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Some much-needed upgrades are on the horizon at Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Sherman Field, with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast moving last month to award a $37 million contract to Head, Inc./Diaz, a joint venture small business based in Columbus, Ohio.

The contract provides for major electrical vault repair, electrical infrastructure work, grade correction, pavement mill and overlay, airfield lighting, signage and marking for one runway and up to two taxiways, and reconfiguration of the main airfield apron. Site clearing and demolition and all other associated work necessary to accomplish the project are to be included in the award, officials said.

“Forrest Sherman Field is vitally important to our undergraduate flight training aboard NAS Pensacola,” said Capt. Christopher Martin, NAS Pensacola’s commanding officer. “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 June 2018.

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