By Ms. Megan M Mcintyre (AMC)December 13, 2010
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Army Sustainment Command's Directorate of Logistics Enterprise Transformation Team visited Europe and Asia, Oct. 23-Nov. 15.
Seeking out issues and solutions, the transformation team visited Germany, Japan and Korea in preparation for overseas DOL realignment from the Installation Management Command to the Army Materiel Command.
Operational control of the DOLs in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico became the responsibility of ASC's Army Field Support Brigades and Battalions Oct. 1. Operational control of DOLs worldwide will happen in two phases. Korea and Japan DOLs are planned for Jan. 1, 2011, and operational control for European DOLs will occur this spring.
This was the DOL team's first opportunity to meet and greet stakeholders in U.S. Army Europe. The team toured the 21st Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe (TLSC-E) and Grafenwoehr DOL facilities.
"We are in the preparation phase to accept the DOL mission for the European theater," said Col. Ronald Green, 405th Army Field Support Brigade Commander. "I am completely confident in our ability to execute a smooth transition and maintain excellent logistics support for DOL customers in the coming year."
Green and ASC team members met with senior representatives from IMCOM-Europe Headquarters Nov. 8, in Heidelberg, Germany, to discuss the transfer of full operational control.
Discussion topics included the scope of the transfer, garrison restructuring for the DOLs, unique services provided, the OPCON date, transfer of resources, and logistics division personnel issues.
Participants in the meeting agreed that OPCON of organizations in Europe is event-driven rather than calendar-driven.
IMCOM's Europe region, in coordination with USAREUR, AMC, ASC, and the 405th AFSB, held a follow-up DOL workshop, Dec. 7-8. The ASC DOL team members participated in the workshop, providing a strategic communication brief and collaborating on issues.
At the team's stop in Japan, Col. Perry Helton, Camp Zama garrison commander, provided an overview of the organization and discussed issues with ASC human resources and resource management representatives.
Kathy Acree, ASC director of DOL Transformation, presented a briefing explaining ASC's mission set and how the DOL realignment fits within the Materiel Enterprise to leverage all supply, maintenance, and support services, expertise and capabilities.
"The bottom line is Korea and Japan are ready to launch operational control of the DOLs under the 403rd AFSB on Jan. 1 and OCONUS realignment continues on track for Oct. 1, 2011," said Acree.
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