CASCOM Commanding General's Note to the Field

Major General Paul C Hurley, Jr.

Major General
Paul C Hurley, Jr.

The CASCOM Commanding General (MG Paul C Hurley, Jr.) sends out periodic messages to the field, outlining CASCOM sustainment initiatives to support the Army. Please Click Here* to view the CG's most recent message, as well as earlier messages to the field, as more become available.

*Note: link requires CAC authentication

UPDATED: May-30-2018

Hot Topics - Links to New and Improved Sustainment Resources

FM 4-0: Sustainment Operations (Initial Draft)

FM 4-0, Sustainment Operations, (Initial Draft) is a new publication that augments the Army's principal doctrine on providing sustainment support as found in ADP 4-0 and ADRP 4-0. It describes how Army sustainment forces, as part of a joint team, provide support to Army and other forces with particular emphasis on support to large-scale combat operations.

This manual is a companion manual to FM 3-0 on Army operations and together with ADP 4-0 and ADRP 4-0 provides the foundation for how Army Sustainment forces support prompt and sustained large-scale combat operations.

Operational Contract Support (OCS) Training Strategy

The FY18 Non-Acquisition Operational Contract Support (OCS) Training Strategy, signed the by CASCOM Commanding General, was released late December 2017.

It identifies a way forward for the Army to improve its OCS training efforts and, as importantly, provides commanders with resources that are currently available to train their formations on basic OCS tasks, techniques, and procedures.

CGSC (P940) Branch Preparatory Course Slides

CGSC (P940 pre-course): The link above takes you to the slides used by CASCOM to prepare CGSC students for a common understanding of Army Sustainment IAW FM 3-0.

Operational Logistics Planner (OPLOG Planner)

Access OPLOG Planner 8.0 on AKO by clicking here.

OPLOG Planner

OPLOG Planner 8.0 is designed to assist logistics planners in calculating supply usage estimates in support of operations. This program is specifically designed to support operations typically associated with multi-phase operation plans (OPLAN) and operation orders (OPORD).

In OPLOG Planner, the user creates units based on standard Tables of Organizations and Equipment (TOE) (base, not MTOEs) and maps these units into task organizations. The task organizations can then be assigned to a multi-phase order and assigned user-developed mission parameters sets (which essentially describe the conditions under which the task organization operates). Reports then provide supply consumption by unit, task, organization, phase and order.

 

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Quick Logistics Estimation Tools

Click Here to access quick logistics estimation tools folder on AKO.

The above folder contains links to abbreviated logistics estimation spreadsheet tools for calculating initial class of supply requirements, such as required LBS, STONS, Pallets, and Platform; based on force strength, operational phase, and climate.

 

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Sustainment Virtual Playbook (SVPB) Appendix I - Rehearsal Videos

The Joint Readiness Training Center has several useful videos that demonstrate how to conduct various rehearsals, battle rhythm events, and MDMP steps. Please Click Here to access the videos.*

*NOTE: These videos are posted to the Army Training Network (ATN). ATN is CAC protected.

Topics include: Sustainment Rehearsal; Sustainment Synchronization Meeting; OPSYNC Meeting; Wargaming/COA Analysis; Battalion Combined Arms Rehearsal; Course of Action Development (COA DEV); Air Assault Mission Planning; Targeting Working Group; BCT Fire Support Rehearsal; Fires Technical Rehearsal; Information Collection (IC) Rehearsal; Obstacle Planning; Terrain Management; Mortar Emplacement.

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Quartermaster Best Practice: Field Feeding Company Start-Up Kit Resource Folder

25th Quartermaster Company - Logo

Click Here to access the Field Feeding Company Start-Up Kit.

The 25th Field Feeding Company, 264th CSSB, 3rd ESC, created this folder containing examples of the unit SOPs, Capabilities Briefing, Operations Overview, Lessons Learned, Training Calendar and more to assist newly activated Field Feeding Companies.

 

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GCSS-Army

GCSS Army

Click Here to view the GCSS-Army home page.

