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Al Kasik Military Base

The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Contracting Office, Baghdad, Iraq has a requirement for Support Base Camps at three New Iraqi Military bases in Iraq - Tadji, Umm Qsar and Al Kasik. The Al Kasik Military Base appears to be located near Kisik Kupri -- PPL 3628'31"N 04240'01"E [variants: Kisik, Kisik Kpr, Kisick Keupri, or Kasik Kubri]. The requirement includes, but is not limited to: fire protection; base motor pool; water craft maintenance facility; food services; laundry services; morale, welfare and recreation services; clothing issue; retail outlet; barber services; and postal services.

The Coalition Provisional Authority Contracting Office has budgeted $148,117,005 to renovate Al Kasik Army Base, Phase I.

In January 2004 it was announced that work would start soon on a $46.7 million project to renovate the Al Kasik Army Base for the Iraqi Armed Forces. Al Kasik is located in the northern part of Iraq, 50 kilometers north and west of downtown Mosul. The project is funded through the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Coalition Provisional Authority. The PMO manages the $18.4 billion appropriated by the U.S. Congress to support the reconstruction of Iraqi infrastructure.

The Al Kasik project includes the renovation of existing buildings and infrastructure on the base and the construction of new facilities to support operations and training. Work was also performed on the water distribution, sanitary sewage, wastewater treatment, and electrical distribution systems at the base. Project includes clearing of debris; design and construct: storm water management system; three small arms ranges; parade ground; entire existing road network; perimeter security fence; design and restore existing: sanitary sewer system; water supply and distribution system; primary electrical power distribution system; street and motor pool lighting system; design and construct: two pre-engineered metal warehouse storage buildings; two pre-engineered metal barracks buildings; three pre-engineered metal dining facility buildings; packaged water treatment plant; packaged wastewater treatment plant; primary electrical power generation plant; installation ammunition storage facility.

The project is important to the Iraqi security necessary to continue with the major task of rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. A key benefit of completing this project is to give the Iraqi Armed Forces the facilities they need for the defense of their country. Helping Iraqis gain jobs and build industries has a direct impact on their safety and security. The work to support one brigade of the Iraqi Army was completed in mid-March 2004 and the work to support a second brigade was completed in mid-May 2004. The prime contractor, Shaw Environmental, Inc., involved Iraqi sources of subcontractors, suppliers and labor.

On July 22, 2004 Project and Contracting Office (PCO) director David Nash attended a flag raising ceremony at the Al Kasik New Iraqi Army base today outside of Mosul. The event marked the handover to the New Iraqi Army and included an official review of Iraqi troops, remarks by Iraqi civilian and military leaders and a tour of facilities on-site. Other than brief remarks by Director Nash, the event was entirely in Arabic. Guests stood at attention as a color guard raised the Iraqi flag while the national anthem played over loudspeakers.

In a symbolic gesture, Nash presented Major General Koursheed Salem, Commanding General, Third Iraqi Armed Forces Division with a "key" to the base. "This transfer signifies an important step towards Iraqis taking custody of their own security and national defense," said PCO Director Nash, at the conclusion of the event.

The facility was initially constructed in the 1980s but was never completed by the former regime. The site was chosen for the current project because of pre-existing infrastructure. Work continues as Iraqi soldiers are already being housed and trained on-site. The base will eventually have facilities for over 6,000 Iraqi troops and will serve as an important training center for the New Iraqi Army. The base contains its own water electrical and sewage treatment facilities, dining halls, firing ranges and barracks, and is expected to be completed this fall.

In addition to the base construction and renovation, PCO is supplying equipment such as battalion sets, vehicles, weapons, personal equipment, supplies and operation and maintenance training to provide the comprehensive tools needed for an effective and professional military. The New Iraqi Army is being trained under the direction of the Office of Security Transition (OST).

The contract was awarded by the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE) to Shaw Group, Inc. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Work at the base is being overseen by Task Force Olympia of the Multi-National Brigade North.



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