SDDC Advances Quality Assurance Checks and Balances

SDDC Advances Quality Assurance Checks and Balances

Mitch Chandran With budgetary uncertainty looming, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC’s) Quality Assurance Branch is focusing its efforts now to advance its processes and gain efficiencies. The branch, part of the Strategic Business Directorate, is responsible for evaluating and monitoring more than 1,200 motor carriers from the transportation industry that are approved to transport government cargo for DOD shippers. SDDC provides expeditionary and sustained end-to-end deployment and distribution solutions for surface shipping of DOD equipment and supplies to warfighters worldwide. Branch Chief Maureen Carlo and her team of 10 transportation experts manage myriad programs designed to ensure that carriers doing business with the government comply with U.S. […]

AMC: A Globally Networked Logistics Command

AMC: A Globally Networked Logistics Command

In August, U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) celebrated its 50th year of providing America’s warfighters with the decisive edge. AMC’s mission is to develop, deliver, and sustain materiel to ensure a dominant Joint Force for the United States and our allies. While our mission has remained the same over the past half-decade, we are a fundamentally different organization than we were at our inception, and much of that change has occurred over the past 10 years. AMC has evolved into a Globally Networked Logistics Command, with forces deployed around the world. Our position as the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) makes us a key enabler for global materiel management. The […]

AMC at a Glance

AMC at a Glance

The U.S. Army Materiel Command is the Army’s center of gravity for global materiel management. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it, or communicates with it, AMC provides it. The command, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL, impacts or has a presence in all 50 states and 144 countries. Staffing these organizations is a workforce of more than 69,000 dedicated military and civilian employees, many with highly developed specialties in weapons development, manufacturing, and logistics. To develop, buy, and maintain materiel for the Army, AMC works closely with program executive officers, the Army Acquisition Executive, industry, academia, and other related agencies. AMC also handles most […]

Army Fielding New Joint Medical Logistics Tool

Army Fielding New Joint Medical Logistics Tool

Army medical logistics processes are receiving long-awaited improvements with the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) 3.1.2 Prime Vendor Generation IV (GEN IV) application upgrade. The new software will reduce errors, improve customer service, and make processing, ordering, and delivery of supplies more efficient through enhanced capabilities for medical logisticians. The upgrades will affect all echelons, to include Army medical treatment facilities, medical logistics companies, and combat support hospitals. “We are on the cusp of achieving an Army Medical Department [AMEDD] strategic goal of a joint medical logistics enterprise solution from foxhole to sustaining base,” said Dana Baker, Chief of the Medical Logistics Informatics Division in the Office of the […]

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

Todd Kosis Historically, more combat casualties have been attributed to indirect fire weapons than any other means. Today, in the live force-on-force (FOF) training environment, the indirect fire weapon systems and the Soldiers who use them have no way to be included. That is about to change. For the first time, we can put the indirect fire teams directly in the middle of the live FOF training environment, at both their home stations and the Combat Training Centers. In the past, indirect fire teams have been left on the sidelines because they didn’t have a training device to perform their crew duties on indirect fire weapon systems. This new training […]

GFEBS Completes Final Step to Full Deployment

GFEBS Completes Final Step to Full Deployment

Pamella B. Gray At a time of increased scrutiny of government spending, the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) is moving forward to transform the way Army manages its finance and real property accounting. On July 1, GFEBS completed the final wave for full deployment to support more than 50,000 customers worldwide by facilitating the management of nearly $140 billion in the General Fund and an additional $80 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funds. Previously, the Army’s finances were tracked by multiple systems that were increasingly inefficient, costly, and outdated, some more than 30 years old. To gain visibility over finances and inventories, many Army commands established their own methods […]

Bradley Urban Survivability Kits Installed Early and Under Budget

Bradley Urban Survivability Kits Installed Early and Under Budget

Bill Good In mid-June, the Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicles assigned to units stationed in the Republic of Korea became the latest in the fleet to receive the Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III (BUSK III) upgrades. The BUSK III Modification Work Order (MWO) application began for the 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (ID) and U.S. Army Materiel Command prepositioned stocks in January and concluded on June 4, a month ahead of schedule. “The team involved did an amazing job, when you consider the statistics,” said LTC Glenn Dean, Product Manager for Bradley within Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS). “Our BUSK III installation team applied approximately 2,400 total MWOs […]

Army Designing Upgraded, Next-Generation Stryker

Army Designing Upgraded, Next-Generation Stryker

Kris Osborn Engineers from the U.S. Army and General Dynamics are making progress designing and implementing Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) for Stryker vehicles, focusing on technologies that will provide the platform a stronger engine, improved suspension, more on-board electrical power, and next-generation networking and computing technology. The Army’s fleet of more than 4,187 Strykers includes 10 variants of the flat-bottom platform and an additional seven variants of the double-V hull design. The fleet continues to maintain an overall readiness availability rate of more than 96 percent throughout operations in theater, Army officials said. “We’re taking a leap forward to bring this platform to where it will benefit the Army for […]

APEX, PRSA Awards for Army AL&T Magazine

APEX, PRSA Awards for Army AL&T Magazine

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) recently won a 2012 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for Best Redesign in the category of Design and Illustration for its work on Army AL&T Magazine, the flagship publication of the Army’s Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) community. The award is given for excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications effectiveness. The twenty-fourth annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, sponsored by the editors of Writer’s Web Watch, are a competition for communication professionals who create print, Web, electronic, and social media products. This year, 3,382 entries were judged. This award closely follows a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Bronze Anvil […]

Olympic Experience Resonates with Commanding General

Olympic Experience Resonates with Commanding General

Larry D. McCaskill Every four years, people around the globe focus their attention on the Olympic Games. For many, the attraction is watching their national athletes compete to bring home medals for their countries; for others, it’s a dream of one day making the team. For MG Camille M. Nichols, Commanding General (CG), U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC), the games evoke memories of past accomplishments and friendships. A member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Women’s Handball Team, Nichols remembers that time fondly. “It was one of the most memorable times of my life,” said Nichols, who was a manager and assistant coach for the Women’s Handball Team. “To work with […]