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Expeditionary Basing

What is it?
Expeditionary Basing is the delivery of installation services, programs, and infrastructure to bases, camps, and locations worldwide in order to enable and support an expeditionary Army. By standardizing the delivery of services and operation of expeditionary base camps, the Army can achieve cost efficiencies and increased effectiveness.

What has the Army done?
The Army does not have a unit designed to operate all base camps collectively. Today, each unit must run their base camp while simultaneously conducting tactical operations. The Army Chief of Staff directed the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM) to review Installation Management Command's (IMCOM) ability to assume responsibility and provide expeditionary base operations support to Joint Task Force Bravo at Soto Cano, Honduras. The IMCOM is currently conducting an expeditionary basing pilot program at Soto Cano and will achieve full operational capability in April 2009.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The ACSIM and IMCOM, in conjunction with the Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/5/7, the Army National Guard (ARNG), and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) are developing a concept for future expeditionary base operations support in order to provide a trained, competencies-based workforce to deliver efficient and standardized services. A component of the draft concept includes the delivery of installation programs and services through the emerging USAR/ARNG functional support brigade structure - regional support groups (RSG) - with support from IMCOM to provide expertise, fill capability gaps, and provide support from organizations located in the United States.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army will continue to operate in an era of persistent conflict requiring capabilities to effectively operate as a campaign capable, expeditionary force. The delivery of standardized installation services, infrastructure, and programs to locations worldwide is essential for an expeditionary Army.

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