By Ryan Mattox, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeNovember 15, 2017
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Nov. 15, 2017) Today's Army needs logistics support and oversight for its commanders. The Mission and Installation Contracting Command's deputy chief of staff office for Installations and Logistics staff provides that oversight mission and ensures Soldiers and civilians have the right equipment and facilities to accomplish the full range of military operations.
"To achieve sustainable readiness, it is our responsibility to enforce logistics standards and supply discipline, to be experts in our processes, and to ensure Soldiers and civilians in the MICC are ready and equipped to carry out missions on the battlefield and in each contracting office," said Robay Geary, the deputy chief of staff for MICC Installations and Logistics.
The MICC Installations and Logistics, or G-4, staff provides logistics oversight for all supply services, property accountability, equipment maintenance, facilities, transportation, and logistic programs for the command.
"We have many logistic concerns to track across the command, and we regularly assess how well units are doing to avert potential accountability issues," said Rick Newman, a logistics management specialist for G-4.
The staff uses the Command Supply Discipline Program to guide and ensure everything we do is accomplished within Army regulations. The CSDP is a commander's compliance program. The program goal is to standardize supply discipline throughout the Army by compiling existing regulatory requirements, simplifying command supervisory, and managerial responsibilities outlining the various requirements for responsible personnel formalizing follow-up procedures. G-4 conducts annual CSDP assessments to ensure brigades and field directorate offices are audit ready.
With 29 contracting offices stretched across the continental United States, maintaining the space for MICC Soldiers and civilians to work can be challenging. To manage those facilities, Geary and his team coordinate space requirements with each S4, with local Departments of Public Works, and during installation development plan workshops. The overall goal is to identify and mitigate facility constraints affecting future MICC growth, and prioritize repairs and develop projects that keep the MICC a great place to work.
"To fully support our over 40 facilities, we work with our counterparts at Army Contracting Command, Installation Management Command, installation DPWs, and in some cases with garrison commanders to ensure our people have adequate facilities," Geary said. "We monitor the status of each facility and facilitate improvements that increase mission capabilities or quality of life."
Site assessments help the staff to prioritize facility improvements across the command.
Geary and his team develop enterprise logistic strategies and provide policy guidance to commanders, directors and staff. The G-4 staff also plans and conducts staff assistance visits to assist commanders and directors in resolving property loss, identify property management trends, metrics and provide solutions.
"We develop logistics strategies or conduct analysis to figure why or how to do something better," Geary said. "We have done a lot of analysis of the equipment on the property book versus what has been purchased. We save our offices a lot of money by performing analysis of our property and facilities. We provide the expertise to assist our leadership in making decisions that are efficient and legal."
With the need to always be ready for deployments, Geary and his staff provide logistics support to brigades, field directorate offices, and battalions with a responsibility to maintain the command's weapons annually and report to headquarters Army. Newman manages equipment readiness. The team covers weapon maintenance, contingency preparedness and other deployment-related matters. G-4 members also facilitate and monitor equipment maintenance and ensure units are deployment ready.
"We are the gatekeepers. If you didn't have a logistician to manage support requirements equipment and property at a unit, then the unit cannot do its mission," Geary said.
The MICC is made up of about 1,500 military and civilian members located at two contracting support brigades, two field directorate offices and 29 offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The command is responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers' readiness. The MICC also is responsible for readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, preparing more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintain more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.