Setting the Theater in Afghanistan

Tuesday March 23, 2010

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.

Results include:

- 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."

Resources:

Third Army Web site

STAND-TO! Edition March 8, 2010: Army's role in Responsible Drawdown in Iraq

STAND-TO! Edition Sept. 14, 2009: Responsible Drawdown: Third Army's ARCENT Support Element-Iraq

Article from AUSA

Related articles:

Third Army conducting 'Responsible Drawdown' from Iraq

Cargo transfer company plays important role in Iraq drawdown

Army to balance Iraq drawdown, reset for least impact on Soldiers

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