USAF Major General Mark Camerer and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green walk through Liberty Village with Dr. Karl Spinnenweber. (Amentum photo)
GERMANTOWN, Md.; November 8, 2022 – Amentum’s Liberty Village team recently received the International Stability Operations Association’s Vanguard Global Achievement Award in recognition of overall outstanding achievement in stability, contingency, emergency response, disaster recovery, as well as the Amentum Athlon Award in recognition of the remarkable success delivered by the team.
In August of 2021, Amentum was awarded the task order, under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP) V contract vehicle, to build and sustain a village to house immigrants from Afghanistan. The urgent and compelling task order included a rapid build-up phase and a six-month sustainment period to create a community, dubbed Liberty Village, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), N.J.
“Amentum was pleased to provide critical solutions for the Department of Homeland Security, USAID, Department of State, National Guard, New Jersey First Responders, Defense Logistics Agency, Air Force, Army NORTHCOM, Red Cross and non-profit organizations in their urgent needs to house and care for allies arriving from Afghanistan,” said Dr. Karl Spinnenweber, President of Amentum’s Critical Missions Group. “Our significant experience with rapid infrastructure implementation combined with humanitarian, transportation, housing, supply chain solutions, linguistics, residential support services, and expeditionary medical services ensured the government had a full range of scalable operations, life support and logistics capabilities to meet the immediate need.”
Major General Mark Camerer, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Commander said, “You are building the airplane while flying it,” referring to Amentum’s skill in meeting the rapidly evolving requirements.
The 22.5-acre village received, housed, and transitioned more than 16,000 Afghan allies over its six-month lifespan, necessitating Amentum’s rapid land preparation and construction of 22 500-man tents and construction and management of four dining facilities.
“Through the Liberty Village project at JB MDL, we assisted the Operation Allies Welcome project in direct support of relocated Afghan immigrants, totaling more than 16,000 Afghans who successfully made it to the U.S. with more than 4.7 million meals served, 38 thousand bags of laundry processed, 9,300 MMR vaccines administered, and rapid procurement and distribution of basic supplies like toothbrushes, clothing, baby formula, and diapers provided,” said Rob Tillery, SVP Operations.
Ken Fox, SVP Operations who accepted the ISOA Vanguard award on behalf of Amentum, stated in his speech, “Considering Amentum’s proud legacies and hundreds of programs spanning dozens of agencies made crafting our award submission quite the project. Ultimately, we focused on the remarkable work we do throughout the world supporting so many embassies in challenging environments, what we do to provide safe and secure transportation to our nation’s leaders through the Executive Airlift program, the critical COVID alternative health care facility in Paramus, New Jersey constructed in a matter of days at the height of the pandemic, and finally about the special care that so many of our exceptional employees demonstrated toward our Afghan allies, partners and teammates, not only with the evacuations from Afghanistan, but then welcoming our friends to their new lives in the United States with grace, and dignity and appreciation for their struggle – work that remains ongoing to this day.”
“Our first-class team of professionals delivered outstanding performance from concept to clear-out in one short year,” said AFCAP lead and VP Operations Richard Hayes. “A big thank you to the team for their exceptional work and care for our Afghan allies throughout the management of this life-changing project.”
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