By Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsAugust 7, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. - The Combined Arms Support Command hosted Maj. Gen. Victor Arriagada, Chilean Army Logistics Division commander, for a tour of its training facilities Aug. 5-6.
The goal of the visit was to increase interaction and opportunities between the armies, and assist in further development of the Chilean's logistics capabilities.
On the first day of his visit, Arriagada was greeted by Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general. Wyche briefed him on the command's role in training all sustainment Soldiers and civilians in the U.S. Army.
CASCOM, a major subordinate command under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, is responsible for training over 185,000 students annually through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University.
During his two-day visit, the general viewed sustainment training at the Army Logistics University as well as the Ordnance and Quartermaster schools to gain insight into U.S. Army logistics operations.
He toured the Quartermaster School's Logistics Training Department, where he viewed Soldiers training in the Automated Logistics Course. Students demonstrated how a depot functions as well as the reception and distribution of equipment. He also toured the Petroleum and Water Department to learn how Soldiers distribute and forecast fuel requirements.
The second day took Arriagada to the U.S. Army Logistics University, where he learned about the comprehensive leadership courses taught to logistics officers and senior noncommissioned officers. The university consists of three colleges and an academy that trains more than 34,000 students a year as well as instructing international military students in many of the courses it offers.
After departing ALU, he toured the Ordnance School, where he viewed Soldiers training in the Stryker Maintenance Course. Instructors demonstrated the interactive classroom training where students virtually troubleshoot problems with the vehicle. Arriagada also visited the Allied Trades Course, which instructs Soldiers in welding and machining.
Finishing up the visit, Arriagada stopped at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School's Aerial Delivery & Field Services Department. Subject matter experts shared knowledge about how the department trains parachute riggers and shower, laundry and clothing repair specialists. A highlight of ADFSD was the department's parachute simulator. The device combines 3D virtual reality with parachute dynamics and realistic control to allow jumpers to hone their skills in a controlled training environment.
The information shared during the visit will help the Chilean military modernize their logistics capabilities pertaining to armor, in order to better support its mission.