Military News

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Bush Cites 'Excellent' Hurricane Gustav Response Efforts

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 3, 2008 - President Bush praised federal, state and local government efforts to assist the people of the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Gustav during his visit to the emergency operations center in Baton Rouge, La., today. "All in all, the response has been excellent," Bush told reporters during a news conference that included
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Bush was briefed about the post-Gustav situation by emergency response officials.

However, "there is more work to be done," Bush said. "And, that's why I came down here with members of the federal government to listen and to figure out how to help."

Hurricane Gustav turned out to be a less-powerful storm than Katrina, which in late August 2005 flooded most of New Orleans and devastated large swaths of the Gulf Coast.

Nonetheless, Baton Rouge, the state capital, and parts of
Louisiana farther west were pummeled by Gustav's 100-mph-plus winds and slashing rain. Bush has visited several regional emergency response centers since Gustav made landfall near Cocodrie, La., Sept. 1.

State and local governments and the federal government, Bush said, were able to work effectively together in response to Hurricane Gustav.

"We're much better-coordinated this time than we were with Katrina," Bush said. However, hundreds of thousands of Louisianans have been left without power in Gustav's wake.

"One of the key things that needs to happen is they've got to get electricity up here in
Louisiana, get moving as fast as possible," Bush said. "The governor understands it's a problem, his team understands it's a problem, and I understand it's a problem."

Jindal also discussed the need, Bush said, to release some oil from the nation's strategic reserve to assist a local business.

"Last night we got a request from a company doing business here in
Louisiana and we met that request, ... so oil was released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And, we will continue to do that upon requests by companies," Bush said.

Bush thanked everyone for their hard work in
Louisiana since Gustav barreled ashore.

"I can't thank you all enough for working as hard as you are," Bush said. "Looking around, I can see that some people may not have much sleep recently."

Thousands of National Guard members were mobilized in Texas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and other states to deal with Gustav's wrath. U.S. Northern Command aerial assets were employed to evacuate elderly and severely ill persons out of the path of the storm.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates authorized a call-up of up to 50,000 National Guard personnel to assist in the storm's aftermath, if necessary.

Meanwhile, officials are preparing for Tropical Storm Hanna, which is now passing through the Bahamas. Hanna is currently projected to make landfall somewhere between South Florida and the Carolinas Sept. 5.

MILITARY CONTRACTS September 3, 2008

Navy

American Systems, Chantilly, Va.; Square D, Palatine, Ill.; and Weston Solutions, San Antonio, Texas, are each being awarded a firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract in support of the Advance Metering Infrastructure Program at U.S.
Navy and Marine Corps installations worldwide. The work to be performed provides for services for the design, procurement, installation, testing, and sustainment of building level advanced metering solutions in support of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for Navy and Marine Corps requirements on a worldwide basis. This will allow the Navy and Marine Corps to cost-effectively allocate and manage electricity, natural gas, steam, and water commodities. The maximum dollar value for all three contracts is $250,000,000. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps installations worldwide, and work is expected to be Sept. 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with seven proposals received. These three contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Specialty Center Acquisitions, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity (N62583-08-D-0136/0137/0138).

Rockwell Collins Government Systems, Inc., Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, is being awarded an $8,162,000 firm-fixed-priced order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-08-G-0016) for services in support of the FY 2008 ARC-210 Radio hardware design changes to evolve the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communication waveform capability in the next generation tactical networking radio, RT-1939(C) radio system. Tasking includes program management, system engineering, hardware development, and data deliverables. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed in Aug. 2009. 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.

Square D Co., Palatine, Ill., is being awarded $6,000,000 for firm-fixed price task order #0004 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N62473-07-D-4012) for the repair/overhaul of Mobile Utility Support Equipment (MUSE) substations and generators from Rota, Spain in support of the Global War on Terror. The work to be performed provides for the repair and overhaul of MUSE transportable substations. Completed work shall provide a professional appearance, reliable operation at rated capacity, structural integrity, and corrosion control. Work will be performed in Cerritos and
Bakersfield, Calif., and is expected to be completed by September 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Specialty Center Acquisitions, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Correction: L-3 Services, Inc., Marlton, N.J., contract (N68936-08-D-0027) awarded Aug. 29, 2008, should have stated the work percentage in Camarillo, Calif., as 61% not 67%.

Air Force

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for $21,490,004. This action will provide Program Executive Office (PEO) Ammunition and Joint Munitions and Lethality Office Cycle Management Command with strategic planning, studies, and analysis. At this time $596,666 has been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380, Delivery Order: 0274).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for $7,632,519. The action will provide Electronic Weapons (EW) analysis and support of Air Force systems. At this time $386,473 has been obligated. 55th Contracting Squadron, 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380, Delivery Order: 0273).

