The U.S. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Detachment 4 awarded three contracts totaling $38 million to improve the airfield infrastructure at Naval Air Station Keflavik, in Iceland.
These projects support the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) and are implemented by the U.S. European Command. The intention is to increase the responsiveness and readiness of the U.S. Air Forces, the NATO member-state forces and our allies in Europe.
The purpose of the EDI includes military exercises and training while also sustaining a rotational presence of U.S. forces throughout Europe. Iceland is a NATO member state and is a host to deployed U.S. forces. The improved infrastructure at the base will support NATO air surveillance missions as well as the collective defense and military activities in this crucial North Atlantic location.
This infrastructure improvement and partnership is between the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Det. 4, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Central, the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Icelandic Airport & Air Navigation Authority.
“The Air Force depends on the technical expertise of the professionals from AFCEC and Det. 4 to deliver mission-ready infrastructure. We are upgrading infrastructure at Naval Air Station Keflavik to provide a high level of readiness for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. We have incorporated innovative design and construction techniques to build resilient facilities to ensure the longest lifespan at the overall lowest life cycle cost,” said Col. David Norton, director of AFCEC’s Facility Engineering Directorate.
AFCEC’s Facility Engineering Directorate, which oversees the Air Force military construction program will be monitoring the execution of the construction project, ensuring it stays on time, within budget, delivers a resilient infrastructure solution.
The construction project includes three major initiatives:
- expansion of the parking aprons
- beddown site preparation to support personnel in an expeditionary environment
- upgrading the airfield’s hazardous cargo pad for the loading and unloading of explosives.
The design and construction manager, Det 4 will conduct the project with support from NAVFAC EURACENT. Iceland Prime Contractors will be executing the work and the completion date for all projects is in April 2023.
“It’s been very rewarding to be involved in not just one but three projects from inception. And now to successfully execute these military construction projects concurrently, in the program year as well as partner with our NATO allies such as Iceland to achieve a common goal, we look forward to continued success throughout construction and maintaining a close working relationship for years to come,” said Darren Walls, program manager with Det. 4’s Design and Construction Branch.
The image shows two P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 sit on the apron of Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Jan. 2, 2020. The squadron was conducting operations jointly with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. The construction work recently awarded by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center will provide critical infrastructure for continued air missions and joint military training with NATO in the North Atlantic region.