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2017 Naval Special Warfare Command and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Theater Logistics Synchronization Working Group.

Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) co-hosted the first combined NSWC and NECC Theater Logistics Synchronization Working Group at Commander Task Force 68 on Naval Air Station Rota from Jan. 17-19, 2017. Over 50 theater logistics providers and force logisticians from the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps attended the three-day event in order to discuss and synchronize logistics challenges, resources, and solutions for special operations and expeditionary units operating within U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. Discussions covered a multitude of issues including intra-theater transportation, vehicle maintenance and sustainment, classes of supply sourcing, aggregating demand signals of deployed forces, and ongoing coordination of theater logistics support.

The working group was extremely successful in bringing the relevant Joint logisticians together forming relationships to tackle logistics challenges on the African continent. Together, NSWC and NECC are working on the Joint Logistics User's Manual for Africa, exploring an expeditionary logistics training pipeline, and helping shape future working groups to be executed by theater organizations.

"Nothing is easy in Africa. On a continent three times the size of the United States-without robust infrastructure like the Interstate 95-it is critical that logistics challenges are discussed on a routine basis to adapt to the environment so the warfighter on the ground is fully supported with a wide array of logistics functions," said Cmdr. Mick Wilson, Logistics Support Unit 2 (LOGSU 2) commanding officer.

The principal participants included key leadership from NSWC, NSWU-10, LOGSU 2, Special Operations Command - Africa, Special Operations Command Forward--North and West Africa, Special Operations Command Forward--East Africa, NECC, Expeditionary Support Unit 2, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella, Combined Joint Task Force--Horn of Africa, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Maintenance, Repair, and Operations, DLA Troop Support Europe/Africa, Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Raider Regiment.

BY LT. JACOB A. HAMILTON, SC, USN, FORCE SUPPLY AND INSPECTIONS NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE COMMAND

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Title Annotation:Around the Field and Fleet
Author:Hamilton, Jacob A.
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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