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Friday, August 14, 2009

MILITARY CONTRACTS August 14, 2009

NAVY
Turner-Penick, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $109,578,253 firm-fixed price contract for design and construction of four bachelor enlisted quarters at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. BEQ's will house a total of 1502 Marines in the standard 2+0 configuration and will include a multipurpose community area and laundry facilities. The contract also contains planned modifications, which if issued would increase cumulative contract value to $121,293,853. Work will be performed in Oceanside, Calif., and is expected to be completed by August 2011. 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 eleven (11) proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (contract number N62473-09-C-1234).

RLF & Sherlock, Smith & Adams JV, Winter Park, Fla., (N62470-09-D-9042); Smith Group Inc., & URS Group Inc., JV, Washington, D.C., (N62470-09-D-9043); HDR Architecture, Inc., Alexandria, Va., (N62470-09-D-9044), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for design services for medical projects located throughout the Naval Facilities Engineering Command area of responsibility, worldwide. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and four option years, for all three contracts combined is $100,000,000. The work to be performed provides for DD Form 1391 documentation, design-build request for proposals, plans, specifications, cost estimates, related studies, surveying, soil borings, hazardous materials identification, energy computation, life safety code studies, interior space planning/design, other associated engineering services, shop drawing review, as-built drawing preparation, operation and maintenance support information, commissioning, and construction inspection and engineering consultation services during construction. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities located throughout the Naval Facilities Engineering Command area of responsibility worldwide. 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 19 proposals received. These three contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $76,314,597 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0014). This modification provides for the procurement of additional ancillary mission equipment for the F/A-18 E/F and E/A-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., (79.2 percent); St. Louis, Mo., (11.3 percent); Minneapolis, Minn., (7.3 percent); and Camarillo, Calif., (2.2 percent) and is expected to be completed in August 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $29,923,008 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $42,108,043 firm-fixed-price contract for preparation and accomplishment of the FY09 dry-docking selected restricted availability of USS Springfield (SSN 761). The contractor will perform advance planning, design documentation, engineering, procurement, ship-checks, fabrication and preliminary shipyard work and/or any other work necessary to prepare for the accomplishment of, as well as accomplish all the necessary alterations, repairs, maintenance, modernization, testing and routine work required to return the mission ready submarine to the fleet. Work will be performed in Groton, Conn., and is expected to be completed by February 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $40,574,815 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-4413).

DRS Power and Control Technologies, Milwaukee, Wis., is being awarded a $9,531,441 firm-fixed-price contract to provide replacement parts/spares to support the Advanced Secondary Propulsion Unit/Secondary Propulsion Unit Drive in support of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Work will be performed in Milwaukee, Wis., and work is expected to be completed August 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $9,531,441 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The number of firms solicited was one in accordance with FAR 6.302-1. The requirement was synopsis and posted to Navy Electronic Commerce Online. The acquisition was solicited as a sole source under FAR Part 15. One firm was solicited and one offer was received. The contract will be awarded as a sole source procurement. The Fleet & Industrial Supply Center, Puget Sound, Bremerton, Wash., is the contracting activity (N00406-09-C-9048).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Western Refining Co., El Paso, Texas is being awarded a maximum $89,548,933 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is El Paso Texas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were originally 72 proposals solicited with 19 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0496).

General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a maximum $52,958,405 firm fixed price, sole source, requirement type contract for engine supporting NSNs. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The original proposal was DIBBS solicited with one response. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The initial award was for a fixed price, requirements type contract for a ten-year duration to include a two-year base with four two-year option periods. Provisions for price-re-determination were included. This contract is currently in the final year of the fourth option period. The date of performance completion is July 29, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., (SPM400-00-R-06626).

Navajo Refining Co., Dallas, Texas is being awarded a maximum $20,588,550 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Artesia, New Mexico. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were originally 72 proposals solicited with 19 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0496).

ARMY
Weston Solutions, Inc., Houston, Texas was awarded on August 13, 2009 a $82,670,701 firm-fixed-price contract for the recovery- IDIQ Matoc design build project, Houston-Galveston Navigation Channel, Multiple site repairs in Harris and Chambers Counties, Texas. The work consists of design and construction of Levee repairs, levee raisings, and shore protection to placement areas used for the Houston –Galveston navigation channel. The placement area includes the following: Lost Lake, Peggy Lake, Alexander Island, Spilman Island, Atkinson Island, Mid Bay, and Redfish Island. Work is to be performed in Chambers County, Texas with an estimated completion date Sept. 30, 2011. Four bids solicited with three bids received. U.S.A. Engineer District, Galveston, Texas is the contracting activity (W912BV-08-D-2012).

