Welcome to the new Army Logistics University, or ALU! What is the ALU? The ALU is a composite campus for military and DoD logistics leader education. History unfolded as the University opened its doors at Fort Lee, VA, on 2 July 2009 with an impressive ribbon-cutting event. An audience, in the hundreds, heard Congressman Randy Forbes and the Deputy Commanding General for TRADOC, Lieutenant General David Valcourt, talk proudly about Fort Lee’s evolution as the logistics capital of the world. This “state of the art” learning center provides professional military education, civilian education, and joint, multinational, and interagency education supporting America’s Army logistics leaders of today and tomorrow!
The ALU is a beautifully landscaped walking campus. The university building, with its striking exterior and interior design, provides 200 multi-use, reconfigurable class rooms, facilitates web-based teleconferencing, symposiums, and conferences. Nine conference rooms accommodate ALU staff and faculty meetings and conferences. Classroom technologies include interactive whiteboards and instructor-controlled work-stations which can interface with student computers. ALU’s classrooms accommodate small groups of up to 20, and/or can be reconfigured to support up to 48 students. Twenty computer and Army support system laboratories allow students to train on modern Army systems. Cameras in each classroom have capabilities to project people or presentations, globally!
An impressive 2-story 18,000 square foot Army Logistics Research Library will consolidate collections from the quartermaster, ordnance, and transportation Schools, as well as the College of Professional and Continuing Education, or CPCE, formally the Army Logistics Management College. A community library, co-located with the ALU Research Library, contains leisure reading materials for students and residents of Fort Lee and the surrounding communities. And with 60 public access workstations, student study areas, and small team rooms, all these amenities make the ALU library a destination location!
ALU is home to the Army Sustainment Professional Bulletin, a primary source of information on past, present, and future sustainment trends, initiatives, and operations for sustainers around the world. Formerly known as the Army Logistician, this 4-time Secretary of the Army Editor of the Year Award winner and winner of the Most Improved Publication continues as a valuable source for sustainers.
The Sustainment Center of Excellence Simulation and Training Center, or STC, is co-located on the University grounds. The STC supports the university education programs as well as collective sustainment training exercises.!Finally, the ALU comes complete with a variety of food options, mini-retail and bookstore, and a full service barber shop!
As you can see, students will have it all, and right at their fingertips! They will experience a one-stop campus, providing classroom and library facilities, a simulation center, and in the near future, lodging, dining, and a full service gymnasium and running trail, all within a walking campus! The Army Logistics University is indeed the source for logistics leader training, education and information for America’s military sustainers!
The new Army Logistics University, or ALU, is home to 3 colleges and an Academy for military and civilian logistics leaders!
The Logistics Leader College conducts professional military education for officers ranging from lieutenants through colonels. The Basic Officer Leader Course for quartermaster, ordnance, and transportation lieutenants, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, key functional courses such as the highly demanded Support Operations Course, and pre-command courses preparing lieutenant colonels and colonels for command of logistics formations, are all conducted by the Logistics Leader College.
The College of Professional and Continuing Education conducts functional education and training of military and civilian students in the areas of joint, multi-national, operational, and strategic level logistics; operations research systems analysis (ORSA) education for the Army’s officers and civilian interns entering the ORSA career field; and acquisition and contracting education for both acquisition career field officers and civilians, and non-contracting professionals in the area of operational contracting support. The array of courses offered at the college include the new Theater Logistics Studies Program (TLog), which prepares officers and civilians for planning positions at the operational level in sustainment formations, to the Intern Logistics Studies Program (iLog), which prepares high-GPA civilian interns for future leadership positions in Army logistics.
Instruction at the newly established Consolidated Logistics Non-Commissioned Officer Academy include professional military education for all quartermaster, ordnance and transportation non-commissioned officers at the staff-sergeant and sergeant first class levels, attending their advanced and senior leader courses. As logistics branches make up between 30-40 percent of the Army’s enlisted forces, this sustainment training for the NCO backbone of the Army keeps America’s Army supplied and maintained on time, every time!
The Technical Logistics College conducts professional military education for quartermaster, ordnance and transportation warrant officers at the basic and advanced levels. As our technical sustainment experts in the field, warrant officer education and training remains highly specialized and detailed.
Check out ALU’s extensive list of courses at the following website: http://www.alu.army.mil/ALU_COURSES/ALUCOURSES.htm.
International Military Students from over 60 countries will train at the ALU, with its expanded capabilities. Additionally, the ALU is proud to expand its outreach efforts through partnering with many civilian Universities for both graduate and undergraduate programs of study in the areas of logistics management, acquisition and contract management, disaster relief, supply chain management, operations research, and business, just to name a few!
Senior leaders throughout the military community will use ALU as their logistics think tank and launching pad!
In summary, the ALU provides premier sustainment leader education and training, now and into the future!