TROOPS ROTATE, GEAR STAYS

Army Times:

Enhanced body armor, armored Humvees and radio jamming devices to prevent roadside bombs from being detonated will be left behind by units rotating out of Iraq for use by their replacements, senior military officials said Wednesday.

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee about plans for rotating ground troops over the next five months, Army and Marine Corps officials said the so-called “up-armored” Humvees that are still in short supply, body armor that includes ceramic plates and radio jammers that can be attached to vehicles will be kept in Iraq so replacements have at least as much protection as the units that are leaving.

“Nobody’s armor is coming out of the theater,” said Gen. Peter Schoomaker, Army chief of staff.

Hard to argue with the logic behind this one.

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