Living in a materiel world

By Sgt. Ann Venturato

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq — Gen. Paul J. Kern, the commanding general for the U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited Soldiers and saw how well the Army Materiel Command was doing here Aug. 13.

His first stop was at the 7th Transportation Battalion where he met with Lt. Col. George Akin, battalion commander for the 7th Transportation Battalion.

Akin mentioned some his Soldiers' great accomplishments here.

"We get it there, no matter what the threat," he said. "Soldiers get back in the cab of their truck a day after being hit by an improvised explosive device. The Soldiers understand their mission means survival."

Kern saw some of the innovations Soldiers are doing to stay safe here in Iraq. His tour included a stop at the Skunkwerks facility and the small arms support center. He was able to see some examples of vehicles that had been up armored.

"I have heard Soldiers say that if you look more offensive, you have a better chance of survival," Kern said.

Kern was impressed with what protective measures were being taking to keep Soldiers safe.

During the tour, Col. Darryl Bradley, commander of LSA Anaconda Materiel Command, pointed out to Kern the new Corps Distribution Center yard which is scheduled to be fully operational in October.

"It is really important to see how things are going," said Kern.

The Materiel Command is doing their part to provide Soldiers with the upper hand when it comes to survival.

Editor's Note: Sgt. Venturato is a member of the 13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office at LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq.


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(LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq) - Gen. Paul J. Kern, the Army Materiel Command commanding general, talks with leaders at the vehicle up-armoring facility on LSA Anaconda during his visit here Aug. 13. (released) (US Army photo by Sgt. Ann Venturato, 13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office)