posted by 147 FA on Apr 2

C2 Soldiers emplacing a new office trailerTo help fight the War on Terrorism there are thousands of contractors on each base in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. They are called force multipliers because they enable Soldiers to focus on their missions then relax and recharge before they do it again the next day. This is nice because Soldiers don’t have extra duties of Cleaning Shower trailers, or garbage and sewage removal. The Contractors also replace the number of units needed in theater. Instead of Engineer, Transportation, Administration or other Combat Support Units being deployed, we hire civilian contractors to help support our U.S troops for less tax payer dollars. But as you all know when the Government hires contractors to do work, we need inspectors to monitor the job being completed according to the contract. The Projects Office helps facilitate U.S. Armed Forces Tenant Units of Camp Patriot and KNB with any contracting or contractors issues. This Section is made up of four personnel (CPT David Hoines, SFC Steve Anderson, SFC Jason Zok and SPC Joaquin Gomez) who are responsible for making sure the government gets what they are paying for with the civilian contracts that support the Soldiers needs. Members of the Contracting section were selected because of their unique individual abilities and the professional skills they possess. Facing challenges and fixing problems is this sections specialty. C2 Soldiers emplacing a new office trailer 2When we were putting together the manning roster, we all had a vague idea of what the job could entail. During the mob sight at Ft. Hood we continued to research our new jobs, looking for answers to the non-standard mission we were about to take on. In the heat of the summer, we arrived in Kuwait jet lagged and were told we had a dead line of a week to learn the contracts, location of equipment, and the process of how this contracting section works with the contractors and how to move projects through a broken system. Immediately our skills were put to the test. During the day we would follow our counterparts around and learn name and locations of companies and workers' names we could barely pronounce let alone spell. Then after work we would read contracts until we couldn’t stay awake. One week was up, we were then in charge so we immediately brain stormed the notes we kept all week, started to raise the standards of how business was going to be done. We took the hap hazard reacting system we were given and dug in to work. Over the next couple of months we lifted the smoke screen left by some of the contractors, reorganized, and flipped the office into a finely tuned organization we’re accustom to working in with the South Dakota National Guard. C2 Soldiers emplacing a new office trailer 3Our next challenges were to straighten out the back log of unpaid invoices to the correct contractors and manhandle the process of pushing projects through the DPW system at Camp Arifjan. Another challenge was showing some contractors how they supported us and in what capacity even if that wasn’t the way they did it in the past. We found 38 buildings not covered on the base for maintenance Now, by managing our time better, we look at how to improve the camp and do the South Dakota thing by leaving Kuwaiti Naval Base and Kuwait a better place then when we arrived. The contracting officers representatives (COR) are SFC Anderson, and SPC Gomez. They monitor the bigger contracts on base. They monitor the performance and provide the contracting officer with documentation to identify the contractor’s compliance or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the contract. They know the contracts, where to find all rules and regulations associated with the contract. They Report all violation of the contract to the Quality Assurance Representative for the government. They also work with contractors when issues arise at the Camp, review and verify the invoice payment forms to pay the contractors, do inspections, the COR is the Eyes and Ears for the Contracts. Most of the workers are from the Philippines or India so the culture and language barriers are always fun to work with. They have become very good with the native culture and translating foreign languages into English from the works. We are very proud to say that SFC Anderson's tracking systems for water and sewage have become the new standards for Kuwait and he was recognized for his expertise by DCMA for one of the best COR’s in theater. The Project NCOIC, SFC ZOK, is familiar with all aspects of the contracting. He coordinates with the Customer Units from all branches Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard to initiate projects that are mission essential from the idea stage all the way to completion of the project on base. These projects can be anything from adding electrical poles for lighting in parking lots to designing restroom remodels for the Kuwaiti pool area. He has become a real expert with making blueprints for maps and building on the AutoCAD program. We assist with quarterly budgets for ASG–Kuwait about issues, changes, possible modifications of the contracts. Everyone takes their jobs very seriously and performs their duties in a professional manor to do their part on the monitoring of tax payer’s funds on Kuwaiti Naval Base. Everyone will be glad to know they have some of South Dakota’s best utilizing our civilian skills to keep the contractors on track in Kuwait.

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