Army Sustainment March - April 2012

FocusMajor General James L. Hodge

Doctrine 2015: The Future of Sustainment Doctrine

We have an exciting opportunity over the next several years not only to revitalize our sustainment doctrine but also to make it more accessible to our Soldiers. Download this article.

The S–4 in a Provincial Reconstruction Team

An officer assigned to serve as the S–4 of a provincial reconstruction team (PRT) must be able to operate in a joint environment, run full-spectrum logistics operations, train and develop an S–4 staff section during the 3-month train-up to deployment, and lead that staff in austere conditions. Download this article.

Supporting a Special Operations Task Force During the Withdrawal From Iraq

During the Responsible Drawdown of Forces, Special Operations Task Force–Central ensured that its units and outstations had sufficient supplies and equipment to maintain pressure on the enemy. Download this article.

Responsible Contracting in a Counterinsurgency Campaign

The goal of the Afghan First policy is to create lasting peace in Afghanistan by bolstering the nation's economy, but money intended to support the counterinsurgency campaign can end up also funding the insurgency. Download this article.

Convoy Operations in Afghanistan

During its deployment to Afghanistan, the 17th CSSB conducted logistics convoys over a large area of the country. Its experience may prove helpful to other battalions tasked with providing logistics convoy support. Download this article.

The "Second Half" of the Life Cycle

With the expense in time, personnel, and equipment required to refill expended fire suppression system bottles, the author suggests an alternative that should save money and time in replacing fire suppression agent. Download this article.

Commanding an Army Field Support Battalion

The 2d Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, supported the increase of forces in Afghanistan and the drawdown of forces in Iraq through Army pre-positioned stock management, direct theater support, and retrograde. Download this article.

A–TCOP: Clearing the Fog

The ARCENT–Theater Common Operating Picture integrates logistics data from multiple sources and provides metric insights, leading to better, faster, and more relevant decisions. Download this article.

The New Spice Route for Africa

Commercial trucking has been used sporadically over the years by the Department of Defense (DOD) in East Africa without a comprehensive plan. However, because of short timelines and a lack of standardized processes for surface movement, airlift remains the predominant means of delivering supplies to units dispersed in the Horn of Africa (HOA). Download this article.

Retaining Logisticians

Logisticians are essential to any Army operation, and logisticians are concentrated in the Reserve components (RC), particularly the Army Reserve. In recent years, the RC has transformed itself from a strategic reserve to an operational reserve. Download this article.

A User's Perspective of GCSS–Army

Global Combat Support System–Army will enable the Army to transform its logistics processes by integrating legacy system functions into a single repository to store and view logistics data. The authors describe how users have responded to using the system. Download this article.

Army Field Support Brigade Supports
Department of State Mission in Iraq

Personnel from the 402d Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) are providing maintenance support for Army equipment handed over to the Department of State and the Office of Security Cooperation–Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Download this article.

Shower Water Reuse Systems Employed
at Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan

Since September 2011, the Army has fielded 54 shower water reuse systems (SWRSs) to units in Afghanistan. The SWRS, developed by the Army's Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems, is designed to drastically reduce the logistics burden on units supplying forward operating bases. Download this article.

QLLEX: Real-World Training in Fuel and Water Supply

The great bulk of the Army's petroleum and water units are in the Army Reserve. QLLEX is an exercise that allows Reserve units to train at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels across the United States. Download this article.

Combat Sustainment Support Soldiers in Special Forces

Logistics Soldiers working in an Army Special Forces unit need to be able to handle several logistics jobs, and they must have Special Forces training so they can function with and support their units. Download this article.

The Training of Movement Control Teams

Movement control has been a critical link in sustainment operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other contingencies. However, a standardized model for training movement control teams (MCTs) for deployments does not exist. Download this article.

Who Pays the Bill? Budget Planning in the Military Decision making Process

Can we imagine a chief of staff telling his com-mander, "Our maneuvers have been successful, but I know nothing about their costs"? This statement would be the beginning of a failure. We know we must consider a maneuver's costs, troop numbers, fuel requirements, and camp facilities. Download this article.

Establishing a Central Receiving and Shipping Point at the Largest General Support Hub in Afghanistan

During its deployment to Afghanistan, the 17th CSSB improved logistics operations at Bagram Airfield by establishing a central receiving and shipping point. Download this article.

The Army Learning Model: Changing the Way Sustainers Train

The Army Financial Management School is implementing several initiatives that support the Army's new emphasis on learner-centric, outcome-based education and training. Download this article.

Improving In-Theater Maintenance for the Bundeswehr

The German Federal Defense Force faces many maintenance issues that are similar to those faced by U.S. forces. The author offers a possible solution to maintaining newly fielded equipment for which military mechanics have not received training and technical manuals have not been published. Download this article.

Finding Alternatives to MHE on the Battlefield

Transporting materials-handling equipment on the battlefield uses resources that could be better devoted to moving combat equipment and vehicles. The author offers an alternative for unloading needed supplies on the battlefield. Download this article.

The Polar Bear Expedition: The U.S. Intervention in Northern Russia, 1918–1919

Outside the wooden walls of the outpost in northern Russia, the wind picked up again, causing the frozen snowflakes to rattle against the thick, smoke-colored glass of the window panes. The young American corporal blinked and then looked out again. Something was moving out there in the tree line beyond the railroad tracks. Was it the “Reds” scouting the Allied positions, or was it the equally frightening pack of wolves that roamed the forest near this lonely guard post? Download this article.

Lead Materiel Integrator Decision Support Tool

The Army Materiel Command's Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) released the Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) Decision Support Tool (DST) on 15 December 2011. Download this article.

Army Explores Hydrogen Fuel Cell Use

The Army is in the process of providing hydrogen fuel cells to 24 buildings at 9 Government sites to replace fossil-fuel cells for backup power generators. Download this article.

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March-April 2012

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As the Army Materiel Command’s operational arm, the Army field support brigade (AFSB) provides Soldiers with acquisition, logistics, and technology support on the battlefield. When required, an AFSB can employ an Army field support battalion (AFSBn) to provide constant support for multiple operations. An AFSBn normally manages Army pre-positioned stocks in peacetime, but it can be assigned additional functions in contingency deployment situations and has tailored capabilities for specific missions. It synchronizes and integrates the activities and capabilities of program managers, life cycle management commands, and sustainment support organizations. The article beginning on page 34 describes one officer’s experience commanding an AFSBn in Kuwait. On the cover, a Soldier inventories basic-issue items before signing for a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle from the 2d Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, during Exercise Friendship II at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (Photos by Galen Putnam, 402d Army Field Support Brigade Public Affairs)