JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast
awarded a nearly $11 million contract November 15 to NAS Ventures, a small business out
of Columbus, Ohio, for airfield upgrades to Sherman Field to be completed aboard Naval Air
Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla.
The contract provides for taxiway pavement mill and overlay, concrete joint seals
replacement at the ends of the runway, concrete repair in front of the jet blast deflector and
restriping. Electrical repairs include taxiway rehabilitation including below ground raceways,
cabling, and junction structures, airfield lighting, signage and marking, and replacement of
airfield signal and control system circuits with fiber optic circuits.
“Forrest Sherman Field is vitally important to our undergraduate flight training aboard NAS
Pensacola,” said NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin. “As the
home of Training Air Wing SIX and the 479th Flying Training Group, all prospective Naval
Flight Officers for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force Combat Systems
Officers train here, as well as flight officers/navigators for NATO, Allied and Coalition
partners. These upgrades will enhance and ensure our ability to train our aviators safely and
in a world class environment.”
Work is expected to be completed by April 2019.
Small business (which includes 8(a) firms) play a vital role in the American economy –
employing half of our country's workforce, creating nearly two out of every three new
American jobs, and often being the source of the next great American innovation. NAVFAC
Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities
to these businesses.
“Small Business is the backbone to our economy,” said Mark Brock, NAVFAC Southeast
small business deputy. “NAVFAC Southeast is committed to providing small business
opportunities. This is a win for the taxpayer, the nation, and the Navy.”
Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for Small Business, Small Disadvantaged
Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business, Service-Disabled
Veteran-Owned Small Business, and Women-Owned Small Business categories. The
maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest
with both social and economic benefits.