By Air Force Staff Sgt. William Banton 386th Air Expeditionary Wing
Over the past few months, the 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron has increased joint security operations through host nation cooperation here, where a large-scale, temporary cargo facility is under construction.
U.S. forces are working with their Kuwaiti counterparts to move aerial port operations to Cargo City, a previously undeveloped area adjacent to an available ramp at the Kuwait International Airport.
Since both the Kuwaiti air force and U.S. military coalition are temporarily located there until the new West Al-Mubarak Air Base is complete, it provides a strategic opportunity to work closely with host nation counterparts while implementing essential changes to security operations and procedures.
Air Force Lt. Col. Vanessa Schoon, the 387th ESFS commander, said the new construction provides an opportunity to review and implement these measures, which meet both coalition forces and host nation needs, strengthening a mutually functional and cooperative relationship.
“I think the hardest thing we take for granted is that [our counterparts] stay here and we rotate every six months, so the amount of effort they put and trust in us has to be rebuilt every six months,” Schoon said. “As long as we tell our defenders that are coming in behind us,…