Since 2011 KBR has provided core aviation services at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan and its austere environment helps make it one of KBR's most unique projects in the world. KAF is part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency program and employs over 450 staff on the airbase.
Located next to the Helmand province, KAF is the largest military base in southern Afghanistan. At its peak in 2012, KAF accommodated approximately 30,000 people from 60 countries around the world and was once the busiest single runway military airfield in the world.
KBR, through its subsidiary Overseas Supply Services Ltd. (OSS), delivers multiple contracts on the airbase which is home to the U.S. Air Force 451st Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron. The team oversees base maintenance, pest control and flight line services - managing flights coming in and out of KAF, as well as aircraft and terminal operations for passenger and cargo both on and off the aircraft.
These operations are fundamental to the day-to-day operation of the air base that was once one of the busiest in the world.
KBR staff unloading provisions off a Lockhead C-130 Hercules.
There are many challenging factors and issues that the team face that are unique to operating in this environment. In order to keep the airfield safe, it is crucial to keep surrounding wildlife at bay. KBR's Vector Control team is responsible for preventing pests and animals carrying disease from damaging operations, people, property, material and the environment. The region is home to some of the world's most dangerous animals, including scorpions, black widows, mountain lynx and the saw-scaled viper, the most dangerous snake in terms of human fatalities.
The team performs proactive methods of control, such as laying traps and pesticides as well as reactive measures with a call out team ready to respond to any incidents. All animals not posting a threat to the installation are returned to the wild.
Transcapsian Desert Monitor & Jackal
OSS, through an Equipment Vehicle Maintenance (EVM) contract, maintains all NATO Assets on the airfield. Those services include implementing preventative maintenance plans and maintenance for all equipment and vehicles and the repair of Critical Assets on site.
Today, OSS now maintains over 500 vehicles on the airbase and in January 2019 a total of 278 tasks were carried out with 28 percent of these tasks turned around in the same day. OSS is also responsible for the fleet Management Services (Total Motor Pool), which involves management, scheduling and maintenance oversight for the USAF 451st vehicles and equipment. Apart from looking after those assets, KBR staff provide road, vegetation and grounds maintenance around the base as well as ensuring the main runway is in the highest possible quality so that military operations run smoothly and without delay.
Members of the OSS XI cricket team pose for a group picture following a game. The OSS XI team is one of nine teams made up of personnel at KAF who compete in a project-wide tournament.
"We have seen another fantastic year at KAF," said Claire Cursley, Associate Project Leader, KBR Government Services. "With all contracts receiving extensions, it is a testament to the hard work of all those involved. The work force have been exemplary in providing the crucial services to keep the airfield running smoothly."
Cursley continued, "It is also great to see the team enjoying Kandahar outside of their work life, participating in social events like the cricket league and using our self-built gym." We have spent the last year focusing on our HSE performance, introducing new initiatives, training, improved equipment and hiring HSE specialists. We hope to maintain an incident-free 2019."
The overall success at Kandahar Airfield is a testament to KBR's commitment to providing first-class services to our clients in the government services sectors.