ARCENT - Kuwait
Army Forces Central Command-Kuwait (ARCENT-Kuwait), headquartered at Camp Doha, is responsible for RSOI and administrative support of Army forces deploying to Kuwait, oversight of the contract that maintains the brigade prepositioned fleet, and installation support for Camp Doha.
ARCENT-Kuwait has been the focal point for U.S. Armed Forces in Kuwait since the end of Operation Desert Storm in February 1991. ARCENT-Kuwait's mission is to maintain a forward presence and exercise command, control and force protection over assigned and attached Army forces in Kuwait. ARCENT-Kuwait also provides logistical, installation and contract support for the Kuwait area of responsibility. Soldiers and units assigned to this area of responsibility conduct multi-service and multi-national operations and exercises.
The country of Kuwait is a beautiful area with a rich history and culture and very friendly, hospitable people. Living in Kuwait is an interesting and rewarding experience for U.S. personnel. Americans are very welcome in Kuwait and opportunities for friendly relationships are abundant.
The ARCENT-KU presence in Kuwait remains a deterrent to aggression and helps preserve peace in the region. ARCENT-KU serves as the forward-deployed base for Joint Task Force-Kuwait (JTF-Kuwait), providing command and control over all U.S. Forces that deploy into Kuwait during a contingency. ARCENT-KU continues to perfect the Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration (RSOI) process for the rest of the U.S. Army.
Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration is a rigorous event for soldiers who have just traveled many hours on a crowded airplane. Hours after touching down, units account for and pick up pre-positioned weapon systems, equipment and supplies and head to the desert. RSOI readies battalion-to brigade-sized task force elements to fight shortly after arriving in Kuwait. Since the Gulf War, RSOI has become one of the most important missions for ARCENT-Kuwait.
ARCENT - KU maintains a forward presence and exercises command, control and force protection over assigned and attached Army forces in Kuwait. It provides mission support to other US forces and agencies in Kuwait. An important part of the ARCENT - KU mission is that of RSOI or reception, staging, onward movement and integration of forces and equipment deploying to Kuwait. ARCENT - KU is prepared to conduct rapid movement of personnel, equipment and supplies in support of ARCENT Operations. ARCENT - KU also provides logistical, installation and contract support for the Kuwait area of responsibility. Soldiers and units assigned to this AOR conduct multi-service and multi-national operations and exercises.
The RSOI process melds pre-positioned TOE (Table of Organizational Equipment) equipment with an arriving unit. Once in country, the RSOI process equips and arms battalion to brigade-sized Task Force elements or greater within a short period of time. Pre-positioned equipment includes M1A1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley fighting vehicles as well as other armor, tank, artillery and engineer sets. Reception starts when soldiers or equipment land at one of Kuwait's ports of debarkation. Equipment, bags and supplies are palletized and prepared for convoy to Camp Doha's drawing lot. At the drawing lot, soldiers draw their equipment. This stage is not finished until all units have completed the draw and uploaded all combat equipment. All equipment receives preventive maintenance checks and services prior to departing.
Onward movement begins with convoy operations to the marshaling area. Supplies and equipment are loaded onto trucks, and tracked vehicles are loaded onto heavy equipment transports. The convoys then move to their positions in the desert to begin training or contingency operations. This phase ends with the downloading of assets and tactical road march to the Kabal. The final phase, integration, is the tactical fusion of the arriving units into the Kuwait defensive plan. Training - at the individual and unit level - takes place at the multi-service and multi-national level.
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