Smart Sustainment

Smart  Sustainment

Tobyhanna workforce supports the current and future Army network, one idea at a time By Mr. Gary P. Martin, MG Daniel P. Hughes and COL Gerhard P.R. Schröter When you’re at war, sustainment can be one of the last things on your mind. The Army acquisition community’s top priority for the last 13 years was to get equipment out the door rapidly and into Soldiers’ hands. If that required the occasional but necessary increased cost for repair or field support to ensure that troops had what they needed when they needed it, that was something to sort out later. Later has arrived—and with it, an opportunity to be more strategic […]

Forging new links

Forging new links

With Supply Chain Transformation initiative, Army Materiel Command seeks greater efficiencies, better communication By Mrs. Jamie Miller   It’s a new era for Army supply chain management. We are looking for more efficient ways to improve the end-to-end management of spare parts, from supplier to Soldier, for the Army’s combat systems. The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) has a challenge to stay relevant and shift from a reactive war environment to a proactive drawdown environment of managing and resolving supply chain issues before they become problems. Starting in 2003, the Army began implementing the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), an enterprise solution that integrates supply chain, maintenance, repair and overhaul planning […]

Soldier-based training

Soldier-based training

C4ISR Field Support Vision 2020: Preparing the self-sufficient force By Maj. Robert C. Moyer Since the start of contingency operations, the Army has acquired a variety of urgently needed quick reaction capabilities, such as communications, networking, surveillance and counter-IED solutions, in response to urgent operational needs. In addition to being fast-tracked through the acquisition process to meet critical warfighting demands, these systems, designed to better connect Soldiers and commanders and provide visibility into battlefield threats, represented increasingly complex technology requirements for operators and maintainers alike. To deliver immediate support for these systems to Soldiers in theater, the Army successfully implemented a robust, contractor-based field support model. However, with the drawdown […]

Collaborative partnership yields new pay system

Collaborative partnership yields new pay system

By Amanda Koons   Work on the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A), the Army’s new web-based personnel and pay solution, has been enhanced by an effective partnership between acquisition and functional professionals. The Army currently relies on more than 40 stove-piped personnel and pay systems that do not efficiently share information with one another. Once fully fielded, the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) will offer human resources (HR) professionals, leaders and Soldiers a self-service, common access card-enabled Web portal that will be a one-stop-shop for personnel and pay information. IPPS-A will ensure that Soldiers and their families receive correct pay, accurate credit for service […]

Sustaining the readiness and training in the Republic of Korea

Sustaining the readiness and training in the Republic of Korea

By Lt. Col. Frazariel I. Castro   The U.S. Army recently deployed its first two rotational units to the Korean Theater of Operations. These deployments, in support of the U.S. defense commitment to the Republic of Korea (ROK) as specified by the mutual defense treaty and presidential agreements, increases theater readiness and strengthens the cooperation and capability between U.S. and ROK forces. Their operational readiness, and the readiness of warfighting units already on the peninsula, is paramount and is a major focus of logisticians throughout the theater as we focus on our ability to “fight tonight.” The 403rd Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB), a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army […]

Army watercraft supporting the Pacific Pivot

Army watercraft supporting the Pacific Pivot

By Maj. Bruce Hodges   As part of recent government initiatives, the United States is continuing its “Pivot to the Pacific,” expanding and intensifying its role in that region. In line with that focus, the U.S. Army is increasing its presence across the theater and has increased the size and scope of bilateral exercises with many of its regional partners. Because many Asian allies are peninsular or island nations, U.S. and allied planners across the Pacific are deploying Army watercraft for use during exercises, humanitarian relief missions and for potential contingency missions. About one-third of the Army’s watercraft fleet is permanently based in Japan in support of efforts in the […]

Developing viable Army energy projects start to finish is a team effort

Developing viable Army energy projects start to finish is a team effort

By Julia Bobick, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville   HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (April 15, 2014) — It’s been a learning process for the past few years to ensure every new Army Energy Conservation Investment Program project has what it needs from start to finish — from the first photovoltaic module installed to the last foot of cable that securely ties the system into the installation network. Part of the appropriated fund military construction program, known as MILCON, but funded separately by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Energy Conservation Investment Program, or ECIP, projects are designed to dramatically change energy consumption at an installation or joint base, implement […]

New Name, New Efficiencies

New Name, New Efficiencies

Directorates of logistics become logistics readiness centers for more effective access to services and supply   By Col. Dan J. Reilly   When the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) rebranded the installation directorates of logistics (DOLs) as logistics readiness centers (LRCs) on Oct. 1, 2013, the rebranding not only culminated the formal transfer of 73 DOLs worldwide from the U.S. Army Installation Management Command to AMC, but also established a vision to integrate and optimize AMC capabilities on installations. This transformation enables AMC to focus on materiel and services support, allowing installation commanders to focus on managing their installations. It also optimizes the LRCs’ capability and capacity, improves contract management, […]

P2E Achieves Full Operational Capability of the Main Communications Facility, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

P2E Achieves Full Operational Capability of the Main Communications Facility, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

By Courtney N. Cashdollar   FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Product Manager Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E) team, led by Lt. Col Mollie A. Pearson and Art Olson, achieved full operational capability (FOC) of the Main Communications Facility (MCF) on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 28, 2013, three days ahead of schedule and approximately $3 million under budget. PdM P2E initiated the contract on Sept. 14, 2012. The project aimed to increase efficiency, performance, data security and command and control of the information technology (IT) environment on Camp Arifjan. The previous environment, a largely ad-hoc build without coordinated architecture, included a main data processing facility with several data storage sites that […]

Crane Army completes GPS testing on vehicles

Crane Army completes GPS testing on vehicles

By Thomas Peske   CRANE, Ind. – Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) completed a GPS pilot program that will help increase safety and efficiency for ammunition crews while working on the 100-square-mile, heavily-wooded Naval Support Activity Crane base. During the 60-day pilot program held under the supervision of the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, 20 GPS devices were placed in vehicles and tracked by Crane Army Operations Center. The devices provide 100 percent visibility of all internal movement of munitions, crews and heavy lifting equipment. “With CAAA being in the business of receiving, shipping and storing of Class V (conventional ammunition) it is critical we have the ability of knowing […]