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DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who
was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Jason Franco, 18, of Corona, Calif., died Oct. 31 from a
non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine
Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine
Aircraft Wing, Miramar, Calif.

The incident is currently under investigation

 

 On Nov. 7, the American people will be
voting to elect 33 U.S. senators, the entire U.S. House of Representatives,
37 state governors and hundreds of local officials.


The outcome of these elections will shape the future for you, your
family and our country. You, too, can and should participate in deciding
our country's future by exercising your right to vote.

You don't have to be home to vote; every voting jurisdiction has
provisions to distribute, receive and count your absentee ballot. Your ballot
will be counted, whether or not the contest is close. But time is
short. You must act now!

If you have received your state absentee ballot, vote and return it to
your local election official as soon as possible so that it arrives by
the state deadline for counting. If you are registered to vote and have
not received your state absentee ballot, use the Federal Write-In
Absentee Ballot. You can obtain a FWAB from your unit's voting assistance
officer, or from www.fvap.gov. If you are not registered to vote, your
state may allow late registration. See your voting assistance officer
now!

Many states allow voters to use electronic media to register, receive
blank ballots, and even return voted ballots. Check the Integrated
Voting Alternative Site, or IVAS, available through www.fvap.gov, to see
what electronic alternatives might be available to you.

Your unit commander, your voting assistance officer, and the Federal
Voting Assistance Program office have done everything we can to make it
possible for you to vote in this election. The rest is up to you.

Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense

 

How to pay for a child's college education
shouldn't be a consideration for those who lose a loved one in battle,
and one troop-support group is working to ensure it isn't.


"We provide financial assistance and college grants to the children and
spouses of the fallen ... and severely injured servicemembers," Rebecca
Campbell, founder of The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, said.
"It's all for different needs, but (applicants) have to have a
financial need."

The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a member of America
Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting ways Americans and
the corporate sector support the nation's servicemembers.

Formed in 2003, The Gaithersburg, Md.-based nonprofit group started out
with an attainable goal. "We wanted to help one child (attend
college)," Campbell said. "But we haven't stopped."

Not only is her organization offering children and spouses of the
fallen assistance with college tuition at an accredited college or
university, it's also helping with home and car repair, utility bills and many
other basic needs, Campbell said.

Financial assistance applications are reviewed once a quarter unless
there's an applicant is in an emergency situation. The college grants are
reviewed twice a year with deadlines of Oct. 31 for spring semester and
April 30 for the fall semester, she added.

The fund recently announced as recipients of financial assistance
grants:

-- Nathan Smith, son of Navy Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith,
killed in central Iraq on April 2, 2003;

-- Jenniece Fraise, wife of Army Cpl. David M. Fraise, killed in
Kandahar, Afghanistan on June 7, 2004;

-- Jeralind Wilridge, wife of Army Sgt. Kelly S. Morris, killed in
Baghdad on March 30, 2005;

-- Dylan Layfield, son of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield, killed
in Anbar Province, Iraq on April 6, 2004

-- Jamelah Bush, daughter of Army Pfc. Charles E. Bush Jr., killed in
Balad, Iraq on Dec. 19, 2003.

Bush also was presented with an educational award, Campbell said.

Cornell Gilmore Jr., son of Army Command Sgt. Maj. Cornell Gilmore, and
Cristie Horton, wife of Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Horton of Erie, Pa.,
were awarded fall semester college grants.

In 2005, the organization presented its first awards. The college
awards totaled $40,500, and financial assistance to families with children
under 18 totaled $39,250.

"We're trying to get the information out," Campbell said. "We have
funds set aside, and as they hear about us ... they can apply, but we've
been waiting for people to apply."

Information on eligibility requirements and applications for both
awards is available on The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund Web site

 

Iraqi army forces conducted a raid today to
search for a missing U.S. soldier in Baghdad, and Iraqi police and
coalition forces detained five terrorists in operations Oct. 27 and 28,
military officials in Iraq reported.


Special Iraqi army forces, with coalition advisors, detained three
people during an operation in Sadr City, Baghdad, today.

The purpose of the mission was to search for a missing U.S. soldier and
to capture the leadership of a kidnapping cell reported to have
knowledge of the soldier's location. The soldier has been listed as "duty
status-whereabouts unknown" since he was abducted from a relative's house
in the Baghdad area Oct. 23.

Elsewhere, Iraqi policemen and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers
detained five suspected terrorists and seized weapons in Saab Al-Bour
Oct. 27 and 28.

