LOGCAP Done in Iraq
April 14, 2014
Without much fanfare, some workers on Arsenal Island have marked the end of a long and very expensive overseas operation. March 31st was the last day in Iraq for the Army Sustainment Command's LOGCAP, which stands for Logistics Civil Augmentation Program.
Deputy executive director, Matt Sannito, says since the US invaded Iraq in 2003, about 34 ASC employees have overseen private contractors who provided food, power, laundry, and mail to the Army, other branches of the military, federal agencies, and other members of the coalition.
"The one thing you'll find with these individuals, though they're all civilians, they have probably just as many deployments under their belts as you'd find for any soldier out there."
And the cost for 11 years of LOGCAP in Iraq is 40 billion dollars.
Sannito says even though the US military left Iraq at the end of 2011, his program supported employees of the US Department of State until last month. But his group of "project managers" still has plenty of work to do, in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and in Africa.
"In Afghanistan, we're still supporting a fairly large population of military and contractors - probably still in the range of 60-70,000 people, whereas in Africa, at one of the sites, it's as small as 30 people"
In addition to military operations, ASC and LOGCAP also provide support for disaster relief around the world.
Since 2003 in Iraq, contractors overseen by LOGCAP helped provide 1.2 billion meals and 268 million tons of ice, they cleaned 88 million bags of laundry, and handled 471 million pounds of mail.
(photo: flag raising at the dedication of the new US embassy in Baghdad - by Eric Brooks, US Embassy, Baghdad)