Camber Corporation, Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on August 13, 2009 a $8,712,671 time-and material contract for the instructors to teach selected classes at the U.S. Army Armor Center during the period of Sept. 30, 2009 through Sept. 29, 2010. Work is to be performed in Fort Knox, Ky., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2010. Five bids were solicited with three bids received. Mission and Installation Contracting Command Center, Fort Knox, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912SU-05-D-0004).

American Ordanace LLC/Iowa Operations, Middletown, Iowa was awarded on Aug. 13, 2009 a $7,473,500 service contract for the funds obligated for new equipment purchases, rehabilitation and installation, engineering support, production line analysis and evaluation, environmental permit application and site survey/evaluation associated with movement/relocation of detonator/relay/delay production capability from Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant to Iowa Army Ammunition Plant pursuant to 2005 Base Relocation and Closure law/direction. Work is to be performed in Middletown, Iowa with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2011. One bid solicited with one bid received. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-09-G-0001).

Newland Entities, Inc, Yuba City, Calif., was awarded on August 13, 2009 a $6,649,068 firm-fixed-price contract for placing quarry stone on the slopes of several erosion sites along the banks of the Sacramento and Feather Rivers and Sutter Bypass. Work is to be performed in Knights Landing, Calif., (20 precent), Grimes, Calif., (28 precent), Colusa, Calif., (22 precent), Yuba City, Calif., (23 precent), and Meridian, Calif., (7 precent) with an estimated completion date of Jan. 14, 2013. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-09-C-0021)

UNITED STATES TRANSPORTATION COMMAND
Phoenix Air Group, Inc., of Cartersville, Ga., 30120-6896, is being awarded a $5,690,369 fixed-price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for passenger air transportation services between Point Mugu, Calif., and San Nicolas Island, Calif., and between Point Mugu, Calif., and China Lake, Calif. This contract is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2010, and includes four option years thereafter. Contract funds will expire at the end of fiscal year 2010. This contract resulted from a 100 percent Small Business Set Aside acquisition with six proposals received. The contracting activity is United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., 62225 (HTC711-09-D-0050).

Quick Hire of Military Spouses Starts in September

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

Aug. 14, 2009 - Under a personnel rule that takes effect next month, some military spouses could be quickly hired for federal jobs without going through the usual competitive process. The new hiring authority takes effect Sept. 11. The Office of Personal Management issued the authority's final regulatory guidelines Aug. 12. The guidelines are posted in the Federal Register under the title: "Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses."

The intended effect of the rule, according to documents listed in the Federal Register, "is to facilitate the entry of military spouses into the federal civil service as part of an effort to recruit and retain skilled and experienced members of the armed forces and to recognize and honor the service of members injured, disabled, or killed in connection with their service."

"Military spouse employment is a key to the quality of life of our military families," Kathleen Ott, director of talent acquisition, development and management in the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy, said yesterday during an interview with Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters.

The availability of jobs for military spouses contributes to the sustainment of the all-volunteer force, Ott said, citing a recent survey in which employed military spouses reported that their work income constitutes about 48 percent of total family income.

"But, it's really hard to keep a job if you have to move from station to station," Ott said. Federal employment, she said, offers military spouses a portable career with transferable benefits and worldwide presence.

"We thought, in order to help our military spouses continue their employment, it would be a good thing for us to facilitate their entry into the federal government," she said.

Eligible individuals, Ott said, include spouses of active-duty servicemembers who have been called on to relocate. This includes spouses of Guardsmen or reservists who've been called up for more than 180 days of active service other than training. Eligible spouses must be moving to another duty station accompanied by their servicemember husband or wife.

Spouses of former servicemembers listed as 100-percent disabled and separated or retired, as well as widows or widowers of servicemembers who died on active duty and who have not remarried also are eligible.

The new hiring authority does not constitute a hiring preference for eligible military spouses, according to OPM. "This authority is a noncompetitive hiring mechanism; it does not establish or constitute a hiring preference for eligible spouses, nor does it create an entitlement to a federal job for an eligible spouse," according to regulatory documents listed in the Federal Register.

Applicants still must meet specific job-qualification criteria listed for individual positions, according to OPM documents.

"This is not a preference. We firmly believe that our spouses can compete on their own merits," Ott said, noting that the new hiring rules provide military spouses with "a streamlined, facilitated means of obtaining federal employment."

