Keeping Up Morale in Guam
Small business qualifier Global Food Services (DBA GFS) in Baltej Pavillion, Tamuning, Guam received a $5.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) services provided in Guam for Commander, Navy Region Marianas. This contract contains options that, if exercised, will bring the total estimated value of the contract to $26.8 million. Work will be performed in Guam, and is expected to be complete by August 2010. This contract was a small business set aside, with five offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Pearl Harbor issued the contract (N00604-05-C-A006).
As DID has noted, Guam’s air base and naval base have recently been a focus of a number of ongoing improvements, including an OC-12 bandwidth contract. Of course, if GFS really want to boost morale and do something useful, maybe they ought to organize tree snake hunts.
There are reports that Guam is infested with more than two million brown tree snakes, or 12,000 per square mile. They climb wires leading to transformers, creating short-circuits that lead to a blackout at least once a week. The snakes themselves sometimes die from the shock, but not always.
The brown tree snakes, native to the South Pacific and Australia, are thought to have arrived in Guam aboard a cargo ship after World War II. In addition to causing blackouts, they bite hundreds of residents a year (non-fatally), and have caused the extinction of nine of the island’s 12 native bird species.