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Army Reserve Units Receive First New Line-Haul Tractor Trucks

Two Army Reserve units in Michigan have received the first of the Army’s fuel and supply “prime movers” to roll off the assembly line. The 180th Transportation Company and 182d Transportation Company, both part of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, each received 60 new M915A5 line-haul tractor trucks during a first-unit-equipped ceremony hosted by the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support on 29 September at the U.S. Army Reserve Walker Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The M915A5 line-haul tractor truck is a product of Daimler Truck North America and is the first truck of the line-haul vehicle family to come straight to units with a fully integrated armor protection package (A-kit) that is designed for peacetime and humanitarian missions. The vehicle can also be fitted with an additional armor protection package (B-kit) when needed. The B-kit armor can be installed on the vehicle in under 8 hours and provides 360-degree protection for the crew in a combat environment.

In addition to armor protection, the truck has increased power, an enhanced axle and suspension system (to handle the additional weight of the armor), two fuel tanks (to increase the distance the vehicle can travel before needing to refuel), and additional cab space for the crew, its equipment, and additional communications equipment that is integrated in the vehicle.

The Army Reserve will receive the first 710 M915A5s that were ordered for the Army. The Army has ordered 350 more of these vehicles for the active force.

Army Chief of Staff Proposes Changes to Balance the Army for a Second Decade of Persistent Conflict

During the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in October in Washington, D.C., Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, who originated the imperative to balance the force, said that changes to the Army—the drawdown in Iraq and growing the force—have helped to improve the Army’s balance and to increase dwell time. However, he said more work is needed in order to “prepare for the next decade of persistent conflict against a persistent enemy.”

General Casey outlined three needs that the Army currently has: to train, reequip, and modernize the force. He said that the Army needs to regain its capability for full-spectrum combat, which has eroded because of a rapid deployment tempo that has left no time for full-spectrum training.

Lieutenant General Daniel P. Bolger, the Army deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and programs, said that the ability to conduct full-spectrum training depends on dwell time. As dwell time improves, more training can take place.

General Casey also cited the need to reconstitute the Army’s equipment, which has suffered from combat losses and excessive wear from the constant deployments. General Casey said that this reconstitution includes not only repairing the current equipment set but also building for the future by fielding the new ground combat vehicle in 7 years.

Logistics Common Operating Environment Featured in Interactive Guide

The Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) has an interactive website called “The Army Guide to the Common Logistics Operating Environment (CLOE)” that aims to teach logisticians about the importance of the concept.

CLOE is the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4, initiative to synchronize logistics concepts, organizational approaches, information, and a new generation of technologies into a single operational and technical architecture for current and future force structures. CLOE is designed to provide commands and logisticians with improved situational awareness and fleet managers of major systems with improved lifecycle management by moving logistics data from condition-based maintenance systems into logistics information systems.

LIA’s interactive guide describes CLOE through easily traversable modules that explain what CLOE is, how it will be implemented, and how it fits in with other current initiatives and the joint force. To visit the guide on the Internet, go to https://lia.army.mil/cloe/.

Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Announced

The 2010 Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program winners were honored at the Pentagon during a 16 October awards ceremony. Those recognized include the —

  • Assistant Secretary of the for Army Financial Management and Comptroller, who received the Enterprise Level Project Sponsor Award.
  • Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, who received the Headquarters, Department of the Army Level Organizational Deployment Award.
  • Army Materiel Command, which received the Army Regulation 10–87 Level Organizational Deployment Award.
  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command, which received the Subordinate Level Organizational Deployment Award, a Black Belt, and the Non-Gated Project Team Award.
  • Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support, which received a Master Black Belt.
  • Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, who received a Master Black Belt.
  • Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command, which received a Black Belt.
  • Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, which received a Green Belt.
  • Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, which received a Green Belt.
  • Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania, which received the Non-Gated Project Team Award.

In fiscal year 2010, Lean and Six Sigma practitioners saved the Army $1 billion and provided another $3.3 billion in cost avoidance.

Strategic Landpower Essay Contest Announced

The Army War College and the Army War College Foundation are sponsoring the Army War College Strategic Landpower Essay Contest 2011. The contest is designed to advance professional knowledge of the strategic role of landpower in joint and multinational operations. This year, the sponsors are especially interested in essays on the application of design in conflict termination. [Design, in this case, is defined as the methodology for framing a complex interactive problem and developing a solution.]

The contest is open to the public, and essays must be postmarked by 17 February 2011 in order to be considered. For more information or a copy of the essay contest rules, entrants can send a letter to Dr. Michael Matheny, Army War College Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations, 122 Forbes Avenue, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013–5242, or send an email to michael.matheny@us.army.mil, or, call (717) 245–3459.

Army Logistics University Names New Building

On 10 November, the Army Logistics University dedicated its new education building as “Heiser Hall” in honor of the late Lieutenant General Joseph M. Heiser, Jr. A veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, General Heiser served as commander of the 1st Logistical Command in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and retired in 1973 after serving as the Army Chief of Staff for Logistics for 3½ years.

Major General James L. Hodge, the commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and Sustainment Center of Excellence, noted General Heiser’s accomplishments and his importance to logistics. “General Heiser was a professional, a caring leader, a legend in the Ordnance Corps,” General Hodge said. “Accordingly, this facility is a fitting tribute to his memory. Unquestionably, General Heiser worked through his 30-year military career to improve and transform the entire spectrum of Army logistics, so this facility will continue that goal as it provides the opportunity to shape logisticians, officers and noncommissioned officers, through education and training.”

