AMC and USTRANSCOM a partnership in excellence
May 31, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command provided a tour of AMC Headquarters operations for U.S. Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III, commander, U.S. Transportation Command from Scott Air Force Base, Ill. May 30, 2012.
AMC and TRANSCOM's joint collaboration make it possible for Department of Army to sustain its generated combat power through the redistribution and retrograde of equipment.
Moving equipment effectively and efficiently in and out of Afghanistan is a complex operation. With limited land, rugged terrain and challenging weather conditions AMC and TRANSCOM's joint efforts ensure the American Warfighter has exactly what they need, when they need it.
The success of this operation rests with managing expectations. As capabilities come available from TRANSCOM, AMC is prepared to move vital equipment to the Warfighter, while making sure the retrograde and redistribution of equipment is managed responsibly, explained Dunwoody.
"We are making sure they get the best of the best," she said.
When the conflict in Afghanistan began the focus was on the sheer velocity of equipment that could be moved into Theater. AMC and TRANSCOM want to make sure there is clear guidance regarding equipping the force, tracking what goes into country and making sure we are not shipping more than we need, explained Fraser.
AMC and TRANSCOM's advanced automated equipment tracking system makes it possible for leadership to assess, repair and equip in real time. This concerted effort makes it possible for units to deploy with less equipment, maintain combat readiness, while being fiscally responsible.
"We can build capacity using strategic air, ground, all that we have to ensure we are meeting their needs," said Fraser.
In addition to introducing new equipment to Theater, this system is vital in sustaining the force by tracking in-country equipment. On a daily basis AMC knows who has a need and can identify units that have surplus equipment, to assist in supporting a unit dealing with shortages.
"Before we use to lose visibility due to stove pipe systems, now we are able to pull all of our information together and see every detail," said Dunwoody.
"Our partnership has raised the bar for support in Theater," said Dunwoody.
"It's excellent! We've come a long way," said Fraser.
Both commanders expressed how they have seen and heard firsthand the confidence units have in AMC and TRANSCOM operations. Feedback on the transportation of equipment from commanders and soldiers on the battlefield is important to the ongoing development of innovative solutions.
"You've got to tell us the good, the bad and the ugly, it's why we are here it is about supporting the Warfighter. If we don't know about it we can't fix it," said Fraser.
AMC and TRANSCOM are linked through AMC's major subordinate command, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), who link USTRANSCOM's Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise with AMC's Materiel Enterprise.