In the above Jan 10/08 photo, an Afghan soldier with the Afghan National Army Air Corps directs a newly delivered AN-32 light tactical transport plane to its spot on the ramp of Kabul Air Base in Kabul, Afghanistan, just 65 days from receipt of original tasking from the Navy International Program Office. This plane was the first of 4 refurbished AN-32s that were purchased from the Ukraine by the ANAAC, which now has 7 An-32s in inventory. The ANAAC also flies 2 related AN-26 transports.
US Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office bought the AN-32s from Ukranian commercial firms, after inspecting the aircraft…
May 12/08: Harper Construction Co., Inc. in San Diego, CA won a $22 million firm-fixed price contract for re-stationing of 31st Air Defense Artillery from Fort Bliss, TX, including construction of primary infrastructure and site development at Fort Sill, OK to support the new “Net Fires center” there. Work is expected to be completed by March 1/10. See this Corps of Engineers page for more details regarding the relocation project, which has a total of $148 million programmed for the move. Web bids were solicited on Sept. 21/07, and 2 bids were received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Tulsa, OK (2912BV-08-C-2002).
The 31st ADA Brigade operates Patriot missile batteries, and also includes a combat support hospital and associated detachments. Its attached reserve unit the 3rd Battalion, 265th ADA Regiment, operates Avengers, Hummers equipped with a combination gun/Stinger missile package.
Veterans Enterprises Technology Services, LLC in Knoxville, TN received a $9.8 million firm-fixed price contract for the construction of a Center of Standardization program and dining facility. Work will be performed at Fort Sill, OK and is expected to be complete by Sept 30/09. Web bids were solicited on Oct 4/07, and 4 bids were received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, VA (W91236-07-D-0043).
Centers of Standardization is an important part of the US Army’s base construction program, which could reach $40 billion between 2004-2013. The idea is to have facilities of the same type share the same design standards across all US Army bases, even if they look a bit different from the outside. The intent is to lower costs and speed up construction, and the new approach is also linked to recent Army Corps of Engineers process improvement efforts. One aspect of that approach is to begin making use of “Building Information Modeling” (3D computer models) as a regular part of its construction processes. Another is the removal of needless overhead like specifications for particular bolt sizes in construction contracts. Taken together, these and other improvements can cut the expected time to build new facilities from 5-7 years from initial planning through completion to 2-4 years. See the March 2006 issue of the US Army’s official “Soldiers” Magazine [PDF format] and the March/April 2007 issue of US Army IMCOM’s Public Works Digest Magazine [PDF format] for more.