Army Sustainment September - October 2012

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CASCOM—A Key Player in the Network Integration Evaluation Process Army 2020

The Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) plays a major role in the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercises. It also has an integral part in the Army Agile Process Life Cycle. Download this article.

Property Accountability Challenges in a Headquarters Company

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 24th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Regional Command North in Afghanistan in February 2010. Download this article.

Medical Logistics in Regional Command North

During its deployment to Afghanistan, the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s brigade medical supply office implemented a number of changes to medical supply operations to improve the medical services offered to troops in Regional Command North. Download this article.

The Enlisted Aide Program and Training

A course at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence instructs current and future enlisted aides on their duties and arms them with the knowledge needed to address situations that are not clear cut. Download this article.

The Case Against a Cargo Unmanned Aircraft System

Would the military really benefit from the procurement of an unmanned aircraft system specifically designed for delivering supplies to troops in remote and dangerous locations? Download this article.

Planning and Executing Battalion Training and Certification

Responding to the direction and vision of the commander of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Brigadier General Terence J. Hildner, the 49th Transportation Battalion developed a training and certification program for companies and smaller units deploying to Afghanistan. Download this article.

Training and Certifying Companies for C2CRE and GRF Missions

As the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control) transitioned into a combat sustainment support battalion, it began to manage seven additional companies. Download this article.

Training and Certification for Convoy Escort Teams

After plans for a Quartermaster company to deploy to Afghanistan to provide convoy security changed, the unit continued preparations for a gunnery exercise to certify crews for convoy protection platforms. Download this article.

Logistics Training at the Joint Readiness Training Center

Assignment as an “observer, coach, trainer” at the Joint Readiness Training Center provides opportunities to mentor deploying units and receive professional development training. Download this article.

Redefining the Future of Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities

The Army is developing new multifunctional maintenance complexes to meet the demands of the 21st century. Download this article.

Redistribution Property Assistance Team Academy Mobilizes to Train Deploying Soldiers

In March, a mobile training team from the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), 402d Army Field Support Brigade, came to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, from Kuwait to train New York Army National Guard Soldiers in redistribution property assistance team (RPAT) skills. Download this article.

Mass Atrocity Response Operations Handbook Now Available for Military Planners

On 11 August 2011, President Barack Obama directed the establishment of an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board to coordinate a whole of Government approach to preventing mass atrocities and genocide. Presidential Study Directive–10, The Presidential Directive on Mass Atrocities and Genocide, was later codified in the Department of Defense’s Strategic Guidance, Joint Publication 3.07, and the Army Operating Concept as Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO). Download this article.

The Road to Sayed: Lessons Learned From a Recovery Operation in Northern Afghanistan

The road to Sayed is little more than a goat trail, a trading route likely used for hundreds of years if not longer. Barely improved, its continued use is indicated by the fact that it is almost inexplicably found on contemporary military maps, including those loaded onto Blue Force Tracker. Download this article.

Split-Based Level II Medical Support Operations

Over the past decade of protracted conflict, the Army has continued to employ its forces in a manner that does not always follow doctrine but instead adapts to the mission set and operating environment. Download this article.

Supply Support Activity Operations in Regional Command North

Working with Afghan locals and using liaison officers allowed a brigade support battalion’s distribution company to support all of its customers while maintaining property accountability. Download this article.

Making BCS3 Work in a Deployed Environment

Units planning to use BCS3 in a deployed environment may find it to be a far greater challenge than expected. Soldiers of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command learned this in 2011 as they supported Operation New Dawn. Download this article.

The Impact of Logistics on the British Defeat in the Revolutionary War

At the onset of hostilities between Great Britain and its 13 North American colonies in 1775, the British enjoyed significant advantages over the future United States of America. While logistics arrangements for both sides during the Revolutionary War were somewhat spartan, the British logistics system, compared to the logistics organization of the rebelling colonies, was, on the surface, the epitome of efficiency. Download this article.

Sustainment Battalion Convoy Protection Platform Gunnery

Sustainment units often must provide their own protection for supply convoys but seldom are trained to do so. Using a new convoy protection training circular, the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control) conducted gunnery training before deploying to Afghanistan. Download this article.

A Casualty Liaison Team Prepares for Deployment

Over the past 10 years, the Army has embraced modularity, replacing functional brigades with bri-gade combat teams. Download this article.

Commercial Vendor Services and Disbursing Situational Training Exercise

To prepare for its deployment to Afghanistan, a finance detachment of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command developed a training event that simulated the daily business it could expect to conduct in the theater. Download this article.

Rapidly Returning the Global Response Force

The 407th Brigade Support Battalion competently redeployed the 2d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, from Operation Unified Response in Haiti by planning, rehearsing, and communicating well with all of the units involved in the mission. Download this article.

A Case for Change in the Management of Class V

The Army’s ammunition organizations have performed effectively during more than 10 years of war. Download this article.

An Enlisted Soldier Graduates From the Theater Logistics Planners Program

Any operation in the Army requires planning and preparation. Soldiers often fail to realize just how much planning goes into an event to make it work. Download this article.

AMMPS Fielding Is Underway in Afghanistan

AMMPS Fielding Is Underway in Afghanistan In July 2012, the Army fielded the first 81 of approximately 1,600 advanced medium mobile power sources (AMMPS) generators planned for units in Afghanistan over the next year. Download this article.

Lean Six Sigma Project Improves Inventory Planning for Cartridge and Propellant Actuated Devices

A Lean Six Sigma project at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command has applied technology to improve inventory planning and management of cartridge actuated devices (CADs) and propellant actuated devices (PADs). Download this article.

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September-October 2012

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In the current operating environment, sustainment units often provide their own security escorts. Prior to its deployment to Afghanistan, the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control) prepared its units to perform a convoy security mission. The articles on pages 32 and 40 describe this training. The deployment of the 24th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who conducted logistics convoy security in theater, is also highlighted in this issue. The articles beginning on pages 4 through 17 highlight the sustainment operations conducted by the 24th BSB in Afghanistan. On the cover, a gunner with a security platoon from the 24th BSB prepares an M2 .50-caliber machinegun for a 215-mile supply run from Camp Deh Dadi II to Forward Operating Base Griffin, Afghanistan. (Photo by SGT Christopher Klutts)