Army Reserve Facility Management Transformation

Wednesday September 19, 2007

What is it? Army Reserve centers remain a critical training and mobilization platform for Army Reserve Soldiers. Unfortunately, these centers are often too small and inadequate to support current mission support requirements and are increasingly encroached upon by neighboring communities. They were built for the Cold War era and served us well, but they do not meet the needs of our current force or the projected needs of our future force.

What has the Army Reserve done? The Army Reserve has embarked on two distinct but mutually supporting initiatives to replace these time-tested facilities -Military Construction Army Reserve (MCAR) and the Real Property Exchange (RPX) program. Through the enhanced MCAR process, the Army Reserve awarded 11 new construction projects in 2005, valued at $93 million. The Army Reserve is programmed to award 14 more MCAR projects, valued at $102 million, in 2006. The expanded RPX program authorizes the Army Reserve to leverage select non-excess facilities and exchange them with commercial partners for replacement facilities that meet current and projected mission requirements.

In 2005, the Army Reserve completed six exchange transactions, yielding $64.719 million, and expects to complete four more RPX transactions in 2006, potentially generating an additional $18.874 million in revenue that will not have to be allocated in the construction budget. Additionally, implementation of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 legislation will close 175 aging Army Reserve centers. This legislation also mandates Army Reserve partnership in 125 new multi-component joint construction projects with other Service Reserve Components. These joint projects maximize facility acquisition and operation for the Department of Defense.

What efforts does the Army Reserve plan to continue in the future? The Army Reserve will continue to partner with the other Services to improve the process of managing Army Reserve facilities. Lean Six Sigma methodology is being applied to gain efficiencies helping us reach our goal.

Why is this important to the Army? Providing relevant facilities enhances the ability of all Reserve Components to support the nation in times of national disasters, foreign and domestic. By transforming facilities into efficient, cost-effective operations, the Army Reserve avoids budgetary expenditures that are better spent on other competing priorities.

**- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.**

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates.
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal

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