Afghan Army Logisticians to Visit U.S.
By Sgt. Lynnette M. Jefferson, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service
KABUL, Afghanistan, July 11, 2005 Senior members of the Afghan National Army's Logistics Command will travel to the United States this week to visit Army Materiel Command headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., and other military logistics depots and supply centers.
Gen. Shah Aqa Haidari, the ANA General Staff's director of logistics materiel readiness; Col. Mohammad Ewaz Esar, commander of the ANA's Central Supply Depot; and Lt. Col. Mohammad Ibrahim, secretary to the General Staff, will first visit a logistics depot in Philadelphia on the way to their scheduled Fort Belvoir visit July 15. They will also travel to Washington July 16-17 to visit the Afghan Embassy and the Pentagon.
"I hope to learn from the U.S. Army leaders," Ibrahim said. "The experience will help me to learn more for my country and will help the people of Afghanistan too. It will be a good trip."
He said this is his first trip to the United States. "I am very happy to go to the United States, and my family is excited for me as well," he said.
Escorting the Afghan delegation will be U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Theodore Walker, a logistics plans maintenance officer from the Office of Military Cooperation Afghanistan's Defense Resource Sector directorate. He said the trip will strengthen the logistics capabilities of the Afghan military.
"It is a great experience for them to see how the U.S. Army manages resources," Walker said.
The ANA Logistics Command provides national-level logistics support to the Ministry of Defense and other ministries. It serves as the national provider of supplies, maintenance and strategic transportation for the ANA.
When the ANA officers return to Afghanistan, they will work to apply their experiences to improve the management of the ANA's Logistics Command.
(U.S. Army Sgt. Lynnette M. Jefferson is assigned to the Office of Military Cooperation Afghanistan.)