Moreover, just as USF-I did for Iraq, USFOR-A plans to divest a quarter of the value of its total materiel rather than ship it home.
The good road network leading directly to Kuwait gave USF-I operational flexibility by enabling the command to retain up to half of its maneuver force in Iraq until the final drawdown in the fall of 2011.
Understanding the organizational structure in Iraq starts with the consolidation of Multi-National Force-Iraq, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, and Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq into a single operational chain of command: USF-I.
Comprehensive assessments were provided weekly to the USF-I commanding general.
The decision cycle began with the joint plans and operations group chaired by the USF-I deputy chief of staff, with deputy directors and select planners attending.
The joint plans and operations "huddle" consisted of a small group that included the deputy commanding generals, the USF-I operations and plans officers, and--depending on the topic--other directors.
The USF-I OSJA MJD held regular training events, stressing simplicity in preparation and consistency.
In addition, the USF-I MJD was able to arrange for Army and Air Force counsel to sit as co-counsel in cases, for Air Force JAs to serve as Article 32 investigating officers on Army-referred cases, and for counsel of all service components to serve as assistant TCs on cases arising outside their brigade-sized units.
The USF-I military justice senior paralegal took charge of the training process, and asserted USF-I's prerogative and responsibility to train paralegals throughout the theater.
And while Soldiers are repositioned off those installations, to ensure a "responsible drawdown" of forces, USF-I coordinates with the Iraqis to determine who is going to accept the property on the installation, and who is going to accept the facility or base.
The government of Iraq provides a "receivership secretariate," who works with the USF-I J-7 basing team to complete the transition, Donahue said.
Allowing the government of Iraq to take pieces of VBC, means USF-I no longer needs to provide security for that part of the installation.