U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense tours Afghan National Army CSD

Christine Abizaid, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, tours the Afghan National Army Central Supply Depot warehouses with Maj. Gen. Gordon B. “Skip” Davis, Deputy Chief of Staff for Security Assistance and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan commanding general, during a visit the Resolute Support mission here last week. (Photo by Lt. j.g. Christopher R. Hanson)
5 Jun 2016
KABUL, Afghanistan (June 5, 2016) — U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia Christine Abizaid visited the Resolute Support mission here last week. 

She toured the Afghan National Army Central Supply Depot warehouses with Maj. Gen. Gordon B. "Skip” Davis, deputy chief of staff for security assistance and Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan commanding general, to learn more about the current ANA logistics supply and distribution system.  

The CSD is a logistics command facility operated by the Ministry of Defense. Logistics Command receives financial and advisory assistance from members of CSTC-A’s Essential Function 5 Sustainment Directorate. The tour was led by EF5’s deputy director, Brigadier Scott Hicks of the Australian Army.

"This is our first time touring these facilities,” Abizaid said. "I wanted to see the Afghan perspective on how our advisory mission is doing, where there is progress and also where there are challenges.” 

The delegation then moved to the Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment storage warehouses where Davis explained how the new OCIE contract allows for fabric to be provided to the Afghan sewing factories and ANA uniforms would be produced domestically, improving the local industry and strengthening the economy.

Brig. Gen. Abdul Qader Munawari, commander of Logistics Command, spoke about the importance of the OCIE contract.

"We are now able to manufacture quality uniforms locally,” Munawari said. "This creates jobs and stability in our region.”

The tour ended at one of the ANA heavy vehicle repair shops, where the group observed vehicle repair and maintenance operations. The delegation spoke with workshop commander Col. Faizullah Samkani about the challenges they face in maintaining the vehicles. Abizaid thanked Munawari and Samkani for their hospitality and expressed her gratitude for being able to experience each location first-hand. 

"Being able to come out to the actual sites here today has been critically important in terms of being able to see where we need to invest additional effort,” Abizaid said. "There is a certain real responsibility that’s being taken by our Afghan partners, understanding the investment that we’ve made and the long-term future we have together.”

DCOS SA/CSTC-A trains, advises, and assists within the Afghan Security Institutions to develop resource management capabilities, IG/TAO and Rule of Law capability, and provide resources in accordance with the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces plan of record. And, develop sustainable ANDSF capacity and capabilities in support of the Afghan government.
 

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