The reconstitution operation at Kandahar provided numerous lessons learned in how a reconstitution operation should be managed and how a reconstitution site should be organized.
These decisions played a key role in determining the flow of vehicles and in getting required parts to the reconstitution site as fast as possible.
The flow of vehicles in the reconstitution site is critical to ensuring mission success.
The reconstitution site needs to track all vehicles and their systems (including enhancements, electronic countermeasure [ECM] devices, and Blue Force Tracker [BFT] systems) to ensure that all work is completed and the vehicles are ready to return to the unit.
The reconstitution site must have airfield access for the movement of critical personnel, equipment, and supplies.
Maintenance priorities must be clear, simple, and at least sequential when priorities are shifted; the last set of vehicles into the reconstitution site cannot always be the first vehicles out of the site.
Originally operating from three temporary facilities, the USACAPOC (A) reconstitution program moved to a 5,000-square-foot equipment reconstitution site in October 2005.
The 10-person mission support team (MST) that runs the reconstitution site has three main missions: maintenance, supply, and transportation.
"Our team can do a wide variety of things, including first and second shop maintenance items like replacing humvee [high-mobility, 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 reconstitution site as a whole serves as USACAPOC (A)'s program manager for the reset and recapitalization programs.
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.
The success of the reconstitution site has been essential to unit readiness.