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Directorate of Logistics to be
divided into new organizations

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Services provided by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Logistics (DOL) will be split between two directorates as part of an Armywide Enterprise Concept initiative to provide standardization and increased efficiency throughout supply and maintenance operations.

Steve Kuderer, Fort McCoy DOL director, said the new directorates will be the Directorate of Support Services (DOSS) and the Directorate of Materiel (DOM).

DOSS functions will remain aligned with the Installation Management Command (IMCOM).

Kuderer said these will include logistics planning, food service, asset management, transportation, fuel support, central vehicle wash facility, and troop and installation support branch. Kuderer will become the Fort McCoy DOSS director.

DOM functions will include materiel maintenance, central issue facility, ammunition supply, and retail supply operations.

Once Fort McCoy’s Implementation Plan is approved, the Army Materiel Command (AMC) will have operational command authority over these functions.

The AMC has assigned the command and control responsibilities to the Army Sustainment Command (ASC).

William Kaurudar will serve as the interim DOM director at Fort McCoy until ASC hires a permanent DOM director.

The realignment of selected garrison-level maintenance, ammunition and supply functions to AMC was approved through a memorandum of understanding between IMCOM and AMC, Kuderer said.

The realignment is being driven by a Department of the Army (DA) decision to align functions under four core enterprises.

IMCOM will be responsible for infrastructure and services, and AMC will be responsible for materiel.

U.S. Army Forces Command will be tasked with readiness, and the Training and Doctrine Command will have personnel.

The initial operating capability for DOSS and DOMs in the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

That phase is expected to last up to two years due to the length of time required to transfer the resources necessary for the organizations’ transition to a final operating capability.

“The new names for DOM and DOSS will be effective with IMCOM approval of the Fort McCoy implementation plan, which is expected shortly,” Kuderer said. “The operations then will be under the initial operating capability as the directorates transition to IMCOM and AMC control.”

The resource transfer process will include three key actions: AMC submits Program Objective Memorandums (POM) for fiscal years (FY) 12-15 to DA, AMC submits the Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA), schedule 8, to DA, and IMCOM submits a funding letter to DA during FY 10-11.

The new TDAs are scheduled to be effective in October 2011. The POMs are scheduled to be effective in FY 12-15.

“The Directorate of Logistics will remain committed to providing excellent service to our Soldiers and customers during this transition,” Kuderer said. “The DOSS will remain committed to supporting DOM personnel throughout this transition period until they are capable of standing alone, which may take a couple of years.”

Customers will see a seamless transition and not notice the changes, except for the name changes, Kuderer said. The transition is not expected to have an adverse effect on the DOL employees, both government in nature and contracted.

After the transition is complete, the realigned functions will be under one command, Armywide, he said.

“This will allow there to be better centralization of the workflow capacity,” Kuderer said. “AMC can manage the workload to ensure that it is balanced throughout the system, help reduce or eliminate downtimes and duplication of services at the various installation-level operations, and ensure the work is done in the most-timely fashion to better serve customers.”

The new structure also will support current quality assurance programs, such as the National Maintenance Program, and allow organizations to share best practices and replicate them at all locations to yield the best benefits, said Army officials in an ASC news release.

(Some information in this story is from the Army Sustainment Command and the Installation Management Command.)


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