By Gen. Dennis L. ViaOctober 18, 2013
As part of the ongoing reshaping of Directorates of Logistics Army-wide, the Army Materiel Command (AMC) has rebranded DOLs "Logistics Readiness Centers."
The fundamental mission of the LRC is to support the Soldier at home station by providing installation and Army logistics readiness.
This transition to LRCs better aligns to Department of the Army naming conventions; more accurately reflects their mission under AMC; and provides a conceptual framework to reshape LRCs as AMC's "Face to the Field." It is much more than just a name change; but rather a concept that will eventually set the conditions to integrate all of AMC's capabilities at the installation level under one umbrella.
LRCs serve as AMC's focal point for installation services at home station, with 73 LRCs located across the Army in the United States, Europe, and East Asia. The LRCs integrate and synchronize AMC capabilities in support of senior commanders and installation tenants, providing a single hub on the installation for customer access to the Army sustainment base. The Army Sustainment Command, as AMC's operational arm, has the responsibility for the management of the LRCs.
LRCs manage installation supply, maintenance, and transportation, to include food service, ammunition supply, clothing issue facility/clothing initial issue point, hazardous material, bulk fuel, personal property/household goods, passenger travel, non-tactical vehicles, rail, and garrison equipment.
The transfer of DOLs from Installation Management Command to AMC in October, 2012 provided a number of benefits for the Army. The transfer reduced redundancy, standardized processes throughout all of the DOLs, improved contract management, and enhanced quality and visibility of services.
The link to the national sustainment base is critical to the future success of the LRCs. Soldiers and Commanders now have behind them the full power of a global logistics command, able to access not only needed Soldier services, supply, and maintenance support, but also permitting technical reach-back to the entire AMC enterprise. Under AMC, in addition to being connected to the sustainment base, LRCs are also connected to each other. This provides them the flexibility to support surge requirements and more effectively utilize AMC maintenance assets.
Before the transfer of the DOLs, each installation managed its own contracts through the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. ASC developed a contracting strategy called the Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise, or EAGLE, to address inconsistencies in requirements and level of services. This program addresses maintenance, supply operations, and transportation services in more than 40 locations in the continental United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, using basic ordering agreements for task order competitions. This allows standardization of performance work statements and greater competition among the basic ordering agreement holders, with the goal of reducing cost and increasing small business participation. It also reduces administrative contracting costs by using one contracting strategy for multiple contracts in many locations.
As we implement this transition, our goal is to remain flexible and responsive to senior installation commander requirements, and to provide services to today's Soldiers at reduced cost, while planning for future changes in Army strategy and advances in Army equipment, with a primary enduring mission of sustaining a CONUS-based expeditionary Army prepared to meet future contingencies.