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Upgrades Being Made to Naval Auxiliary Landing Field in Texas

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110602-32

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $14 million contract to PM2i, Inc., of Austin, Texas, May 27, for construction of operational facilities for the T-6 Texan, a fixed-wing, turboprop trainer aircraft.

The contract will be carried out at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas, utilizing the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) in Berclair, Texas. This is the second task order under a multiple award construction contract.

"This contract award represents a great accomplishment for the future of the South Texas Military Pilot Training mission, the U.S. Navy and the people of the Coastal Bend Area," said NAS Corpus Christi Commanding Officer Capt. R. F. Pierson.

The work provides for construction including a single-story fire station/crash crew facility at NALF Berclair, Texas. The facility will have three apparatus bays, an office, storage/laundry room, dayroom/galley, restroom/shower, fitness room, bunkrooms and a pilot lounge.

Construction includes a new emergency generator building, runway lighting including approach path indicators, tie-downs, grounding system, pavement markings, repair to access road, utilities and site improvements, security fencing around the new facilities and demolition of existing control tower and site improvements.

Repair of existing runway includes milling of pavement, leveling, installation of reinforced fabric, repairing cracks, overlay and striping. Repairs also include partial demolition and renovation of existing fire station to house support vehicles at the Outlying Field.

"I could not be more pleased with this critical progress that near guarantees the future of aviation in South Texas," said Pierson.

A NALF is a place where planes can take off and land. The Navy trains pilots using NALFs to practice and train in real-life situations. The Chief of Naval Air Training is headquartered at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and oversees the Naval Air Training Command whose mission is to safely train and produce combat-quality aviation professionals, and deliver them to the fleet for follow-on tasking.

The project is expected to be complete June 2012.

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