Romanians Send Supplies to Equip Growing
By Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA
Special to AFPS
March 19, 2004 – Much-needed donations for the rapidly growing
Afghan National Army have arrived at Kabul International Airport
Antonov AN-124 Condor heavy transport aircraft touched down at
the airport, as U.S. and Romanian soldiers waited anxiously to
unload the nearly 90 tons of supplies and equipment donated by
the Romanian government.
reason why these donations are so critical to the ANA is to ensure
there’s security here so the infrastructure of the government
can be built up," said Capt. Mandee Barbee, donations manager
for the logistics and resources section of the Office of Military
Cooperation – Afghanistan.
Task Force Phoenix, the contingent of U.S. and coalition troops
that trains the ANA.
This is the
fifth donation to the ANA by the Romanian government. Consisting
mainly of weapons, weapons systems components and ammunition,
this latest shipment arrived just in time for an Afghan force
that is training and performing real-world missions simultaneously.
needs for ammunition that will be used for training and also for
security," said Barbee.
from Eastern European countries such as Romania are particularly
important to the ANA, since the army is primarily equipped with
Soviet equipment originally supplied during the Russian occupation
of Afghanistan from 1978 to 1989.
reason that it’s so important for the ANA to receive donations
from our international community and Soviet-style weapons is because,
right now, the weapons we have are mostly Soviet-based,"
said Barbee. "Getting this ammunition helps supplement what
we already have on the ground."
donations are a big help, more will be necessary to continue supplying
the rapidly growing ANA, Barbee said.