MACDILL AFB, Fla. (Nov 5, 2008) – American and British senior military officials, on behalf of their respective countries, signed the first full Implementing Agreement for logistics support in Afghanistan during a ceremony held here Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dowd, CENTCOM Director of Logistics, represented the U.S. in concluding the first agreement to provide reciprocal provisions for logistics support, supplies and services between military forces of the United States and the United Kingdom stationed in or in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.“We have worked the details of this agreement for close to seven months,” Dowd said. “The final product will ensure our forces deployed to Afghanistan have the logistical support they need to accomplish their mission.” The new implementing arrangement will be the base document for all locations in and in support of Afghanistan, Dowd added. This overarching implementing arrangement allows the local commanders to coordinate logistics plans and streamline the coordination thereby reducing the impact on the planning requirements in the field.
Representing the United Kingdom in Wednesday’s ceremony was Brigadier M.G. Hickson, Late Royal Logistics Corps, signing for the British military. “We’re pleased to work with the American military as they move into predominately British supported areas of Afghanistan,” Hickson said. “We have an excellent working relationship with the staff at CENTCOM and look forward to working a reciprocal agreement for Iraq.”
“As we conclude this IA for Afghanistan, we will continue to develop one for Iraq in support of the troops deployed in that area of operations,” Dowd said.
Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dowd, CENTCOM Director of Logistics, and Brigadier M.G. Hickson, Late Royal Logistics Corps, sign the first full Implementing Agreement between the United States and United Kingdom for logistics support in Afghanistan Wednesday.
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