threats. But officials want NATO to begin developing a plan to build a "complimentary" missile defense system that would guard against short- and medium-range threats, the official said.

"There needs to be coverage for all allies, particularly those who are vulnerable to short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, so a territorial missile defense system would be appropriate," the official said.

The U.S. wants the North Atlantic Council to develop options on what a complimentary NATO territorial missile defense system could look like and bring the plans back to the 2009 summit. The U.S. is hoping for an official statement from NATO that would endorse both the U.S. missile defense concept and promote furthering a NATO plan for a complimentary system, he said.

A formal gala dinner wraps up tomorrow's events. The summit concludes April 4 with meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the NATO-Russia Council, which Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend.

Bush Pushes NATO Acceptance of Three Balkan Nations

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

April 2, 2008 - President Bush today called NATO's upcoming decision on whether to accept three Balkan nations for membership into the alliance "historic" and said the United States strongly supports their membership. Speaking here this morning before the official start of the NATO summit, Bush heralded the progress of Croatia, Albania and Macedonia, saying that a decade ago the Balkans were "wracked by war and fanaticism and ethnic cleansing."

He credited much of the current peace in the region to the three countries'
leadership.

"These countries have walked the difficult path of reform and built thriving free societies," Bush said. "They are ready to contribute to NATO, and their citizens deserve the
security that NATO brings."

Bush also urged NATO to accept requests from two other Balkan nations, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro, to begin an intensified dialogue with NATO, a first step to NATO membership.

"As we welcome new NATO allies, we also affirm that the door to NATO membership remains open to other nations that seek it," he said.

Also at this summit, NATO will consider the applications of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO's membership action plan, to which the president gave his unequivocal support.

"My country's position is clear: NATO should welcome Georgia and Ukraine into the membership action plan," Bush said. "NATO membership must remain open to all of Europe's democracies that seek it and are ready to share in the responsibilities of NATO membership."

The membership action plan does not guarantee NATO membership, but is a prerequisite.

In his 30-minute speech, Bush also laid the groundwork for NATO's discussion of its mission in Afghanistan. The United States hopes that NATO reinforces its commitment to the country and that other allies will come forward with more troops for the mission there. Bush called the mission NATO's most ambitious.

"An alliance that never fired a shot in the Cold War is now leading the fight on a key battleground of the first war in the 21st century," Bush said. "In Afghanistan, forces from NATO and many partner nations are bringing honor to their uniforms and pride to their countries."

Already NATO has trained 55,000 Afghan soldiers, and many are capable of leading combat operations, he said. And the increased
security has led to civil gains.

"A nation that was once a safe haven for al Qaeda is now a democracy where boys and girls are going to school, new roads and hospitals are being built, and people are looking to the future with new hope," the president said.

But recent gains do not signal a time for NATO to relax on its commitments, he said.

"If we were to let up the pressure, the extremists would reestablish safe havens across the country and use them to terrorize the people of Afghanistan and threaten our own," Bush said. "And that is why we'll stay on the offense, and that is why we'll keep the pressures on these radicals and extremists, and that is why we'll succeed."

Bush also cited recent threats by al Qaeda against Europe. In 2006, officials thwarted an al Qaeda plot to blow up passenger jets traveling from Europe to the U.S. This year, Turkish officials broke up an al Qaeda cell plotting attacks in that country.

"Two weeks ago, Osama bin Laden issued an audio recording in which he threatened Europe with new attacks. We need to take the words of the enemy seriously. The
terrorist threat is real, it is deadly, and defeating this enemy is the top priority of NATO," Bush said.

In support of the mission in Afghanistan, the United States is sending 3,500 more Marines. Romania also has indicated it will send more troops, and Bush asked that other allies "step forward," as well.

"If we do not defeat the terrorists in Afghanistan, we will face them on our own soil. Innocent civilians in Europe and North America will pay the price," Bush said.

The president also discussed U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in Europe, calling the need for such a system "urgent."

"One of the most important steps we can take ... to protect our citizens is the deployment of new capabilities to defend against a ballistic missile attack," Bush said.

Bush cited Iran's developing
technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. In 2006, Iran conducted military exercises in which it launched ballistic missiles capable of striking Israel and Turkey.

"Iranian officials have declared that they are developing missiles with a range of 1,200 miles, which would give them the capability to reach us right here in Romania," Bush said. "Our intelligence community assesses that, with continued foreign assistance, Iran could test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States and all of Europe if it should choose to do so."

