Partnership with US Army Reserves results in successes at Goose Bay

What was created as a training opportunity for the United States Army Reserves (USAR) has resulted in a series of successful projects for Defence Construction Canada projects at 5 Wing Goose Bay, including the creation of a new, secure entrance to the base.

The USAR Engineering Support Team, which uses summer projects to conduct training for personnel, travels internationally to contribute to infrastructure projects over a four-week period each summer. When the opportunity arose for 5 Wing Goose Bay to host the crews, on-site teams worked to identify local projects that could use the support of the 50 to 60-person crews potentially available.

The projects–which included the realignment of the access road and construction of a new base entrance to separate civilian traffic from operational traffic–offered a good opportunity for the USAR team, and Goose Bay was selected for the 2014 and 2015 summers.

“They’re very well organized, and they have a limited time here on the ground, so they’re well prepared to get as much done as possible,” said Gregg Bitsack, Coordinator, Construction Services at 5 Wing.

To prepare for maximum productivity in limited time, extensive planning was required between DCC and the USAR teams, including weekly planning meetings and forward deliveries of equipment and supplies.

The high degree of coordination led to the successful completion of all the proposed projects. “They’re extremely well organized, really efficient, very respectful and appreciative of the opportunity–and we appreciate the benefits we received too,” said Bitsack.


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