Military News

Friday, December 19, 2008

U.S.-Ukrainian Militaries Work to Bring Regional Peace, Stability

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

Dec. 19, 2008 - American and Ukrainian defense
leaders are working together to assist Ukraine in its quest to develop modern, democratically managed armed forces, a senior U.S. military officer said here yesterday. The two-day U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Defense Consultations played a large role in that endeavor, said Army Lt. Col. Gary D. Espinas, who works in international security affairs in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

The annual U.S.-Ukraine meetings constitute a high-level forum, Espinas said, in which senior officials from both countries can discuss key aspects of their defense relationship. Michael Coulter, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs, and Valerii Ivashchenko, acting first deputy defense minister and head of the Ukrainian delegation, attended this year's conference.

Ukraine is an eastern European country of about 46 million people. It declared independence in 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian government has plans to downsize its armed forces while modernizing its
military's force structure, Espinas said. Another part of Ukraine's military modernization program, he said, includes the establishment of professional, all-volunteer armed forces.

"Our support of their defense-reform efforts and Ukraine's aspirations for NATO membership and interoperability with NATO forces all take place in the context of supporting a key partner" in the region, said Espinas, the country director for Ukraine, Belarus and the Black Sea for international security affairs' European and NATO policy directorate.

Ukraine is the only non-NATO country participating in all NATO operations, Espinas said, noting Ukrainian troops are engaged in missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ukrainian troops also participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions, such as in Kosovo in the Balkans.

"Ukraine is a key partner of the United States and a key player in regional security, and it underscores the importance of having a professional
military that is interoperable with NATO and capable of meeting their country's needs," Espinas said.

American
military officials interface with their Ukrainian counterparts at several levels, from the Ministry of Defense, to the General Staff, down to individual units, Espinas said.

"We have advisors helping them with their efforts to develop a professional noncommissioned officer corps. We have Ukrainian officers coming to our
military schools. We are working closely at the general staff and tactical level, as well," Espinas said. Ukrainian, U.S., and some other nations' armed forces also participate in combined military exercises, he said.

Some Ukrainian officers attend U.S.
military schools, such as the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., Espinas said. The War College prepares selected senior officers and civilians for increased rank and responsibilities.

"They can see -- up close and personal -- how we operate, and that has an effect when these officers graduate from our schools [and] go back to their armed forces to later become key
leaders," Espinas said. Two Ukrainian officers who had attended the Army War College later attained general-officer rank, he said.

"So, there's a very robust set of activities," Espinas said, "all of which support Ukraine's strategic goals of advancing their Euro-Atlantic integration and developing interoperability with NATO."

The annual bilateral meetings are held in turn in Washington, California and Ukraine.

Ukraine participates with the California National Guard in the State Partnership Program. Ukrainian
military members have traveled to California to participate in disaster-relief exercises with the Guard, and California Guardsmen have deployed to Ukraine for anti-terror exercises.

Marine Pilot Missing In Action From WWII Is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Maj. Marion R. McCown Jr., U.S.
Marine Corps, of Charleston, S.C. He will be buried on Jan. 18 in Charleston.

Representatives from the
Marine Corps Mortuary Office met with McCown's next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the secretary of the Navy.

On Jan. 20, 1944 McCown was the pilot of an F-4U Corsair aircraft that failed to return from a combat mission over Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

In 1991, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team excavated an F-4U crash site in Rabaul and recovered human remains and McCown's identification tag. However, forensic science at that time precluded an identification.

In 2006, a JPAC team surveyed the crash site in preparation for a recovery. While at the site, a villager living in the area turned over to the team human remains that he claimed to have recovered from the site. In 2008, another JPAC team excavated the site and recovered additional human remains.

Among other
forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC used dental comparisons in the identification of McCown's remains.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1420.

Chairman Dubs USO Tour 'Smiles Around the World'

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

Dec. 19, 2008 - The enthusiastic reception servicemembers are giving performers on this year's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USO Holiday Tour have led Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's top
military officer, to call the trip "Smiles Around the World." The tour started its third day today with shows in Mosul and Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, and ended with a performance here.

At Mosul, more than 1,500 servicemembers trooped into a large fest tent for the show featuring Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler, Lewis Black, Tichina Arnold, Zac Brown, Kathleen Madigan and John Bowman.

