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Monday, September 27, 2010

Alabama companies awarded defense contract

Caddell Construction Co., Inc. of Montgomery, was awarded on Sept. 20 a $15,485,000 firm-fixed-price contract for repair of buildings 2762 and 75 with an estimated completion date of May 27, 2012.

Work is to be performed at Fort Benning, Ga.

Bids were solicited via Web, with four received. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity.


ATAP, Inc. of Eastaboga was awarded an estimated $9,218,236 contract for the repair and overhaul of AS32R refueler vehicles.

Best estimated quantity for the basic year is 84 refuelers.

For Option I, the best estimated quantity is 58 vehicles; 57 for Option II-IV; and 52 for Options V-IX. At this time, no money has been obligated.

WR-ALC/GRVKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.


Systems Products & Solutions, Inc. of Huntsville, was awarded on Sept. 15 a $19,743,495 firm-fixed-price contract for training mechanics for the Iraqi Interior Ministry to train mechanics to repair HMMWV, air conditioning, hydraulics, power generation repair with an estimated completion date of Sept. 15, 2012.

Work is to be performed at Baghdad, Iraq.

Bids were solicited via the Web, with three received. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Oil spill with 'bama Guard

I went down to Mobile to fly over the Gulf with the Alabama National Guard back in early July. Here's some of the video I shot that day. Sorry it took so long to get it up, I'll post more throughout the week.
Monday, September 13, 2010

908th members returning this week

Members of the 908th Airlift Wing are returning from the desert this week. Check back here for more information and coverage.

The 908th deployed in May, after several delays due to the volcanic ash over Europe.

About 150 people deployed with several of the wing's C-130 cargo planes. The 908th is the only Air Force Reserve unit in the state and this was their first time back to the desert since 2008.

They've been flying combat support mission in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa for about four months. Flights crews, maintenance personnel and medical personnel are on the volunteer deployment.

While there, some of the aircraft and crews were diverted to aid in the Pakistan flood relief operations.

In mid-August, two aircraft and crews and maintenance personnel were diverted to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan and then on to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, to help transport relief supplies, said Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb, the wing spokesman.

Lobb said they supported the Pakistan relief efforts for about two weeks and then returned to their undisclosed deployed location.

While deployed, the Maxwell unit is the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and their commander is Lt. Col. Scott Hayes of Montgomery.

The airmen used their C-130 Hercules cargo planes to move food, medical supplies and other relief items from an airfield near Islamabad to smaller, outlying airfields closer the where the supplies are needed, Lobb said.

Montgomery company awarded defense contract

Caddell Construction Co., Inc. of Montgomery, was awarded on Sept. 10 a $14,756,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the repairs/renovation of the Volar Barracks (buildings 4-1137, 4-1238, H-4952, H-4817, and H-5752) at Fort Bragg, N.C., under multiple award task order contract.

Estimated completion date is May 16, 2012, with work to be performed at Fort Bragg, N.C. Bids were solicited on the Web with three bids received.

U.S. Army Engineer District Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity.


Interconn Resources, Inc. of Birmingham is being awarded a maximum $15,722,042 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for natural gas deliveries.

Other locations of performance are Florida and Louisiana.

Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies.

The original proposal was Web-solicited with 29 responses.

The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2012.

The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity.
Friday, September 10, 2010

Huntsville company awarded defense contract

Science and Engineering Services, Inc. of Huntsville was awarded a $39,800,000 contract which will resolve pending obsolescence of various instruments within the F-15 electronic systems test set.

At this time, $4,404,315 has been obligated.

ASC/WWQK, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Huntsville company awarded defense contract

The Boeing Company of Huntsville is being awarded a $23,654,354 task order #0002 Phase IB under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery order contract for the critical design of a 100-kW class Free Electron Laser (FEL) device which can be used to demonstrate scaleability of the necessary FEL physics and engineering for an eventual MW class Free Electron Laser (FEL) device.

Under this effort, this Navy FEL Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) Program will encompass the transition from a demonstrated 14 kW FEL capability, currently at hand, to a weapon class 100-kW class capability.

This 100 kW FEL effort is intended to provide the physics and engineering information needed to support a MW class FEL device development. The desired outcome of this effort is to transfer laboratory capability to Industry and to assess potential industrial roles in supporting the procurement program for FEL weapon systems.

The Navy also wishes to gain insight into industry's longer term interest in participating in the follow-on integration, at a government test facility, or elsewhere, of the FEL device into a complete naval weapon system test bed to validate the concept for shipboard use.

Work will be performed in Albuquerque, N.M. (45 percent); Medford, N.Y. (20 percent) and various government labs and subcontractor locations (35 percent), and work is expected to be completed Dec. 3, 2011.

Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.
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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

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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