US Army Directorate for Force Projection and Distribution. (Government).
The Transportation and Distribution Division transformed itself from the old Transportation Policy Division. Although many of the functions remained the same, they are organized to reflect the changing priorities of the Department of Defense and the Army. The Transportation and Distribution Division interprets and implements policy and guidance for transportation and services supporting Army-sponsored cargo, official and space available travel, personal property shipments and the acquisition and use of non-tactical vehicles. This office has responsibility for Army policy and programs that impact transportation expenditures of approximately $2.7 billion annually. It serves as the cuffing edge for transportation reform as well as a primary source of the policies that support that reform. This division provides program information for Army major commands and installation transportation offices world-wide, and provides policy and technical advice to the Army Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army. Mr. Nelso n Chandler is Chief of the Transportation and Distribution division.
Transportation Business Process Team
Under the leadership of Mrs. Carol Kornhoff, the Transportation Business Process Team is responsible for several business process re-engineering initiatives, intended to streamline the acquisition and payment of transportation services. These initiatives collectively are known as Management Reform Memorandum #15. Ms. Carol Kornhoff, Mr. Stephen Greiner, Ms. Laverne Douglas, Mr. Matthew Linehan and Mr. David Cook lead Army Staff efforts to acquire and manage sufficient Second Destination Transportation (SDT) funding for the movement of Army material between installation/depots in CONUS and overseas locations. The team also is responsible for implementing the Financial and Air Clearance Transportation System (FACTS) which provides essential management information on the execution of SDT funds currently for overocean transportation, with planned expansion for inland transportation. To ensure prompt payment of Army transportation bills, the team provides program direction and technical expertise for the implement ation of the electronic transportation billing and payment process through the US Bank PowerTrack System. Other innovative programs within the purview of this team include the expansion of the electronic transportation acquisition system at Army sites, the development of a 3rd Party Logistics Contract and the development and implementation of billing and payment processes for Transportation Working Capital Funds.
Distribution and Cargo Policy Team
Mr. Donald Stump leads a team composed of Mr. Leo Gonano, Mr. Ed Suckfiel, Mr. Walter (Jim) Jankowski and LTC Tom Masselink, USA, that establishes and interprets transportation and traffic management policy governing the shipment of Army sponsored freight and cargo worldwide. The Cargo Team is responsible for cutting edge efforts such as the Strategic Distribution Management Initiative, configured loads and unit sets, and end-to-end material distribution oversight. Management oversight is provided for critical day-to-day operations including Army air cargo channel requirements, intransit visibility, the Defense Traffic Management Regulation, container/flatrack asset management, small package Domestic and World Wide Express program, the Universal Service Contract for Ocean liners, retrograde movements, Customs and Border Clearance, Transportation of Hazardous Material and Air Line of Communication.
Soldier Support Team
This eclectic team is comprised of Ms. Jeanette McCants, Mr. Gene Thomas, Mr. Jeff McKenzie and Mr. David Fuchs. Their major focus is on Transportation Quality of Life Issues, interpretation of policy and entitlements related to travel and household goods shipments of soldiers and their families, and cost effective commercial motor vehicle support for installations and Army Military and Civilian personnel. This Team is the Army transportation proponent for policy and legislated entitlements that are prescribed by the Joint Federal Travel Regulations and the Defense Traffic Management Regulation. The team provides oversight for Personal Property Re-engineering initiatives, exceptions to household goods policy and operating procedures and guidance to the Installation Transportation Offices. The team provides Commercial Travel Office program oversight and the Airline City-Pair Program requirements and oversight. The non-tactical vehicle (NTV) program ensures that installations and appropriate personnel have effe ctive, efficient and legally sufficient motor transport to carry out their missions. The NTV program is responsible for the Army's implementation of the Energy Policy Act and Executive Order 13149 which provide for the acquisition of alternative fueled vehicles, increased use of alternative fuels and reduced petroleum consumption by motor vehicles.
STRATEGIC MOBILITY DIVISION
The mission of the Strategic Mobility Division is to exercise general Staff supervision over strategic mobility aspects of war, develop strategic transportation concepts, and plan/program for a balanced "fort to foxhole" capability to ensure rapid power projection of Army forces. As the Army transforms itself into a strategically responsive and deployable force, our primary focus is on the pursuit of strategic mobility enablers, in conjunction with DoD and Joint Service efforts, to ensure sufficient strategic lift capability that supports the deployment stretch goals as envisioned by the Army.
Current efforts are two-fold: (1) Complete the existing Army Strategic Mobility Program (ASMP), and (2) establish its follow-on, the Army Power Projection Program (AP3). AP3 is the program name for the set of initiatives and strategic mobility enabling systems and infrastructure projects required to meet the deployment requirements associated with the Legacy force, the interim force and the Objective force. It is being modeled after ASMP, which was structured to meet the 5 1/3 divisions in 75 days requirement. Deployment goals for AP3 are drawn from current CinC OPLANS, the DPG, and the Army Vision -- this is a more robust strategic deployment program that supports the Army's ambitious deployment goals:
* 1 Brigade Combat Team on the ground by 96 Hours after wheels-up
* 1 Division on the ground by 120 Hours
* 5 Divisions on the ground in 30 days
The Army continues to make progress sin its rapid force projection capability. New large medium speed roll-on/roll-off ships have been delivered and are currently being prepositoned in their assigned area of responsibility. The last ship will be delivered this year (fiscal year 2002), and an annual Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise training program is established and working as intended. The Army Watercraft Restructuring Plan (AWRP) is being implemented. AWRP will divest older lighterage from inventory as well as preposition and forward station watercraft units to locations outside of the continental United States. Major military construction projects are nearing completion under ASMP; and planning has begun for the next phase AP3, which will program essential infrastructure to ensure that the Army has the capability to project the forces as envisioned. In view of changing deployment strategies and the need to be able to better prepare for and support wartime/crisis situations, the Division is in th e process of making changes in its organizational structure. These changes will result in an organizational alignment that is consistent with the wartime transportation planning functions required to accomplish the mission.
General responsibilities will include:
* Army Power Projection Program (AP3)
* Wartime Transportation Planning/Policy
* Management of Strategic Air and Sea Lift
* Mobilization/Deployment Plans and Operations
* Strategic Transportation Concepts
* Deployment Automated Systems/Models
* Army Watercraft Program
The Prepositioning Division has overall responsibility for the Army Prepositioned Stocks program logistics policy for equipment and supplies stored around the world on land and afloat. Brigade and unit equipment sets, operational projects, and ware reserve sustainment supplies are prepositioned in 14 countries and the US, and on 15 ships berthed in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The APS program enables the US Army in support of CinC initiatives to project power into a crisis area in days instead of months. The APS program consists of the equivalent of an Army armored corps of equipment and supplies. The program includes seven armor brigades, and echelon above division and corps theater combat support and combat service support unit with supporting ammunition and supplies. An eighth brigade is being sourced for inclusion. The APS program covers all classes of supply, care of supplies in storage, and their maintenance on a cyclic schedule. In addition transportation of the assets must be managed which includes overocean shipment to overseas storage sites. The use of Large Medium Speed Roll-on Roll-off (LMSR) ships adds a unique challenge to the function, as the load and stow plans must be developed in coordination with the war plans, as well as a significant coordination responsibility with the Navy. Because most of the workforce is contract, knowledge of contracting is required. Many of the war planning functions involve the computation of requirements for sustainment of a force in battle. This requires in-depth coordination with Army material Command. The Prepositioning Division works closely with USAMC's Field Support Command, the Service Component Commands and the Unified Theater Commands to develop policy and programs that are integrated and support power projection using the APS program in concert with arriving forces to build combat power in the theater.
BG Donald D. Parker
Director of Force Projection and Distribution
Mr. William P. Neal
Asst. Director of Force Projection and Distribution
Mr. E. Nelson Chandler
Chief, Transportation and Distribution Division
COL Michael N. Hampson
Chief, Strategic Mobility Division
Mr. John H. Kern
Chief, Prepositioning Division
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|Publication:||Defense Transportation Journal|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2002|
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