In Al Asad, the performers entertained more than 3,000 Marines, sailors, airmen, soldiers and civilians at the soccer field from a stage that Navy Seabees built for the occasion.

The show at Al Asad started with decent temperatures, but once the sun went down, the temperature went south pretty quickly, too. The musicians felt the cold the most, but still kept "pickin' and grinnin'" through a number of songs that brought the house down.

The comedians – led by Lewis Black – clearly were enjoying the energy they were getting from the crowd, and all of the performers were on longer than scheduled. At the end of the show, the servicemembers started a chant of "One more song, one more song, one more song!" Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler and Zac Brown played John Cougar Mellencamp's "Little Pink Houses." The servicemembers all sang the chorus -- "which begins, "Ain't that America?" -- along with the performers.

The show here didn't start until midnight. It originally was scheduled to begin at 8:30, but the plane was late getting in, and then weather forced the group to motorcade from the airport in Kosovo's capital of Pristina to the base. The sound equipment took some time to get to Bondsteel and be set up. Mullen came early, spoke with the servicemembers and passed his personal coin out.

Few members of the mostly National Guard audience left the theater, despite the long wait. "We're sort of forgotten here in Kosovo," one specialist said. "Believe me, we're so pleased to have people like this come and entertain, we'd sit here all night, if necessary."

This is Mullen's second holiday tour.

"'Smiles Around the World' is what I call it," he said during an interview aboard the C-17 taking the troupe to Kosovo. "These performers can relate to the troops, and they appreciate the troops' sacrifices. They know how they feel at this time of year."
During the day, the chairman not only introduced the shows, but also received operational updates in Mosul and in Pristina. Earlier in the morning, he met with leaders of Multinational Corps Iraq at the Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory, outside Baghdad.

Marine Vows Mission Success for Toys for Tots, Despite Economic Woes

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

Dec. 19, 2008 -
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Azemar King saw how the nation swept in to help him and his fellow New Orleanians when Hurricane Katrina devastated their city in 2005. So this year, he's convinced the American public will step in during the last few days before Christmas to ensure the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots drive doesn't leave a single needy child empty-handed.

King, national coordinator for the program at Marine Forces Reserve headquarters in New Orleans, concedes that a dire economy has caused donations to drop, even as need increases.

"Everybody is hurting this year, but they are still generous and doing what they can across the board," he said. "But there's a big gap there to fill."

Retired
Marine Corps Maj. Bill Grein, vice president for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation that manages the program's fund- and toy-raising activities and supplements local collection efforts, said this year is tougher than most.

Fewer toys are being dropped off at most of the 600-plus collection sites around the country. Private cash donations have decreased locally as well, and corporate cash donations to the Toys for Tots Foundation are down 12 to 15 percent from last year, Grein said.

The good news, he said, is that corporate toy donations are keeping pace with last year's levels, and several corporations have made "great donations" to help fill the shortfall. Hasbro Inc., JAKKS Pacific Inc., Toys"R"Us Inc., Best Buy, The UPS Store and Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc. all made big toy donations, he said.

With less than a week to Christmas, and as more people turn to the Toys for Tots drive this year for help, Grein expressed hope that the program can keep pace with demand.

Last year, Toys for Tots distributed 16.7 million toys to 7.5 million children. But with 13 million U.S. children at or below the poverty level, Grein said that "leaves a lot still to be reached."

At the
Marine Corps Reserve headquarters, King refuses to believe this year's campaign will fall short.

"We're very confident that we are going to have mission accomplishment. That's always first for the
Marine Corps," he said. "In my heart of hearts, I hope and I believe that this week, some angel is going to call the foundation" and make a big donation.

Meanwhile, King is convinced that as toy shortages get more publicity, "people are going to step up" and dig a little deeper into their pockets to help.

King experienced that kind of generosity firsthand when he and his fellow New Orleans residents were displaced following Hurricane Katrina.

"I've seen what people will do when they see a need," he said. "And I think the American public is going to rally and do their part between now and Christmas and get us the toys or the money so we can change that into a toy and make sure that every child gets a toy for Christmas."

Marine Corps Reserve volunteers are busy working toward that goal as they get donated toys to charitable groups across the country. With some of the regular reserve volunteers serving combat deployments, active-duty Marines have volunteered to serve as reinforcements, King said.

In addition, veteran Marines and other community members are serving as Santa's helpers, collecting and distributing toys on behalf of the program.

