March 25 - In preparation for the withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. troops at Bagram Airbase dismantle and pack up equipment for shipping back to the U.S. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. troops at Afghanistan's Bagram airfield start packing up equipment as the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the country. After more than a decade of war it is a huge logistical challenge. Brigadier general Steven Shapiro is confident there will be a smooth transition. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. BRIGADIER GENERAL STEVEN SHAPIRO, 1ST THEATER SUSTAINMENT COMMAND, SAYING: "We are right now at the beginning of the process. The President made the announcement in the State of the Union and so right now we have a plan. And so units are starting to come in right now to drop off their property and starting to go home right now. We think we'll see a bigger surge at the end of the summer but we are very confident the we have got the processes in place to do this." U.S. President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address the pull out of 34,000 troops, about half of those on the ground, by early 2014. The decision brings the U.S. one step closer to wrapping up the unpopular and costly war. It also gives the White House time before it answers bigger questions about America's exit strategy.