The
Air Force is modifying a firm fixed price contract with Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., of Hurst, Texas, for an estimated $7,605,799. The contractor shall provide 64 each TH-1H/Huey-II tailboom structural assembly, part number 212-030-100-245 and associated non-recurring engineering as part of the Tailboom Assembly Modification Program. At this time all funds have been obligated. 580th ACSG/GFKAB, Robins AFB, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8509-08-C-0017-P00001).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Sysco FoodServices of Hampton Roads, Inc., Suffolk, Va. is being awarded a maximum $15,875,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, prime vendor contract for total food and beverage support. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are
Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. This contract is exercising the third option year. The original proposal was DIBBS solicited with 2 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is September 4, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM300-08-D-3146).

Army

Vetco, Watertown, N.Y., was awarded on Aug. 29, 2008, a $ 15,045,820 firm/fixed price contract for construction of the 300-member
Army Reserve Center, consisting of a training building, an organizational maintenance shop, and an unheated storage building at Fort Drum, N.Y. Work will be performed in Fort Drum, N. Y., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 10, 2010. Bids were solicited via Internet and two bids were received. Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (912QR-08-C-0031).

General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on
Aug. 29, 2008, a $9,342,000 cost/plus/fixed fee contract for System Technical support (STS) for the Abrams Tank program to include field service representatives to the Australian Tank program. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM-Warren, AMSTA-AQ-AHLC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-0046).

AM General, LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Aug. 29, 2008, a $533,553,384 firm/fixed price contract for EA High Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vechile (HMMWV). Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM-Warren, AMSTA-AQ-AHLC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).

General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on
Aug. 29, 2008, a $5,900,000 cost/plus/fixed fee contract for System Technical support (STS) for the Abrams Tank program to include field service representative to support Leave Behind Equipment (LBE) at Fort Carson, Colo. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM-Warren, AMSTA-AQ-AHLC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-0046).

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., Oak Brook, Ill., was awarded on Aug. 29, 2008, a $6,211,115 firm/fixed price contract for maintenance dredging of the Arthur Kill Reach of the N.Y. & N.J. channels and Raritan River N.J. Work will be performed in N.Y. & N.J., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 17, 2008. Twenty three bids were solicited and three bids were received. Corp of Engineers, N.Y. City, N.Y., is the contracting activity (W912DS-07-C-0017).

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control,
Orlando, Fla., was awarded on
Sept. 1, 2008, a $16,975,000 firm/fixed price contract. This procurement is for non-recurring engineering, integration and qualification of modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot's night vision sensor selected obsolescence replacement components. Work will be performed in
Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Jun. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. US Army Aviation and Missile Command, AMSAM-AC-AP-B, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-C-0169).

W.M. Jordan Co., Inc, Newport News, Va., was awarded on Sept. 2, 2008, a $35,104,000 firm /fixed price contract. Construct a 600- person
Air Force/Navy dormitory at Fort Lee, Va. The project includes design and complete construction with a furniture option. Work will be performed in Fort Lee, Va., with an estimated completion date of Jun. 30, 2010. One hundred and thirteen bids were solicited and nine bids were received. US Army Engineer District, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (W91236-08-C-0062).

Chairman Expresses Confidence U.S., Iraq Will Agree on Troop Status

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 3, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed confidence yesterday that Washington and Baghdad will reach an agreement before the year's end on the future role of U.S. forces in Iraq.
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen also discussed his outlook on past and present U.S. humanitarian relief missions in a Pentagon Channel podcast interview.

Mullen praised the bilateral dialogue between the U.S. and Iraq, where Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid a one-day visit last month to discuss the status of forces agreement with Iraqi counterparts.

"There's actually great debate about this right now, and I think that's pretty healthy," Mullen said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has expressed the desire for Iraqi sovereignty and independence, which the United States encourages, Mullen said.

"That's one of the things that we've encouraged as his burgeoning democracy comes forward," he said.

The deadline for a United Nations mandate allowing the U.S. and Iraq to negotiate a status of forces deal is Dec. 31, after which American forces may not legally remain in Iraq without an agreement in place.

"We really need to make sure that that agreement is in place," Mullen said. "And from my view -- while certainly it's not done, because people are still working it -- it's all headed in the right direction."

Meanwhile, coalition forces handed over provincial control of Anbar province to Iraqis this week, a development that Mullen said indicates continued security improvement.

"Two years ago, not many of us would have thought that possible," he said, referring to the handover of what formerly was one of the most violent regions of Iraq. "I'm hopeful we can move forward and continue to reduce our force levels there."

On humanitarian relief, Mullen said the U.S.
military's flexibility enables it to intervene swiftly in the wake of natural or other disasters.

"It says a lot about what our capability is, what our flexibility is, and also our presence, our engagement around the world, because we've been able to respond very quickly, typically by air and by sea," he said.

The chairman added that the average servicemember engaged in a relief effort later describes it as a source of pride.

"Typically, they tell you that they've never been prouder of carrying out a mission than when they were able to carry out this kind of humanitarian mission and disaster relief," he said.

Mullen cited the U.S. relief roles following earthquakes in China and Pakistan, and a humanitarian mission after a cyclone hit Burma and a tsunami struck Indonesia.