This year marks the 60 anniversary of the nationwide Toys for Tots program. The program got its start in 1947 as a much smaller effort when
Marine Corps Maj. Bill Hendricks and a group of fellow Marine Corps reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.

The pilot project proved so successful that the
Marine Corps adopted the program in 1948, expanding it into a nationwide campaign. Since then, Marines have distributed more than 370 million toys to more than 173 needy children through Toys for Tots.

King called Toys for Tots a great outreach effort that connects the
Marine Corps with communities across the country. "This is that personal touch that the Marine Corps gives back to the community that has allowed us to build such a great repertoire and reputation with the American people," he said.

"They love the
Marine Corps," he continued. "We win wars and we have this great program that touches the lives of millions."

But King said he and his fellow Marines are touched personally by the program as well.

"Volunteers come in and they give and they give and they give. And it is a thankless job until you see that child receive that toy, and then it all makes sense," he said. "Seeing the eyes and the reaction of those kids -- you just can't put a price tag on it.

"And that's why you come back year after year to give this program 110 percent, and why Toys for Tots has become as successful as it is," King said. "It is the purest form of charity."

Information about where to request or drop off toys and how to make an online donation is available on the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Web site.

MILITARY CONTRACTS December 19, 2008

Navy

The U.S.
Navy is awarding indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity multiple award contracts to contractors that will provide for their competition for service requirements solicited by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the United States Marine Corps. The twenty-two functional service areas within the scope of the contracts include 1. Research and Development Support, 2. Engineering System Engineering and Process Engineering Support, 3. Modeling, Simulation, Stimulation, and Analysis Support, 4. Prototyping, Pre-Production, Model-Making, and Fabrication Support, 5. System Design Documentation and Technical Data Support, 6. Software Engineering, Development, Programming, and Network Support, 7. Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RM&A) Support, 8. Human Factors, Performance, and Usability Engineering Support, 9. System Safety Engineering Support, 10. Configuration Management (CM) Support, 11. Quality Assurance (QA) Support, 12. Information System (IS) Development, Information Assurance (IA), and Information Technology (IT) Support, 13. Inactivation and Disposal Support, 14. Interoperability, Test and Evaluation, Trials Support, 15. Measurement Facilities, Range, and Instrumentation Support, 16. Logistics Support, 17. Supply and Provisioning Support, 18. Training Support, 19. In-Service Engineering, Fleet Introduction, Installation and Checkout Support, 20. Program Support, 21. Functional and Administrative Support, and 22. Public Affairs and Multimedia Support. These contracts are in addition to the existing 1,605 contracts previously awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) acquisition program for services procurements. The Government estimates a maximum of $5,300,000,000 of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-e multiple award contracts. The awards have a three month base period with one five-year option and one four-year nine month award term option. These contracts were competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online, with 209 offers received and 199 contracts awarded. Contract funds will be obligated at the time of task order award and as such, multiple funding types (with varying expiration dates) may be used, consistent with the purpose for which the funds were appropriated. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity (N00178-09-D-5652 - N00178-09-D-5851).

