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Logisticians attend AUSA symposium.

Logisticians representing Army units, military organizations, and defense contractors gathered in May at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia, for the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare Logistics Symposium and Exhibition.

The symposium included keynote speaker General Benjamin S. Griffin, the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command (AMC), who emphasized AMC's important relationship with private sector businesses and the benefit of having commercial off-the-shelf products available for Soldiers.

The AUSA symposium consisted of several panel discussions, including one entitled, "Emerging Insights from Logistics Transformation," featuring panel chairman Major General Mitchell H. Stevenson, the Commanding General of the Army Combined Arms Support Command. Major General Stevenson talked about logistics transformation and the steps the Army has taken to transform from a division-centric force to a brigade-centric force. He spoke of the importance of collaboration to be effective and how logisticians cannot fight over resources and power. He also discussed the new multifunctional Logistics Branch and Logistics Corps and stressed the benefits that multifunctional logisticians will provide to forward support companies and other modular units.

In the same panel discussion, Brigadier General Rebecca S. Halstead, the Commanding General and Commandant of the Army Ordnance Center and School, expressed the need to increase the Army's explosive ordnance disposal capabilities because current enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan rely on improvised explosive devices to harm U.S. Soldiers. It is imperative that the Army increase the number of Soldiers dedicated to this important mission, increase and improve the training they receive, and develop materiel solutions that will protect explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers and help them do their job more safely.

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Major General Vincent E. Boles, the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Department of the Army, stressed that the Army's top priority is supporting the Global War on Terrorism and that the cornerstone to success is maintaining an all-volunteer Army. Major General Boles said that Soldiers need shorter deployment times and increased dwell times. He emphasized that the Army must accelerate growth and develop incentives to recruit and retain quality Soldiers.
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Title Annotation:ALOG NEWS
Publication:Army Logistician
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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