• Workers at the Theater Redistribution Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, lower a Humvee transmission onto a draining pallet to remove fluids before sending it to be refurbished. The center is responsible for taking in equipment brought from Iraq and determining if it can be reused or repaired. The process saves the U.S. military millions of dollars in new equipment and helps Third Army in the fast dispersion of supplies to U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

    Redistribution Center Saves Army Money

    Workers at the Theater Redistribution Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, lower a Humvee transmission onto a draining pallet to remove fluids before sending it to be refurbished. The center is responsible for taking in equipment brought from Iraq and...

  • Medical Clerk Edgar Aquino sorts and checks packaged pharmaceutical supplies at the Theater Redistribution Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 15. The process helps the U.S. military make the most out of supplies brought from the drawdown in Iraq, and helps Third Army get them to U.S. forces in Afghanistan.  At a high point in the drawdown, the month of October saw a $12,119,283 savings in redistributed medical supplies alone.

    Redistribution Center Saves Army Money

    Medical Clerk Edgar Aquino sorts and checks packaged pharmaceutical supplies at the Theater Redistribution Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 15. The process helps the U.S. military make the most out of supplies brought from the drawdown in Iraq, and...

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Third Army's involvement in the drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment in Iraq has served an important role in completing the mission and bringing U.S. servicemembers home.

As Third Army's focus in theater changes to Afghanistan, so must the mission of redistributing supplies.

The Theater Redistribution Center at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, supports Third Army in both missions. The nonstop operation sorts and determines what equipment coming from Iraq can be repaired or reused in support of other operations.

"I would say about 60 percent of what we receive, we are able to redistribute," said Michael Hamilton, operations manager, Theater Redistribution Center. "Everywhere there is something going on. We have nearly 600 shipping containers ready to be unloaded right now."

The center saves the U.S. military billions of dollars every year by reducing the amount of new equipment needed.

In the fiscal year 2009, the center processed over 1.5 billion dollars worth of equipment. As many as 35 tractor trailer-sized shipping containers filled with chemical protection suits, radios, computers, medical supplies and even Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle engines and tires are unloaded and sorted every day.

"We do a lot to help with the MRAPs," said Shawn Kennedy, inspector lead and facility security coordinator, TRC. "When the MRAP stuff comes in, we work hard to get that out as quickly as possible because we know that it will be needed in Afghanistan."

A combination of input from the Standard Army Retail Supply System and subject matter experts help decide what equipment can be reused by the Army before each item is inventoried and documented. The usable equipment is then loaded up and sent to a location where it can be reconstituted to its original working condition.

Some equipment, such as pharmaceuticals and other medical equipment is sent off to support humanitarian assistance missions, while some will go directly back into theater. Equipment like pharmaceuticals must be sent away to be evaluated by experts to determine its usability.

"We deal with a lot of medical supplies coming down from Iraq," said Joe Torres, supervisor for Class A Medical. "In the month of October, we were able to save over $12 million dollars in medical equipment alone."

"The drawdown has us working through stuff pretty quick, but we are doing a good job at keeping up," said Hamilton. "We are in direct support of the military and we do anything to meet their needs."

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