The list of contractors involved are: 1 On 1 Services Group LLC*, Phoenix, Ariz.; 360 Software Corporation*, Orlando, Fla.; 6K Systems, Inc.*, Sterling, Va.; A Solution Inc.*, McLean, Va.; Acclaim Systems*, Feasterville Trevose, Pa.; ACD Telecom, LLC*, Sanford, Fla.; Ace Info Solutions, Inc.*, Reston, Va.; Advanced Integrated Software
Technology*, Chicago, Ill.; Advanced Systems Design*, Tallahassee, Fla.; Agile Tek Solutions, LLC*, Plano, Texas; AIM USA, LLC*, San Antonio, Texas; Akira Technologies, Inc*, Fairfax, Va.; All Technologies, Inc.*, Arlington, Va.; AllSource Global Management, LLC*, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Altec Strategy, LLC*, Warrenton, Va.; American Research Service, Inc.*, Dallas, Texas; American Service Network Corporation*, Lorton, Va.; APPLIED SERVICES AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS LLC*, Virginia Beach, Va.; Ascella Technologies Inc.*, Vienna, Va.; Autonomic Resources LLC*, Cary, N.C.; Axiom Corporation*, Atlanta, Ga.; Axiscore LLC*, Gaithersburg, Md.; Axseum Solutions LLC*, Arlington, Va.; B L Hawkins & Associates dba HT Innovations*, Upper Marlboro, Md.; B3 Solutions, LLC*, Jacksonville, Fla.; Bara Infoware Inc.*, San Ramon, Calif.; Beacon Systems, Inc*, Pompano Beach, Fla.; BLF Technologies, Inc.*, Alexandria, Va.; Cask Technologies, LLC*, La Jolla, Calif.; Castillo Technologies, LLC*, Chandler, Ariz.; CFM Engineering*, Glen Burnie, Md.; Chae & Nam Universe dba C & N Universe Inc.*, National City, Calif.; CJSeto Support Services, LLC*, Ventura, Calif.; CMW & Associates, Inc.*, Springfield, Ill.; Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc.*, Pasadena, Calif.; Comptech Computer Technologies Inc.*, Dayton, Ohio; Computech Resources International, Inc.*, Shrewsbury, N.J.; COMPUTER CITE*, SAN RAMON, Calif.; Computer Integration & Programming Solutions Corp.*, Bethesda, Md.; Computer Mainstream Corp.*, Atlanta, Ga.; Computers Universal Inc*, WESTERVILLE, Ohio; Concentric Methods, LLC*, Alexandria, Va.; Construction CAD Solutions Inc*, Willowbrook, Ill.; Consulting Engineering Next Generation dba Cengen Inc.*, Columbia, Md.; Data Management Group of VA*, Hampton, Va.; Data Tech Central, LLC*, Norfolk, Va.; Davis Paige Management Systems, LLC*, Springfield, Va.; Dawson Technical, LLC*, Honolulu, Hawaii; DB Consulting Group, Inc.*, Silver Spring, Md.; Decypher Technologies*, San Antonio, Texas; Delan Associates, Inc.*, Freeport, N.Y.; dFuzion, Inc.*, Ashburn, Va.; Diamond Information Systems, LLC*, Sterling, Va.; Digital Management Inc.*, Bethesda, Md.; Diverse Business Systems, Inc.*, Dayton, Ohio; DreamHammer*, Santa Monica, Calif.; DRT Strategies*, Arlington, Va.; EBITS LLC*, Tinton Falls, N.J.; Educational and Business Services, LLC*, Littleton, Colo.; Emagine IT INC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; Enterprise Solutions Incorporated dba ESI*, Vienna, Va.; Entertainment Marketing Group dba Integrated Marketing Group, Inc. The*, Miami, Fla.; Environmental & Occupational Safety Services, Inc.*, Red Bank, N.J.; Envision Innovative Solutions*, Howell, N.J.; EPCS Co *, Yorktown, Va.; EPM Solutions, LLC*, Cupertino,, Calif.; ERIMAX, Inc.*, Dunkirk, Md.; Estime Enterprises, Inc.*, Lanham, Md.; EVOLVE, INC.*, ORLANDO, Fla.; Expertech Solutions*, Rockville, Md.; Facility Management & Engineering, inc.*, Evansville, Ind.; Faircloth Information Technology Systems dba FIT Systems Inc*, Tampa, Fla.; Federated Information Technologies*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; FEI.com, Inc.*, Columbia, Md.; Financial Business Solutions LLC*, Doylestown, Pa.; First Information Technology Services, Inc.*, Arlington, Va.; Form Fit and Function LLC*, Paterson, N.J.; Fortis Networks*, Phoenix, Ariz.; FutureNet Group, Inc.*, Detroit, Mich.; Glacier Technologies, LLC.*, El Paso, Texas; Global Consulting Inc.*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; Global Consulting International Inc*, Salt Lake City, Utah; Global Technology Solutions, LLC*, Richmond, Va.; Government Systems, Inc,*, Alexandria, Va.; H2 Performance Consulting Corp.*, Pensacola, Fla.; Halfaker and

