Afghanistan Drawdown Keeps Logistics Crews Busy

June 11, 2012

The drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has required an expansive effort to sort, identify and ship unused equipment stored in theater as the Marine Corps withdraws thousands of troops from Helmand province this summer.

The work will be done by several Marine units as the Corps continues to partner with Afghan forces to build their ability to maintain and distribute their own gear, said Brig. Gen. John Broadmeadow, commander here of 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. Troops at Camp Leatherneck and Camp Dwyer, the Corps' two largest bases in Afghanistan, are sorting everything from radios to rifle scopes and packaging them for shipment to the U.S.

"Sometimes, it's just a bunch of things in a box that somebody used a year and a half ago, and it has been sitting in a box ever since," Broadmeadow said during a May interview. "We bring in technical experts from all over the place, properly classify it, package it up and send it home." 

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