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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Alabama company awarded defense contract

Wyle Laboratories of Huntsville was awarded a $24,427,336 contract which will research, test, develop and deliver readiness analyses; program recommendations; technology innovations analyses; interoperability analyses/testing results; software/hardware validation reports; functionally enhancements summation reports; test procedures documentation; data analysis and systems/subsystem/infrastructure/prototype assessments; new system alternatives recommendations; architectural drawings; feasibility studies; digital flight analysis reports; and test plans/results.

At this time, $927,573 has been obligated.

55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pentagon police to be honored Friday

The Department of Defense is holding a Medal for Valor award ceremony honoring four Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) police officers will be held in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes at 9 a.m. EDT on June 25.

The officers will be recognized for their actions on March 4, 2010, for stopping an intruder as he tried to shoot his way into the Pentagon. PFPA Director Steven E. Calvery will present the awards.

The men and women of PFPA are responsible for providing a full range of services to protect people, facilities, infrastructure and other resources at the Pentagon Reservation and in DoD-occupied facilities in the National Capital Region.

Bright comments on McChrystal resignation

Rep. Bobby Bright's office, his comments on Gen. McChrystal's resignation:

“The President was forced to make a very difficult decision in accepting the resignation of a general with a long and distinguished military career. Though the decision was doubtless a hard one, I believe he had no choice but to accept General McChrystal’s resignation. General McChrystal’s comments were inappropriate and showed a serious lack of judgment, which he himself acknowledged.

“However, I think the President made the best of a bad situation by appointing General Petraeus to command our forces in Afghanistan. General Petraeus’s track record In Iraq and later as head of U.S. Central Command is impeccable. The relatively stable situation in Iraq is due in no small part to his leadership and implementation of a successful winning strategy.

“Given the recent setbacks in Afghanistan, a fresh perspective from a proven commander could be a positive development. I hope General Petraeus uses this opportunity to examine the strategy supported and implemented by General McChrystal and to make an assessment of our long-term involvement in Afghanistan. I have extreme confidence in his abilities as a commander, and I have the utmost faith in our soldiers to perform bravely under any circumstance. In order to win the war, however, we must provide them with a winning strategy. I look forward to hearing from General Petraeus in the near future about his plan to win the war in Afghanistan.”

Alabama company awarded defense contract

Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc. of Huntsville was awarded on June 21 a $5,593,803 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for contractor logistics support for nine OH-58 and five Bell Jet Ranger 206B3 helicopters.

The contractor will be performing maintenance support, providing spare parts, tools, servicing; and overhaul all parts, components and assemblies required to maintain the Bell Jet Ranger and the OH-58 helicopters.

Work is to be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of March 14, 2011.

One bid was solicited with one bid received.

U.S. Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center CCAM-RD-F, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alabama company awarded defense contract

American Apparel, Inc. of Selma is being awarded a maximum $55,715,352 firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for Army combat uniform coats.

Other locations of performance are Alabama, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Using service is Army.

There was originally one proposal solicited with one response.

The date of performance completion is March 30, 2012.

The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM1C1-10-D-1065).
Friday, June 18, 2010

Alabama companies awarded defense contracts

Wyle Laboratories of Huntsville was awarded a $24,801,569 contract which will research test, develop, and deliver integrated master schedules; mishap risk assessment reports; systems safety program plans; system safety hazard analysis reports; corrosion prevention and control plans; basic reliability models; technical report/study services; test procedures/reports; and product drawings/models and associated list.

At this time, $7,936 has been obligated.

55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005, Delivery Order 0138).

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Wyle Laboratories of Huntsville was awarded a $24,495,032 contract modification which will apply reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability and interoperability best practices to execute various commander, Naval Air Forces, Naval Air Systems Command and the Joint Services Wiring Action Group projects and programs relating to electrical systems on and off aircraft.

At this time, $158,730 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005, Delivery Order 0149).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

USS Drum crew back in Mobile this weekend

From the Battlefield Memorial Park in Mobile:

The former crewmen of the Submarine USS DRUM (SS-228) are back in Mobile for their annual reunion. This year marks the 40th year the group has gathered at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park.

The USS DRUM is named for a large sea-bass found off the North Atlantic Coast. The USS DRUM was launched in May of 1941 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire and commissioned November 1, 1941. With a crew of 72 men, the DRUM conducted 13 war patrols and was awarded 12 battle stars for WWII service. The GATO class submarine is credited with sinking 15 ships, a total of 80,580 tons of enemy shipping, eighth highest of all US submarines in total Japanese tonnage sunk. The DRUM was decommissioned on February 16, 1946.

“It takes a special man to go down under the sea with the risk of not ever returning. These heroes, not only brought our sub through WWII but have been returning for 40 years to see their boat,” said Battleship Memorial Park Executive Director, Bill Tunnell.

Submarine DRUM was donated to the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission in April of 1969. She was towed to Mobile arriving May 18, 1969. The boat’s sponsor is Mrs. Jolane Edwards, wife of Congressman Jack Edwards and was dedicated and opened to the public on July 4, 1969. The USS DRUM is the oldest American submarine on display in the world.

In 2001, the USS DRUM was closed to the public for several months while she was relocated to dry land and underwent extensive restoration. For 32 years the submarine rested on the sandy bottom of Mobile Bay, suffering significant damage to her hull, gangways, and moorings each time a hurricane visited the Mobile area. Today, the submarine is extremely visible from I-10 and gives visitors a very rare opportunity; to see the bottom of a submarine.

