The Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan Took Off from Tinian. Now Irving-Based Fluor Is Getting $409M To Help Make It a Stronghold Again

Nearly 80 years after two B-29s took off from Tinian and hastened the end of World War II, geopolitical tensions have put the island—part of a U.S. territory—back on the radar of U.S. Air Force strategic planning.

In August 1945, U.S. Army Air Force B-29s took off from Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hastening the end of World War II. Nearly 80 years later, geopolitical tensions are once again rising in the Western Pacific—and Tinian has yet again become a key focus of U.S. national security.

This week, Irving-based Fluor Corporation announced that the U.S. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency awarded the company a contract valued at around $409 million for “Pavement and Transportation Support North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

The task order was awarded under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program V and has a 60-month period of performance.

Tinian is one of the three principal islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory that also includes Guam and Saipan. It’s located 3,700 miles west of Hawaii and about 1,670 miles east of the Philippines.

Training exercises in the region, including 2015’s Exercise Cope North 15, enable the U.S., Japan, and Australia air forces to “develop combat capabilities, enhancing air superiority, electronic warfare, air interdiction, tactical airlift, and aerial refueling,” Fluor said.

Strengthening the U.S. Air Force’s ‘deterrence capability’

Tom D’Agostino

“We’re honored to be selected to help strengthen the U.S. Air Force’s deterrence capability as part of its global mission,” Tom D’Agostino, group president of Fluor’s Mission Solutions business, said in a statement. “Tinian airfield is located in a complex and ever-changing environment and is closely aligned with the nation’s National Defense Strategy for the Indo-Pacific region.”

“As we have proven, Fluor excels at delivering timely and cost-effective solutions in some of the most logistically challenged locations in the world,” D’Agostino added.

The Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, also known as AFCAP, was established by the U.S. Air Force to fulfill the Department of Defense’s global mission during contingency events, Fluor noted. “AFCAP provides the Air Force and other government agencies with additional capabilities to rapidly support the logistics requirements of its deployed forces by using civilian contractors,” the company added.

Fluor is a leading engineering and construction company that posted revenue of $15.5 billion in 2023. The company has provided engineering, procurement, and construction services for more than 110 years, and says it “provides professional and technical solutions that deliver safe, well-executed, capital-efficient projects to clients around the world.”

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