Army Cpl Lisa Dowling and Navy AB Amy Cooperthwaite - IT saving lives in Iraqi warzones
In Iraq, officers have been doing this in reverse as they get ready to leave. The officers currently dismantling the systems are from the Joint Force Logistic Component, a specialist group made up from the Army, Navy and RAF.
They have been sent to Iraq to make sure all the kit and equipment comes home quickly and at minimum cost to the taxpayer. Not only does IT equipment need to be dismantled and removed itself, it plays an important role in helping to co-ordinate the wind-down.
Cole said, “We have to close down operations in a very controlled way – we can’t just turn things off in one go.” The commercial systems, which need to be managed more carefully, tend to be shut down first. The military systems are generally more “rugged” and can be closed at the last minute.