In signing the statement, the
JFCOM commander, Air Force General Lance L. Smith,
observed, “What we’re
doing at USJFCOM is taking the
full benefit of our partnership with
TRANSCOM. We are melding existing
and emerging concepts to develop capabilities and solutions
that will directly
the joint warfighter. This statement
represents the first step to a better environment that
the sharing and maturation
of new ideas.”
Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz,
the TRANSCOM commander, commented, “We have a large number
of common deployment and distribution activities in
our Joint Deployment and Distribution
Architecture. So the partnership between USJFCOM and
USTRANSCOM will result in better alignment and better
DOD DESIGNATES TRANSCOM
AS LEAD RFID AND AIT PROPONENT
The U.S. Transportation Command (TRANS-COM) was recently designated as the
proponent for implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) and
related automatic identification technology (AIT) for the Department of Defense
(DOD) supply chain.
The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
announced the designation in a 26 September memorandum that states, “This
memorandum clarifies the role of the DPO [Distribution Process Owner] in
executing an AIT implementation strategy and developing a centralized approach
for use of these asset visibility technologies.” As the DPO, TRANSCOM
is responsible for the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and alignment of
DOD-wide distribution activities, including force projection, sustainment,
and redeployment and retrograde operations.
TRANSCOM uses AIT to achieve visibility of its shipments through an extensive
active RFID infrastructure that is in place at strategic ports worldwide.
Information on the arrival and departure of shipments is fed to TRANSCOM’s
Global Transportation Network, an automated command and control information
system that provides an integrated system of in-transit visibility information
and command and control capabilities.
“We are working toward development of a concept of operations to achieve
end-to-end visibility using an integrated mix of AIT,” said Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Amy Pappas, Chief of the Initiatives Branch of TRANSCOM’s
Strategy, Plans, Policy, and Programs Directorate, which is the command’s
lead element for AIT implementation. “And we’ll work this effort
in collaboration with our Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise partners,
including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Logistics Agency,
the combatant commands, the military services, and other agencies. Our vision
is to enhance transformation by focusing and synchronizing the right mix
of AIT and corresponding logistics systems to support the DOD supply chain
in an end-to-end integrated environment.”
AND SHIPPING POINT-EUROPE OPENS
The Defense Distribution Depot Europe (DDDE) in Germersheim, Germany, opened
its newest distribution facility, the Theater Consolidation and Shipping
Point-Europe (TCSP–E), on 2 October. The TCSP–E acts as the primary
conduit for sustainment materiel entering the European theater. As such,
it rapidly consolidates and segregates shipments from multiple sources and
prepares them for onward shipment to customers.
We are honored that DDDE was chosen for this important mission,” said
Lieutenant Colonel Lance Koenig, DDDE Commander. “Our promise to the
European Command (EUCOM) warfighter is that we will carry out the breakbulk
distribution mission with the same professionalism and high standards that
we have achieved while conducting DLA’s [Defense Logistics Agency’s]
As part of the Army’s transformation in Europe, personnel strength
in Europe was reduced and the focus shifted to warfighting functions. The
transformation plan included the divesture of all noncore distribution functions,
including the transfer of the Theater Distribution Center (TDC), which had
been operated by the 21st Theater Support Command in Panzer Kaserne. A joint
task force composed of action officers from the U.S. European Command, U.S.
Transportation Command, U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, DLA,
recommended that the mission be moved from the TDC to the DDDE.
DDDE assumed responsibility for breakbulk surface and ocean containers in
August, and, in early September, commercial air lines of communication (ALOC)
pallets were transferred. Later that month, DDDE began receiving military
ALOC pallets. The TCSP was fully operational by the end of October.
|A worker at the Theater
Consolidation and Shipping Point-Europe moves cargo that has
been consolidated for shipment to a customer.
