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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.