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CFLCC moving from Doha to Arifjan

Army News Service

Release Date: 4/27/2004

By Spc. Karima L. Mares

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (Army News Service, April 28, 2004)-Coalition Forces Land Component Command is wrapping up its stay at Camp Doha and nearly one thousand servicemembers are scheduled to complete the move to Camp Arifjan by the end of April.

Col. Alex Kozlov, Camp Arifjan movement czar, said the reason for the move is to improve the command and control for Lt. Gen. David D. McKiernan, Third Army/ U.S. Army Forces Central Command, or ARCENT, commanding general.

"Working out of three headquarters is not conducive for his ability to maintain the optimal command and control," Kozlov said. "Atlanta, Doha, and Arifjan were the three places that Lt. Gen. McKiernan was exercising command and control from, now it's going to be mainly Arifjan, with a rear COAC in Atlanta."

Kozlov said the long-term intent is to build a consolidated CFLCC headquarters in Camp Arifjan.

"The building is scheduled to be built in Zone I, but its still three years away," he said. "The design is complete, but things get built here by a particular process and that process probably won't realize into a headquarters for another three years."

Although CFLCC headquarters has moved to Camp Arifjan, the buildings in which it is now residing are only temporary accommodations.

"We couldn't live that long without a consolidated command and control," Kozlov said. "So this is actually a temporary facility; the plan for the permanent facility includes a COAC annex, signal brigade headquarters and a whole bunch of other facilities tied in with the communications part," he said. "The new facility would be laid out on what is now the soccer field. That's a long-term vision of which only the funding remains to be provided by the Kuwaitis," he added.

Although the move has been relatively smooth, the most difficult encounter for servicemembers has been not missing a beat.

"I think the biggest challenge has been maintaining our mission focus while we're trying to move to Arifjan," said Sgt. Maj. Chris Zaworski, CFLCC Staff Judge Advocate, chief paralegal non-commissioned-officer. "There's a lot of logistical requirements involved, and a lot of pre-planning and pre-staging equipment and personnel as well as supporting the theatre as CFLCC does, which made it a challenge."

For the people in charge of the move, the most difficult aspect for them was what to do with the newcomers.

"The people issue was probably the most significant," Kozlov said. "Because, not only did we have to find places for the people, we had to match the people to the appropriate office capabilities."

"This is not just generic office spaces, it's highly functional office space with appropriate amount of communications, conductivity and data connectivity that had to exist to provide the right command and control for the CG; we couldn't have done this without a holistic approach by all the people involved."

Kozlov said he hopes that everyone involved will feel the affect of the move as far as, having better, faster and more efficient headquarters communications between CFLCC and its theatre support command.

"As far as productivity, this is probably as productive and efficient a headquarters, as any army headquarters at operational level," Kozlov said. "We can't compare this to a CENTCOM or CONUS-based headquarters because this is the only operational level headquarters currently in existence, so it's unique."

(Editor's note: Spc. Karima L. Mares is a member of the 13th Public Affairs Detachment.)

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