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NAVFAC Southwest Completes IED Training Facility

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100428-23

By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 25 celebrating the completion of a counter improvised explosive device (IED) training facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The project provides for the infrastructure for a counter IED training facility that included the grading and earthwork associated with the pedestrian and vehicle lanes for training on individual and unit (mounted/dismounted) IED awareness and reaction, and route clearing operations.

"I'm proud to be a part of providing a state of the art IED training facility that will increase awareness and ultimately saves the lives of our soldiers," said Alberto Sanchez, NAVFAC Southwest project manager for this project.

Additional elements that make up the counter IED training facility include guardrails and culverts for safety and training, pads for military operations on urban terrain (MOUT) containers, climbable courtyard walls, an observation tower for support of range operations, conduit for future Tactical Video Capture System (TVCS), a pedestrian road overpass, range safety lights and flags, overhead electric lines, site lighting, parking, and an after action review facility with office space for 25 instructors, classroom for 150 students, and covered bleacher area for 200 student.

NAVFAC Southwest contracted Soltek Sept. 22, 2008 to build the $9.2 million facility.

"I am very proud to give back to the Marine Corps and provide the Marines with this fabulous state of the art facility designed to teach our Marines to defeat IED's in theatre," said John Thur, Soltek's design manager and project manager of this project. "Each component of the team embraced and cherished the project goals established during the partnering sessions and kept those goals in focus throughout the project. Each participant in the construction process was driven by the desire to finish as quickly as possible because we knew the facility will be beneficial to saving lives. "

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