Use of the new hiring authority "is completely at the discretion of hiring agencies," according to OPM documents, and "it is one of many hiring tools agencies may use to recruit needed individuals."

Spouses who complete three years of continuous satisfactory service will be converted from a career-conditional appointment to career appointment, Ott said.

Personnel officials do not anticipate that the new military-spouse hiring authority would adversely affect the hiring of military veterans into the federal government, Ott said.

Military spouses can find out about federal job opportunities through OPM's USAJobs Web site, Ott said.

The new hiring authority "sends a very important message to our military families that their sacrifice is recognized by the federal government, and that they recognize that having a career opportunity is really critical for their family's well being," said Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon's Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth.

More than 77 percent of military spouses have indicated in surveys that they are interested in establishing careers, Thompson said. Other data, she added, indicates that military spouses are, overall, more highly educated than their civilian counterparts.

"I think it's a win-win situation that the federal government is accessing a pool of spouses who have the same levels of commitment and caring and service to the nation," Thompson said.

The department's Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, also known as MyCAA, provides employment, career, education/training, counseling and financial assistance for spouses of active-duty military and activated Guard and reserve members worldwide, she said.

President George W. Bush issued an executive order establishing guidelines for the hiring authority in September 2008, but implementation of the order was delayed while it was reviewed by the Obama administration.

DoD, VA Work to Create Lifetime Electronic Records

By Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg
Special to American Forces Press Service

Aug. 14, 2009 - For servicemembers who still remember hand-carrying their medical records back and forth to appointments, the new virtual lifetime electronic record will help prevent misplaced paperwork and help providers maintain and offer quality health care, the acting director of the program said. President Barack Obama, along with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, announced April 9 that VA and the Defense Department have taken steps toward creating a joint virtual lifetime electronic record, or VLER.

"The president's vision, as he expressed that day, will permit information vital to health care, benefits and services to be available seamlessly to both departments from the moment a servicemember enters the military until the servicemember's or veteran's death," Navy Rear Adm. Gregory A. Timberlake, acting director of the Defense Department-VA Interagency Program Office, said yesterday in a "DotMilDocs" interview on Pentagon Web Radio.

The steps to create the electronic record exchange began a little more than a year ago when the program office was established as the single point of accountability for the records in response to Section 1635 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2008.

"VLER will serve as a model for a nation, especially at this tumultuous time of health care reform, and is intended to be a lifetime, personal record for use by the servicemembers, their families and service providers to ensure a seamless continuum of care and benefits," Timberlake said.

"The president challenged the departments to work together to define and build a seamless system of integration with one simple goal: when a servicemember separates from the military, he or she will no longer have to walk paper records from a [Defense Department] duty station to a local VA health center," the admiral said. "Their electronic records will transition along with them and remain with them forever."

While the electronic record will help to reduce the loss of hard-copy health records, it also is intended to provide a framework to ensure that health care providers have all the information they need to deliver high-quality health care, while reducing medical errors. The electronic record is a critical piece of the health care puzzle because, while the Defense Department and VA can share information electronically, it may not be easily accessible by private clinicians, Timberlake said.

"A significant amount of health care provided to [the Defense Department] and VA beneficiaries occurs by private-sector providers," he said. "So, we need the ability to make health records available to the providers who need it, regardless if they are a military, VA, or doctor within the public community."

Numerous, ongoing data-sharing activities are continuing among agencies that share information and are committed to improving health care to "servicemen and women of the present, past and future," Timberlake said.

"Every day, millions of pieces of health information are shared between [the Defense Department] and VA; however, as Congress mandated and as the departments have acknowledged, there is more work to do to make it flow smoother," he said.

(Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg is assigned to Defense Media Activity's Emerging Media Directorate.)

Pharmaceuticals Company Keeps Military Employees 'Whole'

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

Aug. 14, 2009 - National Guardsmen and reservists know the law secures their civilian jobs if they're activated, but some deploy knowing their employers will go above and beyond to take care of them while they're gone. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, which employs about 100 servicemembers, is one of those companies, and has been selected as one of 15 recipients of the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Jeff Cantor, of Marlboro, N.J., one of the company's district sales managers in Wilmington, Del., nominated his employer for the award.

"They keep you whole. They pay the difference between military pay and your AstraZeneca pay while you're deployed," Cantor said. "They keep all benefits intact while you're deployed."

The award recognizes public and private employers for going above and beyond what's required by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve manages the award.

