The Department of Defense (DOD) announced 2 May that as part of the disestablishment of the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), critical JFCOM organizations and functions will be realigned to other DOD components to ensure that the expertise within these organizations is maintained for the joint warfighter.
The Joint Enabling Capabilities Command will be reassigned to the U.S. Transportation Command as part of the realignment; the Joint Warfare Analysis Center will fall under the U.S. Strategic Command; the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency will move to the Air Force; and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization School will go to the U.S. European Command. The formal transfer of these organizations and functions will be complete by late summer.
Secretary of the Army Directs Use of the Logistics Information Warehouse in Support of ARFORGEN
In a 22 March memo, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh directed the commander of the Army Materiel Command (AMC) to "undertake the task of creating a repository for Army logistics data that will provide a single, common location for all Army materiel stakeholders to access, acquire, and deliver data and information for managing Army materiel. This sytem, known as the LIW [the Logistics Information Warehouse], will be the Army's authoritative materiel data repository." LIW, which provides access to data from 12 separate Army systems, will facilitate materiel management in support of Army Force Generation and the Army's Equipping Strategy.
Getting the system fully functional is one piece of a continuing effort toward the Army's goal of achieving total asset visibility. In the memo, the Secretary of the Army also directed that AMC provide Headquarters, Department of the Army, with updates on the cost, design, and implementation schedule for the system at least "every 90 days until full operational capability is achieved."
Army Transfers High Speed Vessels to the Navy
The Army has transferred all five of its joint high speed vessels (JHSVs) to the Navy in an effort to reduce redundancy in the services' capabilities and better align their core competencies. A memorandum of agreement was signed between the Army and Navy on 2 May that clarified relationships, identified roles and responsibilities in use of JHSVs, and provided an implementation plan for the transfer of the vessels.
The decision to have the Navy take over the JHSV program was made to during the Army/Navy War-fighter Talks in December 2010. This move gives the Navy 10 JHSVs, which the Military Sealift Command will crew with civilian or contract mariners. The vehicles will be used for fast intratheater transportation of troops, military vehicles, and equipment.
Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh says the Army will work with the Navy to "determine how to ensure this capability can best support the combatant commanders."
Accessions Command Slated To Be Inactivated
The Army Accessions Command has been chosen for inactivation as part of Department of Defense and Department of the Army efficiency reviews. The command, which was established at Fort Monroe, Virginia, in 2002, was originally created to better align accessions and initial-entry training by becoming an overall headquarters for the Army Recruiting Command, Army Cadet Command, and initial-entry-training organizations.
The Army Recruiting and Cadet Commands will now fall under the Army Training and Doctrine Command, as they did before the Army Accessions Command was established. An accessions support brigade will remain at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as a direct reporting unit to a new Army Marketing and Research Group. The group will be located in Washington, D.C., and will be a field operating agency under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Inactivation of the Army Accessions Command is expected to take 12 to 18 months. Officials estimate that the move will save money through the elimination of two general-officer positions, 65 other military slots, 130 civilian positions, and 290 contractor man-years.
National Stock Numbers Identified for M–ATV Rocket-Propelled Grenade Net Kit Components
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has identified and given national stock numbers to 95 individual components of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle, rocket-propelled grenade net kit.
Before these parts were identified, units whose kits were damaged in battle were unable to order parts and had to cannibalize unused systems for repair parts.
Among the 95 items are 16 critical components that DLA is procuring and sending to supply support activities in Afghanistan. The documents containing the stock numbers of these critical components are available on SustainNet at https://forums.army.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=1357851.
New Retrieval Trailer Used in Afghanistan
The first joint recovery and distribution systems (JRaDSs) arrived in Afghanistan in January to improve the recovery of mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles and engineering equipment there.
The JRaDS 40T trailer has a tilting deck for drive-on or drag-on operations, an integrated 60,000-pound recovery system, and two winches that can each move 50,000 pounds. The JRaDS system, part of the U.S. Transportation Command's Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, was developed by Boeing and Absolute Electronic Solutions, Inc. The JRaDS 40T trailer is part of a family of trailers, expected to expedite the recovery and evacuation of disabled vehicles and downed aircraft.