"It's the kind of engagement and support that has an impact not just in the disaster, but has an impact on the long-term relationships," he said, citing the United States' ongoing mission in Georgia as an example.

"I think it says a lot about the United States military," Mullen said, "and a lot about the United States of America: that we care, that we are engaged in a way that has a positive impact on lives."

Chrysler Earns Top Employer-Support Award

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 3, 2008 - Defense officials have chosen Chrysler to receive the department's top employer-support award for providing exceptional financial and emotional support to its employees who deploy as National Guard or reserve members. Chrysler will receive the Freedom Award along with 14 other companies in a ceremony Sept. 18 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center here. The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional support from the employer community.

The automaker provides pay differential and full benefits for up to 48 months of
military service for all its Guard and reserve employees.

"The fact that Chrysler made up my pay was a huge help, because I don't think I could've made it financially without them," said
Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Theresa Jones, a Chrysler employee who has spent two years away from work fulfilling reserve duties.

In addition to providing pay and benefits, the Chrysler Veterans Committee regularly collects items and sends comfort packages to deployed employees and other servicemembers.

"It was so nice to receive care packages from my colleagues at Chrysler while I was serving in Iraq," Jones said in a news release. "They even sent me a microwave so we could pop our own popcorn!"

Robert Nardelli, Chrysler's chairman and chief executive officer, signed a
military support agreement in May that pledged the company's commitment to supporting employees who are called into military service.

"I just want to thank all the men and women who give of themselves, who are apart from their families, who are enduring tremendous hardship to maintain the freedom, the democracy on which this country was founded," Nardelli said at the May 5 signing of the ESGR 5-Star
military Support Agreement.

Meanwhile, Chrysler is sponsoring an ongoing program called "Freedom Calls" to allow families of deployed troops to participate in a video-teleconference with their loved ones in Iraq.

The Freedom Award recognizes U.S. employers that rise above the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

As shown by testimony from
Air Force Tech Sgt. Robert Langlois, who has spent an average of 100 days a year on security-force tours in Germany, his national service likely wouldn't have been possible without Chrysler's exceptional support.

"If not for the incredible support of Chrysler, both financially and emotionally, I don't think I could've stayed in uniform serving this country," he said in a statement. "I'm so very thankful to them."

USAA Aligns the Stars to Salute the Troops on ABC, Sunday, September 7 9/8c

September 3, 2008 -- A diverse cross-section of America’s most popular performers and entertainers – including Toby Keith, Janet Jackson, ZZ Top, Jessica Simpson, Snoop Dogg and others – are coming together on the same stage for one night only at an all-star salute to the nation’s military men and women.

America United in Support of Our Troops - is all about standing together as a nation to say a very heartfelt 'thank you' to the men and women of the U.S.
military
USAA, a diversified financial services firm, is honored to present America United In Support of Our Troops, airing on ABC Sunday, September 7, at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central.

Other performers and celebrities slated to appear include country musician Clint Black, comedians Carlos Mencia and Kathy Griffin, and many more. Filmed in front of audiences in Iraq, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Fort Campbell, Ky., the show features popular music, celebrity cameos, tributes to the troops, and heart-warming stories.

“America United in Support of Our Troops - is all about standing together as a nation to say a very heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the men and women of the U.S.
military,” said USAA President and CEO Joe Robles. “USAA has proudly served our nation’s military families for 86 years, and it is our honor to sponsor this tribute. We hope Americans will tune in this Sunday, support our troops and enjoy this terrific show.”

The show will be re-broadcast Monday, Sept. 8 for
military members serving overseas and on ships at sea through the American Forces Radio and Television Service.

The only full-service insurance, banking and investment company dedicated to serving the military, USAA has many employees who have served in the
military or have a direct connection to those in uniform.

For more information regarding the show and how to thank the troops, visit www.usaa.com/salute.

About USAA
USAA, a diversified financial services group of companies, is the leading provider of financial planning, insurance, investments, and banking products to members of the U.S.
military and their families. Named by BusinessWeek as No. 1 Customer Service Champ in 2007 and 2008, USAA provides highly competitive financial products to its 6.4 million members. For more information about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit www.usaa.com.

Louisiana Guard Reacts to Damage, Assesses Needs

American Forces Press Service

Sept. 3, 2008 - In response to flooding yesterday in West Monroe, La., the
Louisiana National Guard delivered 58,000 sandbags throughout the night, with 50,000 more expected to be delivered today. More than 20 engineer work teams are moving throughout the state to support efforts to assess what needs to be done in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav's Sept. 1 landfall.

National Guard personnel are deploying to assist with secondary road and tree clearing, debris and trash removal, water and food distribution, evacuee return efforts, generator and power support, transportation and search and rescue.

Security at shelters and hospitals continues to be a priority, as well as hourly patrols to ensure the security of property as residents begin returning to their homes. Soldiers also are helping local
police with curfew enforcement to curtail looting and preventing accidents in areas where traffic lights are still out.

