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Retrograde

What is it?
Retrograde is the movement of equipment and materiel from a deployed theater to a Reset program (replace, recapitalize, or repair) or another theater of operations in order to replenish units or stock requirements. Equipment is redistributed in accordance with theater priorities to fill mission requirements within the Area of Responsibility (AOR) and Department of Defense (DoD) requirements. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army's Executive Agent for retrograde.

What has the Army done?
The Army G-4 has published messages tailored to each theater for the retrograde of materiel and equipment including: Army Central Command (ARCENT), United States Army Europe (USAREUR), and Eighth United States Army (EUSA) AORs. The policy requires commands that have identified equipment or materiel excess within their theater to coordinate with local AMC elements to assist with retrograde and retrograde reporting. End-to-end models of USAREUR and ARCENT AORs have been developed. The Army G-4 has developed a Retrograde Task Force (TF) that provides a forum in which the retrograde stakeholder community identifies, discusses, and develops solutions to issues/obstacles affecting retrograde operations. There are key representatives from Army G-3, G-4, G-8, USAREUR, EUSA, ARCENT, Logistics Support Activity, United States Central Command, Defense Logistics Agency, United States Transportation Command, Multi-National Force—Iraq, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, and AMC. Additionally, the Army has identified performance standards for secondary item materiel returns.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?

The Retrograde TF is leading the retrograde indicator team for the Army G-4's 360 Degree Logistics Readiness initiative. The end-state of this prototype tool is to develop end-to-end visibility throughout the reverse pipeline with quantifiable metrics for air and surface movement of materiel. The team completed a lean six sigma project that analyzed the retrograde process for major end items to identify deficiencies in the reverse pipeline with the goal of optimizing movement of equipment to a Reset program or to replenish units or stock requirements.

The Army G-4 established control measures for transportation priority-4 movement for AMC-controlled Reset, and retrograde of clothing and textiles, major end items, and repair parts cargo from Southwest Asia (SWA) to Army depots in the U.S. This initiative decreased the shipment wait time for selected low-density, high-demand items and increased the speed that equipment gets to depots in the U.S. to better support Reset and retrograde. Since January 1, 2008, more than 5,200 short tons of Reset and retrograde major end items and repairs parts have been transported to the U.S., resulting in savings of more than $2.3 Million in surface transportation charges, while reducing shipment time by 48 days.

Since 2005, more than 40,192 pieces of retrograded major end items (rolling-stock) have been shipped from SWA, EUSA, and USAREUR in support of Army Force Generation operations. The AMC continues to meet production requirements for essential replenishment of equipment.

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

POC: LTC Fred Dennison (703) 692-9561

 
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