The trailers will also speed the handling and distribution of cargo. Another member of the trailer family, the JRaDS 34T (LH34) logistics trailer eliminates the need for a crane or forklift to load and unload 20- to 40-foot containers.
Pentagon Cooks Take Top Honors at Culinary Arts Competition
The 36th Culinary Arts Competition was held at Fort Lee, Virginia, from 3 to 9 March, bringing together U.S. Army cooks stationed around the world to compete in the largest competition of its kind in North America. More than 250 competitors presented a total of 788 entries. This year, Team Pentagon dominated the competition, winning Installation of the Year (ahead of Team Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Team Coast Guard), Armed Forces Chef of the Year, the nutritional hot food challenge, and three individual awards in special categories.
|Above, Senior Airman Ghil Medina from Joint Base
Langley-Eustis, Virginia, who was named the Armed
Forces Junior Chef of the Year, zests a lime during the 36th Culinary Arts Competition. Below, Sergeant Billy Daugette from Team Pentagon was named the Armed Forces Chef of the Year during the Culinary Arts Competition held at Fort Lee, Virginia. Colonel (now Brigadier General) Gwendolyn Bingham, the Quartermaster General, presented the award. (Photos by Julianne Cochran, Army Sustainment)
Sergeant Billy Daugette from Team Pentagon was named the Armed Forces Chef of the Year. Senior Airman Ghil Medina, from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, was named the Armed Forces Junior Chef of the Year. Sergeant First Class Steven Broome, enlisted aide to General Peter Chiarelli, the Army Vice Chief of Staff, was named the Army Enlisted Aide of the Year.
Team Pentagon's individual winners were—
- Specialist Sarah Decker for the best exhibit in show, cold platter.
- Staff Sergeant Orlando Serna for the most artistic
exhibit in show.
- Chief Petty Officer Derrick Davenport for the best in class, contemporary cooking.
Staff Sergeant Serna and Specialist Deckert also were the Pentagon's winning nutritional hot food challenge team.
Other collective winners in the culinary arts competition were—
- Team Coast Guard in the field cooking competition and student team skills competition.
- Team Fort Riley, Kansas, for the best decorated table for field cooking competition.
- Team Fort Bragg for the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl.
- Team Fort Hood, Texas, for the judge's special award, cold food table.
- Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeffery Lein and Master Sergeant Travis Jones from Fort Bragg for the best ice carving in show.
Soldiers receiving individual recognition were—
- Private Chelsea Karr, Team Europe, for best exhibit in show, cold appetizers.
- Private First Class Martha Cobble, Fort Riley, for best exhibit in show, patisserie/confectionary.
- Specialist Samantha Gayton, Fort Carson, Colorado, for best exhibit in show, showpiece.
- Specialist Thomas Richberg, Team Hawaii, for best in class, contemporary pastry.
Sustainment Force Structure Book Updated
The Army Combined Arms Support Command Force Development Directorate has revised the Sustainment Force Structure Reference Book 2011 with the latest changes to the sustainment force structure. The book describes sustainment missions, unit locations, and sustainment structure requirements approved in the Total Army Analysis (TAA) 12–17 process.
Changes include the addition of knowledge management, G–9, G–3 future operations, and operational contracting support sections at the theater sustainment command and expeditionary sustainment command (ESC) levels. The ESC will now have a financial management section as well. The document also includes a standard design for the support operations section within the combat sustainment support battalion. (These and other changes will be reflected in fiscal year 2012 modified tables of organization and equipment.) The reference book is available on the Internet through SustainNet at https://forums.army.mil/ CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=1293522. Anyone with questions or recommended changes to the book should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
405th AFSBn Supports Relief Efforts in Libya
Within 36 hours of being contacted, the 405th Army Field Support Battalion-Italy (AFSBn-Italy), based at Leghorn Army Depot, prepared, packed, and loaded humanitarian supplies onto a commercial truck for an 18 April relief mission conducted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The shipment, which was bound by commercial aircraft for the International Medical Corps set up in Benghazi, Libya, included 2,000 blankets, 1,056 personal hygiene kits, and 2,400 collapsible water containers.