On Saturday, June 19th, at 11:00 am, there will be a special memorial service held in the Aircraft Pavilion followed by an invitation only luncheon.

First black helicopter pilot has died

From the Associated Press:

RENTON, Wash. — William H. Holloman, a Tuskegee airman in World War II who also served in Vietnam, has died at age 85.

Tuskegee Airmen Inc., an association of Tuskegee Airmen, said Thursday that Holloman died Friday at Valley Medical Center in Renton after suffering a heart attack. He was a St. Louis native who lived in Kent.

As an 18-year-old Holloman entered the Army Air Corps and trained with the all-black program at the Tuskegee, Ala., Army Flying School.

Tuskegee Airmen says after the war Holloman worked as a commercial pilot but was recalled in 1966 to serve in Vietnam, becoming the Army’s first black helicopter pilot.

His funeral is scheduled Monday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in St. Louis, followed by burial at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Alabama company awarded defense contract

Wyle Laboratories, Inc. of Huntsville received a $24,359,812 contract modification for the Reliability Information Analysis Center which will apply reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability and interoperability engineering principles and analysis to enhance interoperability of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; technology enhancements; and new capabilities and legacy systems.

At this time, $605,000 has been obligated.

55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380).
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Alabama companies awarded defense contracts

Gray Research, Inc. of Huntsville is being awarded a sole-source modification to continue performing work under its previously competitively awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (W9113M-05-D-0003).

Gray Research will continue providing data management services for the Missile Defense Data Center. The work will be performed in Huntsville.

The contract period of performance is being extended by six months to March 31, 2011; the contract face value is being increased to $134,587,798 from the previous value of $105,026,313. Obligations will be made using fiscal 2010 and 2011 research, development, test and evaluation #0400 funds. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

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Wyle Laboratories, Inc. of Huntsville received a $14,734,298 contract modification which will provide for the Reliability Information Analysis Center to research, test, develop and deliver architectural drawings; system/subsystems/infrastructure/prototype assessments; system alternatives recommendations; feasibility studies; interoperability testing results; surveys; and infrastructure implementation designs, schedules and summary reports.

At this time, $500,000 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005, DO 0142).

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Wyle Laboratories, Inc. of Huntsville was awarded an $8,977,332 contract which will provide for research, test, development and delivery of program schedules/updates; engineering configuration change proposals; feasibility studies; and site survey analysis and recommendations.

At this time, $28,950 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005, DO0131).

Soldier attached to Alabama unit killed in Kuwait

Sgt. Steve M. Theobald, 53, of Goose Creek, S.C., died June 4 near Kuwait City, Kuwait, of injuries sustained in a military vehicle roll-over.

was assigned to the 287th Transportation Company, Livingston, Ala.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Alabama companies awarded defense contact

Nationview/Bhate, JV III, LLC of Birmingham was awarded on May 27 a $8,648,624 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and build of a single-story child development center with drilled pier foundations; concrete slab; steel frame; masonry exterior walls; and standing seam metal roof.

The work includes multi-purpose rooms; isolation rooms; kitchen area and equipment; walk-in freezer; administrative space; authorized equipment; fire protection; utilities; and all other support.

Complies with Department of Defense force protection requirements per Unified Facilities Criteria.

Unexercised options in the amount of $166,787 are available for future execution by the government.

Work is to be performed at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2011.

Bids were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site with 15 bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Mobile, is the contracting activity.

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Wyle Laboratories, Inc. of Huntsville was awarded a $24,702,369 contract for the Reliability Information Analysis Center to research, test, develop and deliver system requirements analysis documentation; concept recommendations; tradeoff analysis data/documentation field investigation; and integration analysis reports.

At this time, $9,420,635 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.
Monday, June 7, 2010

Maxwell-Gunter Installation Restoration Advisory Board meets next week

The Maxwell/Gunter Installation Restoration Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. on June 14th, at the Montgomery County Commission, 101 S. Lawrence Street.

The meeting will be held in the County Commission Map room.

Direction signs will be posted to help direct attendees.

The board, which is made up of Air Force and community representatives, is designed to promote the exchange of information regarding environmental restoration issues between base personnel and members of the local community.

The agenda includes an update on the progress of the Environmental Restoration Program.

Meetings are open to the public.

Alabama company awarded defense contract

Austal USA of Mobile is being awarded a $99,557,548 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2217) for long lead time material (LLTM) for ships four and five of the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program.

This contract provides LLTM for main propulsion engines, aluminum, waterjets, reduction gears, generators and other components to support construction of JHSV ships four and five, commencing in fall 2010.

Work will be performed in Detroit, Mich. (38 percent); Chesapeake, Va. (18 percent); Henderson, Australia (13 percent); Gulfport, Miss. (10 percent); Ravenswood, W.Va. (9 percent); Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (4 percent); Mobile, Ala. (3 percent); Auburn, Ind. (2.6 percent); Winter Haven, Fla. (1 percent); Gardena, Calif. (1 percent); and Davenport, Iowa (0.4 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 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.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Alabama company awarded defense contract

Torch Technologies, Inc. of Huntsville is being awarded a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HQ0006-10-D-7092) with a maximum value of $9,709,503.

Under this contract, Torch Technologies will conduct research and development on algorithms, operational software, and a new concept of operations for space and airborne infrared tracking systems and missile defense radars, supporting the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

The work will be performed in Huntsville with a five-year period of performance from June 2010 through June 2015.

Research, development, test and evaluation funding fiscal 2010 will be used to incrementally fund the fiscal 2010 effort in the amount of $1,075,000.

The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.
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As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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