Defense Cover-Up Management Agency (DCMA) – Part 2
While drafting a new subcontract I suggested we revise the Scope of Work and make the requirements a little more stringent. I emailed William Granger, KBR’s Water Quality Manager with my suggestions and he didn’t even respond to my emails. I was surprised by his lack of response and even more surprised to learn the Green Zone water issues was not an isolated incident. In March 2005 Ben Carter had filed an incident report regarding contaminated water at Camp Junction City – Ar Ramadi, Iraq. One minor change was eventually made to the Scope of Work and that was to ensure trucks were clearly marked as Water trucks or Sewer trucks and not both.
There was a DoD Inspector General complaint filed and a DoD Inspector General Water Audit performed in 2008. It’s hard to say if that had in impact on KBR canceling the 15 original subcontracts and consolidated the hauling of water to 3 subcontracts with new subcontractors. KBR also purchase 9 new water trucks and eventually self-performed the hauling of water in the Green Zone and only then was KBR even remotely in compliance with the Statement of Procedure Water Operations SOP-01M.
It was disturbing to me that our soldiers….Army, Marines, US Air Force and Navy and not mention the thousands of civilians and coalition forces would come in off patrol or from work and have to take a shower in sewer water. It was very common for people to be sick and attribute it to the water, but they didn’t know how dangerous it really was.
USAF Major Hammonds informed he had written up my Joint Services Commendation Medal Award and even after all our disagreements COL McQuain wrote a glowing Letter of Input. And yet, I still have not received my Medal. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Medal or no medal, I did what I felt was right and just. I stand by my decisions and know for fact my unwavering commitment to the safety of our soldiers and civilians including KBR’s own employees made a dangerous war zone a little safer. That in itself is its own reward.