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Transfer of Navy Logistics Functions will Enhance Warfighter Support

December 28, 2008
Naval Calendar 2009

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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.”


Operation Deep Freeze 2008-2009 season begins

September 6, 2008


Atmospheric conditions over the Antarctic turn the contrails of this USAF C-141 Starlifter red. Purchase the “Bloodsmoke” calendar, poster or framed art print for your office or den at The PatriArt Gallery.

Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. military’s support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation, is scheduled to kick off the 2008-2009 season Sept. 4 as the first C-17 Globemaster III delivers passengers and cargo to McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

The C-17, based out of McChord Air Force Base, Washington, will fly multiple missions from Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, to McMurdo Station as part of SpringFly Sept. 4-10. Christchurch is the staging point for deployment to McMurdo Station, a key research and operations facility for the U.S. Antarctic Program.

Formerly known as WinFly, SpringFly is the ODF ramp-up phase to prepare buildings and equipment, as well as pave the overland traverse to the South Pole, in preparation for the arrival of the main body of military and civilian personnel during the main season in October.

ODF involves operational and logistic support of the National Science Foundation’s scientific research activities in Antarctica by U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard forces. This support is provided by members of the Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica headquartered here and led by Lt. Gen. Loyd S. “Chip” Utterback, 13th Air Force and JTF SFA commander.

JTF-SFA personnel coordinate strategic intertheater airlift, tactical LC-130 deep field support, aeromedical evacuation support, search and rescue response, sealift, seaport access, bulk fuel supply, port cargo handling and transportation requirements for ODF. Active duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard work together as part of the Joint Task Force.

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and most inhospitable continent on the globe. The U.S. military are uniquely equipped and trained to operate in such an austere environment and has therefore provided support to the U.S. Antarctic Program since 1955.

Iraq, Afghanistan airdrops reach all-time high

August 29, 2008
Gateway to the World

Gateway to the World

A United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter banks above the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. The C-17 is assigned to Charleston Air Force Base. Find the C-17 Globemaster III “Gateway to the World” tee-shirt at The Military Chest.

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.