ASC provides Wholesale Academy to streamline LAP
December 14, 2012
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Army Sustainment Command hosted a five-day "Wholesale Academy" training course at the command headquarters Nov. 26 -- 30.
The students were Logistics Assistance Program volunteers from stateside Army Field Support Brigades. The training encompassed wholesale operations, responsibilities, and actions required to perform as a property accountability officer.
"The training clarifies wholesale regulatory guidance and requirements, as well as enhances the ASC with up-to-date and qualified personnel to perform duties as a wholesale accountable officer," said John Radik, a supply systems analyst and primary instructor for the training.
Radik said the training's purpose is to provide the AFSB personnel with the knowledge and skills to properly account and care for Army property. The lists of property the students will manage include Army Pre-positioned Stocks, Theater Sustainment Stocks, Retrograde processes, and in-transit equipment worldwide.
Radik's job with ASC is to ensure the AFSBs receive "top-notch" qualified accountable officers proficient at operating the national/wholesale accountability programs. This includes knowing where to find resources that ensure proper handling of equipment on the battlefield.
"This grants commanders the confidence of knowing that preserved and battle ready equipment is moved across the battlefield and issued to the Soldier in the most efficient and effective manner while maintaining accountability," said Radik.
Proper accounting, maintenance, and repair processes and equipment provides a key service for battle commanders, said Radik. "Positive accountability, speeding up the process to replace battle damaged equipment while providing all battle commanders confidence that the equipment they receive is ready to meet their mission needs," he said.
Radik said there will be future Wholesale Academy training available in the future.
According to the ASC's LAP mission statement, the LAP is oriented to the early detection and resolution of logistics related problems that affect unit and materiel readiness. LAP also provides support to units and Soldiers in garrison, before, during and after deployments to exercises, natural disasters, contingencies and war.
Logistics assistance is provided through the LAP providing the commanders a single AMC point of contact.