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US Looking to Private Contractors to Secure Afghan Base

Military officials want civilian contractors present at the Marine Corps’ largest base in Afghanistan, according to Military Times.

In November, the U.S. Army Contracting Command announced it was seeking contractor bids to guard Camp Leatherneck, a 1, 500-acre-plus facility which serves as the Marines central command center in Helmand province.

“As we prepare for fewer Marine boots on the ground, the requirement to maintain a certain level of security aboard Camp Leatherneck must be maintained, ” said Lt. Col. Riccoh Player, a Marine spokesman at Leatherneck, according to Military Times.

To continue operations, a base workforce of 166 civilian guards will be required at all times. In addition, the military requires all guards be U.S. citizens or citizens of U.S. allies, such as the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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