By Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsJanuary 23, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. - The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Maj. Gen. Kiyoshi Ogawa, Logistics Department Ground Staff Office director, and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Jan. 15. The command was the first stop of the group's three-day logistics-orientated tour, which included visits to the Pentagon and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
CASCOM is responsible for training over 180,000 students annually, through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University. It is also a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command.
The purpose of the visit was information sharing to gain insight and discuss the U.S. Army's multi-functional logistician system. The JGSDF is looking to improve their multi-functional logistics capabilities, training and education, and enhance military to military ties in the sustainment community.
During a command briefing by Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, the delegation expressed their vision of future military training within the realm of professional development and personnel management. The group then proceeded to the U.S. Army Logistics University for a tour of the facility.
At the university, John E. Hall, ALU president, discussed current and future multi-functional training for logistics leaders. Information exchanges included discussions concerning course content, doctrinal changes and credentialing to enhance and facilitate the learning environment.
Ogawa was also very interested in requesting more training seats for his officers to attend ALU. He currently has an officer attending the Army Maintenance Management Course. The university trains international military students from over 60 countries.
After leaving CASCOM, the group continued with their tour by visiting the 7th Sustainment Brigade at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The brigade is the only watercraft unit in the active component of the U.S. Army. They discussed both the functional and multi-functional logistics organization of the unit, as well as structural and operational methods in humanitarian, security cooperation and multi-national operations.