Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Army to Balance Iraq Drawdown

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Army to Balance Iraq Drawdown

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THE process of drawing down and resetting equipment in Iraq to meet the 2011 pull-out deadline set by the president must not affect Soldier dwell time, according to the Army's top logisticians.

Part of the drawdown means moving equipment now in Iraq and placing it elsewhere. Part of that means reset--replacing, recapitalizing, or repairing equipment.

Another part of the reset process is ensuring Soldiers have time to recuperate from deployment, said Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander, Army Materiel Command.

"They come back, they need time to be integrated with their families, get on vacation, get rest, and get reintegrated after a deployment of a year or longer," Dunwoody said. "Our job after that reset period can't be one that's disruptive."

Synchronization of the equipment reset process across the Army, and matching that up against the Army's force generation model can ensure Soldiers get reset just like the equipment they use in theater, she said. …

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