Before my assignment as the Deputy Chief of Staff,
G–4, Department of the Army, I was the Commander of the
Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) and Fort Lee, Virginia.
Although I have turned over the CASCOM reins to Major General
Mitchell H. Stevenson, I would like to reflect on a few of
the more significant accomplishments
that the Soldiers and civilians of CASCOM achieved during
my tenure. Clearly, without their superb dedication and service,
we could not win the fight.
During my time as commander, CASCOM changed considerably. Yet,
despite the challenges posed by transformation, the modular
force, joint interdependency, and preparing for the potential
impacts of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission’s
recommendations—to name but a few—the CASCOM team
continued to support our Nation at war. Our Army moved forward
swiftly during this period, and the logistics community kept
Early in 2005, we reorganized the CASCOM headquarters to
better serve our customers, align us more closely with the
Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and move toward
a multifunctionally focused organization. The reorganization
strengthened our logistics focus and supported better command
and control across the doctrine, organizations, training,
materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities
spectrum. The reorganization was a success and was approved
by the Department of the Army in June 2005. More important,
it postured CASCOM for the upcoming challenges of BRAC.
BRAC is inextricably linked to the transformation effort. Our
Secretary of Defense called the 2005 BRAC process an opportunity “to
reset our force.” We are not only resetting our forces
but also posturing them for the future. The Department of
Defense is moving to transform the Armed Forces and enhance
our ability to fight as a joint force. The Army’s evolution
into a standardized, modular, brigade-centric force structure,
coupled with the Army Force Generation model, will enable
the Army to swiftly engage and prevail against adversaries.
The recommendations made by the BRAC Commission and approved
by the President aligned military organizations, infrastructure,
and institutions to better support this modern force. Many
of the recommendations centered on the realignment of forces
to support the new Modular Army and to synchronize and maximize
resources. The Centers of Excellence are one example of that.
With the President’s recommendation and the approval
of Congress, the logistics community will establish a Logistics
Center of Excellence at Fort Lee. What does this really mean?
As one of the new TRADOC Centers of Excellence, CASCOM will
be better able to synchronize its training and combat developments
by consolidating and optimizing resources and capabilities.
CASCOM also will consolidate and align its organization to
focus on supporting current and emerging requirements for
multifunctional logisticians. It will evolve into a support
structure that is more capable, efficient, and flexible than
The Army is focusing its efforts on creating a more agile,
lethal, and deployable force. Logisticians across the Army
have contributed greatly to the development of many new organizations.
CASCOM is supporting this effort through the transformation
of all logistics units in the Army. This required the documentation
of 36 new modular designs. The new theater sustainment command
and sustainment brigade, which will provide the combatant
commander with a more flexible and scaleable organization
to support the warfight, are critical to the success of the
future modular forces and are just two examples of the great
things CASCOM accomplished. This was remarkable work and fully
in sync with the Joint Capable Modular Force Concept of Support,
a concept that leverages joint and strategic partners in the
national sustainment base and in a deployed theater of operations.
In an ever-changing world, it is difficult to remain current
and relevant. As a result, training developers and instructors
need to continue updating courses and programs. The CASCOM
team worked closely with sister TRADOC centers and schools
to lay the framework for the Noncommissioned Officer Education
System Transformation. One success was the development of
a multifunctional, integrated Logistics Warrior Exercise
to be conducted at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Another example
of supporting the Soldiers was CASCOM’s development
of the Sustainment Portal, which quickly became an integral
tool for the logistician in the field.
At the Army Logistics Management College at Fort Lee, we integrated
Battle Command Sustainment Support System (BCS3) training
and a Distribution Management Exercise into the Combined Logistics
Captains Career Course (CLC3). We also refocused the Combat
Service Support Precommand Course to increase its relevance
in the contemporary operating environment and developed the
Logistics Modernization Program Fundamentals and Applications
Courses. The development and advancement of new programs and
courses represent the CASCOM team’s support to the warfighter
and Soldier in the field. We need to continue to focus on providing
quality, relevant training that will give our Soldiers the
skills and knowledge they need to win the fight.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven to be difficult
and challenging. We have lost Soldiers—sons and daughters
who bravely put their lives on the line for our country. Our
hearts are saddened by their ultimate sacrifice. As we continue
to support our Army, we must be conscious that every Soldier
is important and every Soldier needs our professionalism and
support. From providing Center for Army Lessons Learned Teams,
to developing training support packages, to developing a fix
to a system to provide more capability, CASCOM continues to
support our Nation at war. I thank all the military and civilian
members of the CASCOM team for their support of a world-class
Army. Support Starts Here!
Lieutenant General Ann E. Dunwoody is the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4,
Department of the Army. She served as Commander, Army Combined Arms Support Command
Fort Lee, from September 2004 to October 2005.