Army Sustainment October - December 2013

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Shaping the Future of Sustainment

The Combined Arms Support Command developed a white paper that identifies plans to help shape and prepare a globally responsive sustainment force for the next fight. Download this article.

Commentary

The Seven Deadly Sins of Sustainment

The author describes the requirements for providing efficient and effective support for combat units, using the seven deadly sins as a basis for the discussion. Download this article.

FeaturesCMRE: Mission Command of Retrograde Enablers in Afghanistan

CMRE: Mission Command of Retrograde Enablers in Afghanistan

The 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion assumed tactical and operational control over several enablers that worked diligently to push excess materiel out of Afghanistan. Download this article.

FeaturesNCOES Course Redesign at the Soldier Support Institute

NCOES Course Redesign at the Soldier Support Institute

The Soldier Support Institute used the Army Learning Model to redesign its Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy courses and improve the quality of education provided to adjutant general, financial management, recruiting and retention, and chaplain assistant NCOs. Download this article.

Operations

Lean Six Sigma Improves Base Closure Efficiency

Five officers from the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion used Lean Six Sigma to improve the effectiveness of the base closure assistance teams that were supporting base closure and transfer efforts in Afghanistan. Download this article.

Operations

Mobile Container Assessment Team Missions, Responsibilities, and Troop Leading Procedures

Leaders and planners can use troop leading procedures to guide mission planning and to identify key considerations in the process. Download this article.

Training and Education

The Army Command and General Staff College’s New Solution to an Old Planning Problem

The Army Command and General Staff College has developed the P934 Course to provide students with the doctrinal knowledge and tools needed to meet sustainment planning requirements for the Command and General Staff Officers’ Course and beyond. Download this article.

History

Operation Yo-Yo: Transportation During the First Year of the Korean War

The Korean War illustrates how supply lines affect operations. The closer a force is to its supply base, the shorter the turnaround in logistics. Download this article.

SpectrumFrom Hard to Harder: Iraq Retrograde Lessons for Afghanistan

From Hard to Harder: Iraq Retrograde Lessons for Afghanistan

This article reviews retrograde lessons learned from Iraq, compares them with the retrograde operations in Afghanistan, and discusses their application to the Army of 2020. Download this article.

Commentary

Dealing with Chaoplexity

In this commentary, the authors propose a new frame for the professionalization of military logisticians. Download this article.

FeaturesStrategic Thinking for Transportation Leaders

Strategic Thinking for Transportation Leaders

Strategic thinking skills can help transportation leaders focus on their operational environment. Download this article.

Features101st Sustainment Brigade Validates for Deployment

101st Sustainment Brigade Validates for Deployment

The brigade conducted extensive predeployment training to improve its mission command capabilities for what could be its last deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Download this article.

Operations

Extending the 1st Theater Sustainment Command’s Reach Into Central Asia

The Surface Tender U.S. Central Command Region program enabled the 1st TSC to increase cross-border commerce between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries. Download this article.

Operations

Preparing for the Retrograde Customs Mission in Afghanistan

The 427th Brigade Support Battalion provides its lessons learned from supporting the customs mission for U.S. Central Command retrograde operations in Afghanistan. Download this article.

Training and EducationOperational Contract Support: Looking Forward by Looking Back

Operational Contract Support: Looking Forward by Looking Back

Civilian resources have historically been used to augment force sustainment. Operational contract support must continue to be taught so that future commanders can effectively use such resources. Download this article.

Tools

The Modern Aviation Support Battalion

The Modern Aviation Support Battalion

The Army's newest aviation support battalion provides air and ground sustainment for the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. Download this article.

Lines of Communication

Foreign Area Officers for Soft Logistics

A letter to the editor in response to “A Case for Soft Logistics.” Download this article.

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October-December 2013

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A mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle is processed at the 2nd Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, redistribution property accountability team yard at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, April 23, 2011. (Photo by Galen Putnam)