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Lieutenant General Mitchell H. Stevenson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Department of the Army, has established a property accountability team to address critical issues and topics and distribute a periodic newsletter.  The team includes leaders and subject-matter experts from the Department of the Army G-4, the Army Combined Arms Support Command, the Quartermaster Center and School, the Army Forces Command G-4, and other key organizations.  The property accountability newsletter is designed for leaders, Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and supporting Army contractors involved in property accountability and is available online at https://forums.bcks.army.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=674460.

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Chief Warrant Officer (W-4) Jennifer E. Trossbach became the first woman in the history of the Transportation Corps to attain the rank of chief warrant officer (W-5) when she was promoted in December at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

The promoting officer, Major General James E. Chambers, the commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Virginia, observed, "We need to congratulate her [Trossbach] because she's  the first woman CW5 in the Transportation Corps and it's an Army milestone."  Noting the recent promotion of a logistician, General Ann E. Dunwoody, as the first female four-star officer in U.S. history, General Chambers added, "This is a great year for accomplishments by great women."

CW5 Trossbach is a marine engineering officer assigned to the Marine Engineering Division, Maritime Training Center, an academic department of the Army Transportation Center and School at Fort Eustis. On active duty since 1985, she was appointed as a warrant officer in 1991 and initially served as a small tug chief engineer with the 73rd Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion.  In 2004, while deployed to Kuwait as an armor integration officer, she was awarded the Bronze Star for her actions in coordinating the efforts to add armor to the brigade's tactical and commercial mission-essential vehicles.  CW5 Trossbach also served as the Army Training and Doctrine Command capability manager in transportation and helped to develop the 2008 Army Watercraft Master Plan.

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The Army Materiel Command (AMC) Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) and the Council of Logistics Engineering Professionals (CLEP) will hold the 2009 Life Cycle Logistics Tools Workshop and Users Group from 12 to 14 May at the Holiday Inn in downtown Huntsville, Alabama.

The workshop includes speakers from Program Executive Office Aviation; the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center; the Defense Acquisition University; and LOGSA.  User sessions will include roundtable discussions and question-and-answer sessions on the basic and advanced use of a broad array of tools, including those used in creating and formatting planning documents, analyzing lifecycle costs, conducting repair software analysis, performing logistics management, and measuring system performance metrics.  Condition-based maintenance and updates on Government Electronics Industrial Association (GEIA) standards and policies will also be addressed at this year's event.

For more information or to register, visit www.logisticsengineers.org.  There is a discount for registering before 10 April.

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The Joint Warfighting Conference will be held from 12 to 14 May at the Virginia Beach Conference Center in Virginia.  The conference will focus what it takes to build a balanced joint force that can best meet the demands of the future security environments outlined in the Joint Operating Environment 2008 and the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations.  Leaders will also address how building this force will affect industry and joint warfighters.

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the US Naval Institute are cosponsoring the strategic conference in coordination with the US Joint Forces Command and with the support of the Greater Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and the Hampton Roads and Tidewater chapters of AFCEA.

For more information or to register, visit www.afcea.org/events/east/09/intro.asp.

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The 5th annual Military Logistics Summit will be held from 8 to 11 June in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  The event, hosted by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, will feature updated Department of Defense mission priorities and information for supporting major deployment, redeployment, and distribution operations.  The summit will bring together leaders and decisionmakers from the logistics community to discuss the latest initiatives and implementation strategies for ensuring future military flexibility and preparedness.  For more information or to register, visit the summit website at www.MilitaryLogisticsSummit.com.

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International Defence Logistics 2009 will be held 9 to 11 June at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels, Belgium.  The conference blends on-the-ground case studies, enterprise-level exploration of organizational efficiency, and transformation information to provide participants with a look at what challenges the logistics community faces in the 21st century.  For more information or to register, visit the conference website at www.defencelog.com.

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The Army Center of Military History wants to hear from logisticians in all components (Active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve) and at all leadership levels who have served in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).  The center is working on a GWOT collection and needs Soldiers and units to contribute and to help preserve-

  • Personal experience papers and oral interviews.
  • Operational, mobilization, demobilization, and movement orders.
  • Operations plans, summaries, storyboards, maps, charts, and drawings.
  • Command and battle update briefs, tactical update assessments, after-action reviews, and lessons learned.
  • Key leader personal files, emails, correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, and journals.
  • Intelligence and significant activity reports and summaries.
  • Award recommendation packets and witness statements for awards at the level of the Army Commendation Medal with V devise-level and above.
  • Unit alpha rosters without Social Security numbers.
  • Public affairs news releases and hometown articles.
  • Combat and other photographs with good captions.
  • Special studies and briefings.

To contribute to the GWOT collection or obtain more information, email Lieutenant Colonel Robert Smith, the Global War on Terrorism project officer, at Robert.Smith38@us.army.mil.

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Senior captains, majors, and Department of the Army civilians (GS-12 or above) can become premier operational-level logisticians through the Army's Theater Logistics Studies Program (TLog) offered by the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC) at Fort Lee, Virginia.  This challenging 19-week course improves students' knowledge of theater logistics, hones their planning skills, and gives them the opportunity to formalize their professional expertise into an extremely marketable master's degree.  It also provides them with the skills needed to become part of the first response team of planners responsible for creating the logistics footprint in an undeveloped theater of operations.

Since 2007, TLog has been evolving into the premier training ground for the best logistics planners.  With an instructor lineup that is 90-percent military, TLog combines scenario-based classroom instruction, historical logistics staff rides, and realistic (briefing style) examinations to dramatically enhance planning and critical thinking skills and better prepare logisticians for operational-level command and staff positions.  TLog is designed to increase operational knowledge, hone decisionmaking abilities, and refine staff skills.  The 19-week course uses three planning scenarios, multiple rock drills, and general officer mentors to help prepare students for the challenges of being a theater-level logistics planner.  Officer graduates also receive an additional skill identifier, P1, marking them for key logistics positions within a theater support command; an expeditionary support command; or in the G-4 shop of a corps, division, or Army service component command.

TLog and Florida Institute of Technology have a cooperative degree program that grants 12 hours of credit toward a master of science degree in logistics management, management, or disaster management.  Military students transition to ALMC in order to complete their entire degree within 1 year.

As noted by Lieutenant General Mitchell H. Stevenson, when he was commander of the Army Combined Arms Support Command, the purpose of TLog is to "develop agile, innovative logisticians who have the decision analysis, logistic knowledge, and skill sets to find solutions for complex, operational logistic challenges."

For more information, contact Ken Cox at 804/765-4752, or email leeetlog@conus.army.mil.

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