Letterkenny Army Depot has contracted with VSE Corp., Alexandria, Va., to modernize the Route Clearance Vehicles in Kuwait. VSE was selected as the prime contractor to improve the U.S. military's defense against roadside mines and improvised explosive devices.

IEDs are the number one source of casualties for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the RCVs are one of several tools that the warfighter is using to offset this threat. The effort will be managed by a Letterkenny Army Depot team and the facility will be operated by VSE Corp.

"Route Clearance Vehicles are the work horses in assisting route clearance teams to detect and neutralize potentially deadly IEDs, protecting warfighters from explosively formed penetrator and other explosive hazards encountered on vital supply routes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ensuring their readiness is critical to the war effort", Col. Steven A. Shapiro, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot.

Letterkenny Army Depot and VSE Corp. will give the Army the opportunity to repair and modernize the RCVs in theater.

The Letterkenny Army Depot RCV program manager will initiate fleet repair and perform modernization maintenance on the RCVs. The RCV Modernization is a three-year program effort with total fleet repair and modernization as the end state.

RCV maintenance will be conducted in a facility in Kuwait operated by Letterkenny and VSE. It will be operational in early 2009 for assets currently being utilized by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Letterkenny Army Depot is a capabilities based facility and winner of five Shingo medallions.

POC is Kim Russell, Public Affairs, phone (717) 267-9356