|DLA TO PURCHASE REPARABLE ITEM
“SPARES” FOR ARMY AND OTHER SERVICES
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will now procure depot-level reparable (DLR) items for the Army and the other services. The Army Materiel Command (AMC) previously ordered depot-level reparables, such as new tank engines, radar components, electronics, and helicopter engines, for the Army. The transfer of depot-level reparables procurement to DLA is the result of a Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission recommendation. DLA’s ability to provide “joint acquisitions” allows the agency to purchase similar items for all services at the same time. DLA estimates that the move will save the Department of Defense $1.9 billion dollars over the next 20 years.
“Each of the services will still be responsible for managing the DLR items, maintaining the inventory, selling the item to the units, etc.,” says Gene Duncan, Army Contracting Command deputy director. “The only thing that changes is that, instead of turning to their local acquisition centers, the services will go to DLA to buy them.”
Some 68 AMC Acquisition Center employees based at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, have moved to the new DLA detachment there to handle the mission at the arsenal. The Redstone Arsenal detachment should complete its transition by 2009. BRAC calls for additional DLA acquisition detachments at AMC’s life-cycle management commands to be operational by 2011. A total of 188 Army positions will move to DLA. Many will “transfer in place.”
Army Logistician sadly announces the death of former editor Terry R. Speights on 30 August 2008. A native of Mississippi and an Air Force veteran, Terry joined the staff of Army Logistician in 1970, during the magazine's first year of operation. As senior associate editor under Army Logistician’s first editor, Thomas A. Johnson, and then as editor following Mr. Johnson’s retirement, Terry was the primary person responsible for the magazine’s editorial content for over a quarter century. He became editor in 1987 and served until his retirement at the end of 1996. Terry was the consummate journalistic professional. He was always courteous and positive, his contributions to the publication were great, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
NEW CONDITION-BASED MAINTENANCE
TOOLS COMING TO ARMY AVIATION
Bell Helicopter and the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate have signed a 3-year agreement to develop and improve condition-based
maintenance (CBM) technologies for Army aircraft. The agreement will include an integrated set of diagnostic, prognostic, and system health assessment tools to support Army operations support and sustainment technology objectives. The technologies will include corrosion detection, electrical component prognostics, fatigue damage detection, and various rotor system prognostics. They promise to save the Department of Defense (DOD) money and man-hours by aiding DOD’s initiative to transition the maintenance of weapon systems from time-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance plus (CBM+) by 2015.
Currently, aviation maintenance is performed on time schedules that are based on operating hours or a set number of days. The maintenance may or may not be necessary, which can result in unnecessary man-hours and replacement of parts. CBM+ will emplace maintenance processes and capabilities to improve operational availability and reduce the maintenance burden.
By 2010, the Army aims to meet Science and Technology goals (measured against a 2005 fielded aircraft baseline) for aviation that include—
- Reducing inspections per flight-hour by 25 percent.
- Reducing maintenance labor per flight-hour by 8 percent.
- Increasing the component mean time between removals by 10 percent.
- Achieving a less than 10 percent false removal rate.
All of this will be done through advances in CBM technology that allow the reduction of inspections and preventive maintenance, expansion of serviceability criteria, extension of time between overhaul, and prediction of failure with sufficient fidelity to allow scheduling of maintenance.
Open system architecture and data standardization will allow the insertion of new technology into existing aircraft systems. These technologies will be added to the aircraft platforms through revisions and block upgrades and are compatible with the health and usage monitoring systems currently used on Army aircraft.
TWO ARMY UNITS WIN DEFENSE
The Army picked up two of six 2008 Secretary of Defense awards for field-level maintenance. The 3d Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery Regiment, at Fort Bliss, Texas, received an award in the large unit category. Company B, 610th Brigade Support Battalion, at Fort Riley, Kansas, received honors in the small unit category. The Secretary of Defense field-level maintenance awards recognize outstanding achievement in military equipment and weapon systems maintenance throughout the Department of Defense. The awards were to be presented 29 October in Denver, Colorado, at the 2008 Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition. The Secretary of the Army recognized both Army recipients earlier this year.
