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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic E: CSS Standard Army Management Information System (STAMIS)

Subtopic 1: Sterilization of STAMIS Standard Army Retail Supply System Boxes

Observation Synopsis

One of the benefits upon conversion to single stock fund (SSF) is the ability of a division to do a complete disconnect from home-station corps/theater automatic data processing (ADP) service center (CTASC) and reconnect to deployment CTASC. This would allow units to keep their home-station Department of Defense activity address codes (DODAAC), and keep their standard Army retail supply system (SARSS) boxes up-to-date, including current due-ins and due-outs. Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) and United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) determined it was unfeasible for the financial community to track funds through the disconnect/reconnect process, and instructed units to conduct a complete sterilization of SARSS boxes. This placed a greater work requirement on the division, especially since this was the first time a division-size element had conducted a complete sterilization of its SARSS boxes. The process took over two months to complete. The procedures provided to divisions were inadequate, and assistance from the Army community outside the corps was not available or accessible. Additionally, the time spent to complete this conversion distracted divisions from the assigned task of prepping to deploy and sustain itself in the first 60 days of deployment. It also caused one division to stop requisitioning needed ASL replenishment repair parts during the time period.

During the pre-deployment phase, when not using the preferred method of "disconnect/reconnect," units must obtain a copy of a sterile load for both the SARSS-1 and SARSS-2A from Fort Lee. Units must also coordinate with the gaining CTASC and losing CTASC for all file transfers between the two CTASCs. The losing CTASC and the deploying SARSS-2A and SARSS-1s must be zeroed out of all due-ins and the gaining CTASC will accept the files only after they have been effectively zeroed out. The gaining CTASC will then have the gaining SARSS-1 run a close-out process to re-establish the due-ins on the gaining CTASC.

The SARRS-2A has no ASL; it is the management box for all division SARSS-1s. During the sterilization process of the SARSS-2A, all parameters must be loaded with the gaining CTASC's parameter set. At this time all processes are manual at the SARSS-2A. All DODAACs, unit identification codes (UICs), and parameters must be loaded manually. When building sterile boxes, units must use the deployment DODAACs and home station UICs (if 50 % or more of the unit is deployed). The division property book officer (PBO) requests, obtains, and verifies all deployment DODAACs and rear detachment derivative UICs.

Lessons Learned

  • Complete sterilization of SARSS boxes versus the "disconnect/reconnect" method is a lengthy process at the division level.
  • During the pre-deployment phase, when not using the preferred method of "disconnect/reconnect," units must obtain a copy of a sterile load for both the SARSS-1 and SARSS-2A from Fort Lee.
  • During the sterilization process of the SARSS-2A, all parameters must be loaded with the gaining CTASC's parameters set.
  • For future deployment of brigade-size or higher elements, SARSS "disconnect/reconnect" should be performed, and a unit that deploys with more than half of its force should continue to maintain its DODAAC versus acquiring deployment DODAACs.

Table of Supporting Observations


Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Sterilization of STAMIS (SARSS) Boxes 10001-29593

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic D-Subtopic 5: Importance of Information Management for Coalition Transporters
Chapter 4-Topic E-Subtopic 2: Hardware Repair Parts




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