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Retrograde

What is it?
Retrograde is a process for the movement of equipment and materiel from a deployed theater to a Reset (replace, recapitalize, or repair) program or to another theater of operations to replenish unit stocks or satisfy stock requirements. Equipment is redistributed in accordance with theater priorities to meet mission requirements within areas of responsibility (AORs) and thus Department of Defense (DoD) requirements worldwide. The Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army’s executive agent for retrograde.

What has the Army done?
Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-4, has published messages on the retrograde of equipment and materiel tailored to each theater of operations. This includes U.S. Army Central Command (USARCENT), U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), and Eighth Army AORs. The policy requires commands that have identified equipment or materiel in excess of theater requirements to coordinate with local AMC elements to assist with retrograde and retrograde reporting. End-to-end models of USARCENT and USAREUR areas of responsibility have been developed. Army G-4 has also developed a retrograde task force to provide a forum in which the retrograde stakeholder community identifies, discusses, and develops solutions to issues affecting retrograde operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Army G-4 is developing Lean Six Sigma projects that will provide guidance and policy with regard to increasing speed and accuracy in the return of assets from AORs. An end-to-end Model of the retrograde process for Eighth Army is planned.

Why is this important to the Army?
The retrograde process provides a means for returning equipment and materiel to specific units and to the DoD inventory in order to Reset the force according to the Dynamic Army Resourcing Priority List.

LTC Fred Dennison (703) 692-9561