Sunday, December 27, 2009

286th Combat Support Sustainment Bn in Afghanistan

While we were home in Maine enjoying our Christmas holidays members of the Maine Army National Guard were serving in Afghanistan.  The Maine National Guard's 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion runs regular convoys to supply bases across Afghanistan.  The unit will soon complete their tour and will return to the states in January.
"Besides moving materials for tents, buildings and perimeter fortifications by military cargo trucks, troops under the 286th CSSB also provide convoy security using armored gun trucks called mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles. Convoys face multiple dangers from roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades, small-arms fire and vehicle-borne bombs. The security trucks roll through Afghan towns and cities while local traffic races in and around the convoy."
Read the rest of the article at "Maine Guardsmen support base expansion in Afghanistan", NG.mil, December 7, 2009.

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