AMC commander visits USASAC
September 17, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- U.S. Army Materiel Command's Commanding General, Gen. Dennis L. Via, made his first official visit to the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Sept. 17 since taking command in August, and saw AMC's vision as a "Globally Networked Logistics Enterprise," already in place at USASAC.
After noting that USASAC is already supporting the Chief of Staff of the Army's Prevent, Shape and Win strategy, he summarized his expectations for the command.
"I need you to help 'shape' who I need to meet with to help you with you mission…you know better than anyone else that it's all about relationships," Via said.
USASAC's Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Del Turner, showcased initiatives developed to improve how the command leads the AMC Security Assistance Enterprise, and co-lead the Army enterprise with the Deputy Assistance Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation.
Turner, along with the directors from each of USASAC's Regional Operations Directorates, which include PACOM/SOUTHCOM, EUCOM/AFRICOM (which includes NORTHCOM), CENTCOM, and the Intensive Management Office (dedicated to Afghanistan and Pakistan cases), provided an overview of their Foreign Military Sales cases and how they are supporting the Combatant Command's priorities.
"We are continuously engaged with the COCOMs and ASCCs (Army Service Component Commands)," Turned said.
But the main focus, as Turner explained, was "aggressively pursuing improvement initiatives."
Via was shown demonstrations of an internally developed "dashboard" that will allow enterprise members to "see" the "Common Operating Picture" and follow critical metric data for the life cycle of a case. This is intended to improve efficiencies so the many enterprise members can track the process schedule in real-time and be prepared to execute their portion as expeditiously as possible, or even provide support if needed.
Similarly, training and training tools have been developed that will facilitate a greater shared understanding and help integrate new employees. USASAC's G1 demonstrated its "Desk Side Reference," which makes FMS operational training available to enterprise members anytime via their computer by accessing USASAC's portal.
"We are building the workforce bench for the future," Turner added.
Via emphasized that USASAC has laid the groundwork for its success, "but you can't rest on your laurels."
Via also complimented USASAC on its support and planning for Excess Defense Articles, which are items no longer in inventory that are designated to be sold through FMS.
"This is helping us keep our organic industrial base hot," he said in reference to refurbishment of items such as tanks purchased by Iraq that were then funded for work at Anniston Army Depot.
"Times of conflict go in cycles, but we must keep our capability to RESET and sustain," he added.
Via concluded his visit by thanking the USASAC workforce for providing "power to the Army and power to the Nation," and supporting AMC in providing "the decisive edge to the warfigher."