In addition to providing the difference in military and civilian pay and maintaining benefits, AstraZeneca maintains contact with employees and their families for the duration of the deployment. Upon return, military employees are paired with a "buddy" to help them get up to speed on anything that may have changed while they were gone.

Cantor has experienced all of this first-hand.

A lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, Cantor is attached to the 353rd Civil Affairs Command and already has deployed twice since starting with AstraZeneca in 2001. The first tour was in Kosovo and the second sent him to Iraq.

Recently, he had to tell his boss that Uncle Sam had requested his services for a third deployment. This time he will head to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

His announcement, he said, was met only with offers of support. "At no point did anyone sigh, or say, 'Man this is too much time.' [They're] just 100 percent behind me, supportive and wishing me well," Cantor said. "It's quite touching to work for such a great organization like this."

Not only does AstraZeneca take care of its military employees, the company looks out for their families as well.

"Last time that I was deployed to Iraq, they had sent my wife and kids numerous care packages," he added. "They just went out of their way to make sure that my family was OK while I was deployed, which allowed me to be more focused on my mission."

When Cantor learned AstraZeneca had been selected as an award winner he was, in a word, "stoked." He knew winning was a long shot.

"There were 3,200 companies that were nominated and only 15 were selected," he said. "[AstraZeneca] is one of 15, and if you do the math it's like winning the lottery."

Margie Rivera, AstraZeneca's senior manager of equal employment opportunity, said company officials felt the same way.

"We were ecstatic," Rivera said. "This is my personal opinion, [but] I think we knew going in that the types of policies that we have in place for our employees, in general, are really what I consider very progressive."

The company, which employs more than 65,000 people in 100 countries, also has an employee group, the AstraZeneca Military Support group, which reaches out to military members and their families. In the past, they have made dinner for servicemembers living in Fisher Houses at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

"Coupled with what we do in terms of policies and benefits is that personal touch with those individuals that are deployed," Rivera added.

The 15 recipients will be presented with the award during a Sept. 17 ceremony here.

Project Aims to Help War-torn Nations

By John Ohab
Special to American Forces Press Service

Aug. 14, 2009 - A National Defense University research project is leveraging talent and resources from within and outside the military to support people in need worldwide, a former Defense Department chief information officer said. The project, Transportable Infrastructures for Development and Emergency Support, or TIDES, works with the military, government and private groups to bring basic services to people in Afghanistan and other places struggling from war and poverty, said Linton Wells II, a professor and force transformation chair at the National Defense University.

"TIDES is an effort to bring together public-private, whole-of-government and transnational talent in order to address problems in stressed populations," Wells said during an Aug. 12 webcast of "Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military" on Pentagon Web Radio.

TIDES operates by providing fast, agile and effective solutions to areas stressed by seven key infrastructure needs: shelter; water; power; integrated combustion and solar cooking; cooling, lighting and heating; sanitation; and information and communications technology.

Collectively, TIDES is building a repository of these products, as well as best practices and approaches that can support decision-makers, Wells said.

"The idea is to connect the people with solutions with people who have problems," he said.

Wells described TIDES as building toward a decentralized "starfish network," in which various people and groups can draw upon collective knowledge and apply it to their specific situations. The project is coordinated by NDU's Center for Technology and National Security Policy, but participants span all branches of business, government and private groups from around the world.

"The idea is to put together a broad coalition that can work with any one of the different communities," Wells said. "They can talk the civilian language, the military language, and talk to academia to get as broad as possible coalition and decentralize the management."

Wells, a former acting assistant secretary and Defense Department chief information officer, said he embraced the opportunity to address "cross-cutting issues" and find ways to achieve unity of action in situations where there is no unity of command. The department plays a critical role by extending the military's ability to interoperate with civilians during difficult situations, and by identifying economic, low-cost solutions and more sources of supplies, he said.

TIDES works with both foreign and domestic people, with or without military involvement, and for short- or long-term operations, Wells said. On the international front, TIDES participants are working in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, investigating how information and communications technology can be leveraged along with renewable energy to help remote Afghan villages. In Latin America, TIDES is working with U.S. Southern Command to support emergency first responders. The differences in those two projects underscores the need for participants with varied talents, he said.

"If the average stay in a refugee camp is more than seven years, which it is, that's a qualitatively different problem than the first 60 days after an earthquake," Wells said. "You need different skills sets, different people, and different sources of funds."

Wells was particularly excited about the ability to use Web 2.0 and other technologies to provide rapid solutions. Last week, TIDES participants combined maps and other images with mobile text messaging and Twitter feeds to create a near real-time situational awareness tool.

