By Mr. Paul Boyce (FORSCOM)December 13, 2007
The Department of the Army announced today, Dec. 13, the establishment of a new branch which will become effective Jan. 1, 2008. The Logistics Branch is the newest branch of the Army for commissioned officers, established by General Order of the Secretary of the Army. Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation officers from the ranks of captain through colonel will be united into the Logistics branch. This change will occur across all components of the Army.
"Establishment of the Logistics Branch fully supports the needs of the modular Army," said Lt. Gen. Ann Dunwoody, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4. "It promotes the development of multi-skilled logisticians, capable of anticipating requirements, planning, integrating, and executing all types of deployment and sustainment activities that enable our Nation's forces to initiate and sustain full-spectrum operations. As a result of Army transformation and modularity, Army Logistics has shifted from a functional to a multifunctional focus. The reduction of functional logistics commands and the increase of multifunctional logistics commands at all levels make this a natural evolution for Army logisticians."
"New lieutenants will still begin their careers as Ordnance, Quartermaster or Transportation officers to become technically and tactically proficient in their basic branch specialties," she said. Upon promotion to captain and completion of the Combined Logistics Captains' Career Course, these officers will begin their journey in the Logistics Branch.
The Ordnance, Transportation and Quartermaster branches will still remain. The technical skills of enlisted Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and lieutenants remain consistent with the needs of the transformed Army and the requirement for functional expertise within these branches.
The nature of the global war on terror has drastically changed the way logisticians operate on the modern battlefield. The Logistics Branch will develop expeditionary and campaign quality logisticians needed for future missions.
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More information is available at http://www.cascom.army.mil/cascombasic2/publicsite/logbranch/index.htm.