U.S. digs in for the long haul in Kuwait

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

The U.S. Army plans to improve its facilities in Kuwait in an indication of an extended stay in the sheikdom.

U.S. officials said the Defense Department plans to refurbish facilities in northern Kuwait to allow for an extended stay by army troops. They said the army plans to maintain thousands of soldiers in the sheikdom in wake of the U.S. victory over neighboring Iraq.

The Pentagon effort includes the improvement of a leading army base in Kuwait that is meant to house soldiers and equipment. The base is Camp Fox, a former British facility reestablished in the Kuwaiti desert near the Iraqi border weeks before the war began and which housed more than 20,000 troops.

Brown & Root Services, a division of Kellogg Brown & Root, Arlington, Va., has been awarded a $10.7 million contract to refurbish the facilities at Camp Fox. This includes construction and maintenance of temporary warehouse facilities.

During the U.S.-led war in Iraq, Camp Fox served as the the main rear logistics and supply base for British forces in the sheikdom. The base housed the 6th Supply Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps. Another part of the base housed U.S. troops.

Brown & Root will also repair roads and ensure water delivery. The camp will be equipped with gravel and concrete hardstands, area lighting and facilities to wash equipment and vehicles.

A Pentagon statement said the refurbishing of Camp Fox is expected to be completed by July 2003. The statement said the total contract amount will not exceed $300 million.

The U.S. Army has retained services for Camp Fox for until at least 2008, officials said.

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