Military News

Saturday, January 03, 2009

P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Homebasing Announced

The Department of the Navy announced today its decision to provide facilities and functions to base five fleet squadrons of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) with a fleet replacement squadron (FRS) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., four fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., and three fleet squadrons at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, with periodic squadron detachment operations at NAS North Island. This decision implements the preferred homebasing alternative 5 identified in the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Introduction of the P-8A Multi-Mission Aircraft into the U.S. Navy Fleet (published November 2008). Introduction of the P-8A MMA squadrons is projected to begin no later than 2012 and be completed by 2019.

The notice of availability of the Navy's record of decision (ROD) was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 31, 2008 and the ROD is available for public viewing on the project Web site at http://www.mmaeis.com along with copies of the FEIS and supporting documents.

This action is needed to transition from existing P-3C aircraft to the P-8A MMA while maintaining the Navy's overall maritime patrol capability supporting national defense objectives and policies without interruption or impediment to operations or combat readiness. Ultimately, this action will include a total of 84 fleet and FRS aircraft.

For further information related to this release, contact Navy Public Affairs at (703) 697-5342.

Face of Defense: Future Airman Loses 160 Pounds, Gains Confidence

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Lindsey
Special to American Forces Press Service

Jan. 2, 2009 - For the past 15 months, Leo Knight-Inglesby has pushed himself beyond the limits he and his loved ones ever thought possible. The 22-year-old Silver Spring, Md., native shed more than 160 pounds to meet the physical standard of Air Force enlistment, amazing his recruiter, family and friends.

"No one believed I would do it till I showed them the [enlistment] papers," Knight-Inglesby said. "My life has completely changed. Not only am I stronger, physically, I am mentally stronger and more confident."

Today, the former 351-pound college freshman noshes only on healthy food, limits his daily caloric intake and exercises at least five days a week. Although he maintains the same smile, he looks like a different person at about 190 pounds, his recruiter, Air Force Staff Sgt. Ty Lopez, said.

"He's well on his way to making his goal of 185 pounds before heading to basic military training," Lopez said.

Knight-Inglesby is scheduled to enter basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in March, but said he hopes to attend earlier if a spot becomes available.

The 317th Recruiting Squadron recruiter caught Knight-Inglesby's attention in the summer of 2007 while speaking about Air Force opportunities to a group of people near a local community college.

"I wasn't getting much interest out of anyone except an obviously overweight guy in the back of the group," Lopez recalled. "He asked me questions that I gladly answered in hopes that the other guys in the group would become interested. At the end of our conversation, Leo said he wanted to join."

The recruiter told the young man he looked heavier than the maximum allowable weight to enlist, and that at his height he needed to weigh under 202 pounds to join. A week later, Knight-Inglesby visited Lopez, tipping the recruiting office scale at 347 pounds and leading the future airman to a serious evaluation of his life.

"My uncle was overweight and had a massive heart attack, and I didn't want that to happen to me" he said. "I knew I had to get my life on track, and I wanted the benefits the Air Force offers."

The potential to travel overseas, especially to Germany, remains a powerful motivator for Knight-Inglesby, as does his father's encouragement to serve in the military. Both his grandfathers and father served in the Army, and his brother serves in the Navy.

The only issue that kept Knight-Inglesby from becoming an airman earlier was his girth, he said.

Lopez said Knight-Inglesby's weight loss gave him insight on the power of personal determination. When Knight-Inglesby proved he was serious about making the standard, Lopez joined him at the gym and helped the future airman continue when he reached a plateau in his weight loss at 220 pounds.

"We worked hard and he would never give up," Lopez said. "No matter how hard I worked him or how tired he got, he would keep going and ask for more.

"As a recruiter, we get hung up on time management," he continued. "I have 28 high schools and colleges to visit every month in addition to scheduled appointments. Applicants 15 to 20 pounds overweight say they want to join and that they'll lose the weight, then I never hear from them again. But based on Leo's case, now I'll think twice about not taking them seriously."

(Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Lindsey serves in the Air Force Recruiting Service public affairs office.)

