Defense

May 8, 2012

Army Materiel Command brings ‘last MRAP’ to port

Army photograph
Capt. Kenneth Washington II, transportation officer with Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, oversees agricultural customs washing of the last U.S. Army vehicle to leave Iraq at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 3, 2012.

The last U.S. Army mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to depart from Iraq arrived at the Port of Beaumont, Texas, May 6, on its way to the 1st Cavalry Brigade Division Museum at Fort Hood, Texas, for preservation and display.

Much media attention focused on the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, known as an MRAP, when it crossed from Iraq into Kuwait, Dec. 18, 2011.

Once the vehicle crossed into Kuwait, it fell under the control of AMC’s Responsible Reset Task Force, charged with the retrograde of 3.9 million pieces of equipment, including 30,000 wheeled vehicles.

AMC provides a forward presence in Kuwait to move equipment either stateside or to Afghanistan.

The MRAP left Kuwait March 24, on the freighter Ocean Crescent, shipped by the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, one of AMC’s major subordinate commands.

The arrival of the last MRAP marks the conclusion of one of the largest and quickest withdrawal efforts in Army history.

Designated the Lead Materiel Integrator on behalf of the Army, AMC is responsible for ensuring Soldiers have the equipment they need at the right time and place.

“It’s important that we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars by saving every piece of equipment we can,” said Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via, deputy commanding general of AMC during the fall Association of the United States Army symposium. “This mission would not have been possible without the relationships that were developed and invested in with our strategic materiel stakeholders,” Via said.

“Our successes were enabled with coordination and relationships between Department of Defense and Army agencies, as well as industry partners,” Via continued.

AMC faces multiple challenges in the coming year with the Afghanistan R2TF mission, removing millions of pieces of equipment from the land-locked and geographically constrained environment.

 

The last mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to depart from Iraq into Kuwait was unloaded at the Port of Beaumont, Texas, at formal ceremony, May 7, 2012.

The last mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to depart Iraq sits parked next to the Ocean Crescent at the Port of Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait, March 23, 2012. This Caiman was shipped with its Overhead Wire Mitigation kit still intact.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr.

Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier va...
 
 

Salina, Kansas, recalls anniversary of shuttered base

It has been 50 years this month since the announcement that Schilling Air Force Base was closing rattled Salina residents. The Salina Journal, which carried news of the closure in its Nov. 19, 1964, editions, reported that the economic disaster then spared no part of the community – real estate, retail, civic involvement, church attendance,...
 
 
Navy photograph by Seaman Sabrina Fine

SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

Navy photograph by Seaman Sabrina Fine Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman Helen Hernandez monitors an SLQ-32 radar aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deplo...
 

 

AEDC completes longest engine test in its history

For the first time, an accelerated mission test was accomplished for the F101-GE-102 engine in the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility altitude cell C-1 at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. The $21 million test program was the longest single entry of a jet engine in AEDC’s history. The engine ran more than...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Divine Cox

Kunsan AB hosts Exercise Max Thunder 14-2

Air Force photograph by SrA. Divine Cox A South Korean air force F-15 Strike Eagle lands Nov. 17, 2014, during Max Thunder 14-2 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft...
 
 

Three bases identified as F-16 aggressor candidate bases

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr. A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron lands at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 6 during RED FLAG-Alaska 15-1. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>