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101st Airborne's Lifeliners charged with bringing military gear home

FORT CAMPBELL, KY. — There is no surer sign that the nearly 12-year-old war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close than the job handed to the “Lifeliners” of the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Campbell. They’ve been assigned to handle “moving day” for the bulk of the U.S. Army’s equipment — many billions of dollars worth — still sitting in hundreds of locations all over Afghanistan. While they’re at it, the Lifeliners will continue to supply soldiers in the field. Each is a big job. But with the terrain and weather in landlocked Afghanistan, a primitive road system, inadequate rail, difficulties in transporting equipment through Pakistan to the only nearby seaport, an active enemy and scattered improvised explosive devices, the missions present a logistical nightmare that dwarfs the pullout from Iraq. In 2011, leaving Iraq was accomplished on a modern road system, on most...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20130429/NEWS/304290029

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