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From nothing to something – Cargo City takes shape

Senior Airman Kelsie Burt, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron cable and antenna systems technician, deployed from Zanesville, Ohio, re-spools communications line at Cargo City, located at Abdullah Al Mubarak Air Base, Kuwait, June 25, 2018. Burt and her team are forward deployed from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

Senior Airman Kelsie Burt, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron cable and antenna systems technician, deployed from Zanesville, Ohio, re-spools communications line at Cargo City, located at Abdullah Al Mubarak Air Base, Kuwait, June 25, 2018. Burt and her team are forward deployed from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

Senior Airman Austin Stimmel, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron cable and antenna systems technician, shovels dirt from a cable storage area at Cargo City, located at Abdullah Al Mubarak Air Base, Kuwait, June 25, 2018. Stimmel and his fellow Airmen are installing communications lines for the new operating location, slated to open later this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz)

Senior Airman Austin Stimmel, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron cable and antenna systems technician, shovels dirt from a cable storage area at Cargo City, located at Abdullah Al Mubarak Air Base, Kuwait, June 25, 2018. Stimmel and his fellow Airmen are installing communications lines for the new operating location, slated to open later this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz)

ABDULLAH AL-MUBARAK AIR BASE, Kuwait (AFNS) -- Construction is nearly complete on ‘Cargo City,’ a new operating location for U.S. and coalition forces to conduct aerial port operations in Kuwait. This aerial port will continue to serve as a major-military logistics point, and also functions as the largest aerial port of debarkation in the Middle East.

Cargo City, located adjacent to a vacant aircraft parking ramp at Kuwait International Airport, will serve as home to both Kuwait Air Force, U.S. military and coalition personnel during the airport’s massive expansion. The location will serve as a temporary operating location until its replacement, West Al-Mubarak Air Base, is complete which is projected to be in 2023.

“Once finished, the total functional space at Cargo City will feature an area of nearly 33,000 square meters,” said Capt. Sean Murphy, 387th Expeditionary Support Squadron civil engineering flight officer in charge. “We are optimizing our workspace by reducing our footprint from 230,000 square meters, excluding the flightline.”

Murphy said the consolidation of joint-service units and personnel will provide a higher ceiling of capability, as it enables direct contact with coalition and host-nation partners, streamlining communications processes by proximity alone. While the project will benefit all parties involved, it did not come without its initial set of challenges.

“Moving everything to an entirely new location does not seem ideal at first, and building an entire base from scratch is a different conversation altogether,” he said. “The current base personnel also have to overcome the displacement of staff – all while still executing their mission.”

The move wasn’t all bad news for Murphy and the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron team, however. Their victories included more than just turning a blank slate into to a fully-functional operating location.

“During the build process, we were able to form friendships and build bonds with our generous host-nation partners,” he said. “We wanted to go into this project with the clear intentions of building not just an operating location, but a lasting partnership.”

This partnership was evident during the build and construction process, as the 386 ECES and 387 ESPTS relied on their Kuwaiti counterparts for a colossal project – importing more than 1.24 million cubic meters of fill for the construction site.

“When we first arrived, the build site was not even close to ideal for our goals,” said Capt. Jesse Lantz, 386 ECES deputy commander. “The entire site was pretty much a 10-foot deep hole and needed to be filled in and graded properly, which is a huge project in itself. After a few meetings, we were able to hammer out a logistics plan for the site and get to work alongside the Kuwaitis.”

And get to work they did. To make the land suitable for construction, a team of local trucking companies performed 24-hour transport operations, transporting nearly 400 trucks of soil, dirt and rock every day. This operation lasted nearly four months.

After the task to fill, level, and compact the construction site was complete, the ECES began constructing the War-Reserve Material shelters, which is slated to serve as the new operating location for the 5th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron’s Aircraft Maintenance mission.

In addition to constructing the base’s facilities, the 386 ECES, the 387 ESPTS, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, and the Army’s 505th Engineer Battalion partners teamed up to install the heart and soul of the base – electricity and communications lines.

“After the site was prepared, we had three months to have the base move-in ready,” said Lantz, who has an extensive background in construction and project management. “Just a short time ago, there was nothing here but a patch of land. It is amazing to see something of this scale develop in front of your eyes.”

Lantz said while he may not be able to see the end result of this $32-million project in person, he plans on contacting his replacement to request photos. With the Kuwait-contracted effort to complete the aircraft parking ramp slated to be complete in August 2018, and the connecting taxiway slated for a November 2018 completion, there will be plenty of photos for his successor to send.

While Cargo City will be replaced eventually, he said the project will ease the transition to the final destination, West Al-Mubarak Air Base – once it is complete.

“Cargo City was built with the intention of being a temporary solution, but will have long-lasting benefits,” he said. “This is one of the projects I am most proud of in my career. The teams here did an incredible job and I look forward to what this location will be capable of in the very near future."

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