By Maj. Karen Roxberry, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public AffairsMay 30, 2019
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Army logistics operators assigned to units across the Pacific gathered here, April 29 through May 24 for a Global Combat Support System-Army training course instructed by a logistics training team from the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, based in Korea.
Course participants sharpened their skills on GCSS-Army through the following courses: GCSS-Army Warehouse Operations Course, GCSS-Army Material Manager Course and GCSS-Army Unit Supply Course.
The training was coordinated by the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's Support Operations Section, who reached out to 19th ESC for instructors.
"The SPO Sustainment Automation Support Management Office coordinated with the 19th ESC LTT to conduct this training for unit level logistics operators and managers across the Pacific," said Cpt. Paul Rozell, who served as one of the lead coordinators for the event. "Due to the lack of training on Oahu, the need to seek outside sources is necessary. The training will increase operational and mission readiness of the Soldiers operating GCSS-Army."
8th TSC serves as U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's senior military logistics organization, responsible for ensuring sustainment conditions are set for a safe and secure Pacific region. Theater readiness is one of the command's top priorities and coordinating training events like this for Pacific based logisticians is one of the ways the command gets after its mission.
In all, 104 students, including Army Civilians representing units from all components of the Army attended the training.
The Guam Army National Guard and the 196th Infantry Brigade (Reserve) as well as attendees from active duty units from 25th Infantry Division, 8th TSC, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and the 311th Signal Command based on the island Oahu participated in the training.
GCSS-Army was implemented in 2012 to help logistics operators and leaders deliver accurate information to decision makers in functions of supply, accountability, maintenance, and finance.
Since inception, GCSS-Army has evolved and gone through changes over the years, streamlining data to better support commanders.
"Bringing the class here will expand [their] knowledge and help their [unit] readiness," said Sgt. 1st Class Victor Escalera, Material Manager for the 8th TSC. "[This class] is going to give those supervisors and Soldiers a better understanding on how to better operate the system."
8th TSC continues to look for training opportunities to support logisticians in the region. For more information and details about this course or for future courses, contact the 8th TSC Sustainment Automation Support Management Office at (808) 787-5017 or email usarmy.shafter.8-TSC.list.spo-SASMO@mail.mil.