"These highly trained and professional citizen-soldiers are willing and prepared to defend themselves and protect the lives of other
Louisiana residents," said Army Capt. Taysha Deaton Gibbes, deputy public affairs officer for the Louisiana National Guard. "National Guardsmen are working closely with local policemen to provide security, supply and water distribution, transportation, and other assistance as locations and requirements are determined."

The
Louisiana National Guard's 62nd Civil Support Team based at the Gillis W. Long Center in Carville, La., is in Terrebonne Parish today conducting environmental assessments and identifying potential hazards that may have been caused by wind and rain from Hurricane Gustav. The 19-member team is working with the parish's Emergency Operations Center, helping to provide them with communications, and assisting in damage assessment.

"We will stay here in Terrebonne until our mission is complete and all environmental concerns have been addressed,"
Army 2nd Lt. Jacob L. Witte, team leader, said.

Several
Civil support teams have been brought into the state through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual-support agreement among states. The 7th Civil Support Team has brought 17 members from Missouri to Rapides Parish, and the 45th Civil Support Team from Tennessee is in Lafourche Parish with its 22-member crew.

(From a
Louisiana National Guard news release.)

America Supports You: Online Radio Show Gives Voice to Military Community

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service

Sept. 2, 2008 - The host of a radio program available worldwide on the Internet gives servicemembers a chance to tell their stories. "This is one way that I can serve the
military," Dave Whitten, host of "Voice of the Troops," a weekly hour-long show on Phoenix station KFNX and carried on the station's Web site, said in an "ASY Live" BlogTalkRadio interview.

"ASY Live" is part of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, which connects American citizens and companies with servicemembers at home and abroad.

"I grew up in a very
military household," Whitten said. "I always kick myself for not serving."

The idea started for Whitten a year and a half ago, he said, after listening to the radio and television and sensing a need to bring to light the voice of the individual servicemember.

"You hear all the bad stuff that goes on," he said. "Let's face it, war is not pretty. ... But you never [get] to hear the good stories about the good things that our troops [are] doing."

on the program airs Sundays at 7 p.m. PST and is available on the Web at www.1100kfnx.com.

"I give them an hour every week to talk about whatever they want without cutting them up into sound bites," Whitten said. Topics range from post-traumatic stress disorder to
military history.

"On one of our most memorable shows, we had two of the remaining five Navajo code talkers talking about how they saved countless numbers of
Marine lives in the Pacific Theater," he said. "What was really interesting was that many of these guys were in their mid-80s, and you never know, this might be the last time we capture this. I was told by another Marine, "You guys have captured a part of history."

It's important, especially with current conflicts, to talk to those who are directly affected, Whitten said.

"Kimberly Dozier was a CBS News reporter that we had on our show recently to talk about her experience," he said. "Kimberly and her video crew were involved in an [improvised explosive device] explosion over in Iraq and almost lost her life. [As a] matter of a fact, her photographer and sound person did lose their lives, and she knows first-hand the type of quality care that
military survivors received. We got her on the show to talk about how the military doctors got her back to normal."

The show also discusses recent topics of interest and the important ramifications of new
military policy.

"Recently, we had a show with two colonels, Kevin and Kate Voight, who talked about their experience serving as intel officers based in Baghdad, Iraq," he said. "Now that
Army rules have changed, they can actually serve in a combat area together and have their own housing. It's a way to attract qualified people, because they can have the 15 months of actually functioning as a husband and wife."

Voice of the Troops also brings to light plans for future development of new capabilities. For example, he said, he has lined up
Air Force Maj. Gen. William T. Lord, commander of the Air Force's provisional Cyberspace Command, as a guest for an upcoming program to talk about the importance of defending the nation's computer systems from adversaries.

Whitten said he appreciates that programs like America Supports You work to get the message out to servicemembers about programs like his.

"We are proud to work with programs like America Supports You, [which] has done a phenomenal job in garnering the support of people throughout the nation," Whitten said. "We need to help [the public] understand that there is a need out there. We still have men and women in a combat zone, and my hat's off to ASY for what they do."

(Jamie Findlater works in the New Media directorate of the Defense Media Activity.)

Gates OKs Call-up of 50,000 Guard Troops for Hurricane Support

By Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke
Special to American Forces Press Service

Sept. 2, 2008 - Up to 50,000 National Guard personnel can be called up for the response to Hurricane Gustav if needed, a National Guard Bureau official said yesterday. "They will operate under the control of the governors through the adjutants general,"
Air Force Maj. Gen. William Etter, director of domestic operations for the National Guard Bureau, said at a media briefing held by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates authorized the call-up Aug. 31 for a period ending Sept. 15.

Etter said the National Guard has more than 14,000 citizen-soldiers and -airmen deployed to the Gulf Coast, and "we are poised to flex this number as required."

"Their response so far has been superb, and no effort has been spared to ensure the safety, security and well being of the citizens of the Gulf Coast," he said.

Etter praised the Guard's interagency partners for their teamwork. "We all recognized ... early on the potential seriousness of this storm and started coordination to support the affected states," he said. "And right now, we believe we have had a rapid, effective response to the storm."

