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HERNDON, Va. — A joint venture of Alaska Native-owned Akima has been awarded a contract to provide operations and management services at an Oklahoma City airbase. 

Akima Range Readiness Operations — an SBA 8(a)-certified mentor-protégé joint venture formed by Akima’s RiverTech subsidiary and Falls Church, Va.-based Amentum — received a seven-year contract to manage Tinker Air Force Base. 

The Civil Engineering Services-Operations Management contract, awarded by the 72nd Civil Engineer Squadron, has a potential value of $333 million. 

“Akima is honored by this contract award and the expansion of our support to the U.S. Air Force at a hub for sustainment as well as a home to many major flying units,” Scott Rauer, president of Akima’s Facilities Solutions Group, said in a statement. “This award demonstrates the expertise and deep resources that Akima and Amentum bring to ensure the readiness of our nation's most critical military facilities.”

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The CESOM contract is the Air Force's largest facility operations and management contract, which includes support for over 19 million square feet at more than 425 major facilities. Additionally, Tinker AFB is the host site for the Air Force Sustainment Center, which provides war-fighting expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through depot maintenance, supply chain management, and installation support. 

Akima Range Readiness Operations will provide roughly 400 personnel to deliver operations and management services on the base facilities and infrastructure.

The contract is the most recent addition to Akima’s facilities and logistics portfolio, which includes business with the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and NASA. 

Akima is wholly owned by NANA Corp., an Alaska Native Corporation formed for the benefit of more than 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders who have roots in a 38,000-square-mile section of northwest Alaska, much of which is located above the Arctic Circle.

In addition to federal contracting, NANA Corp. also maintains a diversified portfolio of commercial businesses in mining, oil and gas, health care, education, construction and exploration.

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