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October 22, 2010

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Installation Directorates of Logistics now aligned with Army Materiel Command

SAN ANTONIO — Army installation directorates of logistics (DOL) transferred operational control from Installation Management Command (IMCOM) to Army Materiel Command (AMC) Oct. 1, with AMC’s Army Sustainment Command (ASC) being responsible for management and oversight of the installation logistics mission.

In fact, operational control of maintenance, ammunition and selected supply functions of DOLs located in the United States,

Change has been transparent to McCoy customers

Customers of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Logistics (DOL) most likely didn’t notice any difference in the support and service they received when operational control (OPCON) of the organization transitioned to the Army Materiel Command (AMC) Oct. 1, said Steven Kuderer.

Kuderer, Fort McCoy DOL director, said the only effect of the changeover at this point is that AMC is now responsible for providing logistics support to Fort McCoy, which it will do through the DOL.

DOL now falls under the command of the AMC, which is at the top of its new command structure. Army Field Support Brigades and Army Field Support Battalions will serve as the intermediate levels in the chain of command, he said. McCoy’s Army Field Support Brigade is the 406th at Fort Bragg, N.C. and its Army Field Support Battalion is located at Fort Campbell, Ky.

The DOL now reports its operational performance metrics to this chain of command instead of to the Installation Management Command (IMCOM), Kuderer said. When funding and personnel transfer actions are completed, the DOL will transition from being a garrison directorate to being an installation tenant activity. The IMCOM commander’s intent is to transfer all Continental U.S. IMCOM DOLs to AMC by Oct. 1, 2011.

“Eventually, the new structure will mean all of our operational data is reported to one place, which also has funding and personnel responsibility, and then can make decisions about workflow workload based on available capabilities and capacity,” Kuderer said. “This will allow the Army to make maximum use of the facilities and attain efficiencies of scale.”

At present, nothing will change with the DOL staff as far as organization names, building occupancy, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, etc., Kuderer said. The main DOL contact number is 608-388-7475.

 Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico transferred June 1. The complete migration of all DOLs worldwide — including personnel and funding — is planned for fiscal year 2012.

Why are AMC and IMCOM making this change? It is part of the larger Army initiative to put the right mission with the right command. IMCOM is responsible for the Army Services and Infrastructure Enterprise. AMC, along with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, make up Materiel Enterprise.

“It is a win-win situation,” said David Peralta, chief of IMCOM G-4 plans and operations. AMC, he explained, will be able to bring its logistics expertise to the DOL mission and IMCOM will be able to “concentrate on its core mission — providing the best facilities and services to support Soldiers, Families and civilians on our installations.”

Key to a successful transition, said officials from both commands, is ensuring continuity of operations at above-installation levels. Currently provided by IMCOM’s headquarters and regions, this support will shift to ASC’s headquarters, Army Field Support Brigades and Army Field Support Battalions (AFSB). Accordingly, expertise and relationships previously built in the IMCOM chain now will need to be developed and cultivated at all levels within the ASC structure, a process started about a year ago.

“We will continue to provide support with IMCOM and ASC staffs during this period ... to ensure we have continuity of support through the transition,” said Peralta.

During a rules of engagement workshop in June, participants determined the agencies responsible for coordination, accountability and support to stakeholders for the operational control phase of the realignment.

“While we still have a lot to do,” he said, “the workshops gave us a jump start ... We are committed to making it work and continuing to provide a high level of support to our installation customers.”

The overall command structure for DOLs — and many other issues — also were studied during a rehearsal of concept drill held Aug. 24-26 in Davenport, Iowa, with more than 160 attendees from Army major commands and organizations. The agenda concentrated on regional, AFSB and IMCOM logistics issues.

“I think the most important thing we (determined) is the way we’re going to C2 (command and control), what kind of structure we’re going to have to do the C2 of it,” said Col. Johnny Johnston, 406th AFSB commander, Fort Bragg, N.C., referring to the AFSB command-and-control role in the DOL transformation.

Participants also worked through a series of vignettes to determine organizational responsibilities in different situations.
With the help of directors of logistics and other subject-matter experts, the group identified a list of issues needing to be resolved before ASC takes operational control of DOLs. Additional breakout sessions included discussions on difficult issues such as resource management and personnel.

“We can’t be prepared enough,” said Greg Kuhr, IMCOM G-4. “Few people realize the extent the DOLs affect the lives of Soldiers and their Families. We feed, fix, fuel, supply and deploy the Soldier and his equipment. We move the Families’ household goods when they transfer to another station. We have to get this right and ensure no mission is dropped as the DOLs change commands.”

(Additional information provided by AMC/ASC Public Affairs.)

 

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