Over the weekend, the National Guard evacuated more than 17,000 citizens from
New Orleans and almost 600 special-needs patients regionally.

Current operations include 24-hour security patrols in
New Orleans. Also, 350 buses with National Guard drivers are pre-positioned to conduct a post-landfall evacuation if needed.

The National Guard has more than 3,800 highwater vehicles and 86 helicopters in the region, ready to deploy as needed, Etter said.

In addition to its response to Hurricane Gustav, the National Guard is preparing for the potential landfall of Tropical Storm Hanna.

(
Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke serves at the National Guard Bureau.)

Air Guard Assists Thousands Displaced by Gustav

By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
Special to American Forces Press Service

Sept. 2, 2008 - With tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents in the potential path of Hurricane Gustav during the Labor Day weekend, Air National Guard members put aside their last-minute school shopping and backyard picnics to bring their states' Guard airpower to the displaced. Taking to the skies Aug. 30 and 31 were Air Guard aeromedical evacuation squadrons from at least four states. They deployed their aircrews, aircraft and medical specialists to a mobile air staging facility in Carswell, Texas. In total, the team air evacuated more than 473 patients. At least seven other states prepared aeromedical teams to respond to calls for emergency assistance.

In all, the National Guard's soldiers and airmen helped evacuate nearly 17,000 Gulf Coast residents via the skies and roadways, including 325 special-needs patients, from New Orleans before the storm's arrival yesterday.

A medical team of Air Guard members including five C-130 Hercules aircraft and a Delaware Air Guard C-130 and airmen from West Virginia, Oklahoma and
Tennessee helped airlift at least 247 patients from Beaumont, Texas. The patients were medically assessed, monitored and flown out of the storm's path to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The highly trained flight medics then boarded their aircraft and flew to Belle Chasse Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base outside New Orleans to assist in the Guard's continued Gustav relief missions.

"The Air National Guard medical community is honored and humbled to bring our medical talent and compassion to communities in times of need," said
Air Force Col. (Dr.) Constance McNabb, Texas Military Forces joint surgeon, in a state news release. "Helping other people is why Guard medics serve."

On the receiving end, more than 160 Kentucky Air Guard members in
Louisville assisted thousands of displaced people who were flown out of New Orleans on commercial aircraft to the Kentucky Air National Guard Base there. They were then taken by bus to Red Cross shelters at the Louisville fairgrounds and in Lexington.

"Kentucky is a reception state to displaced persons being evacuated from New Orleans via commercial airlines,"
Air Force Capt. Dale Greer, Kentucky Guard spokesman, said. He reported that the hurricane evacuation was a multi-agency effort calling on the resources of federal, state and local governments, as well as the American Red Cross.

Other Air Guard members at McGee Tyson Air Guard Base in Knoxville, Tenn., and in Nashville and Memphis, received similar evacuee missions at their bases.

Still other Air Guard units positioned their states' assets around the nation to better support potential storm-damaged states after Gustav's landfall.

In West Virginia, Air Guard aircrews and their C-130s from the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston transported a special joint National Guard communications support team with their radio, telephone, video and satellite equipment to Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 31.

A Mississippi C-17 Globemaster III transport jet and aircrew of the 172nd Airlift Wing – which flies the nation's aeromedical evacuation missions from Balad Air Base, Iraq – flew to Anchorage, Alaska, and delivered two
Army Guard HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to Jackson, Miss.

In Sioux City, Iowa, an aircrew from the 185th Air Refueling Wing flew their KC-135 Stratotanker and transported 50
Army Guard members and equipment from the state to Alexandria, La.

In all, Guard officials said nearly 14,000 National Guard airmen and soldiers were positioned with their equipment over the holiday weekend.

The Kansas Air Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing, which flew the state's 35th Infantry Division advance-party soldiers to Alexandria, La. -- Two Nevada Air Guard aircrews and C-130s from the 152nd Airlift Wing flew to the Gulf Coast area to prepare for airlift missions.

The New York Air Guard deployed 15 aeromedical airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing, as well as two HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and 16 airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing. In Mississippi, the 186th Air Refueling Wing in Meridian was on full alert with an RC-26 reconnaissance aircraft and aircrew to assist in hurricane response missions. The California Air Guard deployed 19 airmen, including pararescuemen and two HH-60s, and was planning to deploy additional Airmen, aircraft and pararescue equipment to the Gulf Coast.

(
Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith serves at the National Guard Bureau.)

America Supports You: Troop-Support Group Gets Grant to Go Green

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 2, 2008 - The future is getting "greener," and so are the houses Homes for Our Troops will build in the future, thanks to a $1 million grant from The Sierra Club Foundation. The grant will allow the organization to build environment-friendly homes.

"We are excited to increase the green building we incorporate into the homes we build for the severely injured veterans we assist," said John Gonsalves, Homes for Our Troops president and founder. "This grant will allow us to incorporate state-of-the-art building techniques and materials such as geothermal heating systems and photovoltaic solar panels to give our veterans the long-term economic and environmental benefits of green building."

