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DLA steps up to support Afghan operations

FORT BELVOIR, Va., July 29 (UPI) -- In a move to support the deployment of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, the Defense Logistics Agency has increased its operations to equip the mission.

The logistics for operations in Afghanistan remains an ongoing challenge for the Defense Department's logistics combat support agency because of the country's rugged terrain and landlocked geography.

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Navy Cmdr. Trent Kalp, commander of the Defense Logistics Agency's Support Team-Afghanistan, says the agency has been working seven days a week since the winter to orchestrate logistics of food, lumber and repair parts among other requirements supporting the 20,000 troop buildup in the volatile south of Afghanistan.

"The amount of construction going on here and the amount of material being used is just phenomenal," Kalp, said in a statement.

"Defense Logistics Agency worked way ahead of the power curve to pre-position construction material in theater, and supplies continue flowing in. Every day just gets busier and busier."

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