LENOIR CITY, Tenn., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Sterling Global Operations has received another U.S. military contract for demining and battle area clearance services in Afghanistan.
Under the $30 million award, as many as 1,000 company personnel will clear unexploded ordnance and land mines at Bagram Air Base and other U.S. and coalition bases around the country as part of a project called Afghan-Wide Mine and Battle Area Clearance.
The one-year contract, with options to extend, was awarded through the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center-Huntsville, Ala.
Under earlier contracts SGO has cleared more than 70 million square meters of Afghan territory of mines and ordnance.
"The most important service we provide is protecting the lives of American and foreign military members and civilian employees, the facilities in which they work, and the lives of host-nation civilians who face danger every day when they're just walking near their villages or in their fields," said Matt Kaye, SGO president and chief executive officer.
SGO has carried out demining and battle area clearance for three years under two U.S. Army contracts. The company has two other contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it said. It is also involved in a mine-clearance program in Kandahar funded by the United Arab Emirates and implemented by the United Nations.