Army Sustainment January - February 2012

FocusMajor General James L. Hodge

Every Soldier Is an Energy Manager

Every day, we all make energy-conscious decisions. As gasoline prices increase, we change our driving habits or we buy fuel-efficient vehicles. When we are shocked by our monthly electric bill, we rush out to buy energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

Leveraging Sustainment Units for Alaska Maintenance

The Army Sustainment Command's expanded responsibility for supporting operational-level logistics in the continental United States was tested when mechanics from units in Washington, Kansas, and Texas traveled to Alaska to maintain equipment left behind by deployed units.

Back to the Future: Relearning Sustainment and Force Protection for Full-Spectrum Operations

The 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center and conducted a forced-entry airborne exercise to test current logistics doctrine and formations in full-spectrum operations.

The Challenges of Bulk Fuel Operations

The 43d Sustainment Brigade overcame the challenges of delivering fuel to units in the rough terrain of Afghanistan.

Developing a Logistics Major's 5-Year Plan

The author provides guidance for majors preparing for promotion to lieutenant colonel. The secret lies in having a valid, updated 5-year plan.

New Technologies Train Army Sustainment Units

Distributive simulation networks push mission command training to sustainment unit commanders and staffs and reduce the Army's training costs by using new technologies.

Crafting a Sustainable Medical Logistics Infrastructure for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense

In the 1970s, Iraq was at the forefront of healthcare in the Middle East. The Iraqi Government developed a centralized, free healthcare system by using a hospital-based, capital-intensive model of curative care.

Logistics in Asymmetric Conflicts

An Israeli and his colleagues examine several contemporary operations to determine what characterizes logistics in low-intensity conflicts.

Army Logistics and Its Historical Influences

In the chaos following the Russian Revolution and Russia's withdrawal from World War I, U.S. forces were deployed to Siberia and northern Russia. This little-remembered mission offers some interesting lessons in strategic logistics.

GFEBS Goes Global

The most advanced financial management system in Army history, the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), is now operational worldwide. When Secretary of the Army John McHugh and then Chief of Staff of the Army General George W. Casey, Jr., presented the 2011 Army Posture Statement to Congress, they stated, "Much more than an accounting system, GFEBS is the Army's new business system.

Army Chief of Staff Addresses Upcoming Budget Constraints During AUSA Annual Meeting

Top among this year's topics at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C., from 10 to 12 October 2011, was upcoming potential budgetary constraints.

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.

Movement Tracking System Office Realigns Under PEO C3T

Program Executive Office (PEO) Command, Control and Communications–Tactical (C3T) assumed full management responsibility for the Army's Movement Tracking System (MTS) Product Office from PEO Enterprise Information Systems on 30 April 2011.

Joint Task Force–Port Opening Comes to the Pacific

During a training mission in Thailand, a joint task force–port opening unit demonstrated its ability to establish a port of debarkation, conduct cargo-handling operations, and facilitate throughput.

How to Fix the Theater Gateway Problem

The author believes that the Army needs to clarify what a theater gateway is and what it does and suggests task-organizing a combat sustainment support battalion to perform the mission.

Sustainment Warrant Officers' Expanded Roles

The Army Combined Arms Support Command has charged senior warrant officers with facilitating the reverse collection and analysis team program to translate observations, insights, and lessons learned into changes in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities.

Learning Ammunition Lessons From Canada

While working with Canadian forces, an ammunition specialist at Fort Bragg learned lessons that could be applied to U.S. operations.

PBUSE Automatic Identification Technology Phase II

Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced now has an automatic identification technology capability that assists unit supply users to perform their duties more efficiently.

Improvements in Container Management Training

As the Global Container Manager, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command has improved the quality and availability of container management training through a variety of online tools.

Medical Evacuation Planning in Support of the Brigade Combat Team

At the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California, units routinely struggle with casualty evacuation, even when mission rehearsal exercises have vast infrastructure, semistatic locations, and degraded enemy capabilities.

Defining the Requirement for Cargo-Carrying Unmanned Aerial Systems

The United States Army Functional Concept for Sustainment 2016–2028 (Army Training and Doctrine Command Pamphlet 525–4–1), released on 13 October 2010, lists as a required capability of the future force the ability to move "critical supplies, personnel, and repair parts" to forward locations on the battlefield by air, using manned and unmanned systems.

Sustainment Essentials of the Persian Gulf War

Discussions of the logistics of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm often concentrate on the problems that logisticians faced when deploying a large amount of material to Saudi Arabia. The author writes that despite these problems, a deployment of this magnitude in such a limited time was an amazing feat.

The Completion of the Ordnance School Campus

The Army Ordnance School marked the completion of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission projects at Fort Lee, Virginia, with the dedication of eight educational buildings and a dining facility on 15 September 2011.

Department of Defense Releases Operational Energy Strategy for Military Operations

For the first time, the Department of Defense (DOD) has published a strategy to transform the way it consumes energy in military operations. The strategy, called "Energy for the Warfighter: Operational Energy Strategy," was prepared by the newly established Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, Plans and Programs and was released in May 2011.

Equipping and Maintaining the Force on Tight Budgets Highlighted During AUSA Meeting

During a session on responsible and agile modernization presented at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting, Army leaders discussed what steps the Army would take to continue modernization under budget constraints.

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January-February 2012

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After Haiti experienced a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that caused extensive destruction and displaced citizens, the Army sent Soldiers to execute a joint task force–port opening (JTF–PO) mission in support of the enormous humanitarian effort. The unit’s ability to provide rapid port opening, set up accurate in-transit visibility, and establish a robust distribution network in Haiti provided a proof of concept for the JTF–PO, which is discussed in the article beginning on page 3. On the cover, a logistics support vessel from the 335th Transportation Detachment from Fort Eustis, Virginia, downloads containers of World Food Program rice at Haiti’s main port in support of relief operations. (Photo by MSG Adam McKinney )