WIRELESS FOR THE WARFIGHTER CAPABILITY
FILLS COMMUNICATIONS GAPS
The U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Systems Integration
Command (JSIC) has developed a new capability that will
allow joint warfighters to establish command and control
when they deploy to an area where no established networks
Wireless for the Warfighter (W4W) will provide an advanced
wireless capability that will enable deployed troops to set
up, communicate, and disseminate critical data quickly. The
W4W solution ultimately will provide 5 to 10 miles of secure,
unclassified wireless and secure classified local wireless
access so that warfighters do not have to be connected to
JSIC developed W4W as a result of a need expressed by the
U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Task Force Civil Support
(JTF–CS) for the ability to extend
critical communications wirelessly from a forward command
post to elements of a joint task force.
According to James Bohling, head of the W4W project, W4W
will fill a near-term capability gap. “We want to be
able to give [warfighters a] near-term solution that’s
secure and usable and jumpstart the process by providing
An important benefit of W4W is reduced “logistical
clutter.” “We’re cutting out a lot of the
administrative, logistical, and operational ‘fat’ typically
associated with traditional wired networks,” Bohling
Bohling said that W4W will provide increased and easier access
to network services. With these capabilities, joint task
forces will be able to establish command and control in a
joint operations area much quicker.
Deployment of W4W is expected to occur in the May–June
MODULAR BRIGADE STRUCTURE
On 1 October, as part of the Army Forces
Command (FORSCOM) Modular Force Command and Control (C2) Plan, the XVIII
Airborne Corps Headquarters divested command of the 3d Infantry Division
Headquarters at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and the III Corps Headquarters relinquished
command of the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters at Fort Riley, Kansas (recently
restationed from Germany).
An objective of the FORSCOM C2 plan is to divest the XVIII Airborne Corps
Headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the III Corps Headquarters
at Fort Hood, Texas, of their traditional corps geographical footprint of
divisions and installations for which they are responsible and of their former
responsibilities for peacetime garrison requirements to provide administrative
control (ADCON) and Title 10 support to divisions and brigades. This divestment
of traditional corps responsibilities will facilitate their transition to
the new modular corps design.
The XVIII Airborne Corps was scheduled to divest control of the 101st Airborne
Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in November, and the 10th Mountain Division
at Fort Drum, New York, and the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg within
the next 18 months. The III Corps also will divest control of the 4th Infantry
Division and the 1st Cavalry Division in the next 18 months.
The XVIII Airborne Modular Corps Headquarters, the III Corps Headquarters,
and the I Corps Headquarters will retain a warfighting focus so they will
be prepared to execute missions as a joint task force or joint force land
component command with no habitually assigned or attached subordinate units.
As such, they will form the C2 headquarters building blocks for expeditionary
force packages in support of warfighting requirements. All division headquarters
will report directly to FORSCOM, which will move to Fort Bragg by 2011.
Corps commanders will retain their positions as senior mission commanders
(SMCs) and installation commanders (ICs) of their respective installations.
When not deployed, the I Corps commander at Fort Lewis will provide ADCON
and Title 10 support, including training readiness oversight, to attached
FORSCOM units. At Forts Bragg and Hood, the corps commanders will serve as
SMCs and ICs, but units will be attached to the Commanding General (CG) of
the 82d Airborne Division and the CG of the 1st Cavalry Division for full
or partial ADCON and Title 10 support.
As part of the new C2 relationships, each SMC will be supported by a FORSCOM
mission support element (MSE) in the execution of his ADCON and Title 10
responsibilities. The MSE will be attached to the FORSCOM commander tasked
to provide ADCON and Title 10 support. The FORSCOM MSE will work with the
Installation Management Command (IMCOM) garrison staff to provide a fully
resourced set of IMCOM and FORSCOM capabilities to facilitate continuity
of ADCON, Title 10, and garrison support functions in support of the expeditionary
force as determined by the required operating tempo.
ONLINE DATABASE HELPS COMMANDERS
DETERMINE EQUIPMENT NEEDS
Commanders preparing for deployment have a new tool available
to help them determine what equipment they need to take
with them. A new common online database, called the Equipment
Common Operating Picture (ECOP), provides easier access
to mission essential equipment lists (MEELs).
