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NAVFAC Completes $33.5 Million in Camp Lemonnier Airfield Projects

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Story Number: NNS100223-10
Release Date: 2/23/2010 4:48:00 PM

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) marked the completion of the final airfield project at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 10.

The new $15.4 million taxiway was constructed to support expanding missions of United States Africa Command, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and Combined Task Force 151, as well as to meet the future requirements of the U.S. DoD and U.S. Navy.

"The new expansion, constructed with the aid of local businesses, increases our ability to support joint air operations and continues the Navy's commitment to this strategic location," said Camp Lemonnier Commanding Officer Capt. William Finn.

The 1,700 meter full-length asphalt taxiway was the last of three military construction (MILCON) projects to upgrade existing facilities, including asphalt shoulders, striping, airfield lighting, signage, and all required grading and drainage structures.

"These airfield MILCON projects were completed at an astounding rate," said Cmdr. Kevin Bartoe, Public Works officer at Camp Lemonnier.

"Navy Region EURAFSWA and NAVFAC were able to support the fiscal year 2009 aircraft parking ramp being appropriated, awarded, designed, and constructed all within the same year, just astounding. The teamwork by NAVFAC Atlantic, EURAFSWA, and URS-IAP is what made this project a success, everyone had the same goal to complete the project as soon as possible in compliance with international aviation standards," said Bartoe.

Lt. j.g. John Woods, Air Operations officer at Camp Lemonnier, is a satisfied customer. "It was a pleasure working with such eager professionals. NAVFAC Djibouti public works and facilities, engineering and acquisition team's unrelenting work ethic culminated in the opening of the ramp far ahead of any expectations. In doing so, Camp Lemonnier is able to better support the warfighter now and into the future," said Woods.

The $15.2 million aircraft apron project was completed in December 2009. Made of concrete, the apron was built to provide parking spaces for C-130 Hercules and CV-22 Osprey aircraft, but will also support C-17 Globemaster III and C-5 Galaxy aircraft.

A $2.9 million, 210 meter taxiway that connects the parking apron with the full-length taxiway was completed in October 2009.

NAVFAC EURAFSWA executes over $600 million a year in construction, professional engineering and facilities services for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense and NATO commands in those countries throughout Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.

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