Operation Freedom's Sentinel

The following are contingency contracting memorandums issued by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to promulgate policy and information regarding Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

Countries in OFS Designated Operational Area:


Contingency Procurement Authorities:

Additional Information:

Additional guidance for use of the purchase card during Contingency, Emergency, and Humanitarian Aid Operations may be found in Appendix B of the DoD charge Card Guide book found at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pdi/pc/policy_documents.html.

AT&L(DPAP) Contact Information:

DPAP Contingency Contracting
(571) 256-2945

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Key Links Supporting OFS:


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OFS Authority / Class Deviations

Date Signed Signed by Title
29-Dec-15 DPAP Class Deviation 2016-O0004-Authority to Acquire Products and Services Produced in Afghanistan or in Countries Along a Major Route of Supply to Afghanistan
17-Dec-15 DPAP ECC-A PARC Bulletin 16-01 (Updated 12/12/15)
12-Jan-15 DPAP Contractor Personnel Performing in the United States Central Command Area of Responsibility
2-Jan-15 DPAP Email: Establishment of NIA Code for OFS

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What DoD contracting related policies, regulations are applicable to OFS?
A: At this time, refer to DPAP web link under Operation Enduring Freedom. Updates will be posted to this web link as required.

Q: Where can we locate current information related to OFS and the implementation of the U.S. and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement (formerly known as Bilateral Security Agreement)?
A: Continue to monitor the web links provided in the DPAP memo, “Contracting and Contractor Related Guidance and Information for Afghanistan", dated November 24, 2014 and the OEF page.

For DoD, ISAF/USFORA FAQs are located at: http://www.rs.nato.int/. Under the “About RS” button, select BSA/SOFA/VISA Info, then select “click here to learn more about the ISAF/USFORA BSA/SOFA.” For DoD specific inquiries can be emailed to usforabsajc@afghan.swa.army.mil.

For State Department, U.S. Embassy Kabul FAQs are at: http://kabul.usembassy.gov/pol-mil.html. Fact sheets for related topics are located on the upper right corner of the home web page. Inquiries can be emailed to KabulBSAInquiries@state.gov.

Q: If contractors have questions related to the implementation of the U.S. and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement (formerly known as Bilateral Security Agreement), what resources are available to assist them?
A: Contractors can be referred to the web links provided in the Q&A above. Primarily, they should refer to the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan website, or seek advice from sources knowledgeable in Afghan Government affairs.

Q: Where can we locate the latest HCA Bulletin’s issued by the CENTCOM-Joint Theater Support Contracting Command? (To view the HCA Bulletins, click “Active” to expand the list.  (NOTE:  This is a CAC-enabled web link).  Contact the POC identified in the Bulletin for further questions.)

A: The C-JTSCC HCA Bulletins can be located at: https://3rdarmy.arcent.army.mil/subordinate_units/cjtscc/policies/CJTSCC_HCA_BULLETINS/

HCA Bulletins released related to the implementation of ASDCA (BSA)/SOFA are as follows:

  • 23 April 2015--HCA Bulletin 15-07, Afghanistan Visa Notary and Guarantor Requirement
  • 3 February 2015--HCA Bulletin 15-06, Taxation of Department of Defense (DoD) Contractors Performing in Afghanistan on or after 1 January 2015
  • 22 January 2015--HCA Bulletin 15-05, Presidential Decree 38 of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • 22 January 2015--HCA Bulletin 15-04, Arming Authorization of Department of Defense (DoD) Contractors and Subcontractors in Afghanistan
  • 1 January 2015--HCA Bulletin 15-03 REV 2, United States (U.S.) and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement (formerly known as the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA)) Updated Contractor Information. 

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