After Hurricane Maria left a path of devastation that destroyed Puerto Rico’s power grid and most infrastructure, Title 10 forces such as DoD, FEMA, National Guard and first responders quickly reacted to facilitate aid efforts. However, they had no place to stay.
On October 4, DynCorp International’s (DI) LOGCAP IV team joined recovery operations by immediately deploying to provide base camp operations and services for those estimated 4,500 Title 10 forces. The contract change order, valued at approximately $76 million for 90 days of service, plays a critical role in recovery operations through the construction, oversight, and management of all facets of the base camps.
“With DI’s renowned capabilities, the team was quick to respond,” said Rob Tillery, LOGCAP IV vice president. “Within 72 hours of receiving the notice to proceed, LOGCAP IV began mobilizing resources out of Jacksonville, Florida to the port of San Juan for the immediate establishment of base camp support.”
Working within the logistical confines of hurricane destruction (to date, only 1,507 miles of Puerto Rico’s 5,073 miles of roads are open), LG4 began immediate construction of the Army North Joint Forces Land Component Command (JFLCC) at Aguadilla, located on the west coast of Puerto Rico island.
“Because of the unparalleled efforts of on-site management teams supported by the full team at Alliance, the 1000 bed camp at Aguadilla was fully operational by October 18, just two weeks after the proceed notice,” said Tillery.
Roosevelt Roads, a 1,500-bed camp located at the former naval air station on the east coast of the island, followed shortly thereafter and became fully operational on October 25.
The Title 10 forces have begun to redeploy and the U.S. government has given direction to begin disassembly of the base camps, with complete removal to be completed by December 31, 2017. However, LOGCAP isn’t finished in Puerto Rico. Starting December 1 and lasting five months, LG4 is providing management, labor, material, equipment, supplies and logistics support to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Task Force Power, tasked with supporting the material requirements of the two electrical contractors chosen to rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico.
“Restoring the power grid is a monumental undertaking spanning thousands of miles of towers, poles and electrical transmission and distribution lines and involves critical material management and logistic capabilities,” continued Tillery. “We are looking forward to the challenge to support this critical effort.”
Warehouse support provided by LOGCAP replaced the logistics capabilities of Title 10 forces supporting the Corp of Engineers as the units redeployed from Puerto Rico.
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