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Army Officials Stress Impact of LOGCAP Contract in USACE Disaster Response Missions

U.S. Army officials have said the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program helped the Army Corps of Engineers respond to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017, DVIDSHUB reported Tuesday.

Staff Stg. John Butts, contracting officer for USACE and administrator of LOGCAP in Puerto Rico, explained that the contracting process quickly helped get organizational resources to the area for the service’s disaster response operation.

“Because the mission needs could change at a moment’s notice, the fact that LOGCAP is a cost contract has been vital for the environment that we are working in,” he added.

LOGCAP Forward Planner Gill Ponce also explained that the contract provides various pre-awarded options, which helped streamline the contracting process and allowed emergency responders to act more quickly.

Ponce noted that USACE, Army Sustainment Command and DynCorp are collaborating to understand how LOGCAP was used in Puerto Rico, participating in emergency response exercises and applying lessons learned to future disaster recovery plans.

The LOGCAP contract also helped USACE support three other disaster response and recovery operations in 2017.

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