NEWS

 

LOGISTICIANS EXAMINE STATE OF TRANSFORMATION

    The Army's leading logisticians gathered in Richmond, Virginia, in May for the 2002 Logistics Transformation Symposium and Exhibition sponsored by the Association of the United States Army. Meeting under the theme, "Logistics: Leading the Change for the Army," participants discussed how "to project and sustain the operational force of the future . . . without compromising present support to the" warfighter.

    Among the speakers were General Paul J. Kern, commanding general, Army Materiel Command (AMC); Dianne K. Morales, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness; Lieutenant General Roy E. Beauchamp, deputy commanding general, AMC; Lieutenant General Larry R. Jordan, deputy commanding general and chief of staff, Army Training and Doctrine Command; Lieutenant General Billy K. Solomon, commanding general, Army Combined Arms Support Command; Major General Hawthorne L. Proctor, director of logistics operations (J3), Defense Logistics Agency; and the commanders of the combat service support schools, Major General Robert T. Dail (Transportation), Major General Terry E. Juskowiak (Quartermaster), Major General Mitchell H. Stevenson (Ordnance), and Brigadier General Edgar E. Stanton III (Soldier Support Institute).

Topics discussed included—

    Highlights of the symposium included a live satellite hookup with Colonel Ron Beasley, the commander of the AMC Logistics Support Element-Southwest Asia in Qatar, and a briefing by Major Stephen Wade, who described his recent assignment with the Logistics Support Element (Forward) Uzbekistan.

    For more iunformation on symposium proceedings, view the AMC Web site at www.amc.army.mil/amc/ausa_spring02/index.html.

PENTAGON'S EXTERIOR RESTORATION COMPLETE

When the final piece of limestone was placed on the Pentagon's rebuilt outer facade on 11 June (inset), the exterior work was complete, masking any sign of the terrorist attack on 11 September 2001. At a press conference marking the event, Lee Evey, Pentagon Renovation Program Manager, said: "For 273 days, every single night, we've had spotlights on the outside of the building. In many instances, we had people working up on the side of that building in those spotlights. Tonight, the lights go off. The story outside the building is over. The story now moves to the inside of the building. That's where the challenge is. That's where our story will be told and that's where our success must be achieved." This photo, taken at 0500 on 26 June, shows the lights on inside the building with people already working. The countdown clock in the foreground ticks away the seconds until 0938 on 11 September 2002, the 1-year anniversary of the attack. By that date, the E ring at the point of impact is expected to be reoccupied and operational.

    

    

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE FORCE WARRIOR UNVEILED

    Although fielding of the Land Warrior system is still 2 years away, a prototype of its successor, the Objective Force Warrior, was demonstrated at the Pentagon on 23 May by project managers of the Army Materiel Command's Natick Soldier Center in Natick, Massachusetts.

    The Objective Force Warrior program was developed at the direction of Army Chief of Staff General Eric K. Shinseki. According to project engineer Dutch Degay, developers tossed out the current system of individual equipment and designed a new integrated, holistic system from the "skin out."

    The Objective Force Warrior system, which is scheduled for fielding in 2008, integrates and improves on the electronic capabilities inherent in the Land Warrior system. For example, soldiers will not have to wear cumbersome night-vision or infrared goggles or heavy laser training components on their helmets. These and other features, such as thermal sensors, video cameras, and chemical and biological sensors, are integrated fully in the helmet. The helmet also has a visor that acts as a "heads-up display monitor" equivalent to having two 17-inch computer monitors in front of the soldier's eyes. The uniform system is a multifunctional garment that incorporates physiological sensors that allow the soldier, his chain of command, and nearby medics to monitor the soldier's blood pressure, heart rate, internal and external body temperature, and caloric consumption rate. Commanders and medics will be able to access the information through a tactical local area network. The system's built-in climate-control system has a spacer fabric with "capillaries" that blow hot or cold air through the system.

    The Objective Force Warrior system is powered by fuel cells and weighs approximately 50 pounds, compared to 92 to 105 pounds of equipment soldiers on combat patrols typically carry today. Many of the system's built-in functions eliminate the requirement to carry extra equipment, and the climate-control feature reduces the need for extra clothing. The outer garment has some biological and chemical protection capabilities, decreasing the requirement for extra protective gear.

