Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2008
President's Report by Mike Mikita
This is the first article for our Aleut Cares newsletter and I believe I should talk
about a most important aspect of our service effort. At Aleut, personal safety and
health is of primary importance. Aleut is continuously concerned with injury
prevention, both on and off the job. We owe it to ourselves, our family and our
fellow workers to ensure a safe environment to serve our customers. While we all
should strive to provide world class service we must do it safely to protect our most
important resource, YOU, our employee.
We maintain a safety and health program conforming to the best practices of service
organizations. To be successful, such a program must embody the proper attitudes
toward injury and illness prevention on the part of supervisors and employees.
Only through a cooperative effort, can a safety record be established and maintained
for which we can be proud.
My objective is a program that will reduce the number of injuries and illnesses, and
set the standard for our industry. Our ultimate goal is ZERO accidents and injuries.
Aleut’s occupational safety and health program will include:
• Developing and enforcing safety and health rules; requiring that employees
cooperate with these rules as a condition of employment.
• Conducting a program of safety and health inspections to eliminate unsafe
working conditions or practices; to control health hazards; and to comply with
the safety and health standards for every job.
• Training all employees in good safety and health practices.
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• Providing necessary personal protective equipment and instructions for use and
Tel: 719.262.7160 • Investigating every accident to find out what caused it and to correct the problem
so that it won’t happen again.
The success of this program rests with each of us to do our part:
• I accept the responsibility for leadership of the safety and health program, for its
• effectiveness and improvement, and for providing the safeguards required to
ensure safe conditions.
• Corporate and Project Management are responsible for instilling the proper
attitudes and utmost respect toward safety and health.
• Employees are responsible for genuine cooperation with all aspects of the
management services occupational safety and health programs, compliance with all rules and
regulations, and for continuously practicing safety.
5520 Tech Center Dr • Mutual cooperation at all levels of the organization will ensure our safety
Colorado Springs, CO programs work for each employee.
80919-2352 Remember, at Aleut every employee is “Our Most Important Resource”! Protect
yourself and your fellow employee.
Tel: 719.531.9090 Regards,
Aleut Wins/Direct Awards
AGS: Subcontract to IAP at Hanscom AFB, MA, started 1 April 2008. Provides Roads and
Grounds support and maintenance. Base Year and 4 Option years.
AFSS: Direct Award of the GSA Denver Federal Center Locksmith contract on 1 Aug 2008.
Base year and 4 Option years.
AFSS: Direct Award of the Denver Federal Center, USGS Mapping Center Warehousing
Services contract on 1 July, 2008. Base Year and 4 Option years.
AFSS: Direct Award of the O & M for GSA Cesar Chavez building in Denver on 1 Sep 2008.
This is a 3 Month Contract with possible long term Direct Award thereafter.
AFSS: Direct Award of Buckley AFB Grounds Maintenance contract on 1 Aug 2008. Base Year
and 2 six month Options.
ANWS: Direct Award of USAR Regional Readiness RRC 4 and 5 on 1 Aug 2008. RRC 4 is for
one year. RRC 5 is for six months.
2008 Project Support Award
Mark Johnson awarded 2008 Project Support Award
Aleut Global Solutions awarded AMS
Corporate Employee, Mark Johnson
the 2008 Project Support Award on
August 25, 2008. This award is
presented to the corporate employee
who has demonstrated outstanding
leadership in best representing Aleut’s
mission statement, “Provide superior
services and proactive solutions by
empowering our employees to act in the
best interests of the customer,” in
support of our Projects. Mark received
a crystal plaque and $500 for this
AGS, Schriever AFB CEOMS
nominated Mark for this award. The
remarks on the nomination form listed
that Mark's support has been excellent
and his willingness to help the Projects
has been exceptional.
Many kudos stated that Mark
exemplifies the Aleut Brand, that he is
proactive, accountable, respectful, Mark Johnson, AMS Payroll Manager receiving award from
empowered and he’s all about customer Janet McIntosh, AGS Operations Manager
service. The nomination form went on
to say that even though Mark is very
busy with his day to day responsibilities
he will call or email if he has any
questions and in short order the project
request is fulfilled.
Project News by Carol Jones
Carol Jones, Project Manager with Aleut Facilities Support Services (AFSS), presents
rebate check to 375th Airlift Wing Command at Scott Air Force Base.
