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Department of the Army

June 30, 2008
Dear Army Logistician Readers:

The establishment of the Logistics branch at the beginning of this year confirms what has become obvious in the transformation to a modular force: The Army has an increasing requirement for multifunctional logisticians. While the need for Soldiers skilled in single functional areas remains strong at all levels, the demands of the modern battlefield require logistics warriors who have an integrated view across the spectrum of sustainment and can ensure that our warfighters have what they need, when they need it—every time.

The transition to a multifunctional logistics world is intellectually challenging for all members of the Army logistics community. It requires that all logisticians—Soldiers, civilians, and contractors—know what is happening in Army and joint logistics, learn from the experiences of others, share their experiences with their peers, and engage in a continuing process of professional development.

I believe that Army Logistician—the Army’s professional bulletin for multifunctional logistics—can make a significant contribution to the process of developing multifunctional expertise. As the new commander of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, I also serve as the chairman of the Army Logistician Board of Directors. In this position, and as a career logistician myself, I encourage you to support and make use of Army Logistician. Read it and write for it. It is not only a medium for providing information to the Army logistics community—it is also a forum for logisticians to discuss issues, communicate lessons learned, and suggest better ways to do things.

The Army Logistician website at www.alu.army.mil/alog allows you access to the current issue as well as all past issues. If you have written a research paper on a logistics topic that you think will be of interest to your fellow logisticians, consider submitting it for publication in the bulletin’s Spectrum department. If you want to comment on an article in Army Logistician, you can post your thoughts on LOGNet, where Army Logistician has a topic site; you might even open a dialog with your colleagues.

In this time of change and challenge, as the Army transforms even as it prosecutes a war, every logistician must be constantly learning, thinking, and developing. I hope you will see Army Logistician as your professional journal. Don’t just read it—take ownership of it.

Major General, US Army