The U.S. Army announced Sept. 28 its selection of Actus Lend Lease to create the Lodging Development and Management Plan as part of the Army's Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) Program. Under PAL, the Army plans to privatize transient lodging at 13 Army installations throughout the United States.

The 13 installations include: Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.; Fort Myer, Va. / Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.; Fort Shafter / Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii.

The U.S. Army is committed to improving its transient lodging as a means of sustaining the quality of life of our soldiers and families. Through the PAL program, the Army engages in partnership with private sector firms to manage, construct, renovate, maintain and operate transient lodging on Army installations. The PAL program is a critical part of the Army's plan to rapidly improve the condition of transient lodging, and sustain quality facilities throughout the life of these projects.

Actus Lend Lease, along with their selected hotel management team, InterContinental Hotels Group, will work with the Army to create the Lodging Development and Management Plan. The Lodging Development and Management Plan will serve as the blueprint for the improvement of lodging facilities at the "Group A" 13 installations. Preparation of the Lodging Development and Management Plan is expected to take about nine to 12 months. Following acceptance of the Lodging Development and Management Plan by the Army and review by the Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress, implementation of the plan is expected to begin in early 2008.

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For more information please contact Allison Sands (703) 697-3832; Information on the PAL program can be found at: