|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
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
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
“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
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.)