A combined patrol of Iraqi policemen and soldiers from the 463rd
Military Police Company, attached to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, detained a suspected terrorist Oct. 27. The patrol arrested
the individual after finding a PKC machine gun he had loaded into a
refrigerator carried on his donkey cart.

Meanwhile, soldiers from 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment,
attached to the 1st BCT, detained an Iraqi citizen Oct. 27 after being
attacked by small-arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade. The patrol
returned fire and detained the owner of a gas station in the town where
suspected terrorists were seen firing from the roof of the building.

In a separate incident, soldiers from 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry
Regiment, 1st BCT, were attacked by small-arms fire Oct. 28. The soldiers
detained three suspected terrorists in connection with the incident

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who
was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Kyu H. Chay, 34, of Fayetteville, N.C., died on Oct. 28 in
the Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when an
improvised explosive device detonated near his combat patrol. Chay was
assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort
Bragg, North Carolina.

 DoD Identifies Marine Casualty



The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who
was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Lance Cpl. Troy D. Nealey, 24, of Eaton Rapids, Mich., died Oct. 29
while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was
assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment,
4th Marine Division, Lansing, Mich.

 

Three U.S. soldiers and a Marine are among
the latest casualties in Iraq, military officials reported, and the
Defense Department has identified three earlier casualties.

-- An 89th Military Police Brigade soldier died of wounds suffered from
enemy small-arms fire this morning in east Baghdad.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday when a
roadside bomb struck his vehicle south of Baghdad.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday when he was
hit by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in western
Baghdad.

-- A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Oct. 29 from
injuries suffered due to enemy action while operating in Iraq's Anbar
province.

Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of three
servicemembers killed recently supporting the global war on terror.

-- Army Pvt. Michael V. Bailey, 20, of Waldorf, Md., died Oct. 27 in
Salerno, Afghanistan, from non-combat-related injuries. Bailey was
assigned to 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Marine Sgt. Luke J. Zimmerman, 24, of Luxemburg, Wis., died Oct. 27
from injuries suffered while conducting combat operations in Iraq's
Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd
Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Army 1st Sgt. Ricky L. McGinnis, 42, of Hamilton, Ohio, died Oct. 26
in Balad, Iraq, when a roadside bomb detonated near his dismounted
patrol in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. McGinnis was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th
Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

 

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who
was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


Pvt. Michael V. Bailey, 20, of Waldorf, Md., died on Oct. 27 in
Salerno, Afghanistan, from non-combat related injuries.Bailey was assigned to
4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,
10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York.

This incident is under investigation.

Before Marine Staff Sgt. Reina Barnett
could begin getting nervous about attempting her first marathon, she had to
complete a work assignment.

Barnett is a television reporter for the Pentagon Channel, and she had
arranged to interview 60-year-old runner Will Brown before Sunday's
Marine Corps Marathon here. Brown is a former Marine and one of only a
handful people who have completed each of the 31 Marine Corps Marathons
since the race's inception in 1976.Barnett is featuring Brown in a series
of special reports leading up to the Marine Corps' 231st birthday Nov.
10.

But when Barnett arrived at the VIP starting area, her plans changed a
bit. "I saw Mr. Brown warming up and taking off his sweats and getting
ready, so I decided not to interrupt him with an interview and just get
some 'b-roll' of him starting the race," she said.

Knowing that stories can change in an instant, Barnett had already
arranged to travel to Brown's home in Raleigh, N.C., to conduct interviews
and get the scoop on his training regimen, which includes runs of up to
100 miles.

Brown went on to finish Sunday's 26.2-mile race in 4:39:58, faster than
many runners half his age.

After introducing herself to Brown, Barnett made her way through the
record crowd of 32,000 runners to her staging area midway in the pack
based on her projected pace. Now the fear could really set in.

Barnett had reason to be nervous. She and her husband, Bobby, also a
Marine, had logged only 15 miles on their longest training run over the
summer. Most experienced runners run at least 20 miles in preparation
for a marathon. Barnett knew she wasn't completely ready. In fact, just
days before the event, she considered backing out.

"I wrote down a list of pros and cons, and in the end, the pros
outweighed the cons," she said. "I decided I was going to go for it."

Barnett and her fellow runners left the starting line at the Marine
Corps War Memorial at exactly 8:35:02 on the first day of Eastern Standard
Time. Crystal-clear blue skies, temperatures in the low 50s and a cool
northwest breeze made for perfect marathon running conditions. Their
journey would take them along the National Mall and its famous memorials,
past the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, then up a steep hill
back at the Marine Memorial to finish in the shadows of the Iwo Jima
Memorial.

