Renee Citron, deputy commander for USAG Vicenza (standing left) and Justin Mitchell, deputy commander for USAG Schweinfurt (standing right) lead a group discussion during the RESET meeting at the Conn Club in Schweinfurt.

SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Riding the wave of momentum established since the Army Family Covenant was announced in October 2007, Installation Management Command-Europe and U.S. Army Garrisons Vicenza, Schweinfurt and Bamberg recently initiated a groundbreaking effort to ensure Soldiers and their families receive consistent excellence in the delivery of redeployment services and programs following an extended wartime deployment.

Seizing on this summer's planned redeployment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Afghanistan, representatives met in Schweinfurt May 5-7 to develop a standard model, for possible future Army/garrison-wide implementation, to afford 173rd warriors and Families spread among the three garrisons in two different countries with maximum equity and accessibility to redeployment-related programs and services regardless of the community to which they return.

RESET, one of Four Army Imperatives, and the basis for the pilot program, will establish a balanced process following an extended deployment that systematically restores deployed units to a level of personnel and equipment readiness that permits the resumption of training for future missions.

"In addition to fixing and replacing and upgrading our equipment and training for future missions, we also have to revitalize our soldiers and families by providing them the time and opportunity to recover from the cumulative effects of sustained operations," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey when he announced his four imperatives in October 2007.

Installation Management Command's purpose under the RESET initiative is to ensure Soldier and Family programs, as well as installation facilities and ranges, support the implementation of Army Force Generation, the structured progression of increased unit readiness over time resulting in recurring periods of availability of trained, ready, and cohesive units. The RESET pilot focus is on the unit; accelerating the reconstitution of the force, increasing unit readiness, and improving preparation for deployment for subsequent deploying units.

Garrison and IMCOM-Europe representatives from a diverse cross section of functional areas, from public works to MWR and public affairs, brainstormed key tasks and developed integrated approaches that will be captured in a model that participants are hopeful will be a benchmark for any RESET operations involving any unit and any garrison. Their work was augmented by key enablers representing the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team's rear party, and European Regional Medical Center.

"Today's Army family is dramatically affected by operational tempo, and we're excited that the lessons of this pilot ensure the needs and concerns of all audiences impacted by the 15-month redeployment cycle are foundational planning factors in the RESET process. Through this groundbreaking work, we're able to assure the redeploying unit that IMCOM-Europe and garrison support structure is fully cocked and ready to deliver a consistent level of excellence of support regardless of where a unit is in the RESET process," said JoAnn Chambers, IMCOM-Europe chief of staff.

Issues discussed ranged from creature comforts like bagged lunches for Soldiers disembarking from flights out of theater, and synchronizing the implementation of the seven-day Soldier reintegration program to a unit's particular needs, to consolidated marketing efforts to educate affected audiences, including host nation communities, on the Army's priorities during the RESET process. Participants laid the ground work for a plan that will eventually nest within the Department of the Army's RESET model, provide additional accountability through the development of standardized guidance and resources for Garrisons to accomplish reintegration tasks, and clearly articulate standards to ensure the same quality level of service at all garrisons.

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