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Transfer of Navy Logistics Functions will Enhance Warfighter Support

December 28, 2008
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More than 200 Navy positions at Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FSIC) San Diego’s Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest detachment will transfer in place to the Defense Logistics Agency North Island, Calif., when it activates Feb. 15, 2009.

This action is the result of a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision to transfer all supply, storage and distribution (SS&D)functions at service-run maintenance depots, industrial sites and shipyards to DLA to optimize military readiness.

DLA North Island will continue to provide supply, storage and distribution support to maintenance activities on base.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Andy Busch, commander, Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR); Bill Bickert, deputy commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISC); and Capt. Glenn Robillard, commanding officer of FISC San Diego, met with the detachment’s work force and supervisors Nov. 17. Robillard described the process in place to accomplish the transition.

“This is a well thought-out process. The planning time is over; now it’s execution time. We need to look at how to make this happen. The purpose [of today’s meeting] is to get your questions answered. DLA is ready; FRC Southwest is ready, and the Navy is ready,” Robillard said.

Busch said the BRAC transfer is aimed at achieving inventory efficiencies and enhancing warfighter support. He said BRAC is not just something DLA was told to do; it’s public law.

“As a result of the BRAC-related addition of 12 locations across the country, the total DSCR workforce will add up to nearly 4,500 people. DSCR is leading the way in DLA, and I’m committed to a smooth transition,” said Busch.

“There is no mandate to change or do a manpower reduction; I’m looking for inventory efficiencies to achieve the savings we need to make and to break down the barriers between wholesale and retail,” he said.

Bickert told the group that the big benefit of the SS&D transfer to DLA will come from inventory savings.

We’re watching Cherry Point and Jacksonville and [those transfers] have gone very, very smoothly. This is a testimony to Brigadier General Busch’s leadership,” Bickert said.

He encouraged the FISC employees to embrace the changes ahead.

“We hate to lose mission work, but we think it’s going to benefit DoD in the long run. I encourage you to be excited about this,” Bickert said. “You’re the leading edge of supply chain management.”

DLA and the Navy are working together to smooth the transition for realigned employees, while ensuring continuity of service to warfighters. Similar transfers have already taken place at Navy FRCs at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., in August and at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., in October.

COMFISCS provides an array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy and joint operational units across all warfare enterprises. COMFISCS is responsible for facilitating best business practices and efficiencies across the seven FISCs located in San Diego; Norfolk; Jacksonville, Fla.; Yokosuka, Japan; Pearl Harbor; Bremerton (Puget Sound), Wash.; and Sigonella, Italy; and for optimizing the performance of base supply functions and standardizing levels of service across 13 regions and 79 Navy installations.

COMFISCS comprises more than 7,500 military and civilian logistics professionals, operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from nearly 135 locations worldwide.

A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., COMFISCS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel providing “One-Touch Supply.”


Navy Supply Corps Conference Emphasizes Maritime Strategy Operations

November 29, 2008
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Supply Corps flag officers and senior executives discussed the critical role the Navy Supply Corps plays in supporting the Maritime Strategy during a two-day conference held in Washington Nov. 20-21.

Among the topics discussed were: the Supply Corps’ role in supporting joint operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response capabilities, community management issues, challenges of providing logistics support to locations the Navy doesn’t typically operate, and new supply logistics systems that will provide the means to operate in the future.

“Face-to-face information exchange can never be underestimated,” said Rear Adm. Mike Lyden, chief of Supply Corps and Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). “Together we identified where we stand in many key logistics areas, and how we should align ourselves to meet the needs of the warfighter and to support [Chief of Naval Operation’s] Maritime Strategy.”

CNO Adm. Gary Roughead provided updates on various initiatives, including the Littoral Combat Ship, Fleet Response Plan, and Ballistic Missile Defense. He also discussed Global Logistics Capability and how important it will be in enabling the Navy to be even more effective in the future.

The group discussed NAVSUP’s October 2008 implementation of Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) 1.0, the first step in adopting a business management system that will allow the Navy and NAVSUP to unify, standardize, and streamline supply functions into a single, secure, reliable, and accessible system.

“NAVSUP made a gigantic splash when it implemented Navy ERP,” said Vice Adm. Michael K. Loose, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. “This is due, in large part, to NAVSUP leadership’s engagement in the field with their people.”

NAVSUP will implement the next phase of Navy ERP in February 2010.

The attendees also discussed the supply community’s new logistics specialist rating.

“This rating, which merges postal clerk and storekeeper ratings, will help shape the enlisted workforce of the 21st century,” Lyden said. He added that change will also greatly enhance the career opportunity for Sailors within the new Logistics Specialist rating.

