Cedar II to Adder move ahead of schedule, in final stages

Story and photo by Pfc. Lisa A. Cope
139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — After five years, the process of moving convoy support operations on Camp Cedar II, Iraq, to Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, as part of the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq is now in its final stages.

Maj. Gilbert M. Spring Jr., the brigade engineer with the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Temple, Texas, said COB Adder will be the central hub for all convoys to and from Kuwait.

"This is the facility for southern Iraq," said Spring, a Lufkin, Texas, native. "There is nothing between here and Kuwait. Everything going into Kuwait is going to come through here before it goes down there. This is the last stopping point going south; it is also the first stopping point going north."

The goal of combining the two bases and having one central hub for United States Division – South is to lessen the amount of personnel required to run convoy operations, said Spring.

"We are now taking an advisory role in Iraq, not an occupational role," he said. As we do that, the requirement for the number of Soldiers to be here is less. We are trying to work with their government, to make it stable for a free democracy."

Spring said the scale of the project is large because the convoy support center on Adder is being built as a level-three facility. A level-three facility is the top tier for CSCs; it requires housing, maintenance and all of the necessary equipment and facilities to support troops constantly moving through the site.

One of the biggest projects involved with moving operations over to COB Adder is moving the living structures. Almco Group is the company contracted to carry out the move.

Nazar Abd-Al-Jabbar, the project manager with Almco group and a Baghdad native, said he is pleased with the progress made so far and is actually a month ahead of schedule.

He said there are about 170 people working on the project including technicians, drivers, escorts, workers, safety personnel and engineers.

Almco is contracted to move 846 living structures, 27 laundry and ablution units, 60 tents, 7500 T-walls, 1,000 Texas barriers and 500 Jersey barriers.

The company began work Jan. 5 and has so far moved all of the Jersey Barriers, more than 150 of the Texas Barriers, 1300 T-walls and 372 living structures, said Nazer.

"Three months ago we started … moving the trailers from Cedar (II)," he said. "We move, everyday, between 15 and 25 trailers, and (roughly) 50 T-walls."

Spring said Nazar and his team are swift workers and are always exceeding expectations.

"It is going quite well," he said. "Cooperation has been very good. The contractor is … actually often times waiting on us. He is very energized, and ready to get it done."