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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, January 10 2013

Today's Focus:

The Global Combat Support System-Army

Senior Leaders are Saying

Loyalty is extremely important to us and if you say you are part of the Army and part of something larger than yourself, that loyalty to the person to the left or right of you, or the superior or the subordinate - it means something.

- U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler

Sergeant Major of the Army speaks out about Army Values, psychological health

What They're Saying

Growing up in the military, I'm used to the colors and the cammo and everything like that, but it is awesome being around guys who fight for our country -- people who put their life on the line for us to play football. Without them, the Under Armour Bowl couldn't happen, the Semper Fidelis Bowl couldn't happen, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl definitely couldn't happen, so I'm eternally grateful.

- Wyatt Teller, the lone military brat among 90 players in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Teller lone military brat in All-American Bowl

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

January 2013

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday (NO STAND-TO!)

February

Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month


Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

The Global Combat Support System-Army - Enabling Prevent, Shape, Win

What is it?

The Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army), commonly referred to as G-Army, is a single, integrated, web-based logistics system that supports field and installation-level supply, maintenance, property accountability and tactical finance.

Why is this important to the Army?

GCSS-Army is the most significant Army logistics information technology change in decades. It substantially improves commanders and Soldiers ability to sustain and financially manage installation and tactical logistics across the entire Army. It will dramatically enhance operations in every warehouse, materiel management office, Division and Installation Resource Management Office, Motor Pool, Direct Support Repair Shop, Property Book Office, and Supply Room across the entire Army approximately 160,000 users in all. It will provide real-time visibility down to the user level, enable total cost of ownership, and allow full auditability by the end of fiscal year 2017.

What has the Army done so far?

G-Army (the full suite of supply, maintenance and property accountability) has been operating at Fort Irwin, Calif., with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for nearly three years. Additionally, the full suite was tested at the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division last year and successfully passed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and certified by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command . This October we began fielding to the National Guard and Army Reserve Command Supply Support Activities (SSA), and Installation Fixed Base (IFB)/Directorate of Logistics (DOL) warehouse. On Dec. 23, 2012, the program received Office of the Secretary of Defense approval to continue fielding to the rest of the Army beginning January 2013.

What is planned for the future?

The Army will field GCSS-Army in two waves. Wave 1 will continue through 2015 and will include all tactical and installation SSAs, the materiel management structure and associated finance functionality. Wave 2 will incorporate the remaining functional areas of maintenance, unit supply, and property book operations.

Wave 1 is the immediate priority and is well underway. Beginning 180 days before receiving GCSS-Army, the GCSS-Army Program Office conducts pre-site visits with brigade-size elements and IFB/DOLs. Unit leadership, materiel managers, SSA managers, and associated financial managers conduct critical actions to prepare for GCSS-Army: Key personnel attend Lead User Training, data is prepared for conversion, SSA procedures are stabilized, and all unit supply personnel progressively learn the new system structure, terms, and procedures. Ninety-120 days before fielding, managers and users conduct pre-educational familiarization and test online through the Army Learning Management System (ALMS). Finally, all leaders and Soldiers receive New Equipment Training on-site prior to conversion by experienced logisticians and financial managers.

Resources:

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno's thoughts on the role of the Army: Prevent, Shape, Win
For a complete list of events and actions : GCSS-Army
Log-in required: GCSS-ARMY Net

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