CASCOM hosts senior Army civilians
April 2, 2014
FORT LEE, Va. - The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a March 31 visit by members of the Department of the Army Senior Executive Service who represent the major departments responsible for logistics, training, technology, financial and business management.
While at the Army's sustainment think tank, the group spoke to civilian students studying at the U.S. Army Logistics University during a lunch at the Regimental Club. The senior leaders shared their insights about duty assignments, career opportunities and the way ahead.
CASCOM is responsible for training over 185,000 students annually, through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and ALU. It is also a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
After lunch, the group proceeded to the U.S. Army Quartermaster School's Logistics Training Department to view training initiatives for initial entry Soldiers. There, they observed students learning the new Global Combat Support System-Army, which provides a modern logistics capability for supply, maintenance and property accountability.
Once they departed LTD, the members saw GCSS-A in action at the Logistics Readiness Center-Lee. Roger Martin, LRC logistics manager, provided a demonstration of how items are processed from receipt to issue using the new system. The LRC was the first warehouse to field GCSS.
The final stop was a walkthrough of the U.S. Army Ordnance School campus. The group toured the Stryker maintenance facility, where they observed students training in the interactive classroom. Through the use of the hi-tech system, Soldiers can virtually troubleshoot problems with the vehicle before participating in the hands-on portion. The visitors also received a brief from the Technology Integration Branch on various applications created for mobile devices to support training. The apps enable students to enhance their training in a variety of subjects from their mobile, gaming and wireless devices.
After spending the day at the Home of Sustainment, the group said they had a greater appreciation of CASCOM's mission. They also commented on the quality of training and the professionalism of the Soldiers and civilians providing it.