The 405th AFSBn-Italy is responsible for storing and maintaining USAID emergency humanitarian assistance commodities under an interagency agreement between the Army and the Department of State and has previously shipped supplies to Haiti, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and Dubai.
Exercise Atlas Drop Develops Aerial Resupply
Soldiers on a C–130 aircraft drop supplies using low-cost, low-altitude aerial resupply systems for Ugandan People's Defense Forces soldiers at Drop Zone White, near Olilim, during Exercise Atlas Drop 11. The annual logistics exercise held in April brought U.S. and Uganda People's Defense Forces personnel together to develop Uganda's aerial resupply capabilities. The 3-day exercise provided an opportunity for forces of both nations to practice aerial-delivery resupply missions under changing conditions. (Photo by SFC Brock Jones, 128th MPAD, Utah Army National Guard)
National Guard Responds to Southern Disasters
Soldiers from the 2113th Transportation Company, Kentucky Army National Guard, assisted local residents during a flood relief mission in Oscar, Kentucky, on 27 April 2011. During the last week of April, a total of 3,000 National Guard members responded to tornadoes, wild fires, and flooding in 11 southern states affected by weather-related disasters. The storm system, which was responsible for deadly tornados in Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi and flooding in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, and North Dakota, was the worst to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by SSG Michael J. Oliver)
New SSI Warfighter Training Support Package Available Through Army Training Network
The Army Soldier Support Institute Collective Training Branch, Training Development Directorate, has released a new warfighter training support package. The package, entitled Conduct Internal Control Operations, is now available on the Army Training Network website at https://atn.army.mil.
Ammunition Multimedia Encyclopedia Created
The Defense Ammunition Center in McAlester, Oklahoma, has partnered with Serco Inc. and Oklahoma State University to provide ammunition Soldiers and civilians with data to support munitions inspections. The Ammunition Multimedia Encyclopedia is a reach-back information center that provides 24-hour support to users and holds 180 documents on new munitions items and munitions inspection points.
The information is available through a link in the Ammunition Community of Practice located on the Internet at https://acc.dau.mil/ammo. Users must have a common access card to enter the site.
Continuing updates are being made as new items become available. In 2011, 100 new munitions items will be added. Plans are also in the works to make the encyclopedia available for the iPhone and iPad.
Community of Practice Revised for Joint Logistics Education and Training
The Joint Logistics Education and Training Community of Practice has been revised under the purview of the Worldwide Joint Training and Scheduling Conference Joint Logistics Working Group to assist joint logisticians in meeting the needs of the joint warfighter in a constantly changing operational environment.
The site provides easy access to joint logistics education and training guidance and doctrine, Department of Defense strategic-level guidance and doctrine, conference information, interagency and multinational resources, and information about and links to hot topics.
The community of practice is available at https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id= 123355&lang=en-US.
Field Manual 7–0, Training Units and Developing Leaders for Full Spectrum Operations, published 23 February 2011, is the Army's keystone doctrine for training units and developing leaders with the Army Force Generation cycle. The document lays out the doctrine that provides guidance to facilitate flexible and innovative approaches to unit training and leader development. Like the 2008 edition, the FM relies heavily on the Army Training Network to provide additional resources on best practices, examples, tools, and lessons. This electronic supplement ensures that the information provided for training is regularly updated.
Training Circular 7–31, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Family of Vehicles Driver Training, published in February, outlines standardized driver training and testing instruction for MRAP operators. The document provides tactics, techniques, and procedures for MRAP operations and supplements Army Regulation 600–55, The Army Driver and Operator Standardization Program (Selection, Training, Testing, and Licensing).