Halliburton improving lives of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis

Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2004

This is a reply to Michael Gustkey's bashing of Halliburton on March 23.

I can't believe Mr. Gustkey is so blind to the facts and apparently has too much time on his hands and watches too much CNN.

All the Halliburton news comes from a news program that's starving for any kind of news that will get attention but is very misleading and political in nature.

Here are the facts:

One year ago, March 20, 2003, the military had entered Iraq and the Halliburton team was called to carry a massive task on a short notice. No other company could do this massive task.

Halliburton stood ready to support our troops with meals, housing, laundry, mail and communications to friends and loved ones back home. The Army orders and Halliburton came through with its requests.

Halliburton was prepared to put out fires and try to salvage what they could of the Iraqi oil insfrastructure to get it back and functioning as quickly as possible.

Time was a critical factor in all these activities and deployments.

Currently, Halliburton has 24,000 employees and subcontracted personnel working in Kuwait and Iraq under the LOGCAP and RIO contracts.

Halliburton employees are risking their lives every day while rebuilding Iraq's oil infrastructure and providing our troops housing, meals, mail and other vital services.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our co-workers. As of March 18, Halliburton has lost more than 30 employees while performing services for our military and our country. For the past year, standing shoulder to shoulder with our troops, the Halliburton team has supported the U.S. military every step of the way.

Every soldier thanks us for what we have done.

Here is what Halliburton have done in the past year in Iraq to support our troops:

We entered Baghdad on April 20, 2003 11 days before the end of the war and immediately began our support for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

We were tasked to build permanent facilities for our troops in Iraq from housing to showers and dining facilities around Iraq in 30 locations within 180 days. This includes 34,000 living units, 10,000 toilets, 10,000 showers, to house 80,000 troops.

Since May 2003, 64 dining facilities have been opened serving more than 40 million meals.

We have processed more than 1 million bundles of laundry.

We have hosted more than 5 million people in recreation facilities letting the troops take a break in the action.

We have collected and disposed of more than 1.5 million cubic meters of trash.

We have exterminated more than 8,000 tents and buildings.

With more than 700 trucks on the roads in Iraq at any given time, we drive roughly 3.3 million miles per month. This makes it the seventh largest trucking operation in the U.S.

We moved 8 million bags, 13 million pounds of mail for soldiers.

We have transported more than 1.8 billion liters of fuel, 264 million gallons of gasoline, 772 million pounds of LPG and 66 million gallons kerosene for the Iraqi people.

This monumental taks requires more than 3,500 trucks moving every day between Iraq and Kuwait, Turkey and Jordan.

The facts show that Halliburton delivered fuel to Iraq at the best value, the best price and the best terms. Contracts and prices were approved by the Army Corps. It also is important to understand the differences between fact and allegations. It is not fact that Halliburton has overcharged.

Halliburton has performed for the U.S. military for more than 60 years in every war or conflict. Thousands of Halliburton employees have lost their lives over the years to help our country.

We, too, have spilled our blood in the sands of Iraq right alongside with our troops.

So, Mr. Gustkey, please get the facts before you bash an American company.

David Machado

A proud employee of Halliburton

North Kenai

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