COB Adder JDC to be last JDC in Iraq

Story and photos by Pfc. Lisa A. Cope
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — The Joint Distribution Center at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, distributes supplies and equipment coming into and leaving the Iraq Joint Operations Area.

First Lt. Christopher G. Kee, the officer in charge of the JDC with the 40th Quartermaster Company, 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and an Urbana, Ill., native, said the JDC handles all forms of supplies except food, ammunition and medical supplies.

"The main mission here at the JDC is to redistribute class two (organizational clothing and individual equipment), three (petroleum, oil, lubricants), four (construction materials), six (demand items), seven (major end items, such as Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles), and nine (repair items) classes of supply throughout (United States Division – South)," he said.

Kee said the JDC at COB Adder will be the last functioning JDC in Iraq, and all of the equipment will funnel through Adder and into Kuwait during the drawdown.

"We have a major retrograde yard on the south side of COB Adder, and that is where we house the majority of our class seven and class nine items to be retrograded to Kuwait, or to be sent to Afghanistan," he said.

Sgt. 1st Class Dawadrain Clark, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the JDC with the 40th QM Co. out of Schoffield Barracks, Hawaii, and an Ocala, Fla., native, said 20 Soldiers and 18 KBR, Inc. contractors work in the JDC, with the Soldiers primarily focusing on class seven items.

"The Soldiers are responsible for uploading and downloading class seven supplies that come in," he said. "They also store and keep accountability of those supplies."

Clark said the unit has moved more than 65,000 tons of class three, four and nine supply, and about 5,000 pieces of class seven equipment in the last four months.

Kee said accountability of incoming and outgoing equipment is a high priority for his unit.

"Our goal is maintaining full accountability of every piece of commodity that comes through the JDC, to ensure that it gets … from the sender to the customer, and to do that as fast as possible," he said. "We try to turn items around within 72 hours, pushing onward to our next customer."

 

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Sgt. Joseph P. Franklin, the mid-shift noncommissioned officer in charge with the 40th Quartermaster Company, 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a New Orleans, La., native, ground guides a Humvee onto a flatbed trailer to be taken through Kuwait, March 31 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.