GCSS-Army is the tactical unit / installation logistics and financial system for the U.S. Army. GCSS-Army is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that tracks supplies, spare parts and organizational equipment. It tracks unit maintenance, total cost of ownership and other financial transactions related to logistics for all Army units.

 

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Sustainment Unit Training Resource Guide - GTA-63-01-001

Sustainment Unit Training Resource Guide

Click Here to access electronic viewable and printable versions of the Sustainment Unit Resource Guide.

The Army Training Network, AR 350-1, ADP 7-0, ADRP 7-0, FM 7-0 and GTA 07-09-003 (The Army’s Methodology for Training) assist Army personnel in achieving the Army’s Number 1 Priority: Readiness. This graphic training aid (GTA) provides sustainment unit training and doctrine resources to assist in the training effort.  

 

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The U.S. Army Concept for Combined Arms at Echelons Above Brigade 2025-2045

The U.S. Army Concept for Combined Arms at Echelons Above Brigade 2025-2045

The U.S. Army Concept for Combined Arms at Echelons Above Brigade 2025-2045 Versatile, Agile, and Lethal Warfighting Formations

Version 0.8 DRAFT — NOT FOR IMPLEMENTATION

This concept describes the roles and functions of operational and tactical formations above brigade. It describes the capabilities by echelon required to accomplish these roles and functions, and proposes how echelons above brigade (EAB) formations might be structured to employ those capabilities to dominate and win in the future OE.

Please Click Here to access the document. NOTE: Requires CAC Authentication to view.

 

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Training Technology Products Page

CASCOM Training Technology Division

The CASCOM Training Technology Division has produced (and continues to produce) interactive multimedia products for Ordnance, Quartermaster, Transportation and Multi-functional Units. These products are deliverable in both online streaming and downloadable formats.

Please Click Here to access the training products and for more specific details about each product.

 

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Sustainment Virtual Playbook (SVPB)

Sustainment Virtual Playbook

NOTE: SVPB Chapter 7 - Tactical LOGPAC Movement Back Brief - Is now available! Click the link below to access the SVPB.

The Army Sustainment Virtual Playbook is an interactive, mobile, eLearning solution to living doctrine. It delivers doctrinal and best practice tactics, techniques, and procedures for executing synchronized sustainment in a decisive action environment. The playbook provides the tools to think through complex sustainment processes that enable freedom of action, extend operational reach, and prolong endurance.

Please Click Here to access the SVPB.

 

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Leader's Guide to Objective Assessment of Training Proficiency

Leader's Guide to Objective Assessment of  Training Proficiency

Please Click Here to access the guide.

The Army recently released the Leader's Guide to Objective Assessment of Training Proficiency. This document is intended as interim instruction how to assess, record and report training proficiency under Objective-T until AR 220-1, AR 350-1, and FM 7-0 are updated. Where there are differences between AR 220-1, AR 350-1, and FM 7-0 and the procedures stated in the Leader's Guide to Objective Assessment of Training Proficiency, the Leader's Guide has predominance.

Note that the DA G-3 has determined that HHCs which are rolled up under their parent unit Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) will not report separately.  The USR/DRRS-A database does not have the capability to report units that do not have an UIC ending in AA.  Because the Department of the Army wants USR reporting from AA UIC's the HHC will not have a Standard METL or reporting responsibilities.

 

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Sustainment Force Structure Book - 2017 Update

Sustainment Force Structure Book:

Sustainment Force Structure Book

Sustainment Force Structure Book (PDF)

*NOTE: 58 MB file

The purpose of this book (published annually) is to provide commanders, staffs and leaders with a quick reference guide of information on sustainment unit capabilities and capacities in the Army to support Unified Land Operations in a given FY. The book provides an illustration of sustainment organizations and functions as well as the number and type of sustainment organizations in the Total Army. Changes driven by resource constraints, reorganization and redesign will be incorporated into the book as such changes are approved. Produced by Force Development Directorate, Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, VA.

