ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- The transfer of Directorate of Logistics (DOL) operations from the U.S. Army Installation Management Command to the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) formally took effect on Oct. 1.

The U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC), a subordinate command of AMC which is headquartered on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., will manage DOL operations. The transfer covers 73 DOL locations, 49 in the United States and 24 overseas, and comes after 24 months of detailed planning.

The Directorate of Logistics provides supply, equipment maintenance, transportation, ammunition management, laundry, bulk fuel, property book, and food services at Army installations. The total DOL workforce encompasses about 5,000 civilian employees, 100 military personnel, and 18,000 contractors.

The DOL transfer is being done with existing resources, and so will not result in an immediate change in employment levels at ASC Headquarters or at any DOL locations.

Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of ASC, stated that the transfer shapes the future of military logistics support.

"With this transfer of the Directorate of Logistics to ASC, we now have an Army Sustainment Command presence on every Army post, camp and station in the United States," Wharton said. "Across the Army, ASC bridges national sustainment capabilities to assure battlefield success for our front-line forces."

Wharton noted that DOL contracts would be standardized under the Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE) program, which has an estimated total value of $26 billion over five years. Under EAGLE, 148 separate contracts will be consolidated into 40 installation logistics contracts, with standardized performance work statements and performance measures.

Wharton noted that EAGLE optimizes opportunities for small businesses to perform as government prime contractors. Under EAGLE, all installation logistics task orders greater than $1million and less than $35.5 million will be set aside for qualified small businesses.

In addition, both small and large businesses will be eligible to compete for task orders greater than $35.5 million. If two or more small businesses are capable of performing these larger contracts, then the task orders will be set aside for small businesses.

"We intend to use EAGLE to increase our buying power and improve the supply chain across the entire Army Materiel Command," Wharton said. "The goal is to get high-quality equipment into the hands of installations and units faster, and at a competitive cost."

ASC, through the U.S. Army Contracting Command, recently announced the first round of EAGLE basic ordering agreements with private companies to provide logistics support services at DOL locations through EAGLE.

The EAGLE acquisition program was developed as a result of a Department of Defense directive on better buying power and the Secretary of the Army's directive on optimization in service contracting. The transition of the DOLs to the Army Sustainment Command leverages the capability to align core competencies and creates the environment necessary to shape efficiencies across the entire DOL enterprise.

"We will continue to streamline logistics operations and assure we are good stewards of our nation's resources," Wharton said.

The U.S. Army Sustainment Command sustains American and coalition forces around the globe by providing equipment, logistics and life support services whenever and wherever needed.