Army Material Command. (Government).
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the AMC mission is accomplished through eight major subordinate commands that direct the work of depots, arsenals, ammunition plants, laboratories and procurement operations and also provides support, via contracts, with vendors worldwide. There are about 51,000 dedicated military and civilian personnel who work at these locations and they include transportation specialists, logistics and traffic managers and installation transportation officers (ITO).
The transportation mission includes directing and coordinating use of DoD organic air and sealift worldwide and contracting vendors and commercial transportation companies to move materiel to and from units and other customers. In addition, AMC has a department of the Army charter for army cargo-related transportation policy and procedures. This mission includes the ongoing implementation of Single Stock Fund (SSF) shipments army-wide.
The transportation policy and procedures are formalized in Codes of Federal Regulations (CFR), Federal and Defense Acquisition Regulations (F/DAR), DoD Directives and Memorandums, Joint DoD Component Regulations, Department of Army and AMC Regulations and formal agreements. An example is DoD's routine use of commercial carriers, with exemptions to use DoD-owned equipment. All of this requires routine contact with the USAMC community of transporters at its Major Subordinate Commands and Logistics Support Activity, the Army staff, Army major commands (MACOM), DLA, USTRANSCOM, Defense Contract Management Agency and remaining DoD components. AMC transporters forecast requirements, defend, justify, budget, allocate, enforce and verify resources to move weapon systems and supplies to and from soldiers worldwide.
Same current transportation-oriented DoD and Army programs AMC leads or supports are:
* Army Power Projection Program involves enhancement of movement of units and sustainment overseas through improvements to ports, automated systems, facilities, rail equipment and containers, floating depots and participation in over-ocean readiness exercises.
* Army Single Stock Fund (SSF), implemented throughout the Army, will give USAMC accountability of unit Division level spare parts/components at MACOM installations worldwide. This new mission will require transporter coordination among HQDA, USAMC, MACOM HQ's transporters and their ITOs (and, for overseas shipments, USTRANSCOM port personnel), in their response to USAMC item managers directing movement of supplies to and from installations located worldwide to fill requisitions. These ITOs will assign USAMC working capitol funds and Transportation Account Codes on bills of lading and overocean manifests via DoD standard software to pay carriers.
* The OSD mandated PowerTrack software and electronic data interchange (EDI) technology are used by transporters to pay bills and move transportation documents and data worldwide in the Defense Transportation System and via commercial carriers.
* Velocity Management (VM) is a coordinated effort throughout the Army's logistics community to significantly reduce the cycle times associated with repairs and parts orders in conjunction with UMMIPS.
* The Army/AMC logistics integrated database (LIDB) requirements are being coordinated with USTRANSCOM's Global Transportation Network (GTN) to accommodate the database needed by the Army to continue providing, for example, Intransit Visibility to commanders on status of materiel and order ship times.
AMC, while downsizing, maintains a proactive stance in its relationships with DoD and other federal government and commercial transportation communities. Its transporters train during peacetime to be able to respond expeditiously during emergencies. This includes applying sound transportation policy and decisions from the headquarters level to those needing weapon systems and supplies.
Contact Walt Michaiski (email: WMICHALSKI@HQAMC.ARMY.MIL) or John "Skip" Girton (email: JGIR TON@HQAMC.ARMY.MIL for the following:
USAMC field transporters, contingencies/emergencies, Defense Transportation System, Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR), Intransit Visibility, Traffic Management, installation transportation offices, transportation policy and procedures, civilian transportation career program management, use of reserve/active duty Transportation Corps personnel, working capital funds (transportation), first/second destination transportation funds, hazardous material, Army Strategic Mobility Program, air line of communication, automated systems, EDI, velocity management, engineering for transportability, automatic identification technology, transportation discrepancies, cargo forecasting, installation outloading capability, SSF, PowerTrack 3PL.
Transporters support the AMC total mission.
GEN Paul J. Kern, USA
U.S. Army Materiel Command
LTG Roy E. Beauchamp, USA
Deputy to the Commanding General
MG John J. Deyermond
Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Readiness
Larry D. Scheuble, SES
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Readiness
COL Ira H. Hudson
Director of Material Management Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff For Logistics and Readiness
Asset Management and Distribution Div.
Asset Mngmt, and Distribution Div.
John "Skip" Girtn
Asset Management and Distribution Div.
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|Publication:||Defense Transportation Journal|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2002|
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