Army Meets Iraq Drawdown Milestones

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Army Meets Iraq Drawdown Milestones


Osborn, Kris, Soldiers Magazine


THE Army succeeded in closing hundreds of forward operating bases, removing thousands of troops and drawing down vast amounts of equipment from Iraq in advance of the formal end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the beginning of Operation New Dawn, Sept. 1.

The Army removed trucks, tanks, ammunition, supply containers and helicopters from Iraq as part of a well-planned, systematic drawdown of equipment, service officials said.

"We had a very good plan going into the operation--a plan produced at every level of command," said Lt. Gen. Mitchell Stevenson, the Army's deputy chief of staff, G4 (Logistics).

By the end of August, the Army had closed or transferred more than 411 bases, bringing the active number of forward operating bases in Iraq down to 93, Stevenson said.

Other major Iraq drawdown milestones--as of the end of August--included:

--A reduction in vehicles from a peak of 42,000 down to 17,300--a 58.9-percent reduction.

--A reduction in helicopters from 463 to 224 aircraft--a 51.6-percent reduction.

--A reduction of trucks on daily convoys from 3,100 to a daily average of 280--a 91-percent reduction. …

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