The 82 Airborne Division hosted a visit from General Gustave F. Perna and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger Mansker, the commanding general and command sergeant major of U.S. Army Materiel Command, respectively, at Fort Bragg, N.C., November 14, 2019.
The purpose of the visit provided Perna and Mansker an in-depth picture of logistical operations within the "All American" Division
The command team's visit included a tour of 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade's Supply Support Activity (SSA) and the consolidated motorpool facility used by 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams, with a focus on how the Division as a whole continues to maintain and improve supply readiness.
Paratroopers from the 82nd CAB SSA, gave Perna an overview on supply operations and walked him through the process of how they receive, sort, and deliver parts to customers.
"Supply readiness works best when we are focused on standards and discipline, leaders and processes. That is how we maintain supply readiness and you are doing just that," says Perna.
The 2nd BCT leadership gave Perna an overview of the motorpool facility and discussed ways they intend to improve safety, conditions of the facility, and their plan to divest excess property.
Perna acknowledged that excess property was a challenge and expressed they are there to help with property divestiture.
Col. Herman "Jay" Johnson, the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade commander, spoke with Perna about supply discipline, readiness, and impact as it relates to the sustainment brigade.
"As sustainers we continue to improve our processes, employ our personnel, and use available technology (GETAC tablets) that has been provided to us to get the mission done," said Johnson.
Perna and his team were impressed with the professionalism and breadth of the logistics enterprise belonging to "America's Guard of Honor."
The Army, and as its premier logistics and sustainment command, AMC, must have responsive systems and processes to ensure that when a Soldier requires supplies, no matter the class, they have access to them and that they function as intended.
"We are driving to make sure what we own is ready to fight," said Perna. "Our responsibility is to ensure our Army's equipment is prepared as much as possible."