Story by U.S. Army Maj. Scott C. Hammondux
Regional Logistics Support Command – Southeast, Senior Advisor
NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan
On June 20, the Regional Logistics Support Command-Southeast (RLSC-SE) Maintenance Company (Tolai) began moving into their new motor pool on FOB Thunder and by July 3, they had moved in and were anxious to begin repairing RLSC-SE vehicles.
Since April 23, the RLSC-SE has completed 19 CLPs (Combat Logistics Patrols), distributing supplies to the 203rd Corps’ four remote brigades of the Afghan National Army at FOB Parsa in Khost Province (1st BDE), Sherana in Paktika Province (2nd BDE), FOBs Vulcan and Sultan in Ghazni Province (3rd BDE) and FOB Shank in Logar Province (4th BDE). One hundred percent of these CLPs were completed by the RLSC-SE without coalition forces assistance. In all, since completing their first convoy on April 23, the RLSC-SE Distribution Company has logged over 795,700 miles, travelling through the heart of the country.
“What is the first thing that needs to be accomplished in Afghanistan to sustain the fight?” asked U.S. Army Master Sgt. Kenneth Hood, the non-commissioned officer senior advisor to the RLSC-SE recently. “It’s a great maintenance program. The reason why I say this is because the RLSC-SE has run 19 combat logistics patrols without any interruption, so that has allowed the combat soldiers to perform their jobs and win,” Hood added.
Throughout July and Aug., the RLSC-SE Maintenance Company has continued to maintain their own fleet of ‘Internationals’ (seven – ton cargo trucks), Humvees and Rangers, thereby enabling the sustainment of the 203rd Corps through distribution convoys. Moreover, despite the waiting for the first 60 of the 132 authorized civilian mechanics to fill positions, the RLSC-SE began completing maintenance on 203rdCorps vehicles on Aug. 25. This is the first step in the process of turning over general support level maintenance from contractors to the RLSC-SE Maintenance Company. It represents a huge milestone for the RLSC-SE, as well as the combat logistics for the Afghan National Army as a whole.
“In the past four weeks, we have completed 25 vehicle maintenance work orders for the 203rd Corps,” said ANA Capt. Zebullah the RLSC-SE Maintenance Company commander.
U.S. Army Capt. Randal W. Myers, the RLSC-SE Support Operations mentor shared that “The RLSC-SE is eager and ready to start repairing even more vehicles in order to strengthen the 203rd Corps and the Afghan National Army!”
NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan, is a coalition of 38 troop contributing nations assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. For more information about NTM-A, visit www.ntm-a.com.
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