By Masayo D. ColeMarch 7, 2008
To prepare for the upcoming delivery of the new Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, the 401st Army Field Support Brigade-Afghanistan recently conducted a MRAP Rehearsal of Concept fielding drill.
This rehearsal synchronized the unit's training, maintenance and fielding aspects to ensure seamless coordination and fielding when the vehicles begin arriving in theater next month.
Twelve task forces participated in the exercise, including the Combined Joint Task Force-82.
Lt. Col. Robert Brown, 401st AFSB chief of operations, and Rob Goodrich, technician lead of MRAP Fielding in Afghanistan, hosted the ROC.
"This comprehensive rehearsal allows the units who receive the new MRAPs to understand and confirm their roles and responsibilities required and will serve as the final coordination for the execution of the fielding" said Lt. Col. Coll Haddon, MRAP project manager supporting the MRAP mission in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Brig. Gen. Rodney Anderson, CJSF-82 deputy commanding general (support), commended the 401st for the well planned out rehearsal.
Anderson went on to encourage leaders "to ask lots of questions about the process to make the next generation better."
CJTF-82 will field their new MRAPs from March to May.
"Our greatest feedback comes from the comments the Soldier's in the field provide on how to improve the equipment being fielded to them," said Col. Dennis M. Thompson, commander of the 401st AFSB.