"Ten days from the time companies, [nongovernmental organizations], government and academia got together, there were workable versions of the code being used in Afghanistan," Wells said. "That's really exciting."

TIDES will hold its 3rd Annual Field Demonstration at the National Defense University campus at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., Oct. 6 to 9.

(John Ohab works for the Defense Media Activity's Emerging Media directorate.)

Google Voice Answers Nation's Call

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Aug. 14, 2009 - Google is tinkering with a new service that could transform the way troops on the frontlines communicate with their families on the homefront. Google Voice assigns users a single U.S. phone number that can ring at phones in multiple locations like the home, office or on a cellular device -- all at the same time. Coupled with a feature that stores and transcribes voicemail in e-mail form, Google Voice can relieve some of the technical hassles that come with staying connected.

"Google Voice can help keep people connected, can help servicemembers worry less about missing a call or not getting in touch with people they need to, and focus more on getting the mission done," said Army Sgt. Dale Sweetnam, who the U.S. Army is loaning to Google for a year to help the company coordinate its military outreach efforts.

Sweetnam, who spent 13 months deployed in Iraq with Task Force 49, provides Google a window into servicemembers' experiences downrange where keeping contact with family and friends back home competes with the demands of daily military objectives.

"With the operation tempo of the military and the intense nature of accomplishing a mission, to make communication just one less thing you have to worry about is a great tool," he said in an interview.

As Google puts the final touches on Google Voice, the service is available in limited capacity and only by requesting an invitation from the company. But given its recognition that military deployments are often fraught with communication lags, Google is giving priority invites to active members of the military.

Earlier this month, the company announced that troops with a .mil e-mail address can visit www.google.com/militaryinvite to sign up for a free Google Voice account.

While the service has real-world applicability for many people, Google Voice is an especially useful tool for servicemembers, both deployed and at home.

"It is often hard or near impossible to receive calls when deployed abroad, due to limited access to phones and time zone differences," Sweetnam said in an e-mail. "With Google Voice, you can listen to and read voicemail online, so you can hear messages from family members more often and keep up with what is going on back home."

Having one, unchanging phone number could also be a welcome constant in a military career filled with frequent moves. Keeping a single phone number that travels with servicemembers amid permanent changes of station means no more need for new numbers or missed calls to old numbers along the way.

An additional kicker is that because Google Voice is free, phone calls between friends and family who live overseas or in another state won't cost a small fortune.

"Military servicemembers often don't live in the same states and countries as their friends and family or other buddies they met in the military," Sweetnam said. "Google Voice helps save money by offering free calls in the continental U.S. and low-priced international calls."

National Guard Adds Liberia to Partnership Program

By Army Staff Sgt. S. Patrick McCollum
Special to American Forces Press Service

Aug. 14, 2009 - The National Guard will add Liberia to its State Partnership Program this year, bringing to eight the number of African nations taking part in the program. The addition fulfills a request Liberia, a West African nation, made to the U.S. State Department. Guard officials say the partnership program helps the overall strategy of U.S. Africa Command, which stood up last year. Kenya is expected to join the program next year.

Liberia's request for a partnership was vetted through many channels. A proposal was submitted to the U.S. Embassy, which then passed it on to Africom. They sent the request to the National Guard Bureau's international affairs division where it ended up on the desk of Army Maj. Matthew Dankyan, the Africa desk officer for the partnership program.

Dankyan, who is originally from the Liberian state of Bong, then met with officials to discuss the program. "When they requested the partnership, we went [to Liberia] to explain what it's all about," he said. "From what I had observed, they had done their homework on the partnership before they even requested it."

Dankyan evaluated their military exercises to ensure a standard level of proficiency. After finding them ready, he started the process of matching them with a state that meets their needs.

These needs can be very specific. Some countries are recovering from war and request states with high engineering quotients to help rebuild essential structures. Some need help in planning for natural and manmade disasters, and still others want experience in farming.

"It depends on the needs of the country," Dankyan said. "If a country wants Air Force activities for example, that would be No. 1 on our decision metric."

For Liberia, a coastal state, the ideal partner would have expertise in ports and agriculture, he said. Dankyan said he has yet to choose a state partner because so many have volunteered to work with Liberia.

Liberia is just the beginning of a new cultural exchange with Africa, Dankyan said. Many more countries in Africa are queuing up for the knowledge and experience of the National Guard.

"Other countries in Africa are requesting to be partners, which I think is a good thing," he said. "Our presence will be recognized and appreciated in the countries that request us to be partners."