MILITARY CONTRACTS January 2, 2009

DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY

CSC Systems & Solutions (LLC), of Chantilly, Va., was awarded a non-competitive Cost Plus Award Fee contract on Feb. 10, 2004, for a base period of 23 months and three one-year option periods. The total ceiling amount of this contract is $449,674,000 dollars. The current contract expires on 31 December 2008. Modification P00069 is a continuation and extension of the work performed by CSC under contract HC1013-04-C-5000. This modification will extend the period of performance of the contract for the existing Government Emergency Telecommunications Service and Wireless Priority Service (WPS) Integration Contract (IC) by one year, with an option for one additional year for the period of Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2010. This service is a major Department of Homeland Security program for improving national security and emergency preparedness telecommunications in the event of natural or man-made disasters by utilizing the surviving assets of the public switched network to provide priorities and routing alternatives not available to normal telecommunications traffic. Performance will commence in Chantilly, Va. The extension solicitation was issued as an other than full and open competitive action pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). The DITCO, Scott AFB, Ill., is the contracting activity. (HC1013-04-C-5000, Modification P00069).

ARMY

AM General, LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Dec. 30, 2008, a $54,856,920 firm/fixed/price contract for the addition of 1,698 EA High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to contract. Work will be performed at Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Tank & Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).

Telford Aviation, Inc. (TAI), Bangor, Maine, was awarded on Dec. 30, 2008 a $36,201,122 Time-and-Materials contract for award of an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) for the continued operational support of Multi-Sensor Airborne Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems (MARSSs), to meet the urgent requirements of Project Manager (PM) Arial Common Sensors for CENTCOM forces supporting Operation Enduring Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror in the Southwest Asia Area of Operations. Fiscal 2009 Operations and Maintenance, Army appropriations in the amount of $73,879,842 will be used. This effort is funded at 49 percent ($36,201,122) of the Not-to-Exceed Price ($73,879,842) until definitization takes place. Work will be performed at Hagerstown, Md., with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2009. Bids were solicited by sole source with one bid received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-07-W009).

Natt McDougall Corp., Tualatin, Ore., was awarded on Dec. 30, 2008, a $9,717,720 firm/fixed/price – construction contract for construction of a new Fish Collection Facility at Cougar Dam located on the South Fork of the McKenzie River directly downstream of the dam. The offsite fabrication work includes, but is not limited to, miscellaneous metals features such as guides, fish screens, diffusers, work platforms, fish Crowder's, screen cleaners, flumes, and system piping. The on-site work includes, but is not limited to, cofferdam placement and removal, diversion of water, excavation, fill, roadwork, earth retaining structures, fencing, concrete pump stations, a concrete fish ladder, fish collection facilities, metal cover structure, supply and installation of mechanical equipment (pumps, valves, fish Crowder's, flumes, switch gates, false weirs, screen cleaners, system piping), supply and installation of electrical equipment (power distribution, transformers, generators, lighting, motor control centers, and Programmable Logic Controller control system). Work will be performed at Cougar Dam, Blue River, Ore., with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2010. One offer was issued with seven offers received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Portland, Ore., is the contracting activity (W9127N-09-C-0006).

McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded on Dec. 30, 2008, a $9,462,663 firm/fixed/price contract for Post Production System Support (PPSS) Services for The Netherlands. All work is to be performed at Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. One bid was solicited and one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0076).

Dynamic Animation Systems, Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded on Dec. 30, 2008, an $8,511,667 Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract for Analysis, Design, Integration and Support of Modeling Architecture for Technology, Research and Experimentation (MATREX) Program. Work will be performed at Fairfax, Va., and Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2013. One bid was solicited by Sole Source with one bid received. U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Acquisition Center, Orlando Team, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-09-C-0036).