MORE THAN 5 MILLION BATTLEFIELD
MEDICAL RECORDS GO DIGITAL
The Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) system has collected more than 5 million electronic medical records since its inception in 2003. Currently, Army and Air Force medical facilities in Sinai, Egypt, as well as Army Special Forces, Navy, and Marine providers throughout Southwest Asia, use MC4’s handheld devices and laptops to digitally document patient care in combat zones. (See related story in DCAM: Managing MEDLOG
Systems on the Battlefield.)
More than 24,000 systems have deployed to medical units in Iraq and 13 other countries, and more than 26,000 field medics, doctors, nurses, and commanders have been trained to use the systems in combat support hospitals and battalion aid stations.
The technology and the digital records have provided increased continuity of care, given providers up-to-date information resulting in fewer repeat procedures, and improved medical situational awareness for commanders so that medical resources and personnel are better placed on the battlefield.
MC4 is the Army’s response to Presidential and Congressional mandates to adjust how the Department of Defense tracks medical records. The system was chosen after thousands of Gulf War veterans returned from duty without records of combat-related illnesses and injuries. This lack of records resulted in the loss of benefits for some veterans.
Information recorded using MC4 is available to service members when they return home and can obtain healthcare benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
|An Army medic accesses medical records using the MC4 handheld device. The technology gives medical providers the ability to record, store, retrieve, and transfer patient records.
NEW MORTUARY AFFAIRS TECHNOLOGY
TO PROVIDE GREATER BATTLEFIELD MOBILITY
The Army Combined Arms Support Command and Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems have developed a new system for processing and handling remains on the battlefield. The mobile integrated remains collection system (MIRCS) will decrease the time a mortuary affairs team needs to process remains by being easy to transport and setup.
The MIRCS is an expandable International Organization for Standardization shelter that contains a receiving and processing area, a refrigerated storage area for up to 16 remains, an administrative area, and storage for required operational supplies. The environmentally controlled system can operate in extreme temperatures. The air is changed 12 times per hour in the work areas to protect personnel from airborne pathogens. An on-board 15-kilowatt generator provides power to run all onboard systems. An onboard fuel tank allows for self-sustaining operations for 24 to 72 hours.
The MIRCS and its associated equipment provide a more sanitary environment to mortuary affairs teams, overcoming an existing problem with the current system. The MIRCS provides running hot and cold water, pumped from external sources, for use in sanitizing personnel and equipment. The system has the capability to store wastewater, and a separate specifically designed collapsible shelter protects up to 24 remains (awaiting processing) from the elements.
The MIRCS eliminates cumbersome frame tents used with the current mortuary affairs collection point gear, which comprises two 5-ton tractors, a 20-foot refrigerated container, three frame tents, a 10-kilowatt generator, a 30-foot flatbed trailer, 300-gallon water trailer, and 12 sets of camouflage.
|The environmentally controlled MIRCS system is self-sustainable for 24 to 72 hours and features a refrigerated remains storage compartment that can continuously cool 16 remains. Technicians can use this height-adjustable gurney to retrieve remains from storage.
The current mortuary affairs collection point equipment requires two C–17 aircraft for transport. One C–17 can transport the MIRCS. The new collection point equipment will consist of one heavy expanded mobility tactical truck (or a similar vehicle with a load handling system), a high mobility multipurpose-wheeled vehicle (to move additional team members), and the MIRCS.
The MIRCS can also be airlifted by a CH–47 Chinook helicopter—a feature not available with current equipment. Sling-loading will allow use of the equipment in more remote locations on the battlefield or in a disaster scenario.
The change in configuration reduces setup time from 4 hours to 1 hour, allowing the forward collection platoon personnel of a mortuary affairs collection company to more rapidly receive, store, process, and evacuate remains and personal effects at the collection point. Mortuary affairs units will begin receiving the MIRCS in late 2009.
