Afghan defense minister gets first look at Central Supply Depot

Acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami examines an Afghan military uniform during his visit to the Central Supply Depot in Kabul May 17. Story and Photo by Sergeant First Class E. L. Craig, CSCT-A
27 May 2017
KABUL, Afghanistan (May 27, 2017) — As Afghanistan increases accountability across government and combats corruption, a key area of concern is military logistics operations.

Major General Richard Kaiser, commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, and Tariq Shah Bahrami, acting minister of defense, made a joint visit to the Central Supply Depot here May 17.

CSD operations include receiving, accounting, and shipping items like boots, uniforms, and repair parts to Afghan military forces. The depot provides national level support for logistic warehouse operations.

As CSD leaders walked Bahrami through uniform and medical warehouses, he observed their adherence to new logistics processes.

"Minister Bahrami’s visit to the Afghan National Army’s CSD helps ensure ANA soldiers receive the equipment they need, while reducing potential corruption. This says a tremendous amount about his character, integrity, and care for soldiers,” Kaiser said.

During the visit, CSD staff discussed challenges with the implementation of the Core Inventory Management System, which allows the minister to view the status and level of supplies nationwide. They also brought up concerns about CSD personnel strength, pay issues, and turning key positions in the logistics system over to civilians.

"If you have [pay] issues, I am in your service … contact me, but people involved in corruption will be prosecuted,” Bahrami said. "Winning this war is our responsibility; the key to winning is having leaders execute good operations with good equipment … this is our country.”

Since taking his position as acting minister at the end of April, Bahrami has welcomed NATO’s assistance in developing Afghan capabilities across the country.

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