Camp Lemonier Fast Tracks $34 Million in Airfield Projects

Story Number: NNS090617-14Release Date: 6/17/2009 3:41:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michelle Terrell, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic Division (NAVFAC LANT) has embarked on an airfield improvement project at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, performing more than $33 million in expansion projects to be completed within fiscal year 2009.

As part of the Global Contingency Construction Multiple Award Contract NAVFAC has with the URS Corporation, multiple taxiway sections connecting to the Djibouti International Airport runway, which the Camp utilizes, will be expanded, including a new partial-length parallel taxiway and an aircraft parking apron. These airfield projects are part of a fast-tracked design/build schedule that will see all development, planning, design and construction started and completed from January-September 2009.

The design and construction of C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III capable taxiways are required in order to support the expanding missions of United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF HOA) and Combined Task Force 151 as well as to meet the future requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Navy.

A $13.5 million dollar hangar project is also currently underway and should be complete sometime in fiscal year 2010.

Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, is located in the Horn of Africa and is the only U.S. military infrastructure located in Africa providing a base of operations for support services. The camp has approximately 2,500 U.S., joint and allied military forces, civilian personnel, DoD contractors and 1,200 local and third country nation workers. The camp is the primary base of operations for AFRICOM in the Horn of Africa and supports more than 23 tenant commands, including CJTF HOA, U.S. Army 218th Field Artillery Regiment and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion detachments.

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