The Sierra Club Foundation is happy to help Homes for Our Troops in that endeavor and give back to servicemembers and their families at the same time.

"We're thrilled to be able to give back to families that have given so much to our country," said Peter Martin, director of The Sierra Club Foundation. "We hope this project will demonstrate how easy it is to save energy at home. We can lower our energy bills, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs in the green building sector at the same time."

Spread over three years, the grant also will allow Homes for Our Troops to reach out to educate the public and builders about green building, said Dawn Teixeira, the troop-support organization's vice president.

"What we'll do with the grant is pretty much educate ourselves and create a program to kind of start our homes to be green," Teixeira said. "We kind of are hoping to use these houses also as a teaching tool."

The program to begin making the houses Homes for Our Troops builds greener already is in the works, and Teixeira said she anticipates the first of the environmentally conscious homes will appear within the next year. The potential exists for all of the 100 homes the organization plans to build over the next three years to be green homes, she added.

Going green isn't without geographic challenges, however.

For instance, a home the organization recently built and presented to an injured veteran in Denver is "green." Denver, with 300 days of sun each year, is perfect for solar energy
technology, Teixeira said.

"
Minnesota on the other hand, is not," she said, referring to a home that was presented to another injured veteran in St. Paul yesterday. "So, we [had] to use different technologies."

Homes for Our Troops officials hope to work with companies trying to market green technologies to take some of the challenge out of the equation. The partnership seems serendipitous.

"There are so many companies out there that have these products that are not in the market place," Teixeira said. "We think that we're the perfect vehicle to help them get them out there."

Homes for Our Troops, a supporter of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, has completed 30 homes since October 2005 for veterans seriously injured while serving in the global war on
terrorism. America Supports You connects citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.

U.S. Military Aircraft, Ships Continue Georgian Missions

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 2, 2008 - U.S.
military aircraft and ships continue to bring humanitarian supplies to Georgia, defense officials said today. The humanitarian need still exists in the former Soviet republic, and the United States will continue sending help "as long as it's needed," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

Russian troops continue to be in violation of the cease-fire agreement signed in August, Whitman said. "There has been some progress, but they remain in violation," he said.

So far, 62 air sorties have flown humanitarian aid to Georgia, and two ships – the USS McFaul and U.S.
Coast Guard Cutter Dallas – have delivered 1,138 short tons of supplies to the country. The McFaul and Dallas have finished their missions to Georgia, and the USS Mount Whitney will deliver humanitarian supplies in the next few days, Whitman said.

He called Russian charges that the deliveries contained weapons "false, untrue, unfounded, accusations without merit." All of the supplies delivered to Georgia have been to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the country that the Russian invasion caused, he emphasized.

About 100 American servicemembers and DoD civilians are in Georgia coordinating the missions, officials said, working closely with U.S. embassy personnel and the Georgian government to prioritize the needs.

The flights and ships are delivering cots, tents, humanitarian daily rations, comfort packs, medical supplies and other humanitarian goods.

Corps of Engineers Surveys New Orleans Levee System in Gustav's Wake

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 2, 2008 -
Army Corps of Engineers teams have fanned out across New Orleans to survey the 350 miles of levees, floodgates and floodwalls that protect New Orleans, while expressing cautious optimism that the reinforced system successfully withstood Hurricane Gustav. "All indications are that the system held, as expected," Amanda Jones, a Corps spokeswoman, said from the Corps' Vicksburg, Miss., district office.

Jones reported water overwashing levees in some areas, but said no breaches have been identified in the system that's been heavily reinforced since Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.

The Corps has about 30 people on the ground assessing the network and expected to do a flyover of the region today, Jones said. Additional Corps members are expected to arrive within the next day or two to step up those assessments.

But by all indications, Jones said, the reinforced system appears to have stood up to its first post-Katrina test as Hurricane Gustav made landfall yesterday as a Category 2 hurricane.

Corps staffers rode out Gustav at each of three outfall canals in
New Orleans as well as the Harvey Canal and at all locks.

In dramatic footage captured by a television news crew, William Zar from the Corps'
New Orleans District Office dove into Industrial Canal's choppy waters to secure a 500-gallon diesel fuel tank that had broken loose and threatened to ram a floodwall. Zar was patrolling the area in the Corps' tugboat Kent when he spotted the tank.

Last night, Corps workers closed gates to the London and 17th Street canals in the face of rising water, Jones said. The gates will be reopened as water levels drop, she added. The levees along the 17th Street Canal broke during Hurricane Katrina, contributing to widespread flooding.

Army Maj. Gen. Don Riley, the Corps' deputy commander, expressed optimism yesterday that New Orleans had survived Hurricane Gustav, but said it's still too soon to declare victory.

"There is still a danger, clearly, because of the wind and the wave wash that's occurring, and the tremendous pressure that's against all of the levees and floodwalls," he said at a Federal Emergency Management Agency briefing in Washington. "Until that abates, I think there's still danger. But we're confident they will withstand the erosion and the forces they see right now."