(Army Staff Sgt. S. Patrick McCollum serves with the National Guard Bureau public affairs office)

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Calling in Army

By Army Sgt. Rick Nelson
Special to American Forces Press Service

Aug. 14, 2009 - People join the military for many reasons, some for college assistance, some to stay out of trouble and some to fulfill a patriotic need to serve their country.
For Army Staff Sgt. Megan E. Brunty, an intelligence analyst assigned to U.S. Central Command, her reasons were simple: after attending college, coaching soccer and waiting tables, she decided to make a change in her life and join the Army.

"I actually attended college for a year when I began to speak to a recruiter and enlisted in March of 2005," the Huntsville, Ala., native said. "I had a desire to serve my country and be a part of something greater."

Another deciding factor for her enlistment was the Army's ability to provide Brunty with the type of job she was looking for.

"At first, my family was worried and showed concern when I enlisted, but are now very proud and support whatever I do," she said.

Throughout her enlistment, Brunty said, she always had a desire to be a noncommissioned officer, and after researching many jobs in the Army, felt she could be best used in the intelligence community. That proved to be the right path for her as she earned U.S. Central Command's NCO of the Year award in March.

"She is proactive vice reactive," said Navy Chief Petty Officer Lavelle L. Council, operation threat networks noncommissioned officer in charge at Central Command, and Brunty's supervisor. "She takes the initiative to find out what has to be accomplished instead of waiting to be told."

Council said Brunty, 24, is an absolute professional who is willing to listen and takes constructive criticism in a positive manner.

"She's always asking me how she can help when she notices that I, or anyone for that matter, has a sizable workload," Council said.

With the quality of soldier that she is and what she has accomplished, Council believes Brunty will go far in her Army career.

"I really wanted this award and worked hard to achieve it," Brunty said. "I always strive to be like any NCO I see that rises above their peers by doing the right thing and living out the Army values."

Brunty says she has a lot more in store for her career including Airborne and Air Assault school, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course and being accepted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Brunty said she can't imagine what life would be like if she didn't join the Army, and has no regrets about her career.

"Everyone makes mistakes in life and in their careers, but good NCOs will bounce back with resolve and a stronger character," she said. "To me, it's all about standing alongside of fellow servicemembers that sacrifice to serve this country and to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for us."

(Army Sgt. Rick Nelson serves with U.S. Central Command public affairs office.)

Mullen Praises Military Resilience at Hall of Fame Induction

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Aug. 13, 2009 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff used his induction speech at the Naval Postgraduate School's Hall of Fame this week as a platform for praising the U.S. military's resilience. Amid two wars that have required many troops to embark on repeated lengthy tours of duty, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said military members and families have developed great fortitude.

"It's about psychological resilience," he told the audience at the Monterey, Calif.-based school. "It's about dealing with the kind of pressures that we're under and building that kind of resilience for the long haul, because we're going to be in this a while."

Mullen, who graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a master's degree in operations research, delivered remarks that recalled his student days when he wore fewer naval decorations. "I recall sitting out there where you are in 1983. I never had any vision of anything like this happening," he said of his induction.

Speaking about the youthfulness of today's military, Mullen noted the average age of servicemembers is 20 to 21. "They are extraordinary; they're the best I've ever seen," he said. "And yet we ask of them all of this in ways that many of us didn't even imagine we could a few years ago."

Mullen said the resilience extends beyond those who wear the uniform, noting the vital role families play in sustaining the forces.

"The focus that we've got, not just on those who wear the uniform, but [on] our families, is absolutely vital to the sustainment of our long-term military force in ways that affect those who come in and ways that affect those who make decisions about retention," he said.

"It's still a family decision; it's not an individual decision," he continued. "And because we've asked so much, we've got to make sure we've got that focus exactly right."

One anecdote Mullen shared to illustrate the strain on military families is of a boy who was 10 years old in 2001, and whose father deployed with the Army five times since then. Now, the boy is a young man about to go off to college.

"The amount of time that that father and some mothers have spent with that 10-year-old since the war started is not very much," he said. "So we've got to recognize that and address it."

The trend of continued deployments is likely to persist for the foreseeable future, Mullen said, and preparation for enduring conflicts is a top priority.

"We don't get to pick where we go or what conflict we're in," he said of the military. "And in that regard, we believe that we will be engaged for the foreseeable future -- 10 or 15 or 20 years -- and that we will be deployable and deploying in places that some of us couldn't even imagine, even right now.