Mexican Cpl. Ruben Garcia, who at one point in the race was behind the
leaders by 2 minutes, pulled ahead at mile 23 to win by more than 3
minutes in 2:21:21. Laura Thompson, from Boise, Idaho, running her first
marathon, won the women's division in 3:00:23. The race was marred by
the death of a 56-year-old Maryland man who collapsed near mile 17 after
suffering an apparent heart attack. He was airlifted to a Washington
hospital, but medical personnel were unable to revive him.

Meanwhile, 6,000 miles from the nation's capital, 109 servicemembers
took part in a sanctioned "satellite" marathon in Al Asad, Iraq. All who
crossed the finish line there will be considered official Marine Corps
Marathon finishers.

Experienced marathon runners are familiar with "the wall" -- the point
in the race, usually around mile 20, when the body runs out of
carbohydrates and desperately wants to stop. Barnett hit her wall at mile 19,
when runners head uphill to cross the Potomac River on the 14th Street
Bridge. This stretch of highway is devoid of spectator support.

"Nobody was running; everybody was walking," Barnett said.

But at mile 23, with cheering crowds in abundant supply, Barnett had a
huge smile on her face, and she was definitely running. "My legs are
hurting so bad," she said as she picked up the pace on a slight downhill.
"But I feel so happy. It must be the endorphins."

After passing the final aid station staffed by dozens of Marines,
Barnett took on the final straightaway past the Pentagon and Arlington
National Cemetery.

Then she faced the final test. "That last .2 was probably the toughest
hill I've ever climbed," she said.

 

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who
was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Luke J. Zimmerman, 24, of Luxemburg, Wis., died Oct. 27 from
injuries suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province,
Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine
Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



CONTRACTS

UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

Chenega Federal Systems, LLC (CFS) of Lorton Va., 22079-2624, is being
awarded a five year, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract
with a ceiling of $260,000,000.00. The Psychological Operations Program
Office (PMP) of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) Program Executive Office
(PEO) requires engineering and technical support services to build, field
and sustain Psychological Operations (PSYOP) systems and other
designated IIS-PMP projects and programs in accordance with USSOCOM
requirements. The places of performance will be Lorton, Va. and Anchorage, Alaska.
The five year ordering period will be completed October 2011. The
contract number is H92222-07-D-0017.

NAVY

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co.,
St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $23,174,477 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0014) for the
procurement of ancillary mission equipment to support the F/A-18 E/F and
E/A-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is
expected to be completed in November 2008. Contract funds will not expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Applied Technologies, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being
awarded a $5,231,495 modification to a previously awarded
cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-02-C-3058) for engineering and technical services
for design, development, integration, test and evaluation, installation,
fielding certification, maintenance, and logistic support of Navy Joint
National Agency C41 communications electronic equipment and systems.
Work will be performed in California, Md., (90 percent) and St. Inigoes,
Md., (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the
contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$12,262,168 firm-fixed-price contract modification. This action is
exercising option VII (FY07), 1 Oct. 2006 through 30 Sept. 2007, in support
of C-12 contractor logistic support. At this time, total funds have
been obligated. This work will be complete September 2007. Headquarters
Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the
contracting activity (F34601-00-C-0111/P00299).

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being
awarded a $7,496,425 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This program
objective is to investigate, develop and demonstrate high payoff thermal
management approaches to the removal of heat from multi-megawatt electric
power system and the subsequent elimination of this heat from airborne
technologies and components. The output of this trade will quantify
technical risk versus potential benefit to the thermal management system. At
this time, $1,258,000 has been obligated. Solicitations began July 2006
and negotiations were complete October 2006. This work will be complete
February 2012. Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio, is the contracting activity (F33615-01-D-2109 task order 0009).

A group of South Korean pastors made a
pilgrimage to the Pentagon today to show their support for the U.S.
military.

More than 50 members of the Korean-American Protestant Pastors'
Association participated in morning seminars in the Memorial Chapel and later
toured the building to view items related to the U.S.-South Korean
partnership, said Army Chaplain (Col.) Gary K. Sexton, the group's escort
officer.

The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Chaplains Corps and the
Defense Department, and demonstrates "our strong support for the ongoing
American-Korean alliance," said Sexton, who's assigned to the 18th
Medical Command at Yongsan, South Korea.

The 52 South Korean pastors "have been integrally involved in honoring
the American commitment to the (Korean) peninsula," the chaplain
explained. The pastors also had helped to raise $1.3 million used to purchase
four stained-glass windows for the Pentagon Memorial Chapel after the
9/11 attacks.

The pastors' donation was "a gift to the American people in our hour of
distress," Sexton said.

Bishop Kim Hong Do, who attended the Pentagon event, is head of the
largest Methodist congregation in the world, Sexton noted.

