Setting the Theater in Afghanistan
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Everyone is working hard to overcome the challenges of moving equipment into Afghanistan. We are moving as much as we can as fast as we can with the help of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command."
- Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, commanding general, Third Army
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"If you're going to do something, don't do it half way. Complete it. Give it your best. Give it 100 percent every day and it comes back to you."
- Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Black, a veteran with 27 months serving in a combat zone, serves as the motor pool sergeant of the Recovery and Maintenance section at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, emphasizes to his Soldiers to treat each day as a new opportunity and every assignment as a new challenge and learning experience.
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Setting the Theater in Afghanistan
What is it?
Third Army's ARCENT Coordination and Support Element - Afghanistan (ACSE-A) is a team of teams with experienced leaders and Soldiers whose mission is to set the U.S. Central Command theater for future operations by expanding the sustainment base, increasing industrial capacity, and integrating and synchronizing sustainment, distribution, communications and civil engineering functions. Setting the Afghanistan Theater is Third Army's top priority.
What has the Army done?
ACSE-A coordinated and synchronized Third Army planning and buildup efforts for Afghanistan with U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Materiel Command and Department of the Army. ACSE-A, in partnership with the ARCENT Support Element-Iraq, has leveraged Iraq retrograde efforts and set the stage for better business practices in the Responsible Drawdown and concurrent buildup in Afghanistan.
• Coordinating for 60 percent of the equipment for first surge of Soldiers and 50 percent of Afghanistan's requirements for mine resistant ambush protected vehicles through Iraq retrograde efforts.
• Developing engineer programs to improve throughput and velocity of transportation routes and chokepoints.
• Implementing strategies to increase the velocity, throughput and precision of equipment reception, de-processing and distribution at critical hubs.
• Assisting USFOR-A in developing and implementing an Afghanistan-wide basing and energy strategy
• Advising USFOR-A and U.S. Agency for International Development in developing an Afghanistan Water Resources Plan
• Assisting USFOR-A and International Security Assistance Force in developing and implementing a strategy to transition from a U.S. only to a coalition network
• Expediting procurement of critical communications capabilities
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
ACSE-A remains focused on optimizing the theater's infrastructure and processes. Emphasis remains on developing the sustainment base and streamlining distribution while expanding facilities, infrastructure and assured mobility capability. In addition, ACSE-A will stress transitioning to a coalition network and equipping the buildup while leveraging the Iraq retrograde.
Why is this important to the Army?
ACSE-A enables future operations by achieving the velocity, precision and throughput required to equip, sustain and maintain the expanded force in Afghanistan. "Our focus is simple," said Maj. Gen. Peter Vangjel, Third Army's Deputy Commanding General-Afghanistan. "Get the right equipment, at the right time, to the right place to support our servicemembers."
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