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50th CONS awards $200 million paving contract


The 50th Contracting Squadron completed a three-year-long project Feb. 22, 2019 awarding a paving contract to service Front Range Department of Defense installations.

The completion of the three year project is a milestone for 50th CONS as it brings to a close a compilation of work conducted at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado as well as with local Department of Defense installations.

Patricia Hales, 50th CONS base infrastructure flight chief, says the contract will support  multiple installations across the Front Range for the purpose of road paving, and sidewalk and runaway maintenance.

“It will help ensure safety across the roadways and air fields on our bases,” she said.

Maj. Neal Wall, 50th CONS commander, praised the work completed by members of the squadron.

“It provides a tool to simplify the process, based on requirements,” he said. “It makes it easier to cut a task order and saves time and money.”

This is important to the 50th CONS’ mission to provide an agile contract to get paving requirements on contract quickly.

“We fight from our infrastructure, and having paved roads in good condition is critical to support our warfighters in their mission to increase lethality,” he said.

This is important to supporting our customers and can be utilized to shorten the acquisition timeline.

The process wasn’t a simple one, 50th CONS had to obtain buy-in from all the locations across the Front Range.

 Second Lt. Michael Kilbourn, 50th CONS contract specialist, credits Warren Wade, civil engineer and director of public works at Fort Carson, as the technical lead and hero on this project.

“He was very helpful from the beginning, I sent him an email and he was all in from the get go,” he said. “He provided an engineering expertise that made identifying any potential problems much easier.”

Every local Front Range installation from Buckley Air Force Base to Pueblo Chemical Depot will be able to use this contract vehicle for their paving requirements starting now.

Another benefit of this contract acquisition is, the 50th SW saved the other installation partners thousands of man hours by eliminating the need to conduct their own source selections and awarding individual contracts.

“The investment of one unit benefits many, the combined buying power results in rate savings for everyone involved,” said Col. Robert Widmann, Air Force Installation Contracting Agency director of contracting.

“This contract is really a completion of the 50th CONS mission,” said Wall. “Which is to provide mission partners with agile and innovative contracting capabilities to enable space and cyberspace warfighting superiority.”

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