Lyden said the conference was a great opportunity for military and civilian leadership in Navy Supply to share ideas and discuss issues. A highlight was a Combatant Commander update, during which two Supply Corps flag officers currently deployed to the Middle East teleconferenced in and provide their inputs to the discussions.

“We made a lot of progress in better defining our path ahead,” Lyden added.

NAVSUP’s primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.

The primary mission of the Supply Corps is to provide expertise to the Navy and other services … including logistics, acquisition, and financial management … afloat and ashore. More than 3,500 naval officers—from Warrant Officer to Rear Admiral—are the business managers of the Navy, responsible for the supply and logistics support of the ships of the active Fleet and hundreds of Naval shore installations located worldwide.

Iraqis make progress on logistics

November 24, 2008

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For a long time, the shortcomings of Iraqi security forces were glaringly obvious in an often underappreciated aspect of war fighting: logistics.

Without a ready supply of spare parts, fuel for vehicles, trained mechanics and ammunition chiefs, combat operations can come to a grinding halt. That’s what happened in 2007, for example, when a group of Iraqi soldiers, en route to a raid on suspected terrorists in the country’s north, got stuck on the roadside. They simply ran out of gasoline.

Logistics are “the lifeblood of any operation,” said U.S. Army Col. Edward Dorman, chief logistician for Multi-National Corps–Iraq.

Dorman has spent the past year trying to eliminate the Iraqi security forces’ weakness in logistics, a shortcoming that has hindered efforts to turn them into a self-reliant military.

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Iraq, Afghanistan airdrops reach all-time high

August 29, 2008
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Resupplying U.S. and coalition forces on the ground is a critical logistical component of combat operations. Seven months into 2008, the Air Force has already supplied forces in Iraq and Afghanistan with more than 8.5 million pounds of goods. This surpasses the 2007 total and reaches an all-time high in what promises to be a historical year for tactical airdrops.

In comparison to airdrops in 2005, the Air Force has dropped more than six times that amount so far this year, and three times the amount airdropped in 2006.

“Airdrop capability is indicative of the asymmetric advantages of airpower throughout the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility,” said Lt. Gen. Gary North, commander of 9th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Central and CENTCOM Combined Force Air Component Commander. “Our U.S. Air Force and coalition air forces’ capability to airdrop supplies to our ground forces in isolated environments allows the collective forces to maintain the pressure on the enemy. In many places in Afghanistan, our airdrops are the sole source of resupply to ground forces.

“The ability to provide this resupply in both routine and emergency situations is very rewarding for our aircrews and the joint service support crews that prepare the airdrop cargo, from rigging the bundles to loading the aircraft.”

By providing troops on the ground with the necessary supplies, it enables ground forces to promote safety and security for the people in both countries.

“This particular airdrop milestone marks the greatest amount of combat resupply in a single year since hostilities began in 2001,” said Maj. Andrew M. Purath, air mobility division tactics chief at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center. “Our ability to airdrop supplies and equipment from our C-130’s and C-17’s allows us to continually take the fight to enemy ground forces, because friendly forces get the supplies they need, when they need them.”

While airdrops directly support coalition forces, they also help Iraqi and Afghan civilians. Air Force airdrops and those from other coalition nations’ airlifters routinely resupply coalition forces by airdropping cargo such as food, water, fuel, ammunition, medical supplies and building materials. Cargo can be airdropped in a variety of methods, each tailored and planned for the specific area and mission specific requirements.

“The airdrop mission has been focused in Afghanistan, because the lack of infrastructure there has made it difficult to resupply overland,” said Major Purath, a Fairborn, Ohio, native. “As coalition forces have increased their presence at forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan, the demand for combat airdrop resupply has increased as well.”

The major said the Air Force’s ability to resupply its personnel can be frustrating for the enemy.

“It has to be frustrating for an enemy to know that we can choose the time and place that we resupply our forces on the ground,” said Major Purath, “particularly when the enemy must receive their supplies from overland sources in some of the most inaccessible real estate on the planet.”

Since 2004, combat airdrop operations have dropped nearly 19 million pounds of cargo and supplies within an average of 185 meters of the requested point of impact with a 98.5 percent recovery rate, according to the major.

Coincidently, this airdrop milestone comes at a time when the Air Force is observing the Berlin Airlift’s 60th anniversary.

Since 1948, Air Force air mobility forces have brought the supplies needed to troops on the ground and to local civilian populations.

Today’s airdrop mission in the CENTCOM AOR is a key part to ongoing combat operations. It provides needed logistics to military members and results in a more stable environment for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.