Army's role in Responsible Drawdown in Iraq
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Today, in the face of violence from those who would only destroy, Iraqis took a step forward in the hard work of building up their country. The United States will continue to help them in that effort as we responsibly end this war and support the Iraqi people as they take control of their future."
- President Barack Obama, referring to parliamentarian elections in Iraq as a "milestone" event and reaffirming the Responsible Drawdown in Iraq
Obama praises 'milestone' Iraqi elections
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"They grasp the knowledge pretty quickly. As long as you can show them how to do it, give them a lot of hands-on, it's a lot easier that way… That's why we focus more on the simple, life-saving stuff. So if they forget something else it's fine. As long as they can stop the bleeding, their medic can do the rest."
-Spc. Jonathan Montgomery, speaks about the medical training being provided by U.S. Forces to the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement, which is in line with U.S. forces intention to take a less active role while Iraqis assume the mission of security
Medics pass-on life-saving skills
Army's role in Responsible Drawdown in Iraq
What is the Army's Role in Responsible Drawdown from Iraq?
Third Army is the Department of the Army and Central Command logistical center of gravity for Responsible Drawdown from Iraq. Third Army is synchronizing equipment movement with key players from U.S. Forces-Iraq (USF-I), Air Force Central Command Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Army Materiel Command and other DOD and CENTCOM components.
What has Third Army done as part of Responsible Drawdown?
Third Army has successfully supported the movement of forces in and out of theater since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a proven material enterprise system. Since July 1, 2009, Third Army has moved:
- hundreds of combat vehicles
- approximately 1,770 tons of ammunition and over one million items such as repair parts, barrier material, packaged petroleum products and general supplies worth approximately 90 million dollars from Iraq to Afghanistan.
- over 22,000 containers and 8,200 vehicles to retrograde facilities.
On Aug. 1, Third Army created ARCENT Support Element - Iraq, a team of specialists that accomplishes the task of responsibly drawing down forces and equipment from Iraq while concurrently building force structure in Afghanistan and throughout the CENTCOM area of operations. Third Army has currently processed approximately 23 percent of USF-I items including tanks, trucks, ammunition, repair parts and oil lubricants from Iraq.
What continued efforts does Third Army have planned for the Responsible Drawdown?
Third Army is partnered with AMC's Retrograde and Reset Task Force to integrate the number of transportation platforms to provide the continued deployment and sustainment capabilities required by CENTCOM. Third Army operations will continue to be the linchpin in responsibly moving forces and equipment out of the Iraq theater and on to the U.S. or wherever needed by capitalizing on the eight years of experience providing sustainment support to forces conducting full spectrum operations in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
Why is Third Army's role important to the Army?
According to Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, commanding general of Third Army- "This is an enormous task, unprecedented in modern military history, but we have a well thought out plan and the synergy and cooperation of our many teams involved that will ensure we anticipate and are prepared to meet all requirements for U.S. CENTCOM and our Army."
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