Two Native Corporations get military work

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Army has selected subsidiaries of two Alaska Native corporations to maintain three of the state's military installations.

Field Support Services Inc. of Anchorage and Galena-based Khotol Services Corp. were subcontracted by Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Inc. of Atlanta, Ga. to maintain Army bases in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and a recruiting center in Seward.

Field Support Services is a subsidiary of Barrow-based Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Khotol Services is funded by Anchorage-based Gana-A'Yoo Ltd., a village corporation formed in 1978 by the merger of the Galena, Nulato, Kaltag and Koyukuk village corporations.

Tim Barfield, Jr., the president of Shaw E&I, indicated that the Native corporations' records were a key factor in the decision.

''Both corporations bring with them a solid foundation of sound business ethics, practices and resources that focus on the Alaska economy and the needs of the Alaskan people,'' he said.

George Bernardy, the president of Field Support Services, said providing military bases with civilian maintenance helps with homeland security efforts.

''The whole idea is to provide the Army with reduced costs on ancillary services while allowing them to focus on their primary intent,'' he said. ''It keeps the troops free for fighting instead of turning wrenches.''

Hank Speakman, the state chief of Army regional contracting, said he's done several primary contracts with Alaska Native corporations during his two year tenure as chief, and he has always been pleased.

''The Native corporations we've worked with have done an outstanding job,'' he said. ''They deliver on their promises and it shows (because) they're competing successfully in the Lower 48.''

Khotol Services Corp. has a record of military support throughout the Lower 48, said Gana-A'Yoo Chief Executive Roger Nagarkar. The group has worked on seven military complexes nationwide to provide everything from grounds work to food service.

Field Support Services said that workers will come from incumbent public works personnel already familiar with the bases. The remainder will be hired from the area surrounding Anchorage and Fairbanks.

In 1998, the government started contracting civilian groups to perform services on military land. Shaw and Field Support Services worked together on similar on-base projects in Georgia and Alabama.

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