Associates, LLC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; Harbor Offshore Inc.*, Ventura, Calif.; Hawaii 5-0
Technology Services, Inc*, Honolulu, Hawaii; HBC Management Services, Inc.*, Honolulu, Hawaii; HBMG, Inc.*, Austin, Texas; Healthy Resources Enterprise Inc*, Houston, Texas; HENDALL INC*, Columbia, Md.; Hixardt Technologies, Inc*, Pensacola, Fla.; HMS Enterprises, Inc*, Alexandria, Va.; Huckstep Holdings dba Techwise*, Colorado Springs, Colo.; ICATT Consulting, Inc.*, Jacksonville, Fla.; ICOR Partners, LLC*, Arlington, Va..; ILSC Holdings LC*, Payson, Ariz.; IM Solutions, LLC*, Woodbridge, Va..; InGenesis, Inc.*, San Antonio, Texas; Innovar Environmental Inc.*, LIttleton, Colo.; Insystech, Inc.*, Manassas, Va.; INTELLIGENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, LLC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; International Computer Systems, Inc.*, Greenbelt, Md.; IP Network Solutions, Inc*, Herndon, Va.; IPKeys Technologies, LLC*, Shrewsbury, N.J.; iT Resource Solutions.net, Inc*, East Setauket, N.Y.; Jackson Automated Management Systems dba JAMS*, FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.; JRD & Associates, Inc.*, South Miami, Fla.; Komplete Systems Integrators Inc.*, Atlanta, Ga.; KPG GLOBAL ENTERPRISES*, FISHERS, Ind.; Lani Eko & Co., CPAs, PLLC*, Alexandria, Va.; Lanmark Technology, Inc.*, Fairfax, Va.; Link Solutions, Inc.*, Reston, Va.; LNS TECHNOLOGY, INC*, LORTON, Va.; Logistics Systems Inc.*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; LOGMET*, Austin, Texas; Longevity Consulting*, Manassas, Va.; LOUi Consulting Group Inc.*, Warner Robins, Ga.; MacArthur & Baker Internat'l Inc. dba MBI Consulting*, Bethesda, Md.; Macon Pace, Inc.*, Trenton, N.J.; Management Recruiters of Woodbridge, Inc.*, Woodbridge, N.J.; Marton Technologies, Inc.*, Hampton, Va.; Morgan Business Consulting, LLC*, Ashburn, Va.; MORI Associates, Inc.*, Bethesda, Md.; Nasir Group, LLC, The*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; National Capitol Contracting, LLC.*, Arlington, Va.; Net Services*, Centreville, Va.; Net World Technology Corporation*, Carlisle, Pa.; Network Security Systems Plus, Inc.*, Falls Church, Va.; New Age Protection, Inc.*, Springfield, Va.; New Tech Solutions Inc*, Fremont, Calif.; New West Technologies, LLC*, Greenwood Village, Colo.; Next Tier Concepts, Inc.*, Vienna, Va.; NIKSOFT SYSTEMS CORPORATION*, RESTON, Va.; NOVA Training and Technology Solutions, LLC*, Boothwyn, Pa.; OHC Environmental Engineering, Inc.*, Tampa, Fla.; Orizon, Inc.*, Rockville, Md.; Paragon Technology Group*, Vienna, Va.; PARS Environmental Inc.*, Robbinsville, N.J.; Parts Life Inc.*, Cinnaminson, N.J.; Patricio Enterprises*, Stafford, Va.; PearlNet, LLC*, Atlanta, Ga.; Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium LLC POWTEC*, Craig, Ark; Progressive Computer Services, Inc.*, Honoluu, Hawaii; Protein Media, Inc.*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; PROVISTA Software International, Inc*, Fremont, Calif.; Prutech Solutions, Inc.*, Iselin, N.J.; Puget Sound Environmental Corp.*, Bremerton, Wash.; Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI)*, Gaithersburg, Md.; Ram Tech Systems, Inc.*, Newark, Del.; Reed Integration, Inc.*, Smithfield, Va.; ReliaTrust Technologies, Inc.*, Dulles, Va.; Resource-Trac, Inc*, Irvine, Calif.; reVision, Inc.*, Denver, Colo.; RGF Consulting Corporation*, Ft. Washington, Md.; Ridgewood Technology Partners, LLC*, Ashburn, Va.; RMV Technology Group, LLC*, Clayton, Calif.; S & K Aerospace, Inc.*, St Ignatius, Mont.; Sawdey Solution Services, Inc.*, Dayton, Ohio; Sevatec, Inc.*, Falls Church, Va.; SilTek, Inc.*, Herndon, Va.; SimIS Inc.*, Portsmouth, Va.; Singhal & Company, Inc.*, Herndon, Va.; Skylla Engineering Ltd.*, Humble, Texas; Smart Data Solutions LLC*, Silver Spring, Md.; Smart Innovative Solutions LLC*, Columbia, Md.; Software Engineering Services Corporation*, Bellevue, Neb.; Solution One Industries, Ltd.*, Killeen, Texas; Strategic Operational Solutions, Inc.*, Reston, Va.; Summit Technologies LLC*, South Riding, Va.; Synergistics Inc*, Richland, Wash.; Systems Consulting Group, LLC*, Herndon, Va.; Tantus

