WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Reforms underway at the Army's 78 Logistics Readiness Centers are improving home station support to Soldiers, Army G-4's Harvey Robinson told a group of policy experts at a recent Army G-4 Leadership Series.
The centers, established eight years ago at Army installations, manage all logistics functions including supporting force projection at home, operating dining facilities, repairing vehicles, distributing clothing and equipment, dry cleaning, maintaining supplies and ammunition, and transporting unit equipment for deploying Soldiers.
They are managed by Army Materiel Command's Army Sustainment Command; Army G-4 oversees their programming and resourcing. "The centers enable Army readiness, so we work collaboratively to manage them," says Robinson, a logistics specialist with G-4's Plans Division.
At the session, Robinson pointed to three reforms taking place in the areas of: food management, baseline services, and hazardous materials.
G-4 is helping modernize food services by establishing mobile food trucks that deliver healthy food to where Soldiers are training; and food kiosks, where Soldiers can grab their food and go. Basic daily food allowances have been increased, and dining facilities are getting new equipment, so food can be made in healthier ways. "The focus is on nutrition to enhance the optimal performance of Soldiers," Robinson says.
To improve baseline services, G-4 staff are visiting facilities to ensure they are resourced and manned to provide functions that may be needed in the future to support readiness.
"Any idea without resources is just a fantasy," says COL William Crocker, deputy director of G-4's Resource Management, who is focusing on ensuring the centers have resources to deploy forces in support of Multi-Domain Operations. He also is ensuring the centers are operating as efficiently as they can.
As for hazardous materials, the centers are standardizing how wastes are disposed of across Army installations with a new Hazardous Materials Management Program. The initiative requires setting up Hazardous Material Control Points, where all hazardous wastes are brought -- whether it is from oil changes, paint projects, or other assignments -- and then properly disposed. This cuts costs and helps meet environmental regulations.
"Efficient and effective support at home station," Robinson says, "will help us project forces worldwide when they are needed."
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