New oil service center opens at JBB

13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
Story by Sgt. Keith Vanklompenberg

Date: 02.13.2010
Posted: 02.13.2010 04:15
News ID: 45297
New oil service center opens at JBB

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Officials with the Mayor's Cell and Shaykh Shehab Ahmed Al-Tmime celebrated the opening of the new oil service center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.<br /> <br /> The expanded service center moved from the edge of the base to a more central location off Pennsylvania Avenue.<br /> <br /> "Where they are now is known as the vehicle maintenance complex," said Sgt. Maj. Charles Scriven, the senior enlisted adviser with the Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Columbia, S.C., native.<br /> <br /> The move was made to accommodate a changing contract with the Iraqi-owned center, said Air Force Master Sgt. Alan Chaney, the contract officer representative for the Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing.<br /> <br /> Chaney, a Baltimore native, said the new contract will expand the center's work to cover all non-tactical vehicles at JBB, so the new location had to be larger. They will slowly expand their service from 600 vehicles to 1,700 per year, said Chaney.<br /> <br /> "We moved to this location in preparation for that expansion," he said. <br /> <br /> In the few days since the opening, the workers have already seen business pick up, most likely due to convenience, said Chaney.<br /> <br /> "This is a bit more user-friendly and easy to find," he said.<br /> <br /> The locally-owned oil service center provides level 10 maintenance, which includes oil changes, tire rotations, windshield wiper changes and other basic maintenance, said Scriven.<br /> <br /> The construction of the new site involved a partnership with the Air Force, Army civil engineers and support from the IBIZ.<br /> <br /> The IBIZ acts as a liaison between the base and local businesses, said Scriven.<br /> <br /> "Our mission is to provide a safe working environment for the Iraqis," he said.<br /> <br /> Operating a business on a U.S. military base can be beneficial to the shaykhs, workers and the local economy in general, Scriven said.<br /> <br /> "One: it provides jobs; two: it allows them a safe environment; and three: this is experience," he said.<br /> <br /> Scriven said the IBIZ provides this work to the local nationals to help them succeed after the U.S. military is gone.<br /> <br /> "There still are going to be vehicles, so there will be a need for maintenance on vehicles, a need for fuel," he said. "These are the kind of services we have that are being provided by the Iraqi citizens."<br />