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The Army Logistics University:
Developing Sustainment Leaders

In July 2009, the Army Logistics University (ALU) was established to be the Army's premier developer of leaders in logistics, acquisition, and operations research and systems analysis (ORSA). This event was a key milestone in the ambitious effort to consolidate logistics professional military education (PME) from the three logistics branch schools—Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation—with the base structure of the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC) at Fort Lee, Virginia.

For more than 50 years, ALMC served as the trainer and educator for multifunctional logistics, operational- and strategic-level logistics, acquisition, and ORSA. The vision for ALU was to add logistics PME to this long-established institutional base. As a result of this initiative, the bulk of logistics noncommissioned officer (NCO), warrant officer, and lieutenant education has been, or soon will be, consolidated at ALU.

The transformation of ALMC to ALU has brought with it an authorization for a member of the Senior Executive Service to serve as the university president. This upgrade in position is largely due to the significant increase in the university's mission. In fact, on 30 September of this year, the number of courses from the pre-transition ALMC base of approximately 50 will have increased to over 200 and the average daily number of students will have grown from 350 to 2,600.

To accommodate this growth, a world-class training facility, dedicated last November as Heiser Hall, was constructed adjacent to ALMC's existing facility, Bunker Hall, which itself received significant upgrades. The opening of Heiser Hall has increased the total number of classrooms in ALU to over 200, all of which feature state-of-the-art instructional technology. The adjacent Simulation Training Center and a 1,000-room lodging facility, currently under construction, round out ALU's Fort Lee campus.

The university is organized into three colleges, an academy, a student battalion, and a directorate to handle university operations and education. (See chart below.)

The Logistics Leader College (LLC), located in Heiser Hall, provides officer education along with some functional courses. ALMC had taught the common core and multifunctional phases of the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course (CLC3) and sustainment precommand courses. To form LLC, the functional phases of CLC3, the three logistics basic officer leader courses, and branch functional courses moved from the Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation Schools. LLC has also consolidated most of the automated systems training across the university.

Warrant officer training from the three branch schools has been centralized in the Technical Logistics College in Bunker Hall. This college, in coordination with the branch schools, provides common core and technical logistics training through 20 warrant officer basic courses and 26 warrant officer advanced courses.

Similarly, the three logistics NCO academies have been consolidated into the Logistics NCO Academy in Heiser Hall. This academy provides wide-ranging instruction to prepare NCOs across 23 advanced leader courses and 13 senior leader courses.

The College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE), located in Bunker Hall, retains responsibility for the bulk of the civilian and military professional development courses that were once offered under ALMC. It provides a wide range of advanced logistics courses, such as the Joint Logistics Course, the new Interagency Logistics Course, and a host of acquisition and ORSA courses. In fact, I am a proud graduate of the 1985 ORSA MAC–1 Course! The acquisition courses include the new and highly sought-after Operational Contract Support Course and the Contracting Officer's Representative Course. CPCE also has a campus colocated with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where it leverages the university's expertise and education opportunities in acquisition.

ALU works in close partnership with the logistics branch functional proponents, who retain proponent responsibilities for the branch training executed by ALU. The standup phase of this partnership will be completed with the arrival of staff and faculty from the Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, over this summer and fall.

The consolidation of courses and resources at ALU provides opportunities for achieving numerous synergies and efficiencies. Training such as the Sustainment Warrior Field Training Exercise can be facilitated not only across cohorts (with privates in advanced individual training, NCOs in advanced leader courses, and lieutenants in basic officer leader courses) but also across the three logistics branches. The concept of ALU also enhances our ability to standardize common core training across branches.

Centralizing resources in ALU allows us to max-imize the use of advanced training facilities, such as the Virtual Battlefield Simulation–2, Standard Army Management Information Systems, Battle Command laboratories, and distributed classroom simulations. Consolidated training support resources enable us to centralize staff and faculty training for all of Fort Lee at ALU, operate a single logistics and community library, leverage partnerships with a number of universities, and merge the international military student offices of the three branch schools and the former ALMC.

As ALU has moved through its standup, a key course has been the Theater Logistics Planners Pro-gram (TLog). Instituted in 2008, TLog educates students to be master planners of logistics at the operational level. Graduates earn the additional skill identifier of P1 and can leverage the capabilities of operational-level Army sustainment structures, as well as those of strategic agencies, sister services, and coalition partners, to develop sustainment plans and orders. ALU offers two TLog classes each year, with 45 seats per class.

TLog graduates represent a small sample of the more than 30,000 students trained and educated by ALU each year. As ALU marks the completion of its transformation this fall, we can all look forward to the significant contributions its military, civilian, and coalition partner graduates will make in the future.


Major General James L. Hodge is the commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Com-mand and Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia.


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