FORT LEE, Va. — Maj. Gen. Mark T. Simerly, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) commanding general, hosted a visit for Republic of Korea Army Maj. Gen. Chan Whan Jung, Combined Forces Command, C-4, Nov. 29.
During Jung’s visit to CASCOM headquarters, Simerly and proponent senior leaders provided an overview of CASCOM’s mission, facilities and satellite training sites. Additionally, Simerly discussed how the U.S. Army – through CASCOM – is adapting logistics and sustainment-related training to support warfighters for future global contingencies.
“CASCOM continues to focus on updating its doctrine and training for our logistics and sustainment professionals, including Commissioned, Non-Commissioned, and Warrant Officers, Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and joint and international partners in order to better prepare in supporting our warfighters for future global contingencies,” said Simerly. “We are developing our Force Sustainment Modernization Strategy to drive dynamic transformation for how the sustainment enterprise will support Large Scale Combat Operations in a Multi-Domain Operations fight, what it sustains that fight with, and how it develops future sustainment leaders. Army sustainment is nested in the joint environment focused on executing theater sustainment more effectively and efficiently by transitioning from the push-pull methodology of support to anticipatory logistics.”
In addition to updating training and doctrine, CASCOM is focused on supporting the U.S. Department of Defense’s efforts of increasing and strengthening interoperability with our allies and regional partners.
“One of our main lines of effort is to increase interoperability between our allies and regional partners, in this specific instance, working with our Republic of Korea Army’s logistics and sustainment professionals to help one another prepare for emerging regional and global threats in support of our warfighters,” Simerly continued. “In order to counter and defeat tomorrow’s complex global threats, we need to leverage our long-standing relationships with our allies, focus on nesting our unique capabilities, and operate as one fighting force.”
Jung also visited the Army Logistics University (ALU). During this portion of the tour, he met with Ms. Sydney A. Smith, President of the ALU; Col. Gregory K. Gibbons, Commandant of the ALU; Command Sgt. Maj. Marissa M. Cisneros, Senior Enlisted Advisor of ALU; and four Republic of Korea Army students attending a course at ALU designed for international military partners.
Jung attended a course on Fort Lee when he was a junior officer and expressed that he was impressed with the modernization efforts occurring at Fort Lee since his time as a student.
“It’s amazing to see the changes that have occurred on Fort Lee compared to the last time I was here, said Jung. “I am very happy to have been able to return here to see how this area has evolved and changed.”
The Republic of Korea has been a significant ally in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Area of Responsibility since 1953 and continues to play a critical role in being the linchpin of peace and security in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. – Republic of Korea Alliance has proven to be strong and durable in the face of emerging global conditions, and is among the most interoperable, capable, and dynamic bilateral alliances in the world since its establishment.
CASCOM’s mission is to train, educate and develop adaptive sustainment professionals for the total force while generating, synchronizing, and integrating innovative Army and joint sustainment capabilities, concepts, and doctrine to sustain Large Scale Combat Operations in a Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) environment and enable the Waypoint Force through Fiscal Year 2022 activities and events in support of the Commander’s Lines of Effort.
For more information, visit www.army.mil/cascom.