Kim tends to more than 100,000 parishioners as head of the Kumnan
Methodist Church in South Korea, and he "has a strong vision for
strengthening and bolstering the American-Korean alliance," Sexton said.

The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a stalemate. But, North Korea, which on
Oct. 9 announced it'd successfully detonated an atomic bomb, has made
no secret of its desire to one day subjugate its southern neighbor.

Today, about 25,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to deter
possible North Korean aggression.

Kim, 68, highly values the U.S.-South Korean partnership that keeps the
peace on the Korean peninsula. "Wherever I may go I like to express my
gratitude to America," Kim said. About 120 years ago, he noted, two
American missionaries arrived in Korea.

Today, about 10 million Christians are part of South Korea's 50-million
populace, Kim said, which also includes Buddhists, as well as followers
of the Confucian faith.

The United States also sent troops to assist South Korea when the
Korean War broke out in 1950, Kim recalled. And since the end of the war
"America has helped to protect South Korea," the pastor said.

The North Korean government under dictator Kim Jong Il is a murderous
regime that has no regard for religious views or basic human rights, Kim
said.

In view of this threat, Kim said he and most of his fellow citizens are
glad that thousands of U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.

"We can feel (the) safety," the South Korean bishop said 

 

CONTRACTS

NAVY

ViaSat*, Carlsbad, Calif., was awarded on October 26, 2006, a
$36,737,586 firm-fixed-price delivery order under a previously awarded contract
(N00039-00-D-2101) for Multifunctional Information Distribution
System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high
capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications capability
for Navy, Air Force and Army platforms. This delivery order is for the
government of Turkey under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
Work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif., (30 percent) and various
other sites worldwide (70 percent), and is expected to be completed by
January 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. This requirement was a directed sole source procurement under
the FMS Program. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego,
Calif., is the contracting activity.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded an
$18,625,758 Navy modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price Army
contract (DAAH23-02-C-0006) for the manufacture and installation of armed
helo mission kit fixed provisions into 28 MH-60S aircraft including
related logistics support. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (92
percent) and Crestview, Fla. (8 percent) and is expected to be
completed in March 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is
the contracting activity.

L3 Communications TITAN Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$16,848,936 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee
level of effort contract (N00421-05-C-0009) to exercise an option for
engineering and technical support services and supplies to design, develop,
procure, prototype, modify, integrate, test and evaluate, install and
provide logistics support for telecommunication and related
communication-electronic (C-E) systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
Division, Special Communications Requirements Division. Work will be
performed in Lexington Park, Md. (80 percent); and St. Inigoes, Md. (20
percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2007. Contract funds
will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting
activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Propper International, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a
maximum $29,766,048 firm fixed price contract for airmen battle uniform,
men's coats and women's maternity coats and trouser for Air Force. This is
an indefinite delivery/quantity type contract. Other locations of
performance are Cabo Rogo, Las Marjas, Lagas, and Lajas, Puerto Rico.
Proposals were Web-solicited and 6 responded. Contract funds will not expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. date of performance completion
is April 30, 2008. Contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center
Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-0008).

American Apparel, Selma, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $21,040,800
firm fixed price contract for men and women airmen battle uniform,
coats and trousers for Air Force. Proposals were web-solicited and 12
responded. This is an indefinite delivery/quantity type contract. Contract
funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of
performance completion is April 30, 2008. Contracting activity is the DSCP,
Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-0009).

Propper International, Inc., Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a
maximum $11,942,988 firm fixed price contract for improved lightweight
bearing equipment system and associated spare and repair parts for
Marine Corps. This is a sole source competition with 1 solicited and 1
responded. This is an indefinite quantity type base year contract with 3
one-year option periods. Contract funds will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is November 20, 2007.
Contracting activity is the DSCP, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-0012).

ARMY

JMR Construction Corp.*, Folsom, Calif., was awarded on Oct. 27, 2006,
an $8,495,900 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a
California-Army National Guard Readiness Center and two additional buildings.
Work will be performed in Roseville, Calif., and is expected to be
completed by Dec. 11, 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. There were 16 bids solicited on Dec. 22, 2005, and
four bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento,
Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-07-C-0001).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Company L.L.C.,
Independence, Mo., was awarded on Oct. 27, 2006, a delivery order amount of
$5,200,000 as part of a $102,819,674 firm-fixed-price contract for
modernization of a small caliber ammunition plant. Work will be performed in
Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
was a sole source contract initiated on Aug. 5, 2003. The U.S. Army
Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity
(DAAA09-99-D-0016).

* Small business.


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