Raymond Mason, William Faulkner: Sequester Hampers Afghanistan Equipment Work

ArmyChopperTwo logistics officials from the Marine Corps and Army told lawmakers Wednesday that sequestration budget cuts are hampering efforts to restore vehicles and gear that have been moved out of Afghanistan, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jared Serbu writes Lt. Gen Raymond Mason, Army deputy chief of staff for logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that the branch has deferred $1.3 billion in depot maintenance work during fiscal year 2013 because of sequestration.

“That equates to about 800 vehicles, 2,000 weapons, about 10,000 pieces of communications gear, 32 helicopters,” Mason said.

Lt. Gen. William Faulkner, Marine Corps deputy commandant for installations and logistics, said furloughs and hiring freezes are also preventing the service from completing reset work.

“It’s dramatically impacting our ability to get this equipment back into the hands of our soldiers for whatever the next mission is going to be for this nation,” Faulkner said.

The Army has an estimated $17 billion worth of property left in Afghanistan and the Marine Corps still has roughly $1.6 billion in equipment there, Serbu reports.

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