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    A Strategic Solution to Bridging the Gap in Operational Movement Control

    Optimizing OCIE in Europe Using Lean Six Sigma

    New Alignment Enhances Training, Planning, and Resourcing

    Deploying a CSSB to the NTC

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    2 New Alignment Enhances Training, Planning, and Resourcing Sustainment brigades will soon be aligned with divisions to meet the needs of

    today’s Army. By Lt. Gen. Gustave “Gus” Perna


    8 A Strategic Solution to Bridging the Gap in Operational Movement Control

    The theater movement control element can enable more precise movement control and bridge the gap between doctrine and the ability to integrate that doctrine with other nations’ systems. By Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, Brig. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, and Col. Sean M. Herron

    14 Optimizing OCIE in Europe Using Lean Six Sigma The 21st Theater Sustainment Command used Lean Six Sigma to improve

    theater-level organizational clothing and individual equipment inventory management. By Maj. Jeremy Weestrand and Jeffrey D. Gilbert

    20 Deploying a Combat Sustainment Support Battalion to the National Training Center

    The 35th CSSB provided sustainment support, conducted a tactical convoy, and faced an enemy guerrilla force during a rotation at the National Training Center. By Capt. Michael S. Ibrahim

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    26 Afghan Air Force Refuel Training Capt. Lanea J. Sudweeks, Capt. David G.

    Jenkins, and 1st Lt. Jon P. Sullivan

    4 Practical Drift and Logistics Policy Dr. Christopher R. Paparone and

    George L. Topic Jr.

    5 Autonomous Aerial Resupply Systems Needed in BCTs

    Maj. Nicklas J. Van Straaten

    A tractor trailer carries two Army humvees to Warrior Base, New Mexico Range, Republic of Korea, March 6, 2015. The truck was part of a convoy transporting equipment in preparation for Foal Eagle 2015. (Photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock)

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    sustainment. ”

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    Brig. Gen. John “Jack” Haley Chief of Ordnance

    Brig. Gen. Ronald Kirklin The Quartermaster General

    Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson Principal Military Deputy

    to the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology

    Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho The Army Surgeon General

    Brig. Gen. Paul Chamberlain Commander

    Army Soldier Support Institute

    Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons Commander

    Combined Arms Support Command

    Lt. Gen. Larry D. Wyche Deputy Commanding General

    Army Materiel Command

    RAYMOND T. ODIERNO General, United States Army

    Chief of Staff

    John E. Hall President

    David J. Rohrer Civilian Deputy

    Col. Matthew P. Shatzkin Commandant/Military Deputy


    Brig. Gen. John P. Sullivan Chief of Transportation

    Brig. Gen. Michael D. Hoskin Commanding General

    Army Expeditionary Contracting Command

    Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Brian C. Lein Commanding General

    Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

    Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4 Department of the Army

    Lt. Gen. Karen E. Dyson Military Deputy for Budget to the Assistant Secretary of the Army

    Financial Management and Comptroller

    STAFF Fred W. Baker III, Editor

    Kari J. Chenault, Associate Editor April K. Morgan, Assistant Editor

    Julianne E. Cochran, Assistant Editor Adam Gramarossa, Layout and Graphic Design Louanne E. Birkner, Administrative Assistant


    PB 700–15–03 VOLUME 47, ISSUE 3 MAY–JUNE 2015


    GERALD B. O’KEEFE Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army



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    50 The Art of Competition: The Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event

    Julianne E. Cochran

    45 Long Distance Logistics: The Mexican Expedition Sara E. Cothren and Alexander F. Barnes

    39 A Comparison of BCS3 and Microsoft Excel for Tracking Logistics Sgt. 1st Class David Williams

    43 Tips for New Contracting Officers Lt. Col. Thomas M. Magee

    35 The Operational Test Command Supports Acquisition and Fielding Decisions Maj. Mattii S. Minor and Capt. Raygan C. France

    32 Brigade S–8s to the Rescue Lt. Col. David Waldron and Maj. Shaun McMurchie

    30 Transitioning From Manual to Automated Machining James H. Siemen

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     By Lt. Gen. Gustave “Gus” Perna

    New Alignment Enhances Training, Planning, and Resourcing

    In the last issue, I outlined the importance of synchronizing sus-tainment efforts for the Army of 2025 and beyond. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, recently helped us take a big step in that direction when he directed the alignment of sustainment brigades with Army divisions.

    In short, by July, all Active com- ponent sustainment brigades will be aligned with an associated division headquarters, and Army National Guard sustainment brigades will fol- low suit shortly thereafter.

    This is a significant decision that will have many positive results. It will ensure uniform alignment of sustain- ment brigades in peacetime, facilitate training, planning, and resourcing of the brigades, and improve their abil- ity to provide direct support for di- visions—very important during this time in which nine of 10 Active com- ponent divisions are committed.

    Focusing on Division Support Because of Gen. Odierno’s deci-

    sion, we have a great opportunity to further focus efforts on supporting divisions as we redevelop our ability to execute large-scale expeditionary operations. It is important to under- stand that this home-station rela- tionship will not change the doctrinal employment of sustainment brigades for operations and contingencies.

    Some will note that this new re- lationship appears similar to struc- tures we had during the days of the Army of Excellence organization, when every division had a sustain- ment brigade called a division sup- port command (DISCOM). There is a major difference, however.

    Today’s structure does not include corps support groups, the brigade- level sustainment units that rein- forced support for divisions and provided direct support for nondi- visional units in the corps area. In- stead, division-aligned sustainment brigades will retain responsibility for supporting echelons-above-brigade and echelons-above-division units in their areas of responsibility.

    In 2004, when we began trans- forming the Army to its modular, brigade-centric structure, we were an Army with abundant resources and predictable deployment cycles and missions.

    Now we are in a period of declining resources with reduced requirements for forward operating base-type lo- gistics and an increased need to proj- ect large formations on short notice anywhere in the world.

    Meanwhile, in garrison, many of our brigade combat teams are under- going ext


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