ASC CG holds final town hall of FY 2013
September 27, 2013
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and senior commander, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., hosted a town hall outlining the command's current status and future Sept. 24 at the Baylor Conference Center.
Wharton thanked Army Sustainment Command personnel for their dedication and service to the nation during challenging times. He later emphasized the importance of ASC supporting the warfighter by sustaining the Army and Joint Forces in support of the combatant commanders.
"AMC is the bridge between the nation's fighting forces and the economy and ASC is the center of gravity for Army logistics," Wharton said.
Wharton briefly discussed leadership changes and progress made at RIA during his first year in command. He welcomed RIA's first garrison commander and command sergeant major, Col. Elmer Speights, and Command Sgt. Maj. Melissa Judkins, as well as Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, commanding general, First Army and Brig. Gen. Kristin French, commanding general, Joint Munitions Command.
As the senior commander of Arsenal Island, Wharton stressed the importance of maintaining positive relationships with congressional and local leaders.
Wharton expressed concern about sequestration and how the Arsenal must work through it. He also addressed a possible government shutdown beginning on Oct. 1 and the possibility of it resulting in emergency furloughs for Department of Defense civilians.
However, Wharton reassured the civilian workforce that he does not expect that there will be a "reduction in force" in FY 2014.
Wharton said he believes the "Army Sustainment Command will be relevant as a command and our subordinate commands will remain relevant for Army Materiel Command and the Army in 2020 and beyond."
Wharton also addressed the eventual realignment of the 401st and 402nd Army Field Support Brigades, involvement of the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade and 404th AFSB's support to Africa, the 73 Directorate of Logistics Armywide now under control of ASC, as well as the command's responsibility to provide Logistics Civil Augmentation Program support to the State Department in Iraq.
"We've been through some tough times. I'm comfortable with the future at ASC and RIA. We must continue working to keep us moving in the right direction because logistics and supply chain management is the future," Wharton said.