Parochialism in FA 90?
I read with interest the article by retired Major General Terry E. Juskowiak
and Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Shumar concerning the Multifunctional Logistician
Program in the November–December issue
of Army Logistician. I don’t necessarily disagree with the need to better
develop multifunctional logisticians; however, I found it curious that the 12
formerly coded 88 (Transportation Corps) Surface Deployment and Distribution
Command command positions were deemed to be more appropriately coded as FA 90
commands, while other functional battalion command positions were left alone.
The terminal operations, distribution, and traffic management skill sets relative
to commanding one of these former 88 battalions are certainly as functionally
unique as those skill sets related to ammunition, supply, and POL [petroleum,
oils, and lubricants] units.
While the article speaks of the need to curtail parochial divisions between the
logistics branches, this very selective half-measure only enhances the perception
that parochialism is alive and well.
BG Donald D. Parker, USA (Ret.)
Southport, North Carolina
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