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The side-load capability function of the new Rapidly Available Interface for trans-Loading, or RAIL, a modular ramp system prototype sponsored by U.S. Transportation Command, is one of three configurations the system offers for massing of combat power at the point of need without the requirement of shipping it to a fixed railhead facility for offload and then onward movement. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

The side-load capability function of the new Rapidly Available Interface for trans-Loading, or RAIL, a modular ramp system prototype sponsored by U.S. Transportation Command, is one of three configurations the system offers for massing of combat power at the point of need without the requirement of shipping it to a fixed railhead facility for offload and then onward movement. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

New U.S. expeditionary rail embarkation capability, deterrent tested in Europe RAIL kit is designed for rapid deployment, assembly, maneuverability of heavy armor

Story by Courtesy of US Army

May 16, 2022

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (May 16, 2022) – A game-changing capability sponsored by U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) offering greater flexibility to offload combat power is now being used in the European theater.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Inland Cargo Transport Company, 39th Movement Control Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command demonstrate how to disassemble and reassemble new prototype expeditionary rail capability at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany on May 6-10, 2022. RAIL is a modular ramp system that can be rapidly assembled anywhere allowing for the massing of combat power anywhere along existing rail lines. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Andrew Paulin 21st Theater Sustainment Command)

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Inland Cargo Transport Company, 39th Movement Control Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command demonstrate how to disassemble and reassemble new prototype expeditionary rail capability at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany on May 6-10, 2022. RAIL is a modular ramp system that can be rapidly assembled anywhere allowing for the massing of combat power anywhere along existing rail lines. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Andrew Paulin 21st Theater Sustainment Command)

21st TSC Soldiers Train on Modernized Expeditionary Rail Capability

Story by Capt. Andrew Paulin 21st Theater Sustainment Command

May 11, 2022

MANNHEIM, Germany – 21st Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers of the 1st Inland Cargo Transport Company trained on a prototype expeditionary rail capability at Coleman Barracks, Germany Tuesday, May 3 - 10, 2022.

The Rapidly Available Interface for trans-Loading, or RAIL, is a modular ramp system that can be rapidly assembled anywhere allowing for the massing of combat power. RAIL is a joint research and development program between Combat Capabilities Development Center Ground Vehicle Systems Center and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. The program is funded by U.S. Transportation Command Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise. The RAIL system eliminates the need for a fixed railhead facility to offload equipment for onward movement.

The first vehicle from Army Prepositioned Stock-3, also known as APS Afloat, is driven off the U.S. Naval Ship Red Cloud. The download of APS Afloat in support of Salaknib 22 is the first APS Afloat operation in the Indo-Pacific Theater. (U.S. Army photo by Katie Nelson, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade) (Photo Credit: Katie Nelson 402nd Army Field Support Brigade)

The first vehicle from Army Prepositioned Stock-3, also known as APS Afloat, is driven off the U.S. Naval Ship Red Cloud. The download of APS Afloat in support of Salaknib 22 is the first APS Afloat operation in the Indo-Pacific Theater. (U.S. Army photo by Katie Nelson, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade) (Photo Credit: Katie Nelson 402nd Army Field Support Brigade)

Theater Army employs APS Afloat for first time in Indo-Pacific

By Katie Nelson 402nd Army Field Support Brigade

May 10, 2022

U.S. Army Pacific employed Army Prepositioned Stock 3, also known as APS Afloat, for the first time during recent exercises in the Philippines.

Two units from the U.S. Army Sustainment Command planned, oversaw and executed the successful download, inventory, issue and upload of an equipment set used by 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division during bilateral exercises in the Indo-Pacific Theater Salaknib 22 and Balikatan 22.

Gen. Edward M. Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, gives opening remarks during the Sustainment Warfighter Forum that began Tuesday at Fort Lee, Va. More than 300 Army leaders from all service components are participating in-person or virtually. The forum is a cornerstone attraction of Sustainment Week, an annual observance that also includes ceremonial events honoring past and present Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation Soldiers and DA Civilians. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Patrick Buffett )

Gen. Edward M. Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, gives opening remarks during the Sustainment Warfighter Forum that began Tuesday at Fort Lee, Va. More than 300 Army leaders from all service components are participating in-person or virtually. The forum is a cornerstone attraction of Sustainment Week, an annual observance that also includes ceremonial events honoring past and present Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation Soldiers and DA Civilians. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Patrick Buffett )

Senior leaders discuss sustainment future at CASCOM-hosted forum

Patrick Buffett, USAG Fort Lee Public Affairs Office

May 5, 2022

FORT LEE, Va. – Stalled by COVID since 2019, the Sustainment Warfighting Forum made its comeback here Tuesday, drawing more than 300 in-person and virtual attendees from across the Army, including the Reserve and National Guard components.

In opening remarks, Gen. Ed Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, underscored the importance of the event, noting that the Army is undergoing “its largest transformation in 40 years” and the sustainment community must do the same.