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What’s In a Name?

Enjoyed, as always, the latest issue of Army Logistician. Hope you don’t mind if a mere engineer, working in an outfit teeming with loggies, offers some technical corrections and comments.

The photograph on page 54 of the January–February 2006 issue does not show a Condor. The airplane is an Antonov AN–124–100 Ruslan cargo heavy-lifter, operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines. The AN–124’s are the second largest cargo planes in the world, in terms of payload. The Russian military version of the same aircraft is the AN–124 Condor. Antonov named the Ruslan after a heroic, mythical Ukrainian knight, while Condor is the NATO designator for the Russian military aircraft. The Antonov Design Bureau is a Ukrainian state enterprise, not Russian, since the breakup of the U.S.S.R. Volga-Dnepr is a privately-owned Russian air freighting company.

In the same photo, the loading vehicle is a Systems & Electronics, Inc., Tunner—a 60,000-pound-capacity, 5-axle, loader/transporter/conveyor, often called a “60K.” The vehicle is not a 5-ton truck. In the photo, the loading ramp on the Ruslan is folded away. The cargo containers are being lifted from the 60K directly into the aircraft by the Ruslan’s own internal hoisting system.

I also want to comment on your article on gun trucks, which appeared in the same issue, on pages 45 through 47. “Canned Heat” was a rock band, formed in 1966, while “Eve of Destruction” was a chart-topping Vietnam-war protest song from 1965. The caption on page 45, “. . . derived from contemporary popular culture” is such a sterile-sounding description of where those names came from!

“ Canned Heat” is an obviously appropriate name for a gun truck, since “heat” is slang for gun, and the “can” is armor. A popular Canned Heat song lyric, made famous by the band at Woodstock—“Now babe, pack up the truck. You know I got to leave today. Just exactly where I’m goin’ I cannot say.”—certainly sounds like a typical gun truck mission!

Perhaps the very first of the ’Nam protest songs (Phil [P.F.] Sloan wrote it, Barry McGuire sang it) says it best: “You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’! You don’t believe in war? What’s that gun you’re totin’? . . . We’re on the Eve of Destruction!”

Ah, the good old days of “One, two, three, four . . .” and “Gimme an F!” Now where are those tie-dyed bell-bottoms and love-beads?

William Ellis
Rock Island, Illinois

LOGNet Provides Good Information

The Army has a firm stance on bloggers, with good reason. We must be sure that we don’t compromise our missions by discussing the five W’s of operational planning. The desire to share, collaborate, and make things better is a basic tenet of any strong organization. Many agencies have collaborative Web sites, formerly referred to as “chat rooms.” Each site may offer open and free exchange of ideas with the security afforded to the parent site. Still, one must assess the operational sensitivity of the information before revealing it on the site.

Army logisticians should revel in the capabilities found within LOGNet, the logistics portion of the Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS) sponsored by Fort Leavenworth (
https://lognet.bcks.army.mil). Logisticians now have the opportunity for direct connection to the policymaking arm of their functional areas and the ability to collaborate with other logisticians in the field and in classrooms Army-wide. There is no longer a distinction between the Reserve component and Active Army for the purposes of information-sharing.

Each Soldier in the combined force has experience in several duty locations and unit organizations and in many chains of command. In fact, many Soldiers have experience in both Active and Reserve components. That experience becomes a logistics multiplier, for lack of a better term. I strongly suggest that those who need to educate themselves on the informational barriers facing our logistics transformation take the time to read what the logistics professionals in our Army are concerning themselves with on LOGNet.

LOGNet is only a piece of the BCKS pie. Every Army functional area is covered in the BCKS informational realm (
https://bcks.army.mil). Intersecting fields of information are readily available that can assist Soldiers with working toward a smaller logistics footprint and eliminating redundancy. I recommend frequent visits to these interactive Web sites.

Staff Sergeant Mike Winkler
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Gun Truck History

The article on gun trucks in the January–February 2006 issue [“Gun Trucks: A Vietnam Innovation Returns,” by Major Dean J. Dominique] was most excellent! I appreciated its lessons relearned from the Vietnam-era gun trucks theme and how that experience can be applied in today’s world. However, armored 21⁄2-ton cargo “deuce” cabs may have had their beginning before Vietnam. Attached is a photo of a World War II-era Army CCKW 21⁄2-ton truck with an armored cab that I saw during a visit to the SS John Brown Liberty Ship memorial in Baltimore, Maryland, in October 2005. This truck was formerly part of the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum outdoor exhibit at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

William T. “Tom” Buonaugurio
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

ALOG Provides Useful Information

I would like to commend you and your staff at Army Logistician for sharing logistics expertise. The January–February 2006 issue has been especially helpful to me. The article titled “Joint Force Logistics: Keeping Track of Forces on the Move” by Lieutenant Colonel James Bates, USA (Ret.), is very well written and insightful. As a new Army Materiel Command equipment specialist intern, I found the explanations and examples of military supply chain logistics very useful. After reading this article, I now have a much clearer understanding of Army logistics management. I look forward to reading the next issue of Army Logistician.

Vance K. Jackson
Warren, Michigan

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