REALIGNMENTS SWITCH ARMY DEPOT
SUPPLY FUNCTIONS TO DLA
The Army will transfer the management of supply, storage, and distribution (SS&D) functions at three of its maintenance depots to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) by 15 September 2011. The affected Army depots are Anniston, Alabama; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania.
The transfer, directed by the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission, is part of a larger consolidation of SS&D functions and associated inventories with those of the supporting military services’ industrial activities. While SS&D management of the Army maintenance depots’ inventories will transfer to DLA, the Army will continue to procure and maintain ownership of materials for use in depot maintenance missions.
The transfer will support the Army’s efforts to develop a collaborative, integrated, “end-to-end” Army and DLA supply chain. The Army will be the last service to go through the transition since it is in the process of converting legacy maintenance depot automated management information systems to the Logistics Modernization Program enterprise resource plan. The Air Force is shifting its SS&D functions to DLA during fiscal year 2008, followed by the Navy in late 2008 and 2009, the Marine Corps in 2009 and 2010, and Army in 2010 and 2011.
EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO BE DELIVERED
TO AFGHANISTAN IN DECEMBER
The Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command has awarded a 3-year contract to Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, to build emergency response vehicles. The company will initially build 68 Pierce minipumper fire emergency vehicles for use in Operation Enduring Freedom by U.S. Soldiers and the Afghan National Police. The first vehicles are scheduled for delivery to Kabul, Afghanistan, in December.
The vehicles are designed for emergency medical services, fire response, and rescue operations in the mountainous Afghan terrain. The vehicles are built on Ford Super Duty F550XL frames and have 325-horsepower engines. Each vehicle is equipped with a side-mounted control panel that manages a 250-gallon per-minute water pump and has 54 cubic feet of storage space.
|General Dynamics Land System employees strip slat armor off a Stryker vehicle from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division. Five thousand pounds of slat armor had been installed on the brigade’s 280 Stryker vehicles in preparation for its surge north in Iraq last year. The 4th BCT saw extensive combat in the province of Diyala. The deslatting, which occurred in June at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, prepared the vehicles to be refurbished and further employed under the Army Reset Program. (Photo by Jim Hinnant, 401st Army Field Support Brigade)
TRANSCOM TESTING CARGO TRACKING
ABILITY OF SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY
The U.S. Transportation Command (TRANS-COM) and Numerex Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia, signed a cooperative research and development agreement in May to determine the ability of Numerex’s satellite tracking device, the Orbit One SX1, to monitor military cargo. As part of the agreement, Numerex will test its military-grade tracking module against a range of operational environments, making sure that it is suitable for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company also will test the device to ensure that it meets the certification requirements for hazards of electromagnetic radiation to ordnance.
The reliable satellite technology could provide logisticians with real-time visibility throughout the distribution process—an imperative of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4, set in 2003. The SX1 is expected to be able provide visibility of supplies en route to forward operating bases—technology that has yet to be developed for the active radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag and interrogator system currently used by the Army. Right now, once supplies leave the RFID interrogator infrastructure, visibility is lost.
The SX1 research and development testing is taking place at UNICOR, a Defense Logistics Agency-certified testing facility in Colorado run by Federal Prisons Industries, Inc. Once testing is completed, a national stock number will be issued and the devices will be placed on the military’s qualified product list.