Aleut's partnership with Office Depot Requirements included: A year after Aleut opened the office
began in March 2001 with the opening supplies store, Office Depot agreed to
• Use of bar code and scanning
of the on-base store. sell organization equipment and
equipment, the same as commercial
clothing which previously was managed
The Air Force required that base supply stores, to allow use of the
in the individual equipment function.
operations eliminate the office supplies government credit cards and provide
The clothing support function of our
stores and individual equipment the customer a receipt immediately
store sells combat/safety boots, desert
functions which were then part of base after purchase
combat uniforms required for past
supply. These stores had outdated
• Both web and in-store sales deployments, and many specialty
technology and had a limited number
capability, with the same prices at items, such as Gore-Tex rain/cold
of items to choose from therefore;
both locations weather gear.
many base customers purchased
supplies from off-base stores. • Greater range of items to choose On average, our on-base store prices
from, to make it at least as attractive are over 10% below retail, and 1.5%
When military personnel were shopping
as going off-base, and reduce below GSA. We have both the store
off-base, they weren’t at their offices/
amount of nonproductive time spent and a Scott AFB specific web site,
shops doing their primary mission.
looking for supplies where customers can order from their
Aleut thought, “Why not let the experts
desk and have their purchases
operate a commercial function on • Discounted prices based on volume
delivered to them.
base?” With approval of Base of sales
Contracting and the contract logistics The wing commander has used the
• Rebate to the 375th Airlift Wing
manager, we evaluated five different rebate money to purchase new audio
Commander’s morale fund, to assist
companies to determine which could equipment for the base chapel, new
in funding projects which would
provide what we needed - Office Depot uniforms for the base Honor Guard,
otherwise not be funded via other
won the competition, hands down. and, for the past three years, to pay
lifeguard salaries at base pools so the
pools could remain open and free to
military members and their families
during the summer. Total rebates since
Work Hard ... as
the Rewards are
Left to right: Todd Hinderliter (OD Business Services Division, St Louis District, SAFB
Web Acct Mgr), Col Rank, Scott Starkey (SAFB OD Store Mgr), Carol Jones (AFSS
SAFB PM), Ken Gardiner (AFSS Ops Mgr), Scott Mueller (OD BSD St Louis District
Project News written by: Brenda Carender & Ray Monsada
Gary Bress, President - Aleut Facilities Support Services (AFSS), announces MARS
Inspection at GSA.
AFSS Project at GSA Sacramento "The willingness of the Aleut team to
receives "Letter of Appreciation" from partner with us and offer a true level
GSA’s field office Senior Property of professionalism, has allowed us to
Manager in support of a recent MARS increase our standard of performance
(Management Assessment Review every year we’ve been reviewed by
System) inspection conducted July 28 MARS team", said Ed Rodriguez,
through August 1, 2008. This is an Senior Property Manager from the San
OM&R assessment conducted by Francisco Service Center.
Region 9 inspectors every two years
Project Manager, Ray Monsada wants
for all GSA contracts within the region.
to thank everyone that contributed to
The inspection process began in 2002, the inspection effort.
and GSA Sacramento has consistently
received the highest overall rating of
“GREEN” in all areas of inspection
requirements to include the following
• Contract Administration
• Preventive Maintenance Program Matsui US Federal Courthouse
• Work Management Program
• Mechanical/Electrical Rooms and
Equip. Preservation Maintenance
• HVAC Systems OM&R
• Roof Management Program
• Switchgear & Electrical System OM
• Emergency Generators OM&R
• Environmental & Safety Program
• Energy Management Program John E Moss Federal Building Annex Building
Cottage Way Federal Building Federal & USPO Building Child Care Center
Congratulations Izabela! written by: Brenda Carender
Izabela Podlecki-Hardage, Her purchasing team was recently
Purchasing Manager became a U.S. selected as "Team" of the month for
Required Oath to Obtain
Citizen on Wednesday, August 20, going above and beyond their normal U.S. Citizenship
2008. job duties.
Congratulations Izabela for your
accomplishment of becoming a U.S.
Citizen and to your team for a job well
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I
absolutely and entirely renounce
and abjure all allegiance and fidelity
to any foreign prince, potentate,
state, or sovereignty of whom or
which I have heretofore been a
The ceremony was held at Dicks
subject or citizen; that I will support
Sporting Goods Stadium, Denver, and defend the Constitution and
Colorado in which 1,254 individuals laws of the United States of America
were naturalized representing 112 against all enemies, foreign and
countries. This was the 2nd largest domestic; that I will bear true faith
naturalization in Colorado's history. and allegiance to the same; that I
Izabela arrived in Los Angeles, will bear arms on behalf of the
California from Warsaw, Poland in United States when required by the
1990. In 2000, Izabela moved to law; that I will perform
Colorado Springs where she currently noncombatant service in the Armed
Forces of the United States when
resides with her children and husband.
required by the law; that I will
Izabela joined the purchasing team at Izabela was presented with the U.S. perform work of national importance
Aleut in 2004. She manages a team of American Flag flown over Cheyenne under civilian direction when
four people that provides support to Mountain on August 20, 2008. She also required by the law; and that I take
each of our projects and corporate received a certification from the 721st this obligation freely without any
office with all their purchasing needs. Security Forces Squadron signed by the mental reservation or purpose of
Commander. evasion; so help me God.”
