• Cpl. Allen Strohl explains the ammunition abatement process to the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ratmond Chandler. Soldiers from the Army Field Support  Battalion-Kandahar, 401st AFSB conduct four ammo inspections. The unit conducts ammo inspection one.  The second through fifth ammo inspections are after the unit has been relieved of accountability. (Photo by Sharonda Pearson, 401st AFSB Public Affairs)

    Cpl. Strohl briefs SMA on ammunition abatement process

    Cpl. Allen Strohl explains the ammunition abatement process to the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ratmond Chandler. Soldiers from the Army Field Support Battalion-Kandahar, 401st AFSB conduct four ammo inspections. The unit conducts ammo inspection one. The...

  • Sgt. Wanetia Dickerson explains the significance of the Equipment List Identifier (ELID) label to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. The ELID is a scan bar code that is utilized to maintain accurate property accountability and shipping data. (Photo by Sharonda Pearson, 401st AFSB Public Affairs)

    Sgt. Dickerson explains importance of ELID label to SMA

    Sgt. Wanetia Dickerson explains the significance of the Equipment List Identifier (ELID) label to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. The ELID is a scan bar code that is utilized to maintain accurate property accountability and shipping data...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Lesa Dash provides an overview of the current retrograde process in the new Kandahar RPAT to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond  Chandler. (Photo by Sharonda Pearson, 401st AFSB Public Affairs)

    Sgt. 1st Class Lesa Dash briefs SMA on new Kandahar RPAT

    Sgt. 1st Class Lesa Dash provides an overview of the current retrograde process in the new Kandahar RPAT to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. (Photo by Sharonda Pearson, 401st AFSB Public Affairs)

  • Pvt. Bianca Kelley explains the in processing of non-rolling stock to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. A unit does a layout of equipment, including the thumb screw de-install of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) such as Blue Force Tracker, CROWS, CREW, Dukes, Boomerang.  Equipment is tagged for shipment and segregated.  It is then packed by shipping DODAAC for final destination. (Photo by Sharonda Pearson, 401st AFSB Public Affairs)

    Pvt. Kelley explains the in processing of non-rolling stock to SMA

    Pvt. Bianca Kelley explains the in processing of non-rolling stock to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. A unit does a layout of equipment, including the thumb screw de-install of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) such as Blue Force Tracker...

  • Spc. Terance Royster and Sgt. Myles Andersson explain the process of preparing cargo for transportation out of theater and the necessary coordination between the Air Force and multi-modal contract carriers. Typically it takes us eight to nine days from receiving the vehicle to when it is staged for movement. On average, the vehicle will wait 45 days for shipment. (Photo by Sharonda Pearson, 401st AFSB Public Affairs)

    Spc. Royster and Sgt. Andersson explain cargo preparation process to SMA

    Spc. Terance Royster and Sgt. Myles Andersson explain the process of preparing cargo for transportation out of theater and the necessary coordination between the Air Force and multi-modal contract carriers. Typically it takes us eight to nine days from...

The Army's top enlisted Soldier visited the Kandahar Redistribution Property Assistance Team (RPAT) yard, a one-stop-shop for the Warfighter to turn in Army Theater Provided Equipment at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to receive an update on the current retrograde process, March 26.

Sgt. 1st Class Lesa Dash, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge, provided Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III, with an overview of the process since the opening of the new Kandahar RPAT on March 22. Chandler then toured the facility and spoke with Army Field Support Battalion-Kandahar, 401st Army Field Support Brigade Soldiers who elaborated on their duties and responsibilities.

"The Redistribution Property Assistance Team facilitates the expedient turn-in, redistribution, and retrograde of all excess property book Class II and Class VII, Early Retrograde Equipment (ERE), Theater Provided Equipment (TPE) and Automatic Reset Induction (ARI) equipment to improve property accountability, drawdown equipment levels in Afghanistan, and ease the transition of units out of theater," Dash said.

The new Kandahar RPAT, which more than doubles the capacity to process vehicles of the previous facilities, will be used as a consistent front for receiving rolling and non-rolling stock from the Warfighter. The Warfighter will now have one single location to turn in TPE and ARI equipment.

"We are here for one purpose, and that's to support the Warfighter," said Capt. Lee Berry IV, the officer-in-charge of the Kandahar RPAT. "Our No. 1 goal is to make the turn in of their equipment for retrograde as easy and streamlined as possible," Berry added.

As Chandler rotated to each station to learn more about the streamlined retrograde process as a result of the new Kandahar RPAT opening, he made a point to ask Soldiers about their futures.

"Is this what you expected to be doing when you joined the Army?" Chandler asked Spc. Christopher Allen, a representative from the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. "No sergeant major, but I love what I do," Allen responded.

"Do you plan on re-enlisting?" Chandler continued. "Yes, sergeant major. I actually met with a career counselor yesterday to discuss my options," Allen said.

Chandler concluded his visit by thanking the Soldiers for their service and encouraging them to stay flexible as the Army continues to operate under fiscal constraints.

"What you do here is important," Chandler told the young enlisted Soldiers. "Many of you are performing duties outside of your MOS, but you've adapted. And, that's what we have and always will do as Soldiers -- adapt and overcome," he said.

The Soldiers were honored to have the opportunity to talk about their role in the retrograde mission as well as their plans for the future with Chandler.

"It's a privilege to have the opportunity to brief such a senior ranking Soldier," said Pfc. Richard Sagarino, who briefed Chandler about conducting the final ammunition abatement checks before a vehicle is staged for shipment. "I can't believe that I've only been in the Army for one year, and I had the opportunity to brief the Sergeant Major of the Army. It was truly an honor," he said.

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