Units needing to turn in excess
equipment or request equipment shortages can now come to one place to support
The Fort Riley “Big Red
One” Material Redistribution Team has saved units more than $12 million in the
past two years by collecting excess property and issuing it to units without
the need to spend additional money.
This month marks the
transfer of operational control from the U.S. Army Forces Command Material
Redistribution Team to Soldiers with the 1st Maintenance Company, 541st Combat
Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
With the transfer complete, Fort Riley’s BRO-MRT continues to serve units
saving the Army millions of dollars each year.
Fort Riley’s BRO-MRT is one
of five operational facilities transferred from the 13 FORSCOM Material
Redistribution Team facilities across Army installations in the U.S. Commonly
referred to as “free issue yards,” the facilities keep the Army from purchasing
parts already in its inventory, which has the benefit of saving millions of
dollars every year.
The program was set up by FORSCOM
and was intended to recover excess supplies and property though Operation Victory
Sweep, a postwide operation to find and collect excess property. The program
held the excess items to give units needing items to order without spending
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Thomas
Mann, supply system technician, 1st Sust. Bde., said transition began in
December, with ”Durable” Soldiers working alongside FORSCOM contractors.
“The 1st Inf. Div. wanted this
product to keep going,” Mann said. “I encourage Soldiers to use it … whether it
is to fill change of command shortages or if you have excess serviceable items
to turn in.”
During the past few months,
1st Sust. Bde. Soldiers have taken on the job of transitioning to the new
operations. Sgt. 1st Class Rhonda Harris, BRO-MRT noncommissioned officer in
charge, said her Soldiers have put in extra hours to get the BROMRT up and
“The Soldiers have done an
amazing job,” she said. “They never complained and worked hard. They are proud of
their accomplishments and to be a part of BRO-MRT.”
Harris said operations now are
suited to meet the needs of the Army’s overall mission to meet the needs of
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mandi
Rimmer, BRO-MRT officer in charge, said there has been a drastic improvement in
customer service since the transition.
“We are trying to make it easy
for the customer,” she said. “Easy issue – easy turn in.”
Providing customer service has
kept the BRO-MRT team busy. Units with shortages can send an email requesting parts,
and BRO-MRT will contact them once it is packed and ready, Harris said.
One thing units should keep
in mind is the BROMRT is operated on a first-come, first-served basis, said Staff
Sgt. Wilfred Barclay, BRO-MRT material management supervisor.
“This is Fort Riley’s
Wal-Mart,” he said. “One customer cleared almost $30,000 worth of hand-receipt
Fort Riley’s BRO-MRT is
located at Building 8320 and operates from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to
Wednesday and on Fridays; and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. A complete list of
on-hand items can be found on the Sustainment Operations Center Dashboard or at
The customer units need to
have a signature card and assumption-of-command orders before using BRO-MRT.
The BRO-MRT also is available to units off Fort Riley,
including Army National Guard and Army Reserve if they handle the shipping