By Maj. Amanda I. Azubuike
KABUL, Afghanistan — Third Army has shipped over 1,000 vehicles to Afghanistan, since the President's announcement to increase forces there. Approximately 350 vehicles are in transit with 650 on the ground at Kandahar and Bagram, ready for issue to troops deploying to Afghanistan as part of the build-up.
That number includes over 300 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Two variants are currently being delivered, the MRAP- All Terrain Vehicle and the MaxxPro which is a larger vehicle with an increased load carrying capacity.
The intent is to have much of the required equipment for the troop build-up on the ground in Afghanistan before the forces arrive.
"Everyone is working hard to overcome the challenges of moving equipment into Afghanistan. We are moving as much as we can as fast as we can with the help of the United states Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command," said Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, Third Army commanding general.