KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the chief of staff of the Army, visited here April 24 to speak with Brig. Gen. Daniel I. Schultz, the commanding general of the Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan, and Kandahar troops.

The JSC-A, an integral part of the coming build-up of forces, controls movement of supply, and personnel into and throughout Afghanistan.

Casey ate dinner with several Soldiers before attending a town hall meeting with troops where he addressed issues ranging from housing to promotions to the future direction of the Army.

Aca,!A"The opportunity to hear the Chief of Staff was nice. ItAca,!a,,cs not often that you get the answers to critical questions straight from the top,Aca,!A? said Sgt. Jason M. King of the 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command. Aca,!A"Good questions were presented. Good answers with valid points were given.Aca,!A?

Some Soldiers were surprised with how approachable the ArmyAca,!a,,cs top officer turned out to be. Aca,!A"HeAca,!a,,cs pretty open. He seemed pretty open for people to ask questions,Aca,!A? said Staff Sgt. Tracy E. Conner of the 154th Transportation Company.

Aca,!A"A lot of the questions my soldiers were asking, they were wondering if they would be extended, so it was good to know itAca,!a,,cs pretty definite weAca,!a,,cre not getting extended,Aca,!A? Conner said.

He ended his visit after speaking with commanders at the Regional Command South headquarters.