Archive for July, 2010

RELYANT Vehicle Maintenance Contract Expanded in Iraq

Posted on July 30, 2010 with No Comments

MARYVILLE, Tenn., July 29 / — RELYANT, LLC, a Maryville-based company providing worldwide strategic support services, has received funding to increase the number of vehicles it maintains for the U.S. government at Al Asad Air Base Regional Contracting Center in Iraq from 500 to 625 vehicles.

RELYANT provides services ranging from brake system repair to engine replacement. They have provided these services in Iraq for three years and have facilities capable of supporting more than 6,000 vehicles. The vehicles are considered non-tactical, and are primarily trucks and SUVs manufactured by Ford and Chevrolet.

RELYANT provides both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance to government vehicles.  In Afghanistan, RELYANT provides services to eight sites. In addition, the company operates a mobile operation that allows them to go to the vehicle in need of repair, so experience with in-country movement is essential.

“They have set the standard for contractor provided services and continue to be a confident source of knowledgeable advisement for present and future sustainment operations,” said MGySgt Earl Herndon, Motor Transport Chief, COR.

To date, RELYANT has procured more than 100,000 vehicle parts, repaired more than 10,000 vehicles, and has trained hundreds of local national mechanics.

Performing vehicle maintenance in an austere and hostile environment presents many challenges. The environments in Iraq and Afghanistan are very harsh due to the sand and climate.  In Afghanistan, the harsh, mountainous terrain presents an even greater challenge. Vehicles operating in these environments require more frequent repairs and maintenance proving that vehicle maintenance services are a fundamental necessity.

In addition to the environment, logistics continues to be challenging, particularly in Afghanistan. To circumvent these issues, RELYANT maintains warehouses of the most common repair parts to eliminate or significantly reduce repair delays.

“Our vehicle maintenance contract in Iraq was the first contract we were awarded, and it remains a core competency that we intend to expand,” said Eric W. Barton, RELYANT President and CEO.

RELYANT is a global provider of solutions to complex projects. The company offers services including construction, life support, demining, logistics/procurement, security, and IT communications. RELYANT is headquartered in Maryville with offices in San Antonio, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Uganda.  www.gorelyant.com

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Posted on July 27, 2010 with No Comments


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RELYANT AWARDED $7 MILLION EXPANSION TO SPRAY FOAM INSULATION PROGRAM

Posted on July 19, 2010 with No Comments

MARYVILLE, TN  – RELYANT, LLC, a Maryville-based company providing worldwide strategic support services, has received notification of a $7 million expansion of its current $32 million contract with the Bagram Regional Contracting Center in Afghanistan.

RELYANT has provided environmentally friendly, US Army-approved spray foam insulation to soft-sided surfaces such as tents to aid in the heating and cooling of soldiers’ living quarters since September 2008.

In addition to providing more comfortable living areas for soldiers in the US and abroad, foam insulation provides a 70 – 95 percent decrease in the use of diesel fuel, according to the GAO Report 09-300 Defense Energy Management. This reduces fuel transportation costs to various locations in theater. Fuel is an exorbitant expense in Afghanistan and surrounding areas and the transportation and shipping of fuel is extremely dangerous. Reducing the Government’s reliance on diesel fuel means fewer required convoy support missions and fewer lives in jeopardy. A study conducted by AMSAA demonstrated foam insulation has the potential to take 11,000 truckloads of fuel off the road and save taxpayers $800 million.

In June 2008 alone, 44 trucks and 220,000 gallons of fuel were lost due to attacks or other events during efforts to deliver fuel to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, according to GAO (as reported in the New York Times, 1/8/10.)

Eric W. Barton, RELYANT President and CEO said, “RELYANT solutions provide a tangible benefit to American soldiers in the field. This particular contract increases our warriors’ comfort and reduces costs to taxpayers, which is a win for everyone involved.”

The spray foam insulation project is a key contract for RELYANT. There are currently multiple teams in Afghanistan operating on a daily basis with the capacity to spray up to 40,000 square feet of foam per day. This contract expansion is an indication of the Government’s continued confidence in RELYANT and in the solution.

Relyant’s efforts “have been recognized throughout Joint Contracting Command – Afghanistan and have made a noticeable difference in the preparedness of our Forward Operating Bases, both for facility climate control and the Department of Defense mission to reduce fuel consumption,” said SFC Troy Winters, Contracting Officer Representative.

RELYANT is a global provider of solutions to complex projects. The company offers services including construction, life support, demining, logistics/procurement, security, and IT communications. RELYANT is headquartered in Maryville with offices in San Antonio, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Uganda. www.gorelyant.com

TRAINING FOR DE-MINING:

Posted on July 5, 2010 with No Comments

QUALITY, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE ARE KEYS TO REMOVING HAZARDS TO TROOPS, CIVILIANS IN HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS

by: Eric W. Barton

EOD Master Crab

Quality and job specific training have always been important to me for both business and professional development.  Their importance has never been more essential than as my company, RELYANT, begins work on our unexploded ordnance/demining contract in Afghanistan. This contract requires very specific training because the people that search for the unexploded ordnance (UXO) are putting their lives at risk every day, not to mention they are doing this in an austere and sometimes hostile environment.

Although my military experience is in intelligence and my civilian education concentrates in business, I have become much more educated in the UXO and demining industries because my company now executes this type of work. I find the six months to a year of intense education and training these men and women go through fascinating. The preparatory classes along with the 30-50+ weeks of training on specific types of ordnance (bombs/missiles, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), nuclear, and underwater ordnance) would overwhelm the average person, not to mention the physical requirements they must maintain.

To be a Senior UXO Supervisor (the most senior position on a UXO project) you must have 10 years of experience, with five of those years in a management role.  The other management positions are UXO Quality Control Specialist and Safety Officer; both of these positions require 8 years experience. From there you have UXO Tech III, II, and I. As you can see, quality and experience are essential.

As an American Society of Quality, Certified Quality Manager (ASQ CQM OE), I insist on a high level of quality throughout myorganization, similar to the rigorous quality standards that must be maintained on UXO projects. Our management staff ensures impeccable quality standards are being met or exceeded for the safety of their own personnel as well as the success of the project. High quality standards are what keep technicians from missing a landmine or UXO and adding another victim to the more than 5,000 Afghan citizens that have been either killed or injured by these devices since 2001.

I have the utmost respect for the men and women who do this type of work both in the military as well as for civilian contractors like RELYANT. It epitomizes the importance of well qualified people doing quality work.

To get up-to-date news and happenings of my company visit, www.gorelyant.com, or www.ericbartononline.com.