By Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public AffairsNovember 16, 2015
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Three years' worth of planning culminated at the beginning of fiscal 2016 as the U.S. Army Sustainment Command welcomed two new Logistics Readiness Centers to its fold.
The Directorates of Logistics at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington, and Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras -- both formerly a part of the U.S. Installation Management Command -- were officially transferred to ASC/U.S. Army Materiel Command. This means they now come under the full administrative and operational control of ASC. Hence forward, they will now be referred to as LRCs versus DOLs.
ASC's Installation Logistics Directorate facilitated 10 integrated planning team meetings, three two-star level Internal Progress Reviews, and coordinated critical shared tasks between ASC primary and special staff, the 404th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) and 407th AFSB, and headquarters IMCOM staff for a smooth transition.
LRC-JBLM is aligned under the 404th AFSB, which is headquartered in Washington State. LRC-Soto Cano is aligned with the 407th AFSB, which is headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas. ASC has seven AFSBs located worldwide.
This final transition brings the last of the DOLs into the Materiel Enterprise and involves transferring more than 340 personnel and approximately $490 million worth of equipment while continuing to perform installation logistics support at JBLM and Soto Cano.
ASC is a major subordinate command of AMC. This command is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness --technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection and sustainment--to the total force.
LRC-JBLM's overall mission is to provide installation-level logistics to sustain readiness, enable training and support to deploying forces in support of the combatant commander.
Located at the former Fort Lewis -- now known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord -- the installation has an almost 100-year history in the Pacific Northwest. What started out to be a small fort, has grown into one of the world's largest military complexes and a major contributor to U.S. efforts in World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, as well as the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This LRC is a significant enabler to the rapid deployment base support, not only for the Pacific region, but the world.
LRC-JBLM installation overview
• Seventh largest city in Washington
• Second largest employer in the state
• 2000-2009 equals military growth of 30,000; now 40,906
• Largest employer in Pierce County
• Largest Operational Joint Base (One of two Army led)
• Nation's only west coast power projection platform
Capabilities at a glance
-- Process 600 Soldiers per week, 815 line items at Central Issue Facility
-- Nine full-time dining facilities
-- Rail Yard: Eight ramps / Stage: 358 railcars, load 160 railcars / 24-hour operations, three locomotives
-- Containers: 1,429; four yards; five rough terrain container handlers
-- Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group
-- Four aircraft on ground / 255 annual missions
-- Troop Holding Area holds 600 passengers plus joint inspection area
-- Transportation Motor Pool: 33 buses plus 28 other vehicles
-- Pass back Maintenance / National Maintenance Program / Pre-Deployment Training Equipment Fleet
-- Aircraft Repair Parts Management: 17,000 lines equals $67 million; 10,000 aircraft readiness spares at $24.5 million
-- Maintenance: Airfield and Base Support Equipment (568 pieces and 78 nuclear airlift mission certified vehicles)
LRC-Soto Cano provides base logistical support of the full range of logistics planning, support, and services to Soto Cano Air Base and rotational units that include: Army Support Activity, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), 7th Special Forces Group (Forward), and the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force.
Established in 1983, JTF-Bravo's initial mission was to provide command and control, administrative and logistical support with humanitarian and civic assistance to the Republic of Honduras. Today, JTF-Bravo's mission is to support and conduct joint, combined and interagency operations throughout Central America's Joint Operations Area to enhance regional cooperative security initiatives. LRC - Soto Cano provides requested logistical support as required.
LRC-Soto Cano installation overview
• Land area (Acres): 1,249
• U.S. footprint (Acres): 750
• Number of buildings: 443; Building square footage: 744,778
• Unaccompanied Personnel housing spaces: 650
• Airfield Runway: 8,008 feet by 148 feet. The airfield was constructed in 1981 by the U.S. to assist regional partners in preserving their sovereignty.
Available base services include: Fire station; Joint security force; Maintenance facilities; Runway; Helipad; Medical clinic; Base Exchange / Class Six; Barber Shop; Pool; Education Center; Morale, Welfare, and Recreation communication activities center; MWR recreation center; Library, Arts and Crafts center; Post office; and Chapel.
Capabilities at a glance
-- Contract oversight
-- Consolidated receiving and shipping point
-- Dining facility operations
-- Donation program
-- Equipment and vehicle maintenance
-- Foreign military sales
-- Fuel Point operations
-- General Services Administration fleet management
-- Installation Property Book Office
-- Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
-- Laundry plant operations
-- Transportation Motor Pool
-- Troop Issue Subsistence Activity
-- Supply Support Activity (SSA)