    Other mission-essential equipment not built into the individual soldier system will be carried on a small,
remote-controlled wheeled vehicle called a "robotic mule," which is part of the Objective Force Warrior system. Each squad will have one mule that not only will take some of the load off the individual soldier but also will act as a weapons platform, generate and purify water, and recharge batteries. The mule has day and night thermal, infrared, and forward-looking imaging systems, as well as chemical-biological sensors. It will be able to communicate with unmanned aerial vehicles to give squad members a 360-degree image of the battlefield.

 

FIRST STRYKERS FIELDED TO FORT LEWIS

    The Military Traffic Management Command has shipped the first new Stryker interim armored vehicles to the two Stryker brigade combat teams (SBCTs) at Fort Lewis, Washington. The vehicles were shipped by commercial truck from manufacturing facilities in Anniston, Alabama, and London, Ontario.

    More than 600 Strykers eventually will be shipped to Fort Lewis, where they will be the primary weapons platforms of the SBCTs. The first units to receive the Strykers are the 3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division; and the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light). Those brigades are expected to be equipped and ready for deployment during fiscal years 2003 and 2004, respectively. Other units that will receive the Stryker include the 172d Infantry Brigade (Separate) at Fort Richardson, Alaska; the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light) at Fort Polk, Louisiana; the 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light), at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and the 56th Brigade, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

    The Stryker is the Army's first new armored vehicle in 18 years. A $4 billion contract with the joint venture team of General Motors and General Dynamics Land Systems Defense Group, LLC, calls for the production of 2,100 Stryker vehicles in the next 6 years.

 

FEDLOG CAPABILITIES EXPANDED

    FEDLOG (Federal Logistics Data on Compact Disk) users now can purchase items directly using an "EMALL" online Internet shopping capability. Drawings of many items also have been added to the FEDLOG system.

    FEDLOG developers at the Defense Logistics Information Service in Battle Creek, Michigan, believe the system's 300,000 subscribers will benefit greatly from these two new capabilities. According to Virgil Akins, FEDLOG program manager, the system "has gone from being a `Model T to a Ferrari' in terms of speed, technology, sophistication, and user value" since it was developed in 1992. "We've gone from being just a DOS operating system to UNIX, and [then to] a true 32-bit Windows environment. This represents a terrific increase in productivity for FED LOG subscribers."

    FEDLOG users can retrieve information from the Federal Logistics Information System (FLIS) or service-specific databases. FEDLOG combines the power of personal computers with the advanced storage technology of compact disks, digital videodisks, and the Internet. The system contains data on any defense-related item that has a national stock number (NSN). If the NSN for an item is unknown, a user can find the number by searching for other pieces of known information about the item. With FEDLOG, users have a quick and easy way to—

Free training is available worldwide for FEDLOG users. For information about the system, visit the FEDLOG Web site at www.fedlog.com or call (800) 351-4381.

 

    Combat Equipment Battalion-Livorno (CEB-LI), Italy, workers prepare a water treatment unit for shipment to a United Nations relief agency. In April, CEB-LI workers took 800 family-size tents, 1,600 five-gallon water containers, 1,600 hygiene kits, and water treatment units to support 10,000 people to the Pisa Airport for shipment to Tel Aviv, Israel, in support of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian town of Jenin.

    CEB-LI, an element of the Army Materiel Command Operations Support Command, stores, maintains, and ships Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance humanitarian supplies under an interagency agreement, in addition to its mission to provide combat-ready equipment for the Army's global power-projection mission.

Combat Equipment Battalion-Livorno (CEB-LI), Italy, workers prepare a water treatment unit for shipment to a United Nations relief agency. In April, CEB-LI workers took 800 family-size tents, 1,600 five-gallon water containers, 1,600 hygiene kits, and water treatment units to support 10,000 people to the Pisa Airport for shipment to Tel Aviv, Israel, in support of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian town of Jenin.

 

7TH TRANSPORTATION GROUP COMPLETES HISTORIC TUGBOAT LIFT

    In April, two 110-ton Army tugboats were lifted from the water at Fort Story, Virginia, and placed on the deck of an Army logistics support vessel (LSV). The operation, involving watercraft and personnel from several 7th Transportation Group units at Fort Eustis and Fort Story, Virginia, was significant not only because it was the first super-heavy lift of its kind, but also because it had a real-world purpose of moving vital Army assets to where they were needed.

