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2. Numerous surveys to validate pro-
perty accountability training and
3. A CSDP Program of Instruction
module about property account-
ability, which was introduced to
professional military education
across the Army.
4. Increased rank structure and num-
ber of supply-trained personnel in
the supply room and the property
These endeavors supported and comple-
mented the actions implemented by the
Chief of Staff of the Army's Property
Accountability Campaign, which from
the 4th quarter of FY10 to the end of 3rd
quarter FY11 resulted in nearly $3 billion
invested in filling unit equipment shortages.
One of the issues we faced early on and are
still struggling with in the more remote
areas of operation is recovering damaged
equipment, especially the heavier fleet
of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected
vehicles and Strykers. The R-CAAT pro-
gram made clear that there was not a
single recovery system to move disabled
or catastrophically damaged equipment
to a repair location.
CASCOM and AMC worked together
to develop requirements documents for a
materiel solution to recover heavier equip-
ment from the battlefield. Complementing
this and further mitigating the capability
gap was the action to increase the number
of institutions producing Soldiers quali-
fied for H8 Recovery Operations.
Lastly, CASCOM is working with U.S.
Army Human Resources Command to
manage the H8 Army Additional Skills
Identifier down to the installations
One of the things commanders sought
during and after deployment was a better
understanding of aerial resupply capabili-
ties and systems, as well as the differences
between using military vs. contracted
aircraft and pilots. In addition, recovery
of aerial delivery assets proved difficult,
especially in more remote locations.
The solution came in the form of varied
parachute systems, such as the Low-Cost
Low-Altitude parachute and the Joint
Precision Airdrop System. Furthermore,
commanders needed to change their
mind-set about aerial delivery, to think of
it as a method of resupply instead of an
Key evidence of this change is the amount
of supplies airdropped: In 2005, 2 mil-
lion pounds were airdropped; in 2008,
16.6 million pounds; and, as of the end of
October 2011, 76.7 million pounds.
As briefly covered with this article, the
Army and its sustainment components are
always seeking ways to improve efficiency
and effectiveness in supporting our Sol-
diers and units. These lessons learned are,
at best, cursory; they are not the beginning,
nor are they the end, of what logisticians
are learning and applying to improve how
we provide agile sustainment to our forces.
COL SCOTT FLETCHER is Chief, Logis-
tics Initiatives Group, HQDA, G-4. He
holds a B.S. in math and computer science
from The Citadel, an M.S. in administra-
tion from Central Michigan University, and
an M.S. in national strategic resources from
the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Fletcher also is a graduate of the Joint and
Combined Warfighting School within the
Joint Forces Staff College.
CW4 WAYNE A. BAUGH is Ordnance
Officer-in-Charge, Analysis and Integra-
tion Division, U.S. Army Combined Arms
Support Command Directorate of Lessons
Learned and Quality Assurance. He holds
a B.S. in liberal arts from Excelsior College
and an M.S. in logistics management from
Florida Institute of Technology.
DEVON HYLANDER is a Strategic Com-
munications Specialist supporting HQDA,
G-4 for L-3 Communications/MPRI. She
holds a B.A. in English from West Chester
University, an M.Ed. in curriculum and
instruction from National-Louis Univer-
sity, and an M.A. in public communication
from American University.
CW3 Joshua Hughes, who does aerial delivery for the 101st Sustainment Brigade; SGT Samuel
Geerts, a rigger for the 11th Quartermaster Detachment; and COL Michael Peterman, Commander
of the brigade, load bundles of fuel onto a truck as part of an aerial delivery using the Joint Precision
Airdrop System in March 2011, which is one way the Army has strengthened aerial resupply
capabilities. The volume of supplies airdropped has risen dramatically in recent years, from 2 million
pounds in 2005 to 76.7 million pounds in the first 10 months of 2011.
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