ISR-I assesses garrison infrastructure for future improvements

Story and photo by Mary Ann Davis
U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz
Public Affairs Office
(Left) U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Commander Col. Jason T. Edwards presents a commander’s coin to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tom McCleave, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, for his dedicated efforts in coordinating Installation Status Report-Infrastructure inspections with tenant-organization assessors and Mathias Reh, USAG RP Directorate of Public Works ISR-I program manager, Sept. 19.

U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz has more than 3,000 facilities on 29 sites, so ensuring building conditions are accurately assessed and documented for future funding is essential to their upkeep. That’s why the garrison conducts Installation Status Report-Infrastructure assessments to promote the longevity and management of garrison structures.

ISR is used as a decision-making tool for senior leaders to evaluate installation facility condition and adequacy, as well as identify improvement costs.

“ISR-I provides an evaluation of the mission support functional capability, quality, quantity and readiness of Army infrastructure for each reporting location to established Army standards,” said Gregory A. Williams, USAG RP Director of Public Works. “It also calculates costs to improve the inventory.”

Assessors use established, Army-wide standards to evaluate the condition of facilities and infrastructure; and identify substandard buildings or shortfalls. This helps the garrison compute restoration costs and coordinate restoration efforts across reporting locations, Williams explained.

Tenant organizations, garrison functions and community support partners occupying garrison buildings assist with assessments. Many evaluators receive ISR training before inspecting structures, roads, grounds and utilities, said Mathias Reh, a DPW general engineer and ISR-I program manager.

“The program has a yearly data collection cycle. Facilities like dining facilities, child development centers and barracks need to be inspected annually,” Reh explained. “Other facilities need to be inspected at least every five years. Regardless of scheduled inspections, any facility can be inspected out of cycle if significant damage occurs in between the last regular inspection and next scheduled inspection.”

USAG RP Commander Col. Jason T. Edwards evaluated a building in Baumholder recently to get a better grasp of the ISR-I process and observe what assessors were tasked to do.

“The best assessment of any process is one done in person. I am now able to understand the process, the time it takes for a properly executed inspection and how this inspection directly relates to our infrastructure readiness,” the commander said. “It was a blessing to meet these 16th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers and see first hand the passion they have for their facilities.  This is despite decades-old barracks always in need of paint, patch and repair. The quality of their inspections will certainly create the demand signal for future funds towards renovations.”

Although tenant organizations don’t own the facilities they work in, their cooperation in performing these duties and ISR-I inspections is crucial to the readiness of garrison structures, and their reports are an essential driving force to Army funding and investment decisions.

“More importantly is not only the readiness of the infrastructure, but the time it takes to properly execute the inspection,” Edwards explained. “Trained Soldiers should take between two to three hours for a quality inspection and then an additional hour to upload the narrative details within the required reporting apparatus. Every step counts and measuring the time to ensure we are reporting to standard takes communication with units and agencies always driving towards 100 percent accountability of assigned structures.”

Taking care of garrison structures is a community effort, and with the help of our tenant units, it can be accomplished quickly and easily, the commander said.

“It is my intent to meet IMCOM reporting standards and provide the best comments to describe the status of our infrastructure,” Edwards concluded.