    The tugboats were to be transported to Hythe, England, as part of the Army's Watercraft Restructuring Plan. The decision was made to transport them onboard an LSV because it would be cost effective and the 7th Group had the assets to make it happen in a timely manner.

A tugboat is lowered onto the deck of the Army LSV.

 

WEB-BASED NCO CAREER GUIDE AVAILABLE

    Soldiers can consult a new Web-based version of Department of the Army Pamphlet 600_25, U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Guide, for guidance on what it takes to be successful in any military occupational specialty in the Army.

    The new pamphlet, which is available at www.perscomonline.army.mil, sets realistic, achievable professional development objectives for noncommissioned officers and provides soldiers with structured self-development information. It also tells them what they can do on their own to hone professional skills and put themselves on the fast track to success.

    The Web site also has several hundred hyperlinks to references and other career-development information. Some of the links provide information for commanders, supervisors, managers, and others who counsel and evaluate enlisted soldiers. The new information source is expected to be especially helpful to career managers at the Total Army Personnel Command when they coordinate assignments and training.

 

STRATEGIC DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM EXTENDED TO PACIFIC THEATER

    The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) are joining with the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) to expand the Strategic Distribution Program (formerly known as the Strategic Distribution Management Initiative, or SDMI) to the Pacific theater.

    The SDMI began in late 1999, when DLA and USTRANSCOM joined forces to improve the Department of Defense's distribution functions. Since that time, distribution processes have improved significantly in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command.

    The new partnership will look for ways to improve the responsiveness and reliability of distribution service to warfighting customers in the Pacific region. Key areas of this initiative are—

    Each of the participants, including DLA, USTRANSCOM, and USPACOM, will coordinate available resources and oversee the actions and results of the Strategic Distribution Program.

ARMY ANNOUNCES LOCATIONS OF WELL-BEING LABS

    The Army has announced the sites of five well-being laboratories that are being established to enhance the well-being of soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and their families. The sites selected are Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; the 2d Infantry Division in Korea; and the 26th Area Support Group in Germany.

    The primary difference between what was once called quality of life and well-being is that well-being seeks to integrate the mutually supporting demands and expectations of the Army and its people, said Lieutenant Colonel John Wood, chief of the Well-Being Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1 (Personnel)

    "In the past, [a commander] had to gather information from stovepipe systems," Wood said. "He would have to ask the housing chief for a snapshot of his area, the hospital commander for the medical picture, his finance officer for pay issues, and so on. Ideally, Well-Being will integrate those systems by having someone responsible for looking across those systems and evaluating them in a holistic manner with the results tied to readiness."

    Brigadier General James A. Coggin, director of human resources policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, briefed the initiative to garrison commanders in March. "About the best way I can describe well-being labs is that they will demonstrate the best business practices of well-being—sharing what works and what does not," Coggin said. "They are being put into place to determine what the well-being philosophy looks like in execution. We are doing something here that hasn't been done before—there are no templates."

    "A good Army completes its mission," Coggin said. "A good Army takes care of its people. But a great Army does both. We have a great Army now and it will continue as a great Army while transforming to the Objective Force."

POCKET SANDWICHES APPROVED

    Soldiers soon will be able to eat sandwiches while on the move in the field. Pepperoni stick and barbecue chicken pocket sandwiches have been approved for meals, ready-to-eat (MREs).

    The shelf-stable sandwiches were first developed by the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Program at the Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, in the mid-1990s as a ration to enhance soldier mobility. The pocket sandwiches do not need to be kept refrigerated or frozen, nor do they need to be heated before they can be eaten.

    The sandwiches are comparable in size, calories, and appearance to Hot Pocket sandwiches found at the grocery store. The major difference is in the processing, which allows the food to meet the Combat Feeding Program's minimum shelf-life requirements of 3 years at 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 6 months at 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Other sandwich varieties under consideration are a pizza pocket with Italian sausage and pepperoni slices in a tomato sauce, sliced beef in a barbecue sauce, tuna salad, chicken salad, ham and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly.

    The same technology is being applied to a new program for combat breakfast foods. Some concepts that have been proposed are cream-cheese-filled bagels with and without fruit fillings, sausage and cheese biscuits, breakfast burritos with bacon and eggs in a tortilla wrap, and breakfast pizza.

    Prototypes of the sandwiches should be ready this year. Production is planned for 2004.

 
Pocket sandwiches soon will be available as part of the MRE.

Pocket sandwiches soon will be available as part of the MRE.