The USACAPOC (A) mission support team reconstitutes
battle-fatigued equipment to help ensure that Soldiers have
what they need for the fight.
After the tragic attacks on our Nation
on 11 September 2001, the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command (Airborne) [USACAPOC (A)] underwent the
largest mobilization of Reserve civil affairs (CA) and psychological
operations (PSYOP) forces in the command’s 15-year history.
Since 9/11, USACAPOC (A) has mobilized approximately 12,000
personnel and corresponding amounts of equipment to support
operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn
of Africa. USACAPOC (A) provides the mobilized Reserve CA and
PSYOP forces, which amount to 96 percent of the Army’s
total CA and PSYOP forces.
Equipment readiness is paramount to Soldier success. The high
operating tempo and the harsh climate in Southwest Asia have
taken a heavy toll on the equipment used there. Operational
fleets are aging at a rate four times greater than anticipated.
To better support the high demand for ready equipment, USACAPOC
(A) collaborated with the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC)
to establish the USACAPOC (A) reconstitution program at Fort
Bragg, North Carolina. Originally operating from three temporary
facilities, the USACAPOC (A) reconstitution program moved to
a 5,000-square-foot equipment reconstitution site in October
2005. This facility is the only one of its kind in the Army
mechanic extracts a generator from the engine compartment
Mission Support Team
The 10-person mission support team (MST) that runs the reconstitution
site has three main missions: maintenance, supply, and transportation.
It is responsible for reconditioning vehicles, accounting for
sensitive items, and coordinating the recalibration of both
weapons and radios with other agencies on the installation.
The MST is essential in reversing the effects of combat stress
on equipment before it is deployed again.
“Our team can do a wide variety of things, including
first and second shop maintenance items like replacing humvee
multipurpose wheeled vehicle] windshields, batteries, tires,
and CV [constant velocity] joints,” said Major Terry
Wescott, the MST officer in charge at the reconstitution site. “They
are also responsible for ordering, cataloguing, and maintaining
replacement parts listed on the prescribed load list.”
The MST also prepares pallets that are used in transporting
the equipment either back to the units’ home stations
or overseas for deployment. The reconstitution site as a whole
serves as USACAPOC (A)’s program manager for the reset
and recapitalization programs.
Reset and Recapitalization
Reset is a generic term that represents a series of actions
taken to restore units to a desired level of combat
capability commensurate with mission requirements and available
resources. With USACAPOC (A), vehicles are reset at an assigned
Army depot. A vehicle of the same model is returned to USACAPOC
(A); however, it may not be exactly the same vehicle. The base
model remains the same, but the serial number may change.
The recapitalization program, on the other hand, is a Department
of the Army program that removes damage and stress incurred
during deployment (in some cases restoring it to 0 miles or
0 hours) to 17 specific systems. For example, the program assists
Army units in meeting armored vehicle demands by converting
M998, M998A1, and M1038 model humvees into M1097R1 model humvees.
The engine, transmission, and suspension of each vehicle are
upgraded to base model M1097 (heavy variant). This model can
serve as an armored platform without degrading the mobility
or carrying capacity of the vehicle. Other systems also are
checked and repaired, and each vehicle receives a new data
plate and new serial number.
inventories the tools, parts, and
miscellaneous equipment in the tool room
at the USACAPOC (A) reconstitution site.
Mobilization Station for USACAPOC (A) Units
On 13 December 2002, the Army Forces Command identified Fort
Bragg as the single mobilization station for all USACAPOC (A)
units. Locating the reconstitution site on a major installation
enables USACAPOC (A) to take an active role in refurbishing
their gear and decreases turnaround time for equipment processing.
By comparison, most USARC units typically return
vehicles and equipment for reconstitution to the installation
to the maneuver element they were attached to while deployed,
which could be several states away from the Reserve unit’s
geographic home station. “We’ve been doing this
for 3 years,” said Sergeant Roger Adkins, MST shop
team bonds well, and you can see it in our finished products.
Whether the equipment is going back to the unit or down range,
we know it’s in good condition and will meet the mark
for the Soldiers to either train or fight.”
Since USACAPOC (A) first deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom
in January 2003, the following reset, recapitalization, and
reconstitution actions have been taken—
- Reset. The MST has
processed 88 vehicles and 10 generators through its reset
program. Reset repairs are performed at the directorate
or depot level. (The vehicles have been reset and returned to
their units, and the generators are awaiting processing
at the depot.)
- Recapitalization. More than 420 pieces have been
submitted to the recapitalization program.
- Reconstitution. The MST reconstituted more than 960
pieces of redeployed rolling stock and 10,600 pieces of nonrolling stock,
most of which came from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The success of the reconstitution site has been essential to unit
The “old” equipment—the reconditioned
equipment that they take with them when they deploy—serves
USACAPOC (A) Soldiers well. The reset and recapitalization
programs are key to bringing the state of the equipment back
to acceptable condition, but the reconditioning of equipment
at the reconstitution site is the backbone of USACAPOC (A)’s
preparation of equipment for future operations.
Tina M. Beller is a public affairs specialist for the Army
Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the Defense
Information School, the Basic Photojournalism Course, and the
Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course.
Paul D. Prince is a Department of the Army intern with the
Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office at Fort
Bragg, North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in
mass communication from Grambling State University.