Retrograde Task Force
What is it? This organization oversees the movement of equipment and materiel from a deployed theater to a reset program (replace, recapitalize, and repair) or another theater of operations to replenish other units or stockage. This includes Theater Provided Equipment which exceeds the theater's mission requirements and out of cycle redeployment of items requiring sustainment maintenance. The Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army Executive Agent for Retrograde and Reset.
What has the Army done? The Army G-4 updated the Army policy for the retrograde of materiel that is excess to theater requirements from the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR), USAREUR AOR, and 8th U.S. Army Korea AOR and other OCONUS locations. The policy requires commands that have identified equipment or materiel excess to their theater to coordinate with local AMC elements to assist with retrograde and retrograde reporting. If items require sustainment level reset, units will coordinate with AMC for induction into the appropriate program. If items do not require sustainment level reset, units will report items being retrograded or redistributed outside of theater to AMC who will coordinate with appropriate item managers for disposition instructions.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will continue to develop and focus on three areas/programs:
- Reviewing and adjusting business practices and policies,
- Seeking funding and fielding of the Property Book Unit Supply-Enhanced (PBUSE), and
- Launching Operation Total Recall to improve relief-in- place/transfer of authority operations, modular conversions and reset to gain better visibility and accountability of millions of dollars of government property.
Why is it important to the Army? The process will provide the necessary total asset visibility and In Transit visibility the Army needs. The HQDA goal is to have all materiel added to a property book and or stock record account (if not already documented) and transferred to fill unit and mission requirements. The process will improve both equipment readiness levels and unit equipment on hand levels.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.