ECOP applies to all units currently deployed or deploying
in the future to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom. It contains hundreds of validated MEELs; other
Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), equipment
validations or authorizations; and HQDA equipping policy
documents. ECOP can be used to create and submit operational
needs statements digitally and to track their progress
through the chain of command.
Information on ECOP is available on the Third Army Web
site at www.swa.arcent.army.smil.mil.
Units may register to use the ECOP database at www.armyc2apps.hqda.army.smil.mil/ecop.
Secure Internet protocol routing is required to access
this site. (See related article on "What
to Pack: A Guide to
Predeployment Equipment Planning".)
FIELD MAINTENANCE PAMPHLET PUBLISHED
Department of the Army (DA) Pamphlet 750–2, Soldiers’ Guide
for Field Maintenance Operations, was released on 29 September. This pamphlet
replaces DA Pamphlet 750–35, Soldiers’ Guide to Motor Pool
The new pamphlet reflects changes to Army policy brought about by conversion
to a modular force structure. It also provides sample field maintenance
standing operating procedures and incorporates Standard Army Maintenance
System-Enhanced (SAMS–E) forms for use instead of previously used
The pamphlet was developed by representatives of the Office of the Department
of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4, and the Army Ordnance Center
and School. It can be viewed on line at www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/p750_3.pdf
and on the Army Knowledge Online and Army Web sites.
CADRE OF DEPLOYABLE SPECIALISTS
The Army Materiel Command (AMC) has developed a centralized civilian
deployment program to meet the increasing need for contracting support
during reconstruction operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Deployable
Civilian Contracting Cadre (DCCC) comprises highly trained and experienced
civilian contracting officers on standby and ready to deploy.
DCCC personnel sign a 3-year agreement and are put in a deployment rotation.
They cannot decline to deploy; however, if they do not deploy during
the 3-year period, they still receive an annual retention incentive of
5 percent of base pay. On deployment, they receive a relocation incentive
of 10 percent of base pay.
The DCCC will recruit only 25 new members a year. Members must be in
the General Schedule (GS)-1102 (contract specialist) career field and
in grades 11 to 15. Personnel in grades 11 and 12 must be Defense Acquisition
Workforce Improvement Act level II certified, and personnel in grades
13 to 15 must be level III certified.
For more information, contact one of the following representatives: AMC
at (703) 806–8239; Tank-automotive and Armaments (TACOM) Life Cycle
Management Command (LCMC) at (586) 574–7282; Aviation and Missile
LCMC at (256) 842–7284; Research, Development, and Engineering
Command at (410) 278–0846; Communications-Electronics LCMC at (732)
532–8574; or Army Sustainment Command at (309)782–3191. Visit
the DCCC Web site at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/kc/6322785 to view
the DCCC standing operating procedures, brochure, briefing, and video.
EASY ACCESS TO TOOLS
SAVES TOBYHANNA TIME AND MONEY
Sheet metal workers at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania, no longer have
to make a 10-minute trip from the sheet metal shop to the tool crib to get
the tools they need. Instead, expendable items such as drill bits, work gloves,
safety glasses, and a limited number of handtools now are available in a
vending machine in their work area. By eliminating the time it takes workers
to walk to the main tool crib, get a tool, and return to the work section,
the vending machine is expected to save more than $16,500 a year in direct
crib parts attendant checks the inventory
on the point-of-use vending machine.
The CribMaster ToolCube vending machine offers secure modular
storage for 171 sheet metal-specific items. The design can be changed to
fit any mission by reconfiguring drawers to suit any size and number of
tools. The machine also can generate detailed standard and custom reports
and track assets. Its operating software is compatible with Tobyhanna’s
local area network, making it possible to compile data and update files
electronically. “The software talks to the tool crib,” said
Tom Piontko, tool and parts attendant. “It tells us when the machine
is getting low on supplies and needs to
To use the vending machine, employees scan their identification badges
and select an item. The vending machine provides access only to the approved
quantity of the exact item requested.
Continuous reviews of the machine’s records pinpoint users’ needs.
Tool crib attendants can use the tool-issue history to fine-tune the inventory
and stock items customers use repeatedly or identify those items not used