Technologies, Inc.*, Arlington, Va.; TechFirst Inc*, Laurel, Md.; Technica LLC*, North Charleston, S.C.; TecPort Solutions Inc*, Harrisburg, Pa.; TEKNOFIRM, INC.*, FAIRFAX, Va.; TELEDEVICES, LLC*, LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.; Terra Nova Environmental Services, LLC*, Cranbury, N.J.; tieBridge, Inc.*, Falls Church, Va.; TISTA Science and
Technology Corporation*, Bethesda, Md.; Total Solutions, Inc.*, Madison, Ala.; Tracen Technologies, Inc.*, Manassas, Va.; Tribalco, LLC*, Bethesda, Md.; Trilobyte Sales*, Irvine, Calif.; Twin Imaging Technology, Inc.*, Oceanside, Calif.; Ultimate Solutions, Inc.*, New Orleans, La.; Vektrel LLC*, San Diego, Calif.; Veracity Engineering LLC*, Washington, Washington, D.C.; ViewTrust Technology, Inc.*, Springfield, Va.; Virtual Technology Services, LLC*, Midwest City, Okla.; VMD Systems Integrators, Inc.*, Vienna, Va.; Ward Consulting,LLC/Full Circle Consulting Group*, Stamford, Conn.; Watley Engineering LLC*, Panama City, Fla.; Worldwide Information Network Systems (WINS)*, Seabrook, Md.; Zavda Technologies, LLC*, Glenn Dale, Md.; ZIBIZ CORPORATION*, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Co., St Louis, Mo., is being awarded an cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with an estimated value of $905,344,762 for support services required to enhance the F/A-18A/B, C/D, E/F, and EA-18G aircraft with a series of System Configuration Sets (SCSs). These enhancements will support F/A-18 aircraft operated by the U.S.
Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Governments of Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Switzerland, Finland and Malaysia. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (95 precent) and at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif. (5 precent), and is expected to be completed in Dec. 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-09-D-0002).

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Bloomington, Minn., is being awarded a $45,429,181 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the full rate production of 195 Type 3 Advanced Mission Computers (AMCs) for integration into the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft for the U.S.
Navy (166) and the Government of Australia (29). This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($38,526,410; 85 precent) and Australia ($6,902,771; 15 precent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Bloomington, Minn. and is expected to be completed in Dec. 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $1,216,355 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-07-C-0030).

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors (LM MS2), Moorestown, N.J., is
being awarded a $43,665,000 modification to previously awarded contract for engineering services for DDG 51 Class Aegis Combat System Installation, Integration and Test, in support of the Program Executive Officer Integrated Warfare Systems. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (37 precent), Bath, Maine (25 precent), Pascagoula, Miss. (22 precent), San Diego, Calif. (6 precent), Washington, D.C. (5 precent), Norfolk, Va. (3 precent), Port Hueneme, Calif. (1 precent), Syracuse, N.Y. (1 precent and is expected to be completed by Apr. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington
Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-03-C-5115).

Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $38,662,175 cost plus fixed fee delivery order against a previously issued basic order agreement for software in support of V-22 programs including lab capabilities, lab sustainment, situational awareness, simulation products/desk top environment, V-22 Mission Planning Systems (VMPS), and software support activity/software engineering for the V-22 Osprey Program. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in Dec. 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $8,938,700 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-05-G-0008).

FN Herstal, S.A., Herstal, Belgium, is being awarded a five year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $27,900,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples. First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. FN Herstal's production facility is in Herstal, Belgium. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-09-D-1037).

Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $26,211,950 firm fixed price modification to a previously-issued basic order agreement to exercise an option for 65 LAU-115D/A Launchers for the U.S.
Navy (38) and the Royal Australian Air Force (27) and 140 LAU-116B/A Launchers for the U.S. Navy (126) and the Royal Australian Air Force (14) for the F/A-18 and EA-18G aircraft. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($20,355,240; 80.3 precent) and the Government of Australia ($5,172,320; 19.7 precent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in Apr. 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $5,172,320 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-05-G-0008).

