Planning for the Long Haul: the Logistics of America’s Afghan Exit

It’s already gone down in the history books as the longest-fought war in our nation’s history. As the Afghan conflict winds down, as American brigades fly homeward to family and well-deserved R&R, and as duties once handled by elite Marines and commandos are now taken over by Afghan Army and police units – there’s one big, giant problem that remains to be resolved: how to solve the logistics of America’s strategic withdrawal from what has been – by all accounts – a ferocious battle. As the New York Times reports, “In all, officials estimate, they will have to wrangle 100,000 shipping containers of material and 45,000 to 50,000 vehicles like tanks and Humvees from all across Afghanistan.”

That’s a little bit like Hannibal first building the Alps, and then crossing them with his army of elephants.

But that (as is usually the case) isn’t all. The question still remains: where in the heck will all these hundreds of billions of pieces of equipment be stored once they arrive back on friendly soil? Military quarter-masters best stock up on Tylenol for themselves before they undertake the Herculean task of re-stocking military warehouses and artillery parks!

Being that our materials handling company was founded as a direct response to World War Two, we think our drum lifting equipment is in a prime position to help America’s armed forces. We’ve had the requisite familiarity (and honor) of delivering American armies safely out of their own traffic-jams for going on 60 years now. If we could help out during the Korean War and the Vietnam War, we are surely going to be of use in this conflict. Our handheld and forklift-mounted drum-lifting equipment is the perfect solution for getting arms and supplies aboard trucks, cargo planes, and transport ships and safely back home in one piece.

When the going gets rough, that’s when the Liftomatic gets lifiting.