Falcon Containers Awarded C-IED Mout Training Complex Project by the Department of the Air Force, Air Force Special Operations Command

July 12, 2012- Austin, Texas: Falcon Containers, a leading provider of repurposed shipping containers, announced their recent military prime contract award to provide training systems and structures for the Department of the Air Force, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), 27th Special Operations Wing (27 SOW), Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico.

The Military Operations program and Urban Operations Department at Falcon Containers will be responsible for the Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training site development, which will allow full mission profiles, designed to defeat the tactical challenges of improvised explosive devices (IED) as well as the strategic challenges of defeating the network that emplaces the IEDs.

“We are excited and honored to be working with the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and to be part of this effort that enhances MOUT training for our warfighters. Training increases the success of their missions and their safe return home,” said Mario Ravelo, VP Military Training Programs, Urban Operations Training at Falcon Containers. 

 “This military project will give Falcon Containers the opportunity to bring together much of our expertise in repurposing shipping containers, including self fabrication, design and installation. The end result will be a simulated city made of containers,” said Stephen Shang, CEO, Falcon Containers. This prime contract exceeds $13 million worth of military training structures and will consist of the design, fabrication, installation and integration of more than 570 containers into more than 350 buildings and associated instrumentation, control and after action review facilities.  Falcon Containers will be locating these structures on Melrose Air Force Range (MAFR) in Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico.

The training system is funded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) and procured by 1st Lieutenant Kyle J. Gagnon, Flight Commander of the Commodities section for the 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron (27 SOCONS), Cannon AFB. “It is essential as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and enemy tactics continue to evolve, the training facilities offered at MAFR must also evolve to ensure the highest level of training support, “ said 1st Lieutenant Gagnon.

Several Department of Defense Special Operations Forces (SOF) Components to include AFSOC, United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC), and interagency organizations will train on MAFR in joint operations designed to enhance their skill sets in support of their missions. The dynamic capability of this requirement allows changes to the complex layout; thereby providing updated scenarios based upon the ever-evolving IED tactics, techniques and procedures employed by today’s insurgents.  All of the environments include extensive C-IED problem sets and simulators as well as realistic environmental additions such as sight, sound, and smell generators configured in a way to provide the utmost realistic tactical situations encountered in the deployed environments.  Specific areas in each environment contain audio and visual sensors to digitally record and play back the actual scenarios performed by ground and aircrews for after action review on how they communicate with each other to establish lessons learned through synchronicity of operations. 

“Completion of this requirement will bring a tremendous capability to Cannon AFB.  Falcon Containers proposed a high level of technical capabilities and cost-effective value to this project.  We are very confident Falcon Containers will do a great job and we are thrilled to get started,” said 1st Lieutenant Gagnon.

About Falcon Containers:

Founded in 2003, Falcon Containers repurposes shipping containers to simplify their customers’ operations. Applications include portable storage containers, military training assets, customized conex containers, and shipping container homes.  Falcon has served numerous customers in the Central Texas area and the US Department of Defense throughout the United States. More information can be found at http://www.FalconContainers.com.

About Canon Air Force Base and Melrose Air Force Range:

Cannon Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base, located approximately 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Clovis, New Mexico. It is under the jurisdiction of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The Melrose Air Force Range (MAFR) is the primary training range for the host unit at Cannon -the 27th Special Operations Wing (27 SOW) assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The 27 SOW plans and executes specialized and contingency operations using advanced aircraft, tactics and air refueling techniques to infiltrate and supply special operations forces (SOF) and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and close air support in support of SOF operations. More information can be found at http://www.cannon.af.mil.