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?
Rock Island, Illinois
LOGNet Provides Good Information
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
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
classrooms Army-wide. There is no longer a distinction between
the Reserve component and Active Army for the purposes of
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
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
facing our logistics transformation take the time to read
what the logistics professionals in our Army are concerning
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
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
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