Army Sustainment July - August 2012

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Leader for the 
Army 2020

A Letter From Major General Larry D. Wyche

Our Nation and the Army are engaged in an unprecedented decade long combat operation. It is the longest war in our history.

70 Years of the Transportation Corps

On 31 July 1942, the Department of War recognized the need for a single manager of Army transportation and created a new branch, the Transportation Corps. Since the Revolutionary War, Army transportation had evolved through two branches, the Quartermaster Corps and the Corps of Engineers.

Force Management and the Future of the Army Physician Assistant

The physician assistant is an important part of the Army Medical Specialist Corps. However, the current career path has little room for advancement. The author offers steps that the Army could take to remedy this situation.

Through the Eyes of a Warrior

Civilian Logistics Career Management Office (CLCMO) logistics interns must complete various requirements to graduate and begin their careers as Federal employees.

Rethinking the Last Tactical Mile: Adaptive Air Logistics in Africa

Airlift operations in Africa face unusual political and infrastructure challenges. The author believes that exercises provide opportunities to test new solutions, such as the use of contracted commercial aircraft.

The Effect of the Responsible Drawdown of Forces on Class I Sustainment

During the drawdown of troops from Iraq, class I managers found that they had to change the way they conducted business to continue to provide Soldiers with the support they needed.

How to Choose and Use Seals

Seals are designed to show if a container has been opened. But research demonstrates that seals are vulnerable to attack and require careful selection, use, and inspection.

The Race to 1 September

While deployed to Iraq, the 1st Armored Division was tasked with training, mentoring, and assisting Government of Iraq security forces while simultaneously executing a large-scale drawdown.

Army Forces Command Presents New ARFORGEN Structure at AUSA Sustainment Symposium

Brigadier General John R. O’Connor, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4, for the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), laid out changes to the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) processes during the Army Sustainment Symposium and Exposition hosted by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from 8 to 10 May 2012 in Richmond, Virginia.

Logistics Leaders Outline Force Design Changes

During the Army Sustainment Symposium, held in Richmond, Virginia, this May, key Army sustainment leaders laid out how Army units will change to become the Army of 2020.

Troop Drawdown Turns Sustainment Leaders’ Focus to Property Accountability

As units prepare to leave Afghanistan and budgetary constraints tighten, sustainment leaders are placing more emphasis on property accountability. During the Army Sustainment Symposium, Lieutenant General Raymond V. Mason, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4, Department of the Army, told attendees that a task force led by Major General Timothy P. McHale has returned a report on the state of the Army’s property accountability.

The Transportation Corps Strategic Blueprint: Charting the Path of Change for the Corps After Next

Change is constant, and embracing change starts here! The Army is transitioning, and we must understand the Army’s vision and operating concept for the next 5 to 10 to 15 years and ensure that we are prepared to support it.

Synchronizing Field and Sustainment Support: Roles and Responsibilities After 10 Years of War

In February, most of the Army’s Active component sustainment brigade commanders met under the mentorship of former sustainment brigade commanders and logistics general officers to discuss field-level sustainment functions and capabilities, leverage lessons learned from the previous 8 years of sustainment brigade operations, and make recommendations for the future to the greater sustainment community.

Completing the Chain: Mentorship Needed in Officer Basic Courses

Based on the decisions of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission, the Army combined officer training for the three Logistics Corps branches at the Army Logistics University (ALU) at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Operational Contract Support: Not Just for Contingencies

The differences between contracting in contingency and garrison environments are small. The Operational Contract Support Course provides graduates who can manage all aspects of contracting, whether in a war zone or at an installation.

Developing Logistics and Property Accountability in the Afghan Uniform Police

Soldiers of the 728th Military Police Battalion were assigned to train, advise, and mentor Afghan Uniform Police personnel and help them enforce Afghan logistics procedures.

The 3d Sustainment Brigade Embraces Finance

The brigade’s experience in Iraq demonstrates how finance is being integrated into the mission of sustainment brigades under the Army’s modular transformation .

Supplying the Forces While Rightsizing Ammunition Storage Activities

The 3d Sustainment Brigade’s class V section improved the management of excess and unserviceable ammunition and completed the retrograde, cross-leveling, and demolition of ammunition while supporting the drawdown of forces in Iraq.

The Busiest Brigade Support Medical Company on the Battlefield

A brigade support medical company deployed to Afghanistan exhibited flexibility and durability while providing support to a widely dispersed force.

Operational Energy Panel Outlines Initiatives for Greater Flexibility on the Battlefield

The Army Sustainment Symposium panel on operational energy laid out the challenges that operational energy creates and the many options operational energy initiatives provide commanders in the warfight.

Army Acquisition Corps Continues to Grow

As units prepare to leave Afghanistan and budgetary constraints tighten, sustainment leaders are placing more emphasis on property accountability.

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On 31 July 2012, the Transportation Corps will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its establishment. To commemorate this milestone, the article on page 3 outlines the corps’ way ahead for the future and the article on page 9 reflects on the corps’ history. The cover of this issue displays a special 70th anniversary poster that includes a larger photo of current Transportation operations in Afghanistan surrounded by smaller photos of Transportation operations of the past. (Photo by Mark Lee Shanks, Army Transportation Museum )