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Transportation helps field new 
software tracking system

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

      The Fort McCoy Unit Movement Section of the Directorate of Logistics (DOL) has helped train and field a new computerized deployment and transportation system that moves personnel, equipment and supplies.

Photo: Dywain Price (center) and Fredricka Higgs (second from right) provide instruction and support to students on the TC-AIMS II transportation tracking system. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Dywain Price (center) and Fredricka Higgs (second from right) provide instruction and support to students on the TC-AIMS II transportation tracking system. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      The Transportation Coordinators Automated Information Management System II (TC-AIMS II) is replacing the Transportation Coordinators Automated Command and Control Information System (TC-ACCIS), said D.J. Eckland, the Unit Movement coordinator for VT Griffin.

      VT Griffin is contracted to provide DOL services.

      "The new system provides operators with improved total asset visibility (TAV) of Army equipment and personnel," he said. "It's also a Windows-based system, which more Soldiers are familiar with than the UNIX system (used by TC-ACCIS)."

      TC-AIMS II has replaced TC-ACCIS as the system of record mobilizing units use to deploy personnel and equipment to theater.

      U.S. Army Forces Command and other higher-echelon commands such as First Army, U.S. Transportation Command and Central Command benefit from the increased TAV available when deploying units use TC-AIMS II.

      The TC-AIMS II system will be used as part of a local and regional network allowing units to more accurately track personnel, equipment and supplies.

      The Armywide implementation of TC-AIMS II will require many changes in the current processes of creating, maintaining and updating organizational equipment lists and unit deployment lists, Eckland said. The TC-AIMS II business process will require a more-detailed approach to movement planning and movement execution than were required by its predecessor. The Fort McCoy Unit Movement Section will benefit by having more detailed information to assist units in coordinating movement and maintaining in-transit visibility of equipment, personnel and supplies during deployments, he said.

       Michael Tillman, the program officer for  the  Transportation Information Systems of Springfield, Va., which conducted the training, said the new system will give commanders real-time information about personnel and equipment and monitor movement executions.

      Servicemembers using the system receive nine days of training. Tillman said it's recommended that everyone involved in the movement process be certified and familiar with the procedures needed to use the TC-AIMS II program.

      The training has been under way for about a year. Students have come from North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan to take the training. Servicemembers from the installation's 84th Training Command (Leader Readiness) also went through the course and will provide sustainment training as part of its course of instruction, he said.

      Maj. George Mohr, a Logistics Management specialist for the S-4 (Supply) of the 64th Troop Command, a Wisconsin Army National Guard unit from Madison, said the unit is being fielded a total package TC-AIMS II system.

      The unit formerly did all of its tracking on a manual basis.

      "The new system will have two advantages for us," Mohr said. "It will allow us to track deploying subordinate unit equipment and redeploying equipment to and from Wisconsin, including in-theater."

      Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hess of the 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of Tomah, Wis., said her experience with automated transportation systems included using an Excel spread sheet during a deployment with the 1158th Transportation Company. All of the data was entered and kept track of manually.

      "TC-AIMS II is much faster and more accurate than that," Hess said. Mohr added the new system "will help us come up with a plan ahead of time when we have to move personnel or equipment."

      The new system also will help the unit track where its equipment is, without having to check in with Fort McCoy to get the information, she said.


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