By Mr. Brian Beall (AMC)April 3, 2018
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- While the Army's senior leaders gathered at the Association of the United States Army's Global Force Symposium, the logistics corps converged on Redstone Arsenal for a week of intense training to enhance Army readiness, March 26-30.
LOGSA, or Logistics Support Activity, hosted logistics and sustainment experts from around the Army to participate in the LOGSA Logistics Training Forum. Training and database management experts held more than 100 workshops for the students.
"Our goal is to continue to provide the customer-focused service that has become synonymous with our organization while helping units adhere to Army policy and readiness requirements," said Col. John Kuenzli, commander of LOGSA, in his welcome letter to participants.
Throughout the workshop, trainers provided hands-on, guided courses spanning the logistics enterprise, from warehouse optimization to property book management. Participants had the added benefit of being able to manage their Logistics Training Forum experience through the use of LOGSA's PS Magazine digital app.
One of the most prominent topics covered at the forum was the development and deployment of the Army Readiness Common Operating Picture, or AR-COP. The AR-COP is a web-enabled dashboard that unites data-centric activities across the Army in one business intelligence enterprise to enhance decision-making by Army commanders.
At an AR-COP logistics operations course, LOGSA executive officer Ben Sanders emphasized the capabilities AR-COP brings to installation commanders. From efficient food services provided by dining facilities to managing supply chain metrics, AR-COP has been long in the works to becoming the Army's primary source of logistics data, said Sanders.
Kuenzli called on participants and trainers alike to use the Logistics Training Forum to shape the future of Army logistics. LOGSA representatives emphasized support to the Soldier and materiel enterprise does not stop at the gates of Redstone Arsenal, as LOGSA's mobile training team, monthly learning events, and online training support packages can provide critical information at a moment's notice.