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Redistribution property assistance team academy mobilizes to train deploying Soldiers.

In March, a mobile training team from the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), 402d Army Field Support Brigade, came to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, from Kuwait to train. New York Army National Guard Soldiers in redistribution property assistance team (RPAT) skills.

The 427th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 27th Brigade Combat Team, 42d Infantry Division, was notified a month before its deployment to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations that it would be split into small teams to support the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) CENTCOM Materiel Retrograde Element (CMRE) mission in Afghanistan.

Because the brigade combat team that was assigned to train the 427th BSB did not have the organic expertise to train the unit on the CMRE mission or RPAT operations, the 402d AFSB was tasked to provide training support.

The 402d AFSB, in turn, tasked the 541st CSSB and the CSSB's 227th Quartermaster Company with moving its RPAT academy and its 29 cadre from Kuwait to Camp Shelby within 7 days of notice.

In order to meet training requirements on time, the course was condensed from 9 to 5 days by extending training days to 12 hours and deleting classes that did not apply to units being trained for OEF operations. Soldiers received training in a number of supply processes as well as training on the Army Reset Management Tool and the Theater Provide Equipment Planner. After 4 days of class-room training, the course culminated in a practical exercise in which the cadre acted as customers during the turn-in process and took similar shortcuts to those that customers would when turning in equipment.

The RPAT academy cadre trained 209 Soldiers from the 427th BSB and certified them as wholesale responsible officers. These Soldiers then deployed to OEF where they received additional training from 227th Quartermaster Company personnel.
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Publication:Army Sustainment
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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