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla, is being awarded a $25,800,618 modification to previously awarded contract for Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) System Production. Work will be performed in Largo, Fla. (47.0 precent); St. Petersburg, Fla. (20.0 precent); Dallas, Texas (18.0 precent); and McKinney, Texas (15.0 precent); and is expected to be completed by Apr. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-5203).

Heckler and Koch Defense, Inc., Ashburn, Va., is being awarded a five year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $23,600,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples. First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. Work will be performed in Oberndorf, Germany. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-09-D-1038).

Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $17,923,410 modification to a previously awarded firm fixed price contract for the special tooling and special test equipment required to maintain Joint Stand-Off Weapons (JSOW-C) production rate requirements and to support the transition to production readiness activities for the AGM-154C-1 Variant. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in Mar. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity (N00019-07-C-0093).

Colt Defense, Inc., West Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a five year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $14,000,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples, First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. Colt's production facility is in West Hartford, Conn. Work will be performed in West Hartford, Conn. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (RFP M67854-08-R-1000, proposal 6940, contract number M67854-09-D-1035).

Colt Defense, Inc., West Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a five year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with possible delivery orders up to $14,000,000 for the production, delivery, and associated support of the Marine Corps' Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The IAR will be a light weight, magazine fed, 5.56 mm weapon which will enhance the automatic rifleman's maneuverability and displacement speed while providing the ability to suppress or destroy not only area targets, but point targets as well. The IAR is planned to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) currently employed by automatic riflemen within Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions. Although four contracts will be made initially, delivery orders will be awarded for samples, First Article, spare/repair parts, and various support services; and, eventually one of the four contractors may be awarded delivery orders for up to 6,500 IARs. Colt's production facility is in West Hartford, Conn. Work will be performed in West Hartford, Conn. Delivery of contract line items will be as stated on applicable delivery orders. Contractfunds will be obligated in multiple delivery orders. This contract was competitively procured. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (RFP M67854-08-R-1000, proposal 6940H, and contract number M67854-09-D-1036).

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $9,950,000 firm fixed price contract modification to previously awarded contract for the procurement of long lead time materials in support of LPD 26. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-06-C-2222).

L-3 Communications Corp., Sylmar, Calif., 91342, is being awarded a $7,668,896 firm fixed price cost plus fixed fee modification to contract to purchase supportability services, evaluation, salvage, repair and upgrade services of TB23/BQ Towed Systems. Work will be performed in Sylmar, Calif. and is expected to be complete by Jan. 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $114,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-05-C-6237)

Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded $6,384,275 modification to a previously awarded contract to incorporate the Human Systems Integration (HSI) Logistics effort in support of the Ground Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system. The contractor shall develop and implement a plan to effectively apply HSI principles during G/ATOR design, production and integration. The contractor shall ensure Human Factors Engineering, Manpower, Personnel, Training, System Safety, Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH), and Personnel Survivability requirements are incorporated into the layout, design, and arrangement of equipment having an operator or maintainer interface.

Approximately 69 precent of the work will be performed by Northrop Grumman Corporation in Linthicum Heights, MD and approximately 31 precent will be performed by Northrop Grumman's subcontract, Sensis in Syracuse, N.Y. The HSI Logistics effort is expected to be completed by Jun. 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract modification was not competitively procured as the effort is an engineering change within scope of the current contract pursuant to the Changes clause. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-07-C-2072).


UNITED STATES TRANSPORTATION COMMAND

Presidential Airways, Inc., an Aviation Worldwide Services Co., of Moyock, N.C., is being awarded a $118,990,518 indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and is expected to start Dec 19, 2008 to be completed by 30 Nov 2013. Contract funds will expire at the end of this current fiscal year. This contract was a competitive acquisition with four bids received. The contracting activity is United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., (HTC711-09-D-0021).

Canadian Commercial Corp., subcontracting services to Canadian Helicopter, LTD of Ottawa Canada, is being awarded a $31, 370, 950 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and is expected to start Dec 19, 2008 to be completed by 30 Nov 2013. Contract funds will expire at the end of this current fiscal year. This contract was a competitive acquisition with four bids received. The contracting activity is United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., (HTC711-09-D-0022).