The U.S. wants an endorsement of its missile defense plan in Europe, as well as plans to develop a NATO-run short- and medium-range missile defense system.

This has caused some angst with Russian President Vladimir Putin, though. Putin is scheduled to be at the NATO-Russian Council talks April 4, the final day of the summit. In March, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Putin in Moscow in an attempt to allay some of the Russians' fears that the system could be turned against them.

"We're inviting Russia to join us in this cooperative effort so as to be able to defend Russia, Europe and the United States against an emerging threat that could affect us all," Bush said.

Also, Bush plans to travel to Russia later this week for further missile defense talks, he said.

"I will reiterate that the missile defense capabilities we are developing are not designed to defend against Russia," Bush said. "The Cold War is over. Russia is not our enemy. We're working toward a new
security relationship with Russia whose foundation does not rest on the prospect of mutual annihilation."

Manas Airmen's Charitable Program Reaches Milestone

By Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore, USAF
Special to American Forces Press Service

April 2, 2008 - The Manas Air Base Outreach Society and the local Children's Heart Ward recently passed a milestone in the community. With support, donations and hope from the base, two doctors who perform heart surgeries for free recently performed their 100th surgery. During a trip to meet the doctors and the 100th patient on March 29, a small group of Manas Air Base personnel also visited with the 99th and 101st heart surgery patients, and played with some of the kids on the ward still awaiting treatment.

"I'm very pleased with the years of our friendship," said Dr. Kaldarbek Abdramanov, director and professor of surgery in the local Institute of Cardiac Surgery and Organ Transplantation. "I hope we can continue this partnership for many years."

Abdramanov said the children's heart ward receives patients from all over Central Asia, but they only are able to help a fraction of them because of the cost.

"Most families here live under the line of poverty, and to have a sick child with a medical condition adds a great strain on a family," he said. "Doctors are supposed to tell the truth, and so I tell you that the Americans help us a lot -- your support is important.

"The government doesn't have the means to help everyone, and the families don't have the money. So when Americans showed up and gave us support, it helped a great deal," he said. "Even if you helped just a little, it would be a big deal for us, but you have helped a lot."

Manas Air Base airmen assist the heart ward by covering the fee for the "oxygenator," a piece of equipment needed for each surgery that costs $560. The Manas Air Base Outreach Society has addressed that need with its Children's Heart Ward focus group. Airmen raise money to pay for the oxygenators for heart surgeries and sometimes for other types of surgeries so that even more children can be assisted.

The 376th Expeditionary Maintenance Group held a fundraiser to support the 100th surgery, explained the 376th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron KC-135 section chief, Master Sgt. Scott Kaulig, who is deployed to Manas from Fairchild
Air Force Base, Wash.

"The maintenance group asked for donations to support the 100th surgery," the Cincinnati, Ohio, native said.

The simple tactic worked. In fact, the outpouring of support was so great, the group ended up funding the 101st surgery as well. "I'm very proud of the group and the (817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Detachment 1) C-17 airmen for donating the money to help," Kaulig said.

Abdramanov explained that his clinic supports the 5 million people in the Kyrgyz Republic, and his ward sees about 2,000 to 3,000 adult patients annually. They can only fully support about 400 to 500 a year. It isn't for lack of skill, but lack of funding. He explained that his clinic has doctors who are as qualified as doctors and surgeons in Europe.

The situation is the same for the children. The clinic sees about 5,000 to 6,000 children annually and is only able to help about 300 children a year.

"Heart surgeries are very expensive, and that's why most hospitals have a lot of financial difficulties," he said. "But I can't thank you for your help enough. You Americans are modest and don't make a big deal of it; you help and expect nothing in return."

Dr. Samudin Shabyralier, a heart surgeon who's been with the children's heart ward since Manas Air Base supported the first surgery, has seen the benefit of the long-term partnership.

"I'm very pleased with the support from the Americans," he said. "I hope that we can work together for many years.

For him, it is also about helping people.

"The reason I stay involved is because I have a 3-year-old son of my own, and I love to help others any chance I get," Shabyralier said.

"God sees everything and everyone; we have some well off people this country that do not help as much as they could. And what you do is important. I know that I've given a lot of my time helping others, but I still feel that it's not enough."

Abdramanov expressed similar sentiments. "For me, I must help; just to see a child smiling again is reason enough for me," he said.

Whatever the reason for the generosity, Sakin Tumenbaeva, mother of the 100th patient, Alymbekov Amanbek, was appreciative of the support.

