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CONTRACTING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS
The transition from LOGCAP III to LOGCAP IV incorpo-
rated lessons learned that strengthened contract oversight.
One of the most significant lessons learned was to consolidate
multiple unique task orders into standardized task orders with
baseline pricing. By applying this concept, LOGCAP's entire
contracting process changed from requirements generation to
Another lesson learned was to increase staff levels at the head-
quarters to better manage contract administration, planning,
operations, training, and exercises. This enables the LOGCAP
Program Management Office (PMO) to better support deployed
LOGCAP teams with improved requirements generation and
The tailoring of LOGCAP training for unit-level contracting
officer's representatives provides better contract oversight and
execution in forward locations. With improved training and
staffing, forward-deployed Department of the Army civilians,
contracting officer's representatives, and LOGCAP planners can
fully use LOGCAP PMO reachback support.
In Afghanistan, the concept of LOGCAP Camp (LOGCAMP)
is reducing the time it takes to get materials into theater for
new Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) or to expand capacity
at existing FOBs. As an innovation to Force Provider, organic
prepackaged tents and camp equipment for rapid deployments,
LOGCAMP is referred to as a "FOB in a box." By standard-
izing the LOGCAMP requirements, units are able to select the
right-size options for their needs and capabilities.
The greatest advantage of LOGCAMP is having an experienced
contractor workforce to quickly and efficiently construct FOBs
and furnish basic life-support operations, allowing warfighters
to focus on executing their assigned mission. LOGCAP IV has
negotiated pricing for FOB construction, operations, and main-
tenance services in five supported population ranges, from 300
to 20,000 personnel.
LOGCAP support officers (LSOs), located at various camps in
Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, serve as the program interface
to the supported units. The LSOs assist customers in develop-
ing Statements of Work and Performance Work Statements
for required services, as well as overseeing the life cycle of the
requirements from development through delivery.
LOGCAP also supports other government agencies, the larg-
est being the Department of State in Iraq. LOGCAP services
for the State Department include base life support, equipment
maintenance, theater transportation, and postal operations.
Many of these services were provided by the Army and shared
with the State Department during OIF.
LOGCAP is committed to providing the best support to our
commanders as they execute President Obama's directive to
draw down forces from Iraq by the end of 2011. The end state
for the LOGCAP team in Iraq during drawdown is the success-
ful withdrawal of forces, return of bases to the government of
Iraq, and complete and accurate property disposition.
To facilitate drawdown, LOGCAP staffs at unit locations
synchronize plans with the Base Closure and Assistance
Teams, which consist of contracted multifunctional logisticians
assigned to guide units through the process, adhere to estab-
lished procedures, and determine best practices for transferring
bases to Iraqi authority. Property at the base is inventoried and
designated, as appropriate, for use in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other
government agencies. A portion of a base might be returned to
the government of Iraq, while U.S. forces retain a presence. The
gradual turnover of the facilities allows for a smaller U.S. foot-
print and a smaller logistics support effort by LOGCAP.
In January 2010, when a large earthquake in Haiti caused
widespread devastation, LOGCAP responded by awarding a
task order to Fluor with the mission to assess a possible support
requirement for the U.S. military's humanitarian effort. Since
the U.S. military presence was expected to be temporary, Army
leaders determined that short-term, expeditionary support was
appropriate, rather than a long-term, LOGCAP-style, contrac-
tor support structure.
A Soldier takes a break at a recreation center in Iraq. LOGCAP provides base sup-
port, such as Morale, Welfare, and Recreation services for Soldiers in theater. (U.S.
Army photo by Galen Putnam, U.S. Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs.)
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