152nd Working in Afghanistan to Clean Up Remnants of War

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UNDATED – (DRG News)As part of its deployment to Afghanistan, the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has been working to fulfill a number of different duties.  The group left South Dakota in July and is expected to be deployed for five to six months.  The National Guard says the 152nd has been sustaining the four transportation units and Ordnance Company they manage at Kandahar Airfield, plus they have been helping units to drawdown equipment.  As part of that task, they are cleaning up remnants of the Afghanistan war by reducing the number of containers that have filled bases throughout that country.  One support operations officer says that some estimates say that there are up to 80,000 containers in the country and the 152nd has been checking them to determine whether they should be demolished for scrap metal or reused for packing up equipment to send home.    The 152nd has eliminated more than 1,200 in the past three weeks alone.  The 152nd’s Sergeant 1st Class John Kramer of Philip says in a press release from the Guard that the hectic pace is what is keeping him busy from dawn to dusk.  He says they check for holes and dents in the containers and verify that they have a tight seal.  They also check numbers on the containers to make sure they are accounted for on an international database, which tracks ownership of the containers.  The 152nd left Pierre to begin service on July 7, following a deployment ceremony at Riggs High School the day before.

South Dakota Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class John Kramer, 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of Philip, S.D., and North Carolina Army Reserve Spc. David Bryan, 846th Transportation Company, of Aberdeen, N.C., verify numbers on the data plate of a container for the International database at Kandahar Airfield, Oct. 9, 2013. The 152nd CSSB is working to not only sustain the four transportation units and ordnance company they manage at Kandahar Airfield, they are also helping units in Regional Command-South drawdown equipment. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Tangen,129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

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