Because of this preparation, the brigade's Soldiers easily and effortlessly transitioned into the CMRE
mission and were never stressed as they executed their mission in support of retrograde operations.
This hybrid intelligence mission focuses on how the CMRE
views the battlefield, communicating in the Combined Joint Operational Area-Afghanistan (CJOA-A), supporting Force Protection (FP), and focus areas for pre-deployment training and preparation.
Tom Krupp, who was serving with 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), a Kandahar-based leading element of the CMRE
supported regional command and brigade combat team efforts to bring property to record, inventory and account for containers, process materiel for retrograde, and close down forward operating bases or transfer them to the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
RSYs and FREs in Afghanistan have directly contributed to the CMRE
mission to responsibly redistribute and properly dispose of property across the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan.
More information about the CMRE
and the consultation can be found at http://www.
This was an effective concept; it consolidated all efforts and decisions into one office instead of having up to five different enabler teams working independently based on guidance from a CMRE
unit located outside the FOB.
The retrograde sort yards (RSYs) were the heart of the CMRE
The 17th CSSB's support operations (SPO) transportation section played an integral role in the CMRE
Central Command (CENTCOM) materiel recovery element (CMRE
) RCP transfer concept, which resourced CMRE
RCP units with the appropriate equipment to support projected mission requirements.
is a sustainment brigade whose mission is to facilitate materiel redistribution, disposal, and retrograde.
It was important from the outset for the CMRE
to focus its efforts on informing and influencing audiences at all levels across Afghanistan--from companies and battalions on remote combat outposts to the regional commands and policymaking levels.