"Thank you to all who helped," Tumenbaeva said through an interpreter. "If it wasn't for you, I don't know who I could have turned to. I'm thankful for you all."

(
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore is assigned to 376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs.)

Changing World Leads to NATO'S Transformation

By Carol L. Bowers
American Forces Press Service

April 2, 2008 - NATO's creation in 1949 provided a unique framework for Western
military cooperation in an era of Soviet expansion, and subsequently throughout the Cold War. The North Atlantic Treaty's defining feature is the agreement of member nations to provide mutual defense. In a pledge known as "Article 5" for its place in the treaty, member nations agreed to treat an attack against one as an attack against all, and to respond with force as necessary.

But for most of its life, NATO had no cause to flex its
military arm or test its warfighting capabilities. Although countries pledged troops, money and supplies to create a NATO fighting force, the organization's broad approach to collective security involved dialogue, cooperation and self-defense -- a strategy that stood NATO in good stead through the Cold War and well into the 1990s.

The eruption of Bosnia's
civil war in the early 1990s prompted a shift in NATO's strategic view of security and planted the seeds of NATO forces' military transformation. Alarmed by the human rights violations and "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia, NATO members saw that in the interest of collective security, they would need to consider military engagements outside NATO nations' borders. Under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, members often had consulted one another on matters of concern or potential threats to member nations, but until 1993 no Article 4 consultation had resulted in a military engagement.

Operation Deny Flight launched in April 1993 as a mission to prevent aerial intrusion over Bosnia and Herzegovina, and nearly a year later, on Feb. 28, 1994, NATO aircraft shot down four war planes violating the no-fly zone in the alliance's first
military engagement.

In August 1995, allied air strikes on Bosnian-Serb positions were used to help compel the warring parties into peace negotiations, which followed with the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement on Dec. 14, 1994.

After the signing of the Dayton agreement, NATO deployed its first peacekeeping mission, sending an implementation force into Bosnia that soon was replaced by a stabilization force to help facilitate the country's reconstruction and train Bosnian
military forces. The stabilization force's mission ended in December 2004, with the European Union peacekeeping force taking over. In 2006, Bosnia and Herzegovina joined NATO's Partnership for Peace Program.

NATO was driven to act again when violence erupted in Kosovo. NATO's aim was to achieve a peaceful resolution of the crisis and promote stability and
security in neighboring Albania and Macedonia. In pursuit of these objectives, Albania and Macedonia became members of the Partnership for Peace program.

The operations in Bosnia and Kosovo taught NATO that Cold-War style logistics were no longer viable. Modern
military operations call for rapid deployments, and NATO began to consider strategic and military transformation that would create an expeditionary force. That process sped up with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, with the realization that attacks may come from many quarters and NATO needed a fast, technologically superior and sustainable force that also could stand ready to meet the new challenges of the new century.

The NATO Response Force was in operation by Oct. 15, 2003, barely one year after members had approved its formation. By October 2004, the force had 17,000 troops and was declared ready to take on a full range of missions. By the NATO Riga Summit in November 2006, the force was declared fully operational with 25,000 troops.

Through the NATO Response Force, member countries commit land, air, naval or special operations units for six-month rotations. Participation in the NRF is preceded by a six-month training program that includes complex exercises of both a
military and peacekeeping or humanitarian aid nature.

The response force is configured to deploy as a stand-alone force for NATO nations' collective defense under Article 5 of the treaty and for crisis support including evacuation, support of disaster consequence management in the event of chemical, biological or nuclear attacks, humanitarian crisis support and counterterrorism operations as well as a quick response team to support diplomacy and deter crises.

Elements of the force helped to protect the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and were deployed to support the Afghan presidential elections in September 2004.

The force also has been used in disaster relief, including in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the United States and humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

The last few years have seen a dramatic evolution in NATO's thinking and in its posture, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said recently. "With all the new capabilities we have forged in the heat of battle – and with new attitudes – we are seeing what it means to be expeditionary," he said. "We must now commit ourselves to institutionalize what we have learned and to complete our transformation."

Gates said the alliance must find the resolve to work together through a new set of challenges "so that, many years from now, our children and their children will look back on this period as a time when we recommitted ourselves to the common ideals that bind us together -- a time when we again faced a threat to peace and to our liberty squarely and courageously, a time when we again shed blood and helped war devastated people nourish the seeds of freedom and foster peaceful, productive societies.

"That mission drew us together in 1948 and keeps us together today," he said.