The Corps is halfway through a six-year project to strengthen the Crescent City's hurricane defenses, Corps of Engineers officials reported. So far, 220 miles of floodwalls and levees have been repaired and restored, with I-walls replaced with stronger T-walls at breach sites, floodwalls armored and transition points strengthened between floodwalls and levees, officials said. In addition, 18 interior pump stations have been repaired and improved, with eight more under construction and four in the design phase.

In preparation for Gustav, the Corps followed its emergency response plan, alerting its emergency command posts, stationing liaisons in all 13 of Louisiana's coastal parishes for redundant communications and preparing to operate canal gates.

The Corps also pre-positioned supplies, rocks, sand, bastions and equipment, and had 400 4,000-to-7,000-pound sandbags filled and ready for use. As a flood-fighting measure, workers placed sand baskets along an 1,800-foot section of the Industrial Canal's west floodwall. They also tested gates and temporary pumping stations – each capable of pumping 16,000 cubic feet of water per second -- at the three outfall canals.

Mississippi Guard Responds to Hurricane Gustav

By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 2, 2008 - Labor Day began here yesterday with pounding rain and high-velocity winds from a hurricane that many believed would match the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought three years ago, but the coast is clear today and damage was minimal from the weaker-than-expected Hurricane Gustav. After an assessment of the area, senior officials from the
Mississippi National Guard's joint task force headquarters here said the storm was not as intense as forecasters anticipated, and the city should be back to business as usual by the end of the week.

"It was a relief, but not a surprise," said
Army Brig. Gen. Ben Gaston, the task force commander. "The Mississippi Gulf was very lucky."

Gustav struck the Gulf Coast yesterday morning. Heavy rain and tornado warnings were in effect for most of the day as the hurricane traveled west into Louisiana and Texas.

Many of Gulfport's citizens evacuated over the weekend, but as they return throughout the week, they'll find that all the traffic lights are operating, few power lines are down, and little debris pollutes the streets. Schools should be in session, and most shops and businesses could be open as early as tomorrow, Gaston said.

With the exception of the roads flooding along the beach, which the Guardsmen had anticipated, the infrastructure is in good condition, he said.

"We had a pretty good read on what the storm surge was going to be, so we really didn't have any major surprises," the general said.

Although Gustav didn't have the impact of Katrina, the seasoned Guardsmen were prepared for the worst. The state's citizen-soldiers and -airmen are familiar with natural disasters and hurricanes.

"We've had a number of devastating storms dating back to the 1960s," Gaston said. "We understand what disaster recovery means to the state."

When the local power grid comes up, the Guard troops should be able to stand down and let the local authorities take over. But until then, they will focus on distributing water, food and ice and conducting presence patrols. They'll also assist local authorities with traffic control points, Gaston said.

"Showing a presence is the most important aspect of our mission right now," he said. "As long as we're showing a presence here, the [citizens] feel safe and protected.
Military presence does deter theft and crime."

The citizen-soldiers and -airmen were alerted for their current mission Aug. 28 and began pre-positioning immediately at the Gulfport
Army National Guard Readiness Center, Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, and at Vancleave Middle School in Jackson County. After President Bush declared a national state of emergency along the Gulf Coast a day later, the Guardsmen began personal evacuation notifications, eventually evacuating about 2,800 people here.

MILITARY CONTRACTS September 2, 2008

Air Force

The
Air Force is exercising an option with Computer Sciences Raytheon, of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., for $78,134,869. The Eastern Range Technical Services will provide operations, maintenance, and sustainment of critical range and launch processing systems that support the launch processing mission of the 45th Space Wing and its launch customers at Cape Canaveral Air Station. The scope of this acquisition will include all critical range systems and associated support system. Services include downrange facilities support, base and range local area network/metropolitan area network services, and other minor technical supports required for successful range mission accomplishment. The location of performance is Computer Sciences Raytheon, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. No money has been obligated at this time. Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2521-07-C-0011).

The
Air Force is modifying a contract with United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, of East Hartford, Conn., for $30,042,543. This contract will exercise an option for three combined test force engines. The location of performance is United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn. At this time $30,042,543 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8611-06-C-2900).

The
Air Force is modifying a time and materials contract with Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics of Fort Worth, Texas, for $7,290,485. This action will increase the T&M ceilings on the over and above contract line items 0313 and 0318 to allow the continued authorization of over and above work until the end of the calendar year. The location of performance is Lockheed Martin Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas. At this time $7,290,485 has been obligated. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8611-08-C-2897)

The
Air Force is exercising an option with Tybrin Corp., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for $52,849,939. The Air Force is exercising option year six for software engineering support of guided weapons systems evaluations, simulations, and other services supporting research and development for the principals and customers of the Air Armament Center. The location of performance is Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. No money has been obligated at this time. Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is the contracting activity (F08635-02-C-0034).

The
Air Force is awarding a cost plus fixed fee contract to Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., for $9,539,622. This contract action will provide Joint Functional Component Command for space J2 survivability and vulnerability analysis. The location of performance is Santa Maria, Calif., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif. At this time, $439,614 has been obligated. Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380).

