REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command leaders and subject matter experts welcomed Gen. Edward Daly, Army Materiel Command’s new commanding general, to his first AMCOM quarterly update, Aug. 5.
Actions to improve diversity and inclusion throughout AMCOM and sustaining Warfighter readiness during the continued pandemic threat were among the topics the leaders discussed during the briefing.
Maj. Gen. Todd Royar, AMCOM commanding general, led the briefing with an overview of AMCOM’s plan to implement AMC’s Project Inclusion campaign to further drive a culture of diversity awareness and inclusion and eliminate racism and extremism.
Royar outlined AMCOM’s efforts within AMC’s three lines of effort in the campaign – leader awareness and commitment, education and training, and communication. He also briefed Daly on actions under way at AMCOM to achieve end-state goals, including, but not limited to recent listening sessions, continuing and building on AMCOM’s Diversity Committee, leader-led training, increased employee communications and development of additional command climate surveys.
“Every commander, every director and subordinate organizations’ leaders have been conducting listening sessions,” said Royar. “It’s important to see ourselves, not just as how we want to be seen, but also how others might perceive what we do or say, and why they see us that way. Developing a shared understanding of our experiences is an essential step toward achieving inclusion.”
Daly, who assumed command of AMC on July 2, expressed his support and commitment to Project Inclusion.
"We must build for the future, get the right workforce and embrace differences in pursuit of an equitable and inclusive environment,” said Daly. “This isn’t about diversity just for the sake of having it. I firmly believe, with all of my heart, that diversity of race, gender, color, age and thought are crucial to our mission success.”
Royar next introduced AMCOM Logistics Center’s new Executive Director Brian Wood. ALC’s presentation focused on aircraft and Patriot missile battalion reset challenges and options for how AMCOM could adjust their plans to adapt to limited funding.
AMCOM’s Missile Maintenance Officer Chief Warrant Officer Araceli Rial discussed AMCOM’s solution for data entry and reporting challenges involving system of systems within the Army’s Global Combat Support System.
GCSS-Army is the tactical unit/installation logistics and financial system for the U.S. Army. GCSS-Army is an enterprise resource-planning solution that tracks supplies, spare parts and organizational equipment. It tracks unit maintenance, total cost of ownership and other financial transactions related to logistics for all Army units. This modernized application subsumed outdated Standard Army Management Information Systems and integrated about 40,000 local supply and logistics databases into a single, enterprise-wide authoritative system, Rial said.
Rial explained the challenge GCSS-Army presents for missile systems logistics managers.
A missile system is typically comprised of multiple items that are unable to function on their own. For example, a missile system might consist of a command post, launching station, mobile electric power plant, engagement control station, antenna mast group and radar set. There’s an Army requirement to report that collection of missile system components as a single system, but functionally, the GCSS-Army software allows only data entry and report-generation of individual items, she said.
“When we go into the GCSS-Army, we can’t see the data or pull reports as an aggregate system,” she explained. “Right now, reports are being manually aggregated by individual line-item number to produce the required reports. That’s a lot of time being spent on this in units throughout the Army missile enterprise.”
In January, AMCOM coordinated with the Army’s Program Executive Office - Enterprise Information Systems and the Combined Arms Support Command, and provided funding for the team to start working on a solution to the system-of-systems data-entry and reporting problem, Rial said. The team is developing a way to codify an overarching line-item number that accurately depicts system of systems within GCSS-Army. Limited-user testing of the solution is anticipated to take place in early 2021.
Royar added that the solution being developed could also benefit other system enterprises, like unmanned aerial systems, medical equipment sets, signal systems and watercraft systems.
Letterkenny Army Depot’s Deputy to the Commanding Officer, Damian Bess, highlighted efforts to improve the depot’s performance rates by auditing standards against actuals with quarterly after-action reviews and improving forecasts to facilitate supplier buying activities.
Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Col. Joseph Parker, gave an update on CCAD’s plans to improve its capacity despite necessary changes in operations to minimize the spread of the disease, along with the measures the depot is taking to protect the workforce during the pandemic.
Top-performing employees from throughout AMCOM were also recognized during the meeting:
• Caitlyn Hall, ALC Acquisition Logistics Directorate, who enabled the Warfighter to more easily procure modular protective systems that can keep them safe in theater.
• James Lynn, AMCOM Operations (G-3), who performed a critical role in the development of new procedures for acquiring engine replacement data-plates.
• Cedric Pollard, Security Assistance Management Directorate, who provided continuous successful execution of Black Hawk helicopter foreign military sales cases.
• Kevin Threats, ALC Materiel Management Directorate, who ensured AMCOM assets were well preserved and packaged in a ready-for-use condition for the Warfighter.
• Kimberly Hayes, ALC Acquisition Logistics Directorate, who prevented the erroneous cancellation of product manager funds totaling $3.1 million.
Daly congratulated awardees and thanked AMCOM leaders and staff for their informative briefings.