MILITARY CONTRACTS April 2, 2008

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Shell Oil Products US – Deer Park, Houston, Texas is being awarded a maximum $882,846,124.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Deer Park, Texas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were 48 proposals originally solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is April 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-08-D-0470).

Delek Refining, Ltd.,
Tyler, Texas is being awarded a maximum $101,902,496.10 fixed price with economic price adjustment, partial set-aside, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is April 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-08-D-0476).

Hermes Consolidated, Inc., Denver, Colo., is being awarded a maximum $41,079,600.00 fixed price with economic price adjustment, partial set-aside, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is April 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-08-D-0478).

ARMY

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Fla., was awarded on March 31, 2008, a $91,340,065 firm-fixed price contract for the design and construction of a building complex to support United States Southern Command and their collaborative partners. Work will be performed at U.S. Southcom Headquarters, Miami-Doral, Florida. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by April 16, 2009. Web bids were solicited on Aug. 8, 2007 and three bids were received. Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala. is the contracting agency (W91278-08-C-0021).

Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Vehicle Systems Limited Partnership,
Sealy, Texas, was awarded on March 31, 2008, a $43,579,276.55 firm-fixed price contract for adding long-term armor strategy A1P2 cabs to 730 family of medium tactical vehicles. Work will be performed in Sealy, Texas. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by Nov. 15, 2008. Two bids were solicited on Aug. 15, 2002 and two bids were received. U.S. Army TACOM, Warren, Mich. is the contracting agency (DAAE07-03-C-S023).

Archer Western Contractors, Chicago, Ill., was awarded on April 1, 2008, a $41,000,000 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of the joint use intelligence analysis facility. Work will be performed in Charlottesville, Va. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 31, 2011. 80 bids were solicited on Sept. 21, 2007 and two bids were received. U.S.
Army Engineer District, Norfolk, Va. Is the contracting agency (W91236-08-C-0031).

Sundt Construction, Tempe, Ariz., was awarded on March 31, 2008, a $20,745,734 firm-fixed price contract for the design and construction of one new unaccompanied personnel barracks building. Work will be performed at Fort
Carson, Colo. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by May 30, 2009. Five bids were solicited on Dec. 4, 2007 and two bids were received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb. Is the contracting agency (W912DQ-08-D-0008).

Foster Miller, Waltham, Mass., was awarded on March 31, 2008, a firm-fixed price contract for spall liner kits for the RG-31 Mark III and Mark V. Work will be performed in Waltham, Mass. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by March 30, 2009. One bid was solicited on Nov. 30, 2007. U.S. Army TACOM, Warren, Mich. is the contracting agency (W56HZV-08-C-0172).

Sletten Companies,
Phoenix, Ariz. was awarded on March 28, 2008, an $11,981.566 firm-fixed price contract for the design and construction of a human intelligence training facility. Work will be performed in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2009. Web bids were solicited on Jan. 24, 2008, and six bids were received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, Calif. is the contracting agency (W912PL-08-C-0008).

Jacobs/Huitt-Zollars, St. Louis, Mo. was awarded on March 31, 2008, a $8,644,805 firm-fixed price contract for design implementation and integration services for the site infrastructure and brigade combat teams projects. Work will be performed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2008. One bid was solicited on March 21, 2008. U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting agency (W9126G-06-D-0011).

AIR FORCE

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems of San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a contract for $10,000,000. This effort is for Lot 8 advance purchase items for: two Block RQ-4 Air Vehicles; three Block 40 Air Vehicles (AV); four Multi-Platform Radar
Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) sensors; four Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suites (EISS); Mission Control Element (MCE) One Launch Recovery Element (LRE). At this time $10,000,000 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-08-C-3001).

GSD&M Idea City, LLC of
Austin, Texas, is being awarded a requirement contract for $6,000,000. The Air Force requires a full-services advertising agency capable of providing non-personal services necessary to management, supervision, personnel labor, material and equipment (except for Government furnished items) required to plan, create, design, produce, place, evaluate and measure the effectiveness of advertising and special events in support of Air Force active duty national, regional, and local recruiting marketing support. At this time $0 has been obligated. Randolph AFB, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA3002-08-D-0019).

NAVY

Lockheed Martin Corp., St. Paul, Minn., is being awarded a $9,204,957 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-04-D-0082) to procure thirty-seven (37) advanced data storage systems and install, along with R-4100-02 chassis, into P-3 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASuW) Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft. Work will be performed in Oldsmar, Fla. (65 percent); and Eagan, Minn. (35 percent) and is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $1,208,550 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.