General Heiser’s son, retired Colonel Joel Heiser, spoke about his father’s life and career. General Heiser joined the Army in 1943 soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. “During World War II, my father supported our operations in Europe as an ammunition officer on General [Dwight D.] Eisenhower’s staff, moving from England first to support our invasion at Normandy and then into France and Germany; he was on the ground there. Five years later, he was in Korea 2 weeks after the war started.”

Colonel Heiser noted that what made his father great was who he was as a human being. General Hodge said, “Ultimately, this building will provide a lasting legacy to Lieutenant General Heiser and his motto, ‘A well-supported combat Soldier is the backbone of an effective Army, and it is the logistician’s job to provide that support.’”


Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Pamphlet 525−4−1, The United States Army Functional Concept for Sustainment 2016–2028, presents the Army’s overarching vision for sustaining future forces during the 2016 to 2028 timeframe. Publication of the Army’s Functional Concepts in October 2010 was the final step in the revision of the Army Concept Framework. The first two steps were publication of the revised Army Capstone Concept (ACC) in December 2009 and publication of the revised Army Operating Concept (AOC) in August 2010.

TRADOC Pamphlet 525−4−1 summarizes the key capabilities needed to integrate future Army sustainment capabilities with the joint force and to leverage the capabilities of allied, partner, and host-nation forces to ensure successful and sustained operations.

The pamphlet outlines sustainment-required capabilities for deployment and distribution, transportation, supply, maintenance, field services, operational contract support, general engineering, medical and force health protection, human resources, financial management, religious support, band support, explosive ordnance disposal, Army Special Operations Forces sustainment, and security of sustainment.

The pamphlet describes sustainment by echelon, sustainment capabilities for other warfighting functions, and sustainment capabilities that depend on other warfighting functions.

Field Manual 4−90, Brigade Support Battalion, published in August 2010, describes how the brigade support battalion (BSB) conducts logistics operations. The manual was written for BSB staff officers and noncommissioned officers and offers a summary of the functions performed by each unit and staff section assigned to the BSB.

The manual places BSB operations in the larger context of modular force logistics and sustainment of brigade combat teams and support brigades. The manual describes the organizational structure and functions of the BSB’s headquarters and headquarters company and headquarters staff, distribution company, field maintenance company, brigade support medical company, and forward support companies.


New Adjutant General’s Corps Courses Launched

In response to the changing operational environment and growing skill requirements for Soldiers in human resources (HR) support, the Adjutant General (AG) School has launched two new specialized courses for personnel serving in brigade S–1 sections, HR organizations, and HR staff elements. These courses replace the 4-week Human Resource Management Qualification Course and are each 2 weeks long.

The Brigade S–1 Operations Course and the Human Resources Plans and Operations Course are designed to provide the indepth technical education necessary to support warfighting commanders and the Army Force Generation process. Each course offers just-in-time-focused training for HR leaders about to step into key HR positions at the brigade and theater levels and prepares them to interpret, integrate, coordinate, and implement Army HR programs and policies.

The courses are open to Active duty and Reserve Soldiers as well as Department of the Army civilians (GS–11 to GS–13) when space is available. HR leaders who serve, or expect to serve, in brigade S–1 positions—or, for civilians, in a valid human resources management position—should seriously consider taking one or both courses.

Personnel eligible to take the Brigade S–1 Operations Course include—

  • All officers with the branch area of concentration (AOC) 42 who are in the grades of captain and major and who have completed a captains career course.
  • All warrant officers in military occupational specialty (MOS) 420A who have completed the AG Warrant Officer Basic Course.
  • All MOS 42A noncommissioned officers in the grades of staff sergeant (promotable), sergeant first class, or master sergeant who have completed the AG Senior Leader Course.
Candidates also must currently serve in brigade S–1 positions or be pending assignment in brigade S–1 positions at the officer-in-charge, noncommissioned officer-in-charge, or technician level.

The HR Plans and Operations Course is open to all—
  • Branch AOC 42 officers in the grades of captain, major, and lieutenant colonel who have completed a captains career course.
  • MOS 420A warrant officers who have completed the AG Warrant Officer Basic Course.
  • All MOS 42A noncommissioned officers in the grades of staff sergeant (promotable), sergeant first class, master sergeant, or sergeant major who have completed the AG Senior Leader Course.
Candidates must currently serve or have an assignment pending as the officer-in-charge, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge, or a technician in the human resources operations branch (of a sustainment brigade or expeditionary sustainment command), an HR sustainment center, a theater gateway personnel accountability team, a military mail terminal, or an HR company.

The first Brigade S–1 Operations Course graduated ­­on 29 October; nine more classes are planned for fiscal year 2011. Seven iterations of the HR Plans and Operations Course also are scheduled. The first began on 1 November. Each course has a maximum capacity of 30 students.

These courses are in the Army Training Requirements and Resources System. Individuals interested in attending either course may email the deputy course director at michael.dean.henley@conus.army.mil or call (803) 751–8353 or DSN 734–8353.


In the November–December 2010 issue of Army Sustainment, an announcement appeared in “Headlines” concerning the Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Environmental Hotline. The AMCOM Environmental hotline was created to resolve issues pertaining to obsolete products, hazardous material alternatives, regulatory guidance, and alternative technologies to reduce the environmental burden on AMCOM maintenance organizations.

The phone number appearing in the announcement was incorrect. The correct phone number individuals can use to ask questions about currently approved substitute materials and depot maintenance work requirements is
(256) 313–1711.

The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions and requests related to aviation and missile assets. Soldiers can also ask their questions by sending a fax to (256) 9550749 or an email to amcomenvironmental@conus.army.mil.

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