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News | Oct. 23, 2018

DCMA Atlanta celebrates delivery of 1,000th High Mobility Engineer Excavator

By Navy Lt. j.g. Beau R. Citrone DCMA Atlanta

Defense Contract Management Agency Atlanta employees recently celebrated the manufacture and delivery of the 1,000th High Mobility Engineer Excavator, which is designed and made for the Army at the JCB North America headquarters in Pooler, Georgia.

In addition to DCMA Atlanta and contractor employees who attended the Aug. 30 celebration, guests included business leaders; the British consulate general; the mayors of Hinesville, Pooler and Savannah; as well as Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter and Gov. Nathan Deal.

“The HMEE, called by some, is the Swiss army knife of excavators. It is versatile, mobile and innovative, and the DCMA Atlanta team is extremely proud to have been providing quality assurance and contract administration support since 2005,” said Navy Cmdr. Frank Miller, DCMA Atlanta’s commander.

The Army contract was awarded in 2005, and initially called for the production of 636 of the high-tech excavators, at a cost of approximately $209 million, plus an additional service contract cost of $20 million. Contract extensions and international sales are a few factors that have boosted production of the versatile machines to 1,000. The DCMA Atlanta team has been contributing to quality assurance, contract management, and pricing throughout the entire process, providing timely and relevant oversight analyses to Army customers.

“For over a decade, the DCMA Atlanta team has enabled the on-time delivery of the HMEE, providing actionable acquisition insight to the HMEE program team in support of our warfighters building infrastructure while defending our freedom and supporting humanitarian efforts abroad,” said Miller.

The Army has purchased more than 900 HMEEs, with another 80 in use by nine allies around the world.

“I'm extremely pleased with the teaming effort we provide our customers and the working relationship we have had from day one with the contractor. Working together, we have delivered 1,000 HMEE’s to the Army around the world, enabling mission success,” said Lou Gentile, DCMA Atlanta’s acting deputy.