Edition: Fri, April 21, 2006
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On April 23, the Army Reserve turns 98 years old. But instead of being an aging relic of the 20th century, the Army Reserve is, at the ripe old age of 98, a changed, responsive and still-changing force,increasingly ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.... We are no longer a strategic force that will stay "in reserve" until needed to supplement active force during a time of major conflict.The Army Reserve is an operational, inactive-duty force, integral to the world's best Army, complementing the joint force with skill-rich capabilities... All of these organizational transformations are occurring as we continue to fight the Global War on Terror. Your ability to adapt during this unprecedented time proves again the quality of our All-Volunteer Army. Lt. Gen.James R. Helmly, Chief, Army Reserve


Property Accountability

What is it? As we continue to support the Global War on Terrorism and simultaneously transform into a modular force, the Army must intensively manage our current equipment and field new equipment to meet mission and training needs. The keys to success are knowing what equipment we have and its location and condition. This requires accurate visibility over Army assets, quick validation of requirements, and rapid sourcing against these requirements - based on automated accountable records at the unit level.

What are the challenges? The impacts of invalid accountable records go far beyond individual units; the impacts multiply exponentially across the force. A vehicle not on an accountable record, multiplied by a number of units with the same discrepancy, can cost the Army hundreds of millions of dollars annually and diminish our ability to manage combat readiness. The thousands of moving pieces required to support today's operational Army, combined with unprecedented operational tempo and rotation schedules, pose significant challenges to maintaining accurate records. Maintaining current asset postures for units deployed across the globe requires daily diligence from a cadre of property book and accountable officers and intense oversight from Army leaders.

What has the Army done? The Property Book Unit Supply-Enhanced (PBUSE) is the Army's key to establishing and maintaining supply accountability at all levels. The Army has fielded PBUSE property book modules to all battalion-sized units and has begun fielding PBUSE unit supply modules to companies. PBUSE provides a responsive and efficient means to maintain accountable records for the Army's equipment in the hands of Active, National Guard, and Army Reserve units. PBUSE fielding will continue to improve asset visibility across the Army because all users are connected to one database--one system of record.

Why is this important to the Army? Leaders at every level are involved in translating property accountability and asset visibility into sustained combat power. At the end of the day, this basic leader responsibility - caring for Soldiers and their equipment -- is critical to mission success. Our Soldiers are our most precious resource, and Army leaders are committed to equip and train them. The Army is equally committed to good stewardship of the resources provided to us by U.S. taxpayers. Accurate property accountability is the way to deliver the best results for both.