"So it's not just about winning the wars that we're in, which is at the top of the list, but we've also got to be ready for the future," he said.

Suicide Data from Army

The Army released suicide data for the month of July today. Among active-duty soldiers there were eight potential suicides in July. In June, the Army reported no confirmed suicides and nine potential suicides among active-duty soldiers. Since the June report, four of the nine potential suicides have been confirmed and five remain under investigation.

There have been 96 reported active-duty Army suicides during the period Jan. 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009. Of these, 62 have been confirmed, and 34 are pending determination of manner of death. For the same period in 2008, there were 79 suicides among active-duty soldiers.

During July 2009, among reserve component soldiers not on active duty, there were four potential suicides. During the period Jan. 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009, among that same group, there have been 17 confirmed suicides and 28 potential suicides; the potential suicides are currently under investigation to determine the manner of death. For the same period in 2008, there were 32 suicides among reserve soldiers not on active duty.

The Army's Suicide Prevention Task Force has implemented a number of improvements to the Army's health promotion, risk reduction and suicide prevention programs in recent weeks. These include completion of major revisions to Army health promotion policy and augmenting behavioral health staffs at many installations to enhance access to counseling services for soldiers and families.

"It's not that the Army lacks programs to confront the problem of suicide," said Brig. Gen. Colleen McGuire, director, Army Suicide Prevention Task Force. "The long-term challenge is determining which programs are most effective for our soldiers and ensuring Army leaders, from junior non-commissioned officers to the most senior leaders, know how to help their soldiers take advantage of these programs."

Soldiers and families in need of crisis assistance should contact Military OneSource or the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Center. Trained consultants are available from both organizations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Military OneSource toll-free number for those residing in the continental U.S. is 1-800-342-9647, their Web site address is http://www.militaryonesource.com . Overseas personnel should refer to the Military OneSource Web site for dialing instructions for their specific location.

The DCOE Outreach Center can be contacted at 1-866-966-1020, via electronic mail at Resources@DCoEOutreach.org and at http://www.dcoe.health.mil/resources.aspx .

The Army's most current suicide prevention information is located at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide

MILITARY CONTRACTS August 13, 2009

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
BP West Coast Products LLC dba Arco, La Palma, Calif., is being awarded a maximum $516,830,010 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Ferndale, Washington. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were originally 72 proposals solicited with 19 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0512).

World Fuel Services Corp., Miami, Fla., is being awarded a minimum $104,533,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for aviation fuel. Other locations of performance are Pakistan and Afghanistan. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 21 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is August 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-1012).

ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a maximum $86,791,065 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for fuel. Other location of performance is Torrance, Calif. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 19 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0504).

U.S. Oil Trading LLC., Tacoma, Wash., is being awarded a maximum $52,550,010 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were originally 72 proposals solicited with 19 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0490).

Sinclair Oil Co., Salt Lake City, Utah is being awarded a maximum $33,513,417 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract for fuel. Other location of performance is Sinclair, Wyoming. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 19 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October 30, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-09-D-0503).

Navistar Defense, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded a maximum $15,697,420 firm fixed price, sole source contract for diesel engine parts. Other location of performance is in Ohio. Using services are Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. There was originally one proposal solicited with one response. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is December 22, 2009. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency, Warren, Warren, Mich., (SPRDL1-09-C-0118).

ARMY
Clark Construction Group, LLC, Bethesda, Md., was awarded on August 12, 2009 a $230,681,000 firmed fixed price contract to construct the United Stated Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, a Department of Defense Medical facility of approximately 526,255 gross square feet. Supporting facilities include medical gas utilities (O2, CO2, LN2, N2), conventional utilities (water, sewer, gas, central district chilled water, steam), electrical services (including emergency power generation), paving, walks, parking, fencing, storm drainage, communication and information systems, fire protection and alarm systems, and site improvements that include landscaping and new access drives. Work is to be performed in Aberdeen, Md., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 18, 2013. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with nine bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-09-C-0052).

IDSC Holdings LLC, Kenosha, Wisc. was awarded on August 12, 2009 a $31,240,771 firm-fixed-price contract for artillery maintenance shop tool set. Work is to be performed in Kenosha, Wisc., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2014. Ten., (10) bids were solicited with two bids received. TACOM-Rock Island, AMSTA-LC-CTC, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAE20-03-D-0087).