Presidential Airways, Inc., an Aviation Worldwide Services Co., of Moyock, N.C., is being awarded a $10,290,391.00 fixed price contract modification to add two additional Dash 8 aircraft. This contract is for fixed-wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger, cargo and combination air transportation services in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and is expected to be completed Sept., 30, 2011. Contract funds are available for this additional service which is added onto the contract via a sole source Justification and Approval. The contracting activity is United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Il. (HTC711-08-D-0010/P00009)

ARMY

Mid-Atlantic Interpreting Group, Inc., Owings Mills, Md., was awarded on Dec. 16 2008, a $7,867,490 firm fixed price contract for interpreting services to support the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency Deaf and Hard of Hearing personnel in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Work will be performed in Bethesda, Md., Reston, Va., and Washington, D.C., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Sept. 9, 2008, and three bids were received. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, Md., is the contracting activity (HM0177-09-C-0002).

Deaf Inter-Link, Florissant, Mo., was awarded on Dec. 16 2008, a $6,115,811 firm fixed price contract for interpreting services to support the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency Deaf and Hard of Hearing personnel in the St. Louis, Mo. area. Work will be performed at the national-Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Arnold, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Web bids were solicited on Sept. 9, 2008, and one bid was received. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, Md., is the contracting activity (HM0177-09-C-0003).

The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded on Dec. 17, 2008, a $113,959,000 firm-fixed price contract for a modification to the definitization of long lead items for and the procurement or remanufacture of six MH-47E aircraft to the MH-47G configuration. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. and Middletown, Del., and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on May 8, 2008. Aviation Integration Directorate, Aviation and Missile Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-04-G-0023).

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Plymouth, Minn., was awarded on Dec. 18, 2008, a $53,443,200 firm fixed price contract for M865 (Target Practice Cone Stabilized Discarding Sabot-Tracer) cartridges. Work will be performed in Middletown, Ia., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two bids were solicited on Jan. 11, 2008, and two bids were received. Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-08-C-0011).

Bioengineering Arcadis & HNTB, Metairie, La., was awarded on Dec. 18, 2008, a $9,039,000 firm fixed price contract for preparation of designing document report for plans and specifications for the gulf inter-coastal water ways west closure complex pump station. Work will be performed in New Orleans, La., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 14, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Oct. 24, 2008. U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-07-D-0062).

Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded on Dec. 17, 2008, an $8,372,279 cost plus fixed fee contract for CONUS and OCONUS U.S. PATRIOT new equipment training. Work will be performed at various locations within the continental U.S. and OCONUS, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 14, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jul., 2, 2008. U.S.
Army Contracting Command, Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-09-D-0001).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Chemical Specialists & Development, Inc., Conroe, Texas*, is being awarded a maximum $12,633,240 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for fuel system icing inhibitor. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. This proposal was originally Web solicited with two responses. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This is a twelve month contract that includes a thirty day carry-over period. The date of performance completion is Jan. 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0751).

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Celebrities, Volunteers Assemble 400,000 Care Packages

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

Dec. 18, 2008 - Actor and director Ben Affleck and other celebrities joined more than 1,000 volunteers over the weekend to put together 400,000 care packages for deployed troops at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, Calif. Operation Gratitude, a California-based troop-support group, organized the event that also included actress and model Kathy Ireland and "Days of Our Lives" soap opera stars Deidre Hall, Jay Kenneth Johnson and Leanne Hunley.

"Every time we reach a milestone package, it is an acknowledgment of the immense generosity of the American people, and ultimately a tribute to our brave men and women in uniform who inspire each of us to be part of something greater than ourselves," Carolyn Blashek, Operation Gratitude's founder, said.

Community volunteers stuffed, taped, labeled and transported thousands of care packages, not stopping until Charlie Othold, director of operations, announced that the 400,000th package had hit the assembly line.

"This milestone package represents 20 million individual items, more than 2.8-million pounds and $40 million worth of product that Operation Gratitude has sent to troops deployed overseas since 2003," Othold said.

During the event,
Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith presented the organization with a check worth more than $11,000, and Ireland thanked the volunteers for their "extraordinary devotion and hard work."

On Dec. 14, Blashek presented Affleck with an American flag flown over Multinational Corps Iraq headquarters in honor of his support of Operation Gratitude.

Affleck stressed the importance of thanking U.S. servicemembers, especially during the holidays, when they are far from home and loved ones.