FORT LEE, Va. (March 21, 2013) -- The Combined Arms Support Command hosted the Global Logistics 2020 Rehearsal of Concept Drill at the Army Logistics University March 11-14, to gather feedback on adapting the sustainment community to support the Army of 2020 and beyond.

CASCOM, a major subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, is responsible for training more than 185,000 students annually through more than 500 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and ALU.

Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, kicked off the ROC drill by encouraging participants to let their voices be heard.

He also stressed the importance of asking questions and sharing experiences to help shape the future of the sustainment community.

The GL2020 ROC Drill provided a forum to “examine and dissect our formations from factory to foxhole – from the tip of the spear, where Special Forces operate, all the way back to industry,” Wyche said. “It’s important to account for the lessons learned, over the last 10 years of conflict, as we refocus our force and shape how it will operate in the future.”

Due to fiscal limitations, participants could not all be on site. Instead of viewing this as a challenge, CASCOM embraced the opportunity to expand participation to an even wider audience.

Personnel at nearly 500 remote sites let their voices be heard, virtually, by connecting to the exercise through the Defense Connect Online system.

Participating organizations from across the Army and the joint community included: TRADOC Army Materiel Command; Army G-4; Special Operations Command; Forces Command; U.S. Army Europe; the National Guard Bureau; Office of the Chief of Army Reserve; Defense Logistics Agency; and Army logistics units from around the world. These sustainment professionals were able to actively participate in the vignette discussion and provide their insights on a variety of topics.

“The analysis from the GL2020 ROC Drill will help to identify the right end-to-end sustainment structure, with the right mission command, to support the Army of 2020 in the future operating environment,” said Col. Robert Hatcher, director, CASCOM Force Development. It will also help to identify issues that require additional doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities analysis for resolution.

Hatcher explained that analyzing and refining capabilities is “not a revolution in military efforts, but it is part of a continuing evolution. We’re looking from top to bottom, with a focus on the integrated nature of support.”

Throughout the ROC drill, emphasis was placed on the value of input from the sustainment community in the field and the units they support.

“We wanted participants to feel they were contributing to something significant for the Army,” said Col. Rodney D. Fogg, CASCOM G3 (operations). “Their opinions are valued and will help us as we shape the way ahead for sustaining the future of the Army.”

After listening to the discussion, Col. Bobby Ray Pinkston, chief, Logistics Division, USAREUR, said the participants all had strategically grasped what needed to be done. “The challenge becomes developing recommendations on how to get to where we need to be,” he said.

To continue providing effective and efficient support, CASCOM’s CDI will analyze and develop recommendations for the priority of effort.

“As logisticians and sustainers, we have performed tremendously over the last 11 years, but we cannot rest on our laurels,” Wyche said. “There is work to be done. I am confident that the sustainment strategy we are developing and employing will yield the dividends to support and sustain our great Army.

“At the end of the day, this is about our ability to sustain and support the future fight,” Wyche said. “And, as sustainers we will never say no as long as we have one bullet to give or one gallon of gas to give.”

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