STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday August 29, 2013


Today's Focus:

Consolidated Continental United States Replacement Center Transition

What is it?

The U.S. Army, for many years, has maintained several locations for processing individual deploying non-unit related personnel (NRP) from all military branches and components, DA and DOD civilians and contractors, and personnel from other government agencies.

Currently, each deployment center receives processes and validates individual personnel for deployment to and redeployment from theaters of operation worldwide by providing command and control, administrative and logistical support, and theater-specific individual readiness training (TSIRT) and by conducting onward movement operations.

What has the Army done?

The Army designated U.S. Army Forces Command as the executing agent for Consolidated Continental United States Replacement Center (CRC) and non-LOGCAP contractor deployment operations and directed the relocation of the three deployment centers - the CONUS Replacement Center at Fort Benning, Ga., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deployment Center (UDC) at Winchester, Va., and the Individual Replacement Deployment Operations (IRDO) at Camp Atterbury, Ind. - to a consolidated CONUS Replacement Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.

FORSCOM further designated First Army as executing agent for the consolidation, transition and operation of the combined CRC at Fort Bliss, Texas. First Army's Division West, headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas, assumed mission command of the CRC transition operation May 1, 2013.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

First Army,with its team of skilled enterprise partners, has planned for a phased movement and transition of operations to Fort Bliss to ensure quality of training support and customer service is maintained. First Army to began processing CRC personnel for deployment at the new Fort Bliss consolidated location August 9 and processing for redeploying CRC personnel August 16. While UDC will transition operations from Virginia to Texas in September 2013, the IRDO will move from Camp Atterbury to Fort Bliss by October 2014.

Why is this important to the Army?

The consolidation of the three deployment centers helps meet Army long-term fiscal responsibility goals by refining individual deployment business practices, saving the Army approximately 40 percent in operational spending, and reducing long-term contracting costs and creating cost efficiencies - due to reduced staff requirements, a single installation footprint and a single source for training and deployment resources. The consolidation also places mission command of individual deployment operations for all personnel, of all grades, and from all services and agencies under the control of First Army, the premier provider of reserve component training support. More than 400 deploying and redeploying personnel are expected to process through the Fort Bliss CRC each week.

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