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Successfully completing Opera-
tion Iraqi Freedom, transitioning
to Operation New Dawn (OND),
and meeting President Obama's
Dec. 31, 2011, deadline to have all U.S.
units out of Iraq was a mammoth under-
taking that in some ways has set the
stage for an even larger mission: bringing
troops a nd equipment home from Opera-
tion Enduring Freedom (OEF).
Speaking at the Association of the United
States Army's (AUSA's) Institute of Land
Warfare Army Sustainment Symposium
and Exposition May 8-10 in Richmond,
VA, LTG Raymond V. Mason, Army
Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, G-4,
called the drawdown from Iraq "a monu-
mental task that was fully accomplished
by the entire Army and Joint team."
Now, Mason said, "...there are tough
challenges to come as we reduce our foot-
print in Afghanistan. The retrograde/
drawdown from Operation Enduring
Freedom will be different in many ways
and much harder than Iraq, although the
lessons we learned in Iraq have set us on
the right path.
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ing reductions with OND concluding
and OEF transitioning, along with the
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and will tighten our belts, while ensur-
ing we are ready to execute the worldwide
missions the American people expect of
us," Mason said.
How the OND retrograde was planned,
practiced, and executed was the topic
of a May 9 panel discussion titled "The-
ater Retrograde Operations: Operation
New Dawn---Lessons Learned and the
BG Karen E. LeDoux, Commanding
General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
-- Southwest Asia and U.S. Army Central
Command (ARCENT) G-4, said that
some of the lessons learned on equipment
disposition during the transition from
OND can be applied to the reposturing
of U.S. Forces -- Afghanistan.
"We want to reduce the total amount of
inbound equipment into Afghanistan ...
so we are reinvigorating the predeploy-
ment site survey. This is a partnership
with the Force providers to make sure
we identify what is truly needed on the
ground, because the mission is changing
in Afghanistan," LeDoux said.
"You have to make sure that the outgoing
unit and the incoming unit really articu-
late what [equipment] is on the ground
and what is needed, because we are mov-
ing the battle space," she said.
LeDoux said one of the initiatives
ARCENT is working on is improving its
"Sixty percent of the OMA [Operation and
Maintenance, Army] dollars ... goes to
contracting, and that's not unlike the way
it is in overseas contingency operations.
We're working hard at the ARCENT
level to make sure we can see where we
are spending our money and where we are
spending our money for contracts. We
have stood up a number of boards where
we review the requirements and make
sure that the Theater Sustainment Com-
mand, as the sustainment requirements
owner, has the right capabilities that are
right-sized on hand," she said.
COL John S. Laskodi, Commander of
the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade,
said another lesson learned is that those
running redistribution property account-
ability team yards, established to keep
track of equipment that would be shipped
out of OND or handed over to the Iraqi
government, should get proper training
before starting their assigned task.
"These were ad hoc organizations where
we took primarily Air Force people and
put them into these yards and said, 'Okay,
now let's learn a process and let's retro-
grade,' " Laskodi said.
"What we've done to make this a lesson
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to reform the POI [program of instruc-
tion]. We now have handed it off to
CASCOM [U.S. Army Combined Arms
Support Command] and said, 'We need
to take this and institutionalize it across
the Army.' So instead of just learning
something over a 10-day relief in place,
we actually give them some training on
this before they actually have to execute
Other OND lessons learned offered at
the panel discussion that can be applied
to the OEF drawdown include:
† Understand the operational plan and
create excess transportation or modal
capacity to accommodate it.
† Manage expectations.
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cesses and systems to adjust to
unforeseen changes and maintain
† Understand the multiple processes of
host nation countries.
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what is to be accomplished, when,
using what procedures; and the pro-
cesses to address leftover equipment.
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accountability of organizational equip-
ment, theater-provided equipment,
and contractor-managed government-
† Recognize that contract and contractor
management are essential.
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