BE&K Federal Services, LLC, San Antonio, Texas was awarded on August 12, 2009 a $21,033,034 firm-fixed-price contact for Task Order 0004-ADD/Alter Commissary, PN DW05MP05, Fort Riley Kan. Work is to be performed in Fort Riley, Kan., with an estimated completion date of July 25, 2011. Two bids solicited with two bids received. Corps of Engineers, CENWK, Kansas City, Mo., is the contracting activity (FA3002-07-D-0007).

SRS Inc, Gallatin, Tenn., was awarded on August 11, 2009 a $17,807,715 firm-fixed-price contract for Riverbank Protection for the Cumberland and Tennessee River Banks Basins and various counties in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Work is to be performed in Cumberland and Tennessee River Banks Basins and various counties in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky with an estimated completion date of August 13, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville, Tenn., is the contracting activity (W912P5-09-C-0016).

AIR FORCE
Jacobs Technology Incorporated, Tullahoma, Tenn., was awarded a $98,143,337 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide Technical, Engineering and Acquisition Support program at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and various other tenant organizations. At this time, no funds have been obligated. AAC/PKES, Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA9200-07-C-0006 P00031)

Navy
URS Group, Inc., Tampa, Fla., is being awarded a maximum $30,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect/engineering contract for preparation of Navy and Marine Corps Facilities Solicitation Packages in the NAVFAC Southeast area of responsibility (AOR). Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government and non-government facilities within the NAVFAC Southeast AOR including, but not limited to Fla., (except for the Gulf coast of Fla. from Panama City to the Ala., border) (60 percent), Kings Bay, Ga., (20 percent), Guantanamo Cuba, (10 percent), Andros Island Bahamas, (5 percent), and Puerto Rico, (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2014. 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 21 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-09-D-0082).

CACI Technologies, Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded an $18,190,970 modification to previously awarded contract (N63394-04-D-1262) for engineering and technical support services, training, software, project and logistics services, and products necessary to support the Ship Self Defense System. Services will be required at shore sites, land-based test facilities, shipyards, and aboard ships in ports and at sea. Work will be performed in Port Hueneme, Calif., (35 percent); Wallops Island, Va., (20 percent); Crystal City, Va., (20 percent); San Diego, Calif., (10 percent); Little Creek, Va., (10 percent); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $4,426,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.

King Nutronics Corp.*, Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded a $11,070,605 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of repair evaluation, repair services, and calibration services of complex pressure and temperature calibration standards equipment. In addition this contract includes implementation of engineering changes to existing equipment, and engineering teaming projects to analyze subsequent repair data in support of the U.S. Navy's Calibration Standard's program. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, Calif., and is expected to be completed in August 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $28,080 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-09-D-0111).

Science Applications Incorporated Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $9,071,024 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-fee contract on Aug. 7, 2009, for the development, integration testing, procurement, and delivery of the Low Band Universal Communications System (LBUCS) Program Transmit Terminal Equipment (TTE). SPAWAR awarded the contract on behalf of its organizational partner, the Navy's Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence systems. This contract includes options for Low Rate Initial Production and Full Rate Production, Test Equipment, Production Fixes, Training, as well as options for Engineering Services and Spares, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $18,990,831. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by August 2011. If all options are exercised, work could continue until July 2015. This contract was competitively procured via the Commerce Business Daily's Federal Business Opportunities website, and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, with three offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00039-09-C-0057).

Harry Pepper & Associates, Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded an $8,610,486 firm-fixed price contract for the restoration and modernization of the Water Treatment Facility at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. The work to be performed provides for construction of a new pre-engineered metal building to house four nonofiltration membrane package units (skids) and supporting processes. Each nanofiltration skid provides treatment capacity of 500,000 gallons per day providing a project capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day. The building will be sized to handle an additional three future nanofiltration skids for a total of seven. Work will be performed in Kings Bay, Ga., and is expected to be completed by August 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively negotiated via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-09-C-1269).

SCI Technology, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded an $8,085,625 firm-fixed-price contract for Tactical Operations Center Intercommunication System (TOCNET®)-V equipment in support of the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) programs. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala., and all units are expected to be delivered by March 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured because SCI Technology, Inc., holds proprietary rights to the design and is the sole provider of TOCNET ® Modules. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is the contracting activity (N65236-09-C-3583).

Utilis USA, LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded $6,213,975 for delivery order #0003 under a previously awarded contract (M67854-09-D-3048) for General Purpose Medium Shelters. Work will be performed in Celina, Ohio (49 percent), Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (32 percent), and Destin, Fla. (19 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $6,213,974 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Marine Corps Systems Command (M67854), Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.