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$6.4 billion contingency support contract increases field assistance

In Feb. 2019, four months after Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., contractors supporting hurricane recovery efforts

In Feb. 2019, four months after Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., contractors supporting hurricane recovery efforts as part of the AFCAP IV contingency contract installed the final glass panel in the base control tower. The Air Force Contract Augmentation Program is a rapid response contract tool managed and serviced through the AFIMSC enterprise. The AFCAP V, an eight-year, $6.4 billion contingency support contract, was recently awarded to eight firms by the Air Force. (Courtesy Photo)

Hamza Mebratie, L3Harris Technologies, cuts wire to install a new simulator Aug. 12, 2019, inside the Martin Bomber building on Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. This new simulator is needed in aiding Team Offutt members to perform initial, requalification and continuation training in an organized environment. Additionally the simulator will restore the ability to partake in numerous multi-organizational exercises.

In late March of 2019, AFCAP vendors were dispatched to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, to help remove all furniture, sheet rock, carpet and drywall that was a total loss after the base experienced significant flooding. The AFCAP team also helped tear down several facilities that were permanently damaged during the 10 days of flooding. Companies like L3Harris Technologies assisted with installing new wires to the new simulator inside the Martin Bomber building on Offutt. (Nebraska Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. R. Denise Mommens)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force recently awarded an eight-year, $6.4 billion contingency support contract to eight firms.

The Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, or AFCAP, is a rapid response contingency contract tool managed and serviced through the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center enterprise. This is the fifth consecutive contingency contract for AFCAP.

If needed, AFCAP is standing by to support COVID-19 response for the Air Force or any Federal Government entity supporting National Command authority objectives, said Wayland Patterson, AFCAP Branch Chief.

“We are ready and prepared for whatever could be needed for COVID-19; it could be ‘DoD support for civil authority’,” said Patterson.

Following a major decrease of active duty forces in 1997, the Air Force developed AFCAP to augment the support necessary during emergency operations by filling gaps instead of draining resources.

“AFCAP was developed as a force-multiplier for the Air Force,” said Joe McNamara, AFCAP program manager. “It allows the Air Force to use fewer military resources, but retain full civil engineer and services capabilities by contracting to fill shortfalls to meet the mission.”

With the AFCAP IV expiring later this year on September 30, the team working this major acquisition was already supporting the recovery efforts at Tyndall following Hurricane Michael, the flood at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, which then led to the earthquake at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, the fight against the resurgence of Ebola in Western Africa and supporting efforts at 24 sites around the world.

The eight firms awarded the contract are as follows:

  • DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Environmental Chemical Corporation International Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Fluor-AMEC II, Inc., Greenville, S.C.
  • Kellogg Brown and Root Services, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • PAE-Perini LLC, Arlington, Va.
  • Readiness Management Support LC, Panama City, Fla.
  • URS Federal Services International, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo.

“Time is of the essence in the wake of an emergency or natural disaster,” said Joe Willard, 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron AFCAP procuring contracting officer. “It’s our job to be a one-stop-shop for rapid solutions and help restore readiness as quickly as possible.”

Over the span of two decades, AFCAP has provided $4.6 billon-worth of contracts to assist warfighters in the field.