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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates looks at the different variations of MRAPs being produced during a visit to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008.   Rachel Blouch, left, a 21st-century version of World War IIís 'Rosie the Riveter' and the wife of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Blouch, is among workers at Force Protection Industries building mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles in Ladson, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008.   Workers at the vehicle integration facility gather to hear Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speak to them in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008.   Workers at Force Protection Industries Inc. who make Cougar H 4 X 4 MRAPs in Ladson, S.C., are working two shifts a day, six and sometimes seven days a week to speed MRAP deliveries to the combat theater, Jan. 18, 2008.
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Supply Chain Partners Deliver 5,000 MRAPs to Warfighters

Air Force airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron’s aerial port flight secure mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to the flooring of a C-17 Globemaster III cargo bay Feb. 8, 2008, at an air base in the Persian Gulf region. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Patrick DixonWASHINGTON, April 9, 2008 – Supply chain partners, from manufacturer to the front lines, reached a major milestone in keeping warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan safe from the effects of many improvised explosive devices. Story


Pentagon Officials Remain Confident in MRAPs

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates watches as MRAPs are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008.WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2008 – Defense Department officials' confidence in mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles is unshaken after a deadly roadside bomb in Iraq marked the first time a U.S. servicemember was killed while traveling in one of the armored vehicles. Story

MRAP Facility Demonstrates Industry's Commitment

A worker at Force Protection Industries Inc. makes a Cougar H 4 X 4 MRAP vehicle at the factory in Ladson, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008.LADSON, S.C., Jan. 22, 2008 – Modern-day "Rosie the Riveters" in South Carolina are working around the clock moving mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles through the production line. Story

Gates Observes MRAP Progress, Praises Builders

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with workers at the vehicle integration facility in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008.CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Charleston, S.C., to see progress made in speeding up delivery of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles and to thank the people working behind the scenes to save military lives. Story
 

Dedication Runs High at MRAP Equipping Facility

Workers at Force Protection Industries Inc., make Cougar H 4 X 4 MRAP vehicles at the factory in Ladson, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008. The company produced 300 MRAPs in 2006 and recently celebrated the roll-out of its 1,00th Cougar in November 2007.CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008 – Employees of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center here work around the clock to equip mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to help save lives and limbs of the warfighters. Story

Charleston Operations Speed MRAPs to Troops

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates meets with airman loading MRAPs onto a C-17 Globemaster aircraft at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008.CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008 – Charleston has become the epicenter of a massive Defense Department program to get more mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to deployed troops. Story


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"There is no failsafe measure that can prevent all loss of life and limb on this or any other battlefield. That is the brutal reality of war. But vehicles like MRAP, combined with the right tactics, techniques, and procedures, provide the best protection available against these attacks."

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
Jan. 18, 2008

Photo Essays
Pete Ward, MRAP project engineer for SPAWAR Systems Center Charleston, explains MRAP production to Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outside the Integrated Product Center Lab in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 23, 2008. Jan. 23, 2008
Vice Chairman Visits Charleston, S.C.
Workers at Force Protection Industries Inc. are proud make Cougar H 4 X 4 and Buffalo MRAP vehicles at a factory in Ladson, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008. Jan. 18, 2008
MRAP Production Team Stands Proud
Pete Ward, MRAP project lead, explains the different varieties of MRAPs to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during a visit to Charleston, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008. Jan. 18, 2008
Gates Tours MRAP Facility
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks with Col. John 'Red' Millander, 437th Airlift Wing Commander, at Charleston AFB, S.C., Jan. 18, 2008. Jan. 18, 2008
Gates Visits Charleston AFB
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SPAWAR/MRAP Workers Jan. 18, 2008
SPAWAR/MRAP Workers
SecDef MRAP Remarks Jan. 18, 2008
SecDef MRAP Remarks