Purchasing Department Staff (Izabela shown above)
Marta Colon, Dee Laaman, Don Meyer, Chuck Stewart
Buyer II Buyer II Buyer II Asst Buyer
Aleut Sponsors Pikes Peak or Bust
Rodeo Parade for Fourth Year
written by: Brenda Carender
Aleut Management Services sponsored
the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo for the
fourth and final year. The parade was
held on Tuesday, July 9, 2008. This
year’s parade theme “Break from the
Herd” offered an array of floats, bands,
military units, vintage cars, rodeo
queens, equestrian groups and horse-
The parade had over 90 units which
was the largest participation in over ten
years. Another first for the parade was
the change of date and time to be Grand Marshal - General Victor E. Renuart Jr. Commander of the North American
Tuesday evening which proved to be a Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Airforce
successful change with over 40,000 in Base, Colorado
attendance (the parade is normally held
in the morning). employees at Aleut Corporate and
external volunteers donate their time to
put on this event for our local
community and military.
The proceeds from the event are
awarded to local military spouses and/
or children as an educational
scholarship. Two scholarships were
awarded this year in the amount of
The Parade is funded entirely through
entry fees, advertising dollars and
donated labor. Aleut coordinates the
parade and charges businesses to
participate in this western heritage
event. All military groups participate at
no charge. Additional funds come from
advertisers in the parade program. The Page 6
Healthy Solutions written by: Brenda Carender
In January 2008, thirty-six corporate nonfatal, but debilitating health As a group we are reducing our risk of
employees, family and friends began a problems associated with obesity high blood pressure, out of range
life long commitment to change their include respiratory difficulties, chronic cholesterol, triglycerides, type 2
eating and exercising habits. In just musculoskeletal problems, skin diabetes, and certain types of cancers!
over 30 weeks the group has lost a total problems and infertility. The more life-
Congratulations to each participant in
of 756 pounds through the Weight threatening problems are insulin
your lifetime commitment to be healthy.
Watchers at Work Program! That's resistance such as type 2 diabetes;
right....756 pounds and still losing! certain types of cancers, especially the
hormonally related and large-bowel
Each meeting is a discussion guided
cancers; and gallbladder disease.
session by a Weight Watchers
instructor, with a new topic every week.
One week, the topic might be strategies
for curbing stress eating, and the next
week might center on favorite foods and
recipes. Each week the participants
gather insights from each other on what
has worked and not worked for them.
Each participant has a confidential
weigh-in just before the meeting. The
weigh-in is a way to help the participants
keep track of their progress and stay
accountable. All participants receive
materials weekly developed by experts
at Weight Watchers. The weekly
materials focus on a topic, like making
healthy food choices, eating out, and
Did you know that obesity can lead to
adverse metabolic effects on blood
pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and
insulin resistance? Also that the
Did You Know?
Did you know that Aleut has a corporate rate at Marriott Colorado Springs and
Hyatt Summerfield Suites located near corporate? Corporate employees and
their families are eligible to use these rates. Just mention "Aleut Rate" when you
book your reservation. Marriott reservation phone number is (719) 260-1800,
Hyatt reservation number is (719) 268-9990.
Did you know that we have 3 licenced notaries at corporate that can notarize
documents for you? Currently licensed notaries are Brenda Carender, Minerva
Alcaraz and Laura Bandeko.
Did you know....that Aleut has a new process on allocating your PCard purchases?
All allocations MUST be made by the 5th of the following month. Any questions,
see your immediate supervisor, purchasing or Rod Harris.
Aleut Website written by: Brenda Carender
Our website has a new look. Check it will be to compile information
out at www.aleutmgt.com. A big thanks from the viewer/user to help
goes to the website team, IT and the us present our company
executive team that worked together information in a clear and
to give our website a very professional concise manner and present our
look. Take a few moments to review company information in the most user
the changes. friendly format as possible. I will keep
you informed of the results of this
In the coming weeks a survey about
our website will go out to our Project
Managers, LLC Presidents and
Customers. The purpose of the survey
Aleut Stars of the Month
January 2008 - Susan Wigen, Receptionist
February 2008 - Jay Carender, Systems Analyst
March 2008 - Marlene Haptonstall, Accounts Payable Team Lead
April 2008 - Nathan Mason, ERP System Analyst
May 2008 - Dennis Garcia, Compliance Specialist
June 2008 - Tim Sobik, Communications Manager
July 2008 - None
Aleut Stars of the Quarter
Marlene Haptonstall, Accounts Payable Team Lead
Tim Sobik, Communications Manager