Tiger Team is aggressive on paperwork
February 19, 2013
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Feb. 20, 2013)--The first RPAT paperwork Tiger Team began learning the ropes Feb. 18 so they can aggressively work to ensure paperwork for equipment turned in at Redistribution Property Assistance Team yards in Regional Command East is correct so units can expedite the equipment turn in process and redeploy back to their home station.
"Combined Joint Task Force 1 created internal teams to be proficient in paperwork review to ensure it meets RPAT standards," said Maj. Brett A. Ayvazian, AFSBn-Bagram, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, Logistics Task Force Bagram deputy. "They [RC-East] coordinated with the battalion to set up classes to review our standards."
Ayvazian said the tiger team members are walking through every step of the turn in process to understand what right looks like. Turning in a vehicle at an RPAT yard is a multi-faceted process that verifies the serial number of the vehicle itself as well as the serial numbers of all theater provided equipment. Depending on the type of vehicle and the unit's mission, it can have a dozen or more separate systems that have individual serial numbers and components. Having an incorrect serial number, missing data or lacking required signatures can delay the turn in process while corrections are made.
Ayvazian said the first class was being held in conjunction with a unit turn in of 17 vehicles so the tiger team can become familiar with the process. He said that when everything is correct and the packets are assembled properly, the unit can be relieved of the property in a matter of hours. However, if the unit is not prepared, it can take days.
"You want to look at the data plate, underneath the vehicle, inside the vehicle and check the overhead," said Enrique R. Irby, RPAT team chief for HSTI who was conducting the class. "It's all about property accountability."
Ayvazian said the tiger team members will know how to generate all the required paperwork, know who to contact if there is an issue, and know how to resolve things in order to get the equipment processed as quickly as possible while ensuring 401st maintains correct property accountability.
The 401st AFSB is charged with retrograde of non-mission essential theater provided equipment. This equipment can range from small hand-held devices to huge mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles.