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as RSAs and therefore had the capacity to perform battle damage repairs. These RSAs are depicted in Figure 29. Their strategically dispersed locations provide support to Service members, and the locations are easily accessible through established main supply routes (D. Hansen, personal communication, 2008, October 15).

Besides the basic infrastructure required at the IPs and RSAs, the JPO also built living facilities at some locations to house FSRs supporting the program. These living facilities included containerized housing units, latrines, and showers, all of which were the responsibility of the JPO. The presence of the fielding and support teams at these locations, coupled with the new equipment and facilities, contributed to the rapid fielding of MRAP vehicles.

RSA

RSA

Speicher

Balad

RSA TQ

RSA Liberty

Figure 29.

RSA Locations within Iraq

(From Conway, 2008, slide 27)

4. Afghanistan

Unlike the facilities in Kuwait and Iraq, those in Afghanistan were very immature and lacked the infrastructure needed to support the MRAP program. Due to constraints on suitable locations and space within forward operating bases, limited options existed for the JPO to conduct operations. As of this writing, these options are limited to flying

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