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Anteon to Assist Air Force Cleanup

By Doug Beizer
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, March 14, 2005; Page E04

Anteon International Corp. will provide a range of services for the Air Force's Center for Environmental Excellence under a potentially $75 million subcontract it won from Portage Environmental Inc., officials from Anteon said.

Anteon will assist with closing bases, including environmental support, and provide information technology and other services, said Wayne Johnson, Anteon's vice president for business development.

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The Center for Environmental Excellence is responsible for protecting and restoring the environmental quality of Air Force facilities.

Anteon's subcontract could be worth $75 million if all options are exercised over the life of Portage's six-year contract, Anteon said. Portage is an engineering and environmental services company headquartered in New Mexico.

Anteon, based in Fairfax, was brought in on the contract for its experience in areas such as base realignment and closure (BRAC), said Max Voigtritter, Anteon's group vice president. The company supports similar programs for the Army at Fort Carson, Colo., and Fort Bragg, N.C., he said.

"That experience is very relevant to the Air Force training requirements," Voigtritter said. "They're trying to merge requirements for range training and range management, because there are going to be joint operations" among the military services.

Anteon also worked on the closure of the McClellan Air Force Base in California, Voigtritter said. "We developed an automated process to track the BRAC process from start to finish," he said.

A decade after the last round of base closings, a commission is expected to propose a major new round of closings this year to meet the Pentagon's goal of cutting its domestic operating expenses. Past base closings produced fierce opposition in the affected communities, followed by demands for a speedy cleanup of the shuttered bases so that they could be put to other uses.

In base closures, Anteon's environmental professionals, such as chemical engineers, chemists and biologists, act as project managers for subcontractors that actually do the environmental work. Anteon has about 350 employees who do environmental work, Johnson said.

Most of the work involves the cleanup of fuel oils, Johnson said.

"On an installation-by-installation basis, it can get kind of exotic from there as far as materials," he said. "Sometimes there are radiological materials, sometimes solvents and sometimes metals."

Beyond cleanup, the environmental work covers the consolidation of facilities and performing environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, Johnson said.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com.

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