Alutiiq Diversified Services, LLC, Anchorage, Ala., was awarded on Dec. 30, 2008, a $6,339,655 firm/fixed/price contract to design & construct a Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF), Admin Bldg & Site Work for the Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 5, Fort Lewis, Wash. All work is to be performed at Fort Lewis, Wash., with an estimated completion date of May 20, 2010. Bids were solicited using FedBizOpps with four bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Seattle, Wash., is the contracting activity (W912DW-09-C-0002).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fires Control (LMMFC), Grand Prairie, Texas was awarded on Dec. 31, 2008, a $179,679,703 firm/fixed/price / Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract of which the requirement includes High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Full Rate Production (FRP 4) launchers in support of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps to include 57 Army launchers and 7 United States Marine Corps for a total of 64 launchers with Quality/Engineering Products. System Integrator, Product Date Definition Package (PDDP) Maintenance Tasks, Trainer, Training, Support Equipment including Lags and Slings, and associated data reporting. Work will be performed at Grand Prairie, Texas and East Camden, Ark., with an estimated completion date of Mar. 30, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-08-C-0001).

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., was awarded on Dec. 31, 2008, a $20,063,293 firm/fixed/price contract for StarFIRE III sensors and related cables and hardware for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) Sensor Components. Work will be performed at Wilsonville, Ore., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W9113M-07-D-0004).

Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., was awarded on Dec. 31, 2008, a $19,726,000 firm/fixed/price contract to Design/Build Retaining Walls, Santa Rosa Island Complex, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., construct three Seawalls with a total length of approximately 2,935 linear feet. Each seawall is to consist of an anchored steel sheet pile capped with a continuous reinforced concrete beam. A wave attenuating rock revetment is constructed behind the walls and varies in height from 6 to 12 feet above the top of the wall. Amend. 4 added Bid Option No. 1 to include dredging, beach restoration, and planting sea oats. Work is to be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 10, 2010. Bids were solicited by FedBizOpps with 10 bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-09-C-0012).

DMJM/PARSONS A JOINT VENTURE, Arlington, Va., was awarded on Dec. 31, 2008, a $15,550,721 Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract for Project and Technical Construction Management Services for Pentagon Renovation Program. Work is to be performed at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Pentagon Renovation & Construction Program Office, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (MDA947-01-D-0001).

Better Built Construction Services, Inc., Middletown, Ohio, was awarded on Dec. 31, 2008, an $11,767,621 firm/fixed/price construction contract for design and construction of Pipeline Dormitory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. All work will be performed on Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of June 1, 2010. Bids were solicited on FedBizOpps with eight bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-09-C-0009).

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., was awarded on Dec. 31, 2008, a $10,355,248 firm/fixed/price contract for StarFIRE III sensors and related cables and hardware for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) Sensor Components. Work will be performed at Wilsonville, Ore., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W9113M-07-D-0004).

Didlake Inc., Manassas, Va., was awarded on Dec. 31, 2008, a $9,180,335 firm/fixed/price contract for Annual Appropriation, Fiscal 2009, Pentagon Reservation Maintenance Revolving Funds, $9,180,335 provided in order to exercise the option for service in Fiscal 2009. Work will be performed at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2013. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Washington Headquarters Services Acquisition and Procurement Office, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HQ0034-08-C-1021).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force modified a contract with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Savannah, Ga., for $35,000,000. This contract action exercises Contract Option VIII for CY09 of an Engineering Services (ESS) contract to provide Special Air Mission (SAM) aircraft for transportation of dignitaries on a worldwide basis. 727 ACSG/PKB, Tinker AFB, Okla., is the contracting activity (F34601-01-C-0008/P00111).

The Air Force awarded a firm fixed-price contract to the McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., for $13,835,952. This will authorize McDonnell to provide various test assets in support of The Small Diameter Bomb I program for aircraft/weapon integration for threshold and follow-on aircraft. At this time, $13,835,952 has been obligated. 681 ARSS/PK, Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-09-d-0062 Delivery Oder 0002).

UNITED STATES TRANSPORTATION COMMAND

Sealift Inc. of Oyster Bay, N.Y., is being awarded a $14,141,570 fixed-price requirements contract for dedicated sealift services to transport lawful cargo by U.S. flag ships between points in the Continental United States of America (CONUS) and the terminals in Antigua and Ascension Islands. This contract is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2011. Orders placed against this contract will be funded at the time the cargo is booked. This contract is a 100 percent Small Business Set Aside acquisition with three bids received. The contracting activity is United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. (HTC711-09-D-0005).