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Army news service (June 5, 2006): new command to improve logistics management.

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- In order to streamline end-to-end logistics in support of the Army's modular force, the Army recently approved the establishment of a new subordinate command under the Army Materiel Command.

The change transforms AMC's Army Field Support Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to the Army Sustainment Command. The AFSC has already begun its transition to the ASC, with a ceremonial activation set for this fall.

"The Army is transforming and so is the Army Materiel Command," said Greg Kee, AMC deputy chief of staff, G-5, strategic plans and policy. "The Army has transformed to a brigade-centric Army, and AMC is realigning its organizational structures to support the Army modular force from the brigade to the national level," he said.

The transition expands AFSC's current mission by adding reset synchronization, distribution, and materiel management functions, and integrating logistics support with joint and strategic partners. Already existing missions include managing the Army's pre-positioned stocks, the Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program, and field support. ASC will increase its staff by several hundred soldiers while also realigning a number of civilians with the command's global operations.

"Standing-up the ASC is a step in the right direction to improve logistical support to the warfighter for several reasons," said Lt. Gen. William Mortensen, AMC deputy commanding general. "ASC enables us to be more responsive and provides a single interface point to the soldier in the field for acquisition, logistics, and technology.

"Converting AFSC to ASC will link the industrial Army to the expeditionary Army, and help provide greater logistical integration and support to deploying forces as well as redeploying and training forces," he said. Kee acknowledged that change brings challenges, but AMC is prepared to face them head-on. "We are working with operational commanders to ensure that there is no gap in logistics capability to the warfighter as we transform."

McCaskill writes for the Army Materiel Command Public and Congressional Affairs Office.
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Title Annotation:In the News
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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