|The Green Springs, an Army vessel from the 10th Support Group, 8th Theater Sustainment
Command, in Okinawa, Japan, leads a convoy of tugs, landing craft mechanized, and landing craft utility during Exercise Pacific Reach ’08. The exercise near Yokohama provided training to more than 200 Army mariners, civilians, and Department of Defense contractors. It also provided an opportunity for the 403d Army Field Support Brigade to validate activation procedures and
readiness of select Army pre-positioned stocks 4 watercraft. (Photo by Corey Horn)
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
WANTS HELP GOING GREEN
A new Green Products team at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is locating green products to include in the supply system. Green products are those that are energy saving or nontoxic or contain recycled content or low levels of volatile organic compounds. In order to make the process more efficient, DLA is asking customers to identify high-demand and hard-to-find green products. Customers who know of locally-purchased products they would like to see available through the supply system or of a green alternative to a hazardous material can contact the Green Products team by email at GreenProducts@dla.mil, by phone at (804) 279–5226, or via their web-based form at www.dscr.dla.mil/userweb/aviationengineering/BUY_GREEN/
TLog GRADUATES TO RECEIVE “P1” SKILL IDENTIFIER
The Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G–1, has approved a proposal from the Army Combined Arms Support Command to create a skill identifier for personnel who have attended the Theater Logistics Studies Program (TLog) and to code positions in the force structure for those graduates. Logistics officers who receive the new skill identifier, P1, will be slotted into logistics positions in operational logistics units, such as theater sustainment commands, expeditionary sustainment commands, and sustainment brigades, or on joint and multinational staffs.
Establishment of the skill identifier will allow effective tracking of graduates and position requirements, ensuring career-long use of the graduates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The Army Logistics Management College at Fort Lee, Virginia, offers TLog to logistics officers in the ranks of O–3 and above who have at least 7 years of service and civilians in the grades of GS–13 and above with at least 5 years of logistics experience. Warrant officers can attend TLog by exception. For more information, view the ALMC course catalog online at www.alu.army.mil/
ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK PROGRAM TO IMPROVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
The Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) Program is a new Army tool that assesses individual and organizational leadership strengths and weaknesses through a 360-degree assessment. The program gives peers, subordinates, and supervisors (at all levels) the opportunity to honestly assess each other’s performance without fear of reprisal because the information in MSAF is confidential. MSAF also provides individual feedback related to the eight leader competencies described in Field Manual 6–22, Army Leadership.
MSAF started as a pilot program in 2004 to raise self-awareness and guide skill improvement for Army leaders. MSAF will continue this mission by assessing the training and education of officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and Army civilians in all components.
Individuals may use MSAF at any time for self-development. Professional Military Education (PME) and Civilian Education System (CES) courses now require participants to initiate a self-assessment before attending class. PME students will receive notification through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System. CES students will be notified through the Civilian Human Resources Training Application System.
Students will select individuals they served with at their last assignments to evaluate their leadership skills. Once the assessment is complete, students will receive an individual feedback report. Students can then meet with an instructor and use the results to construct an individual development plan.
Only the person who initiated the assessment will have access to the feedback it provides. Commanders will not have access to individual feedback reports for their subordinate leaders, but they will receive a cumulative report for their organizations that contains no information identifying individuals.
The Officer Education System (OES) Intermediate Level Education (ILE) was the first to use MSAF. The Sergeants Major Course is next. The other PME schools will follow in the first half of fiscal year 2009. The CES will phase in MSAF, starting with the Advanced Course in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 and ending with the Basic Course in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009.
MSAF assessment tools and feedback are available through the My Leader Development section of Army Knowledge Online or by logging onto https://msaf.army.mil.
COUNSELING CLASS AVAILABLE ON LINE
A new online developmental counseling course is available to Army leaders. The Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, released the course, which covers types of counseling, leaders as counselors, and the counseling process. The 11 hours of instruction are based on the Army’s newest leadership doctrine, Field Manual (FM) 6–22, Army Leadership. The course and its accompanying FM are available on the Combined Arms Center website at http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/
Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation
(required by 39 U.S.C. 3685).
The name of the publication is Army Logistician, an official publication, published bimonthly by Headquarters, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command, for Headquarters, Department of the Army, at the U.S. Army Logistics Management College (ALMC), Fort Lee, Virginia. Editor is Robert D. Paulus, ALMC, Fort Lee, VA 23801-1705. Extent and nature of circulation: the figures that follow are average numbers of copies of each issue for the preceding 12 months for the categories listed.
Total paid circulation, sold through Government Printing
Requested distribution by mail, carrier, or other means:
Total distribution: 15,833.
Copies not distributed in above manner: 125.
Actual number of copies of a single issue published nearest
to the filing date: 15,294.
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Robert D. Paulus, 4 September 2008.