By Megan Marie McIntyre (ASC Public Affairs)June 20, 2011
Army Sustainment Command headquarters hosted a rehearsal of concept drill May 23-26, reviewing operational responsibilities for transportation services.
Subject matter experts from Army Materiel Command, Installation Management Command, Directorates of Logistics and Army Field Support Brigades joined their ASC hosts at Rock island Arsenal, Ill., for a DOL Transportation ROC drill.
Diane Wadsworth, DOL transformation team member, said the main goal of the ROC drill was to bring in Army transportation subject matter experts involved with DOL operations. “We developed a common understanding of interaction from the tactical to the strategic levels and mapped those processes to enable successful mission execution as ASC asserts full operational control,” she said.
Wadsworth said the results of this ROC drill’s efforts will provide the framework to create DOL standard operating procedures governing how business will be conducted in the future.
As reported in the April 29 Senior Executive Service Board of Directors meeting, transportation services account for several hundred million dollars.
Wadsworth said the DOL Installation Transportation Offices manage non-tactical vehicles, personal property and household goods movement, passenger travel, unit movements as well as freight and rail operations.
During the ROC drill, each specific service area was extensively discussed in breakout sessions. Each area reviewed, edited and revised the Installation Status Reports; reviewed and validated the Responsibility, Accountable, Supportive and Consulted and Informed charts created in the DOL Rules of Engagement Workshop; refined the organization and operations plans for 2013 full operational control; and developed and agreed on AMC metrics.
“Transportation functions encompass a large spectrum of operations, so splitting into separate working groups allowed for efficient use of our time and more focused work products,” said Wadsworth.
During the meeting, some concerns surfaced. Clarification was needed on how the transfer to ASC will affect current relationships between the United States Army Forces Command, Training and Doctrine Command and installation transportation services, after ASC Brigades are added into the mix. Col. Dan Reilly, ASC support operations officer, said current relationships will continue as the brigades will be transparent in day-to-day operations but should have situational awareness of DOL business.
Another concern was the developing Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE) contract vehicle, under which maintenance, supply and transportation support services are expected to operate. Questions arose on whether EAGLE would be the sole means of contracted service. Reilly said the EAGLE contract vehicle is a single acquisition strategy with a generic performance work statement, adaptable to local requirements. “In the future, teams from ASC will visit installation DOLs to assist in fitting their transportation, maintenance and supply requirements into a task order,” he said.
The DOL realignment from IMCOM to ASC is in its final stages. Operational control of the DOLs in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico became the responsibility of the Army Field Support Brigades and Battalions Oct. 1, 2010. Operational control of Korea and Japan DOLs passed to ASC Jan. 1, and April 1 for Europe DOLs. Complete realignment and full operational control is planned for October 2013.
The transportation ROC drill is part of a series of ROC drills intended to keep the alignment on track and running smoothly.
“The transportation ROC drill was a success because stakeholders in the DOLs and those who touch the DOLs, from all aspects of the Army, were brought in to provide their expert input,” said Wadsworth. “This allowed information to flow freely, throughout the ROC Drill, from experts in the field.”