The
Air Force is awarding a cost plus fixed fee contract to Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., for $21,520,038. The action will provide U.S. Marine Corps Mission Assurance Program Development with technical analysis and operation integration. The location of performance is Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. At this time, $4,554,591 has been obligated. Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity. (SP0700-03-D-1380)

The
Air Force is awarding a contract to Booz-Allen and Hamilton, of McLean, Va., for $7,246,345. This action provides for financial sector resilience studies, analysis, and exercise. The location of performance is McLean, Va., and Washington, D.C. At this time $2,415,459 has been obligated. Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380).

Navy

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney,
Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded an advance acquisition contract with an estimated value of $78,065,000 for long lead components, parts and materials associated with the lot three low rate initial production of 8 Joint Strike Fighter Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy, 10 Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force, 2 CTOL propulsion systems for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and three STOVL propulsion systems for the United Kingdom Royal Navy. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn.,(70 percent), and Bristol, United Kingdom, (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in Jan. 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($37,800,000; 48.4 percent); the U.S. Air Force ($26,900,000; 34.5 percent); the Governments of the Netherlands, ($2,025,000; 2.6 percent); and the United Kingdom, ($11,340,000; 14.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-08-C-0033).

Knik Construction Co., Inc.,
Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a maximum $50,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for paving and resurfacing projects at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Task Order 0001 is being awarded at $4,138,785 for paving and resurfacing in the Guantanamo Bay, Housing at the time of award. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by Aug. 2009. All work on this contract will be performed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2013. Contract funds for Task Order 0001 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with one proposal received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-08-D-1272).

ILSC Holdings LC, dba Katmai Research*, Van Nuys, Calif., is being awarded a ceiling $45,673,958 modification to previously awarded delivery order contract (M67854-08-D-2007). to perform post-deployment software support and system software support facility (SSSF) support and sustainment of the AN/TYQ-23, Tactical Air Operations Module. This contract modification will provide increased support for the design, development and implementation of Interface Change Proposals and Problem Change Requests of tactical software for the AN/TYQ-23 version four ((V)4). No funds are associated with the base contract award requirements will be identified in individual delivery orders issued under this contract. Work will be performed in Van Nuys, Calif., and is expected to be completed in May 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The
Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity

Basile Baumann Prost Cole & Associates, Inc., Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a maximum $40,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity time and materials contract for professional services in support of the Department of the
Navy public-private ventures and other special programs located within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic area of responsibility. The work to be performed consists of providing research and analysis for all aspects of special venture acquisitions, including family and unaccompanied housing public private ventures, enhanced use leasing, portfolio management, program development, financial analysis, and other public-private venture opportunities. Work will be performed primarily in Va., (50 percent) and Md., (50 percent), and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2013. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N62470-08-D-2006).

Webco Roofing and Waterproofing*, Ventura, Calif., is being awarded $6,538,679 for firm-fixed-price task order #0020 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-06-D-1010) for various roofing projects at Naval Base Ventura County. The work to be performed provides for labor, materials, equipment, supervision and transportation necessary to complete roofing projects. Work will be performed in
Ventura County, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

BOH Environmental, LLC, New Orleans, La., is being awarded a maximum $100,000,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, sole source contract for specialized shipping and storage containers with accessories. Other locations of performance are in Texas and Penn. Using services are
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. There was originally one proposal solicited with one response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is Aug. 28, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM8ED-08-D-0251).

Army

C.W. Roberts Construction, Inc.,
Tallahassee, Fla., was awarded on Aug. 28, 2008, a $42,439,910 firm/fixed price contract to provide 8.5 linear miles of roadway shoulder sheet piling for shoulder and roadway protection against erosion and scour, caused from hurricane storm surge. Work will be performed in Elgin Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 26, 2010. Bids solicited were FEDBIZOPS and nine bids were received Corps of Engineers Mobile, Mobile Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-08-C-0048).

BAE Systems, Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., was awarded on Aug. 29, 2008, a $11,638,114 firm/fixed price contract. This contract requirement is for the incorporation of the approved engineering change proposal on the Bradley automated fire extinguishing system (AFES) for 419. Work will be performed in York, Pa., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 29, 2009. Aug. 31, 2009. One was bid solicited and one bid was received. US
Army TACOM LCMC Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Co., Bedford, Mass., was awarded on Aug. 28, 2008, a $6,239,038 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract fiscal year 2008 engineering services contract option award for 11,195 man–hours of effort. Work will be performed in Burlington, Mass., Huntsville, Ala., Andover, Mass., Tewksbury, Mass., El Paso, Texas, and Norfolk, Va., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. US
Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-04-C-0020).

Sheets T.A. Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Norfolk, Va., was awarded on Aug. 28, 2008, a $5,664,000 firm/fixed price contract design and construction of fiscal year 2008 permanent party chapel complex at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. Work will be performed in Fort Lee, Va., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 29, 2010. Bids were solicited via Internet and one bid was received. US
Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-08-C-0019).