JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, the commanding general of Army Materiel Command, and Mr. Dean G. Popps, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology visited Joint Base Balad, Iraq, June 4-5.

The visit was part of a larger tour of the Middle East to meet with senior leaders to gain situational awareness on AMC activities and receive updates on reset operations in advance of the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq.

"Gen. Dunwoody and I are on a collective mission," Popps said during a key leader's dinner, "We're here to keep promoting and make everyone aware of the materiel enterprise."

"We have a big mission a head of us," Popps said, speaking on the drawdown of troops in Iraq to 50,000 by August 2010. "We're highly motivated."

During their time at JBB, Dunwoody and Popps were given a tour of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Joint Operations Center, the hub for logistics command and control in Iraq.

During a meeting with 3d ESC leaders, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, the 3d ESC commanding general, briefed Dunwoody and Popps on the current state of logistics operations in Iraq.

Topics of discussion included the future of logistics in the responsible drawdown, initiatives to hire Iraqis to transport U.S. supplies and the partnerships 3d ESC shares with Iraqi Security Forces units across Iraq.