|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy is among the first Army installations to be fielded the
web-based version of the Cargo Management Operations System (CMOS). CMOS
eventually will help the Department of Defense (DoD) standardize
equipment movement operations.
D.J. Eckland of the Fort McCoy Freight Office said the installation
sought the CMOS program to enhance visibility of shipments and further
automate the shipment process.
Nellie Prater, freight management specialist for Fort McCoy, is
advised by Master Sgt. Jason Bond, a Cargo Management Operations
System program functional analyst of Gunter Annex, Ala., in
using the Cargo Management Operations System software.
The process started about a year ago, and the system was fielded this
winter when there was less training to impact the transfer, Eckland
said. The new system will be in place to help support the exercises and
The CMOS software program has been used by the Air Force since 1991 to
track cargo shipments, said Bernard Crosby, a traffic management
specialist with the Program Management Office from Gunter Air Force
Base, Ala. Crosby was a member of the team that fielded the system at
McCoy. He also was a member of the Air Force and one of the first users
when CMOS originally was fielded for the Air Force.
“The fielding of the CMOS to the Army will help allow everyone to use
the same system and to communicate equipment movement electronically
instead of having to do it via phone,” Crosby said. “If Air Force
personnel deploy overseas to support Army missions, it also means they
won’t have to learn a new system to support the Army.”
Several joint Army-Air Force bases already are solely using the CMOS, as
are Navy and Marine organizations, he said.
James Anderson, a Transportation Information System Specialist for the
Deployment, Process and Modernization Office, at Fort Lee, Va., and also
a member of the fielding team, said two Army installations, Fort Eustis,
Va., and Fort Knox, Ky., had served as pilot Army organizations for the
stand-alone testing of the software.
The stand-alone CMOS equipment at Fort Eustis and Fort Knox was upgraded
to the web-based program in January.
Anderson said the system uses bar codes to allow for scanning
information, so it is much more accurate than the systems it’s
replacing, which relied on manual data entry.
Fort McCoy CMOS users received one week of training on the new system
from the fielding team. The system installation was finished during the
second week the team was at Fort McCoy.
The installation of the system at Fort McCoy kicks off CMOS fielding at
22 Army organizations in 2013. CMOS installation is scheduled at 40 Army
installations in each of the years 2014 and 2015.
“We will be able to use the lessons we learn from the fielding the
system at Fort McCoy to better field the system at other locations,”
Anderson said. “As more and more installations and other organizations
have this equipment, the system will become more standardized and yield
better data for all of the users.”
The goal is to make the CMOS a “purple” system that would serve all DoD
users, he said.
CMOS allows the system data to be managed to show the status of
equipment movements, Anderson and Crosby said.