Kandahar joint sustainment operations center opens for business
March 27, 2009
- The 143d is the first ESC to coordinate logistics for the entire Afghan theater
- The JSOC will host members of the 143d and its strategic partners
- Operations will continue on a 24-hour basis as long as needed
KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan-The 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 16 to officially open the new Joint Sustainment Operations Center at the 143d's Joint Sustainment Command Headquarters here at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.
Maj. Stephen R. Smith, 143d G3 battle captain, attended the ceremony. "The purpose of the ceremony was to officially establish operational capabilities and open our command's JSOC (Joint Sustainment Operations Center)," Smith said.
Although the 143d Soldiers had workspaces prior to the JSOC's opening, it was not always a conducive working environment. "Previously we had limited space and computer support where multiple users were using limited computer resources," Smith said. "However, in our new space we have increased computer support and expanded work areas which have enhanced our capability to monitor and track sustainment and RSO (Reception, Staging, and Onward Movement) operations."
The 143d will facilitate and sustain the build-up of U.S. forces in Afghanistan over the next year by managing supply and personnel movement into and throughout Afghanistan.
Command Sgt. Maj. Micahel D. Schultz organized the ceremony at the request of 143d Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Daniel I. Schultz. Both men cut the ribbon together.