By Solina Mao, AMIS Senior Systems Analyst
Retrograde operations in Afghanistan have steadily picked up as U.S. forces continue to drawdown in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. With over ten years of support, there are large volumes of equipment to move out of the country prior to the end of 2015. Transportation Coordinators’ – Automated Information for Movements System II (TC-AIMS II) supports retrograde operations in Afghanistan and throughout Southwest Asia (SWA) by providing Soldiers a system that manages the movement planning of equipment from the Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) to its final destination, such as unit home stations or depots.
Kandahar Airfield, being a major hub, deals with large quantities of retrograde equipment which needs to be processed. Recently, Kandahar has expanded their retrograde efforts by increasing and expanding their Redistribution Property Accountability Team (RPAT) yard operations. The Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (AMIS) SWA team, consisting of TC-AIMS II and Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) Field Service Engineers (FSEs), was requested to assist logistics operations by increasing the number of TC-AIMS II and active In-Transit Visibility (ITV) read sites at the new RPAT yards. AMIS FSEs were able to assist the RPAT yard personnel with meeting their operational needs by maximizing TC-AIMS II and RF-ITV usage.
TC-AIMS II also supports logisticians by providing users the ability to write active Radio Frequency Identification (aRFID) tags via Total Asset Visibility In-Processing Station (TIPS) write software. This information feeds into the RF-ITV Tracking Portal and allows users to query tag data. Automated Movement Flow Tracking In-Transit Visibility (AMFT-ITV) system is another tool SWA users are employing for their tracking needs. AMIS’ AMFT-ITV system provides near real-time data taken from the RF-ITV Tracking Portal and displays the data in a meaningful graphical form.
As AMIS continues to support the drawdown efforts, demand for TC-AIMS II and RF-ITV continues to increase due to the support, operations, and information both systems provide to the Soldiers in support of mission critical needs.
Posted July 24, 2013