Sustainment Warfighter Forum
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Edward M. Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, gives opening remarks during the Sustainment Warfighter Forum that began Tuesday at Fort Lee, Va. More than 300 Army leaders from all service components are participating in-person or virtually. The forum is a cornerstone attraction of Sustainment Week, an annual observance that also includes ceremonial events honoring past and present Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation Soldiers and DA Civilians. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Patrick Buffett ) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sustainment Warfighter Forum
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. D. Scott McKean, deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command, talks about “Logistics Past and Present” during the Sustainment Warfighter Forum Tuesday at Fort Lee, Va. The general highlighted challenges that military commanders have faced since earliest days of warfare such as the forward movement of battle outpacing the supply lines that keep fighters equipped and fed. The discussion sparked lively conversation about supply discipline and the challenges that sustainers must be prepared for on future battlefields. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Patrick Buffett) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Participants of the Sustainment Warfighter Forum focus on a discussion led by Lt. Gen. D. Scott McKean, deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command, Tuesday in the Army Logistic University’s Michael K. Williams Multipurpose Room at Fort Lee, Va. The forum – stalled by COVID since 2019 – drew 300 in-person and virtual attendees from across the Army, including the Reserve and National Guard components. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Patrick Buffett ) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LEE, Va. – Stalled by COVID since 2019, the Sustainment Warfighting Forum made its comeback here Tuesday, drawing more than 300 in-person and virtual attendees from across the Army, including the Reserve and National Guard components.

In opening remarks, Gen. Ed Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, underscored the importance of the event, noting that the Army is undergoing “its largest transformation in 40 years” and the sustainment community must do the same.

“What we do know about logistics and sustainment is that if it lags behind and does not enable operational reach, freedom of action and prolonged endurance, then it becomes a limitation on the battlefield,” Daly said. “We can’t have the Army transform and not the sustainment warfighting function capabilities.”

The forum, Daly pointed out, brings the “right people together” to engage in conversation, share expertise and facilitate actions that ensure the success of Army modernization objectives.

“This is our opportunity to step back and think, ‘What are we missing? What are we not seeing? What are the gaps that are being created or the [shortcomings] that we need to get ahead of?’ Everybody has a responsibility here. Everybody has a speaking role.”

The presentations that followed focused on topics such as Army modernization, the restructuring of forward combat elements, sustainer training and talent management, the Army’s new field manual (FM 4.0) for sustainment operations, and the projected role-out of new heavy transport and bulk fuel delivery assets.

As the first day of the forum ended, Maj. Gen. Mark T. Simerly, commanding general of the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, expressed appreciation for the participants and the many presenters who shared their expertise.

“Clearly, we had some great conversations today,” he said, “and that’s what the forum is all about – the coming together of sustainment leaders and professionals to share ideas that will be foundational to our future. What an honor it is to host this event that sets the tone for everything we need to do to support the Army of the future.”

The forum is a cornerstone attraction of Sustainment Week, an annual observance that also includes ceremonial events honoring past and present Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation Soldiers and DA Civilians (livestream recordings available at www.facebook.com/USACASCOM). A sustainment social took place Tuesday evening at the Lee Club. Army Senior Leader breakout sessions are set for Thursday.

“In connection with Sustainment Week, I want everyone to know how immensely proud I am of the mission we accomplish here,” Simerly offered as a final thought. “It’s across Fort Lee and not just CASCOM. We all make a difference that is of huge importance to the Army, and I recognize that high level of service and commitment every day.”