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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today's Focus:

Army's Lead Materiel Integrator

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Behind every American in uniform stands a wife, a husband, a mom, a dad, a son or a daughter, a sister or brother. These families, these remarkable families are the force behind the force. They, too, are the reason we've got the finest military in the world."

- President Barack Obama, while praising the efforts of today's military, commended the powerful support of the military family, at the launch of "Joining Forces," an initiative to raise awareness about military families, at the White House, April 12, 2011.

Military family support a 'national priority,' Obama says

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Our chaplains are really firmly committed. It's a calling."

- Lt. Col. Carleton Birch, strategic communications officer for the Army's Chief of Chaplain's Office, emphasized that chaplains will continue to have the right to teach in accordance to the dictates of their faith and that they will also continue to counsel Soldiers of all beliefs, no matter their sexuality.

Leaders say DADT repeal training effective

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

April:

Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program

Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website

Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army's Lead Materiel Integrator

What is it?

The Army Materiel Command's (AMC) designation as Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) heralds a new method of operating the Army's materiel distribution and redistribution processes by appointing a single manager to ensure that Soldiers have the right equipment at the right time to accomplish their missions.

What has the Army done?

The Secretary of the Army designated AMC as LMI with Army Directive 2011-06, on March 22, 2011. AMC, as the Army's LMI coordinates and integrates timely and cost-effective Army-wide materiel distribution and redistribution solutions with all Army commands and the Reserve Components in accordance with DoD and Army directives and priorities, the Army equipping strategy, and ARFORGEN and generating force demand signals.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

AMC will look to the Army Sustainment Command to serve as the executing agent for the materiel distribution responsibility. ASC becomes the Army's single materiel readiness synchronization point, working with Army forces to source Army materiel requirements. Employing its Distribution Management Center, Army Field Support Brigades, and Directorates of Logistics, ASC will ensure the right materiel is provided in the right quantity and condition, delivered to the right place at the right time.

A key element of LMI will enter the proof-of-principle stage during an ASC pilot project this month. A new means of distributing materiel, the Decision Support Tool, designed to mine, merge and present data drawn from existing, but disparate sources, will be put to the test.

Why is this important to the Army?

A comprehensive enterprise approach to materiel distribution fosters open communication and is the most effective, most efficient way to generate equipped forces. It will optimize equipment usage throughout its life cycle in an efficient and cost effective method. For the first time, the LMI will integrate the "S" (equipment on hand) and the "R" (maintenance availability) of readiness reporting in a single organization. It provides a single authoritative sourcing solution to equip ARFORGEN rotational units, non-rotational units, and generating force units, and ensures that the equipment is delivered in combat ready status, when needed, to meet unit mission requirements. In the end, a single integrator with visibility across the Army enterprise and throughout the lifecycle of equipment can produce better readiness at best value in support of the nation.

Resources:

Log-in required: LMI Task Force Stakeholder Files

U.S. Army Materiel Command

Army Sustainment Command

AMC designated Army's Lead Materiel Integrator

AMC: the Army's Lead Materiel Integrator

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