Update Announcement: An updated version of the CASCOM Sustainment Force Structure Book is now available through Army Knowledge Online. The structures noted in the book represent Army logistics organizations that have been approved for fiscal year 2017 (FY17) and some for FY18. Changes include elimination of some duplicate data, some changes in the 63 series (Multifunctional) Standard Requirements Code (SRC) hyper-linking, as well as some cosmetic changes. Please click here for the full text of the update announcement, and to access the latest Sustainment Force Structure Book.

Archive Versions:

To view previous versions of the Sustainment Force Structure Book, please click here.

 

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Sustainment Leader Development Implementation Plan (SLDIP)

Sustainment Leader Development Implementation Plan

Click Here to access the Sustainment Leadership Development Implementation Plan (SLDIP).

This plan provides guidance to sustainment leaders on how to build the sustainment leader we require now and as we move into the future. This document addresses sustainment leaders in financial management, human resources support, and the logistics areas of maintenance, transportation, supply, field services, distribution, operational contract support (OCS), and general engineering support. Page 11 discusses what sustainment is and how logistics and other sustainment functions interrelate.

 

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Soldier Support Institute (SSI) Warfighter Training Support Packages (WTSP)

Soldier Support Institute (SSI) Warfighter Training Support Packages (WTSP

The Soldier Support Institute (SSI), Training Development Directorate (TDD), in collaboration with and support of the Adjutant General School (AGS) and the Financial Management School (FMS), developed and maintains Warfighter Training Support Packages (WTSPs) to support Human Resources (HR) and Financial Management (FM) unit training.  The WTSPs include all associated and available training content such as the supporting Collective and Individual Tasks, Lesson Plans (slides and instructor notes), Practical Exercises (PEs) and any other training aides.  The objective is to provide standardized training products that can be utilized by HR and FM units to conduct section and unit training.

Please Click Here for more information and links to the WTSP products. Please also see the AG and FI pages on the Sustainment Unit One Stop website.

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U.S. Army Functional Concept for Sustainment 2020-2040

U.S. Army Functional Concept for Sustainment 2020-2040

Click Here to access the Army Function Concept for Sustainment 2020-2040.

TP 525-4-1 describes the broad capabilities the Army will require to sustain multi-domain battle and cross-domain maneuver with joint, interorganizational, and multinational partners during 2020-2040. The ideas presented have been integrated with the evolving estimates of the operational environment; and joint and Army strategic guidance. This functional concept will lead force development and employment efforts by establishing a common framework to guide developments for sustaining future Army operations.

 

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Sustainment Constructive Training White Paper

Please click here to access the paper.

The Sustainment Constructive Training White Paper is one of two papers that the Combined Army Support Command (CASCOM) will publish that addresses operations and training post Battle Command Sustainment Support Systems (BCS3) divestiture. This paper was written as a collection of initial best practices and captures proposed immediate solutions from across the total force available to training planners and supporters.

Key Points:

1. Divestiture of BCS3 has minimal impact on training readiness. This paper discusses some of the immediate solutions available to support collective training in a constructive exercise environment.
2. CASCOM is currently working with the Army's training support units, Combat Training Centers (CTC), the National Simulation Center (NSC), and other agencies across the total force to identify potential training solutions and best practices to enable unit readiness in sustainment training. CASCOM is also using this opportunity to refine requirements to shape future training capabilities for sustainment unit training.
3. CASCOM is working diligently to close the gap that has existed for over a decade between sustainment operations in support of Decisive Action operations and home station realistic training.

Intended Audience:

Unit S3/G3, Mission Training Centers (MTC), Training Support Centers (TSC), CTCs, Modeling and Simulation personnel (FA57 and CP36), and those involved in planning and supporting sustainment constructive exercise.

 

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United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) Exercises

Please click here to access information on the exercises.

The United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) has established and conducts multiple named training exercise events to build and assess multi-functional / function sustainment unit training readiness. As Total Army (AC, ARNG, USAR) units are developing, updating their training plan exercise