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Another Force Provider Unit

The article on Force Provider units in your ALOG News column in the May-June 2000 issue was missing one unit—the 643d Quartermaster Company (Force Provider). This unit recently was reorganized from a field service unit to a Force Provider. We are an Army Reserve unit located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Thank you.

Ron Curley, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Conflicting Viewpoints

In the May-June Log Notes column, Ms. Sumrall from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, commented that "maybe it would be wiser to not put conflicting attitudes on the same subject in the same issue." I have always felt that it is good to show conflicting viewpoints in the same issue. This allows us to immediately consider various facets of a given situation and, perhaps, come to a more reasoned conclusion. Showing the different sides at different times may cause us to forget a previous writer's arguments.

Clifton Officer, Jr., Fort Polk, Louisiana

Soviet-Built Ships Used by U.S.

This letter is regarding the article, "Cold War Ship Carries Army Cargo," in your May-June 2000 issue. While the ship described in the article may be the first Soviet-built ship used by the U.S. military in the authors' experience, that is not the case in reality.

In 1994, the Akademik Millionshikav was contracted by the Military Sealift Command in London. The ship was to take U.S. military cargo from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to Turkey for an exercise there. The ship turned out to be unsuitable for the cargo and was rejected. At that time, I was the operations officer for the Rotterdam office of Military Sealift Command, and Mr. Wim Schelvis was my assistant. The two of us were able to find another ship in port in Rotterdam that could be chartered to carry the goods to Turkey in sufficient time for the exercise. The replacement ship had been built in a Soviet shipyard 4 years prior, but this was her maiden voyage. I do not recall the name of the ship.

Kevin P. Burns, Kitzingen, Germany


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