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Modular Force Logistics Organizations

Modular force logistics is executed by a streamlined group of logistics organizations.

Theater Sustainment Command (TSC). This is the single Army logistics headquarters for the regionally focused Army or Joint Forces Commander (JFC) or the Regional Combatant Commander (RCC). The TSC manages materiel for all Army forces assigned or deployed within the assigned region and, as appropriate, for joint, international, and multinational forces.  TSC managers are linked with the G–4s in their areas of operations for resource prioritization. The TSC also coordinates with the AMC Field Support Brigade Commander to support national-level system and materiel requirements.

Expeditionary sustainment command (ESC). The ESC is the TSC’s forward presence for expeditionary operations for theater, JFC, or RCC forces.  The ESC is a deployable command post for the TSC. The focus is on an assigned area of operations (AO) and those units deployed in the AO (corps or divisions).  The ESC synchronizes the AO distribution systems and provides distribution oversight.  The ESC can assist in tracking where requests are in the supply system and coordinates distribution assets when appropriate to redirect essential items based on the priority of support and the division or corps commander’s priorities.

Army Sustainment Command (ASC). This is the single Army national materiel manager for units stationed in the continental United States (CONUS).  ASC is a subordinate unit of the Army Materiel Command.  It provides continuous equipment and materiel readiness to CONUS forces through effective planning, resourcing, and materiel and distribution management in accordance with the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process. It achieves this by synchronizing strategic with operational and tactical logistics and by integrating acquisition, logistics, and technology. It accomplishes this in order to quickly and efficiently generate and project combat power to support expeditionary operations. It is, for all practical intents and purposes, the “CONUS TSC” and performs the same materiel management functions for units in CONUS that a TSC would for deployed forces.

Sustainment brigades. These brigades execute the materiel management and distribution guidance from the TSC or ESC (from ASC for those sustainment brigades stationed in CONUS when not deployed.)  When deployed, the command relationship with the ESC enables the TSC to issue directives to redistribute and surge logistics capabilities across the theater to fulfill requirements as needed. The sustainment brigade support operations officer (SPO) interfaces with the TSC or ESC (or ASC) materiel managers for asset management, visibility, and distribution to support the division or any other assigned customer units.  When deployed, sustainment brigades provide physical distribution and distribution management of materiel to brigade combat teams and echelons-above-brigade units as part of a theater-wide distribution process and area support to units within an assigned AO, normally under the command and control the TSC or its ESC.

Combat sustainment support battalions (CSSBs) and brigade support battalions (BSBs). Both of these units perform materiel management, within their capabilities, for supported units. Both the CSSB and the BSB are enabled with visibility through Standard Army Management Information Systems (STAMIS) such as PBUSE, SARSS–1, SAAS–MOD and SAMS, the Unit Level Logistics System-Aviation Enhanced (ULLS–AE), and the Movement Tracking System (MTS). All are enabled to perform logistics command and control through BCS3.

For more information on modular force logistics, go to:
https://www.cascom.army.mil/private/dcd_css/MCDD/CONCEPTS%20BR /Modular%20Force%20Logistics%20Concept/MFLC%20ver%206.pdf.