Tuesday June 18, 2013
What is it?
The Retrograde, Reset, Redeployment, Redistribution and Disposal mission (R4D) in Afghanistan will be a herculean effort. It requires innovation and creativity to meet the national objective of retrograding equipment back to the United States. U.S. Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) the Army Service Component Command to U.S. Transportation Command, is committed to ensuring success of the Afghanistan R4D movement mission.
The Department of Defense estimates more than 750,000 major end items, worth in excess of $36 billion are currently in Afghanistan. These items are scheduled to be shipped back to the continental United States by the end of calendar year 2014 at an estimated cost of $5.7 billion.
What has the Army done?
SDDC created the Velocity-Volume, Distribution & Retrograde (V2DR) approach to support the R4D equipment retrograde from Afghanistan. V2DR is designed to balance volume (lower cost) and velocity (moving faster) of returning equipment to include exploiting Best Value Routing, sound equipping forecasts, and maintain a free flow of carrier multimodal sites while adhering to equipment required delivery dates. The Joint Distribution and Deployment Enterprise is responsible for R4D. According to SDDC transportation experts, the V2DR approach was developed under the assumption that Pakistan Ground Lines of Communication and the Northern Distribution Network are open.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Why is this important to the Army?
Quote for the Day
The challenges you will face and how you respond to them will define not only your lives, but how the world views this continuing experiment that is our democracy. Make no mistake, while less of you than previous classes will march off to Afghanistan, the choices we make as we enter a period of strategic transition will challenge our readiness, our Soldiers -- indeed, our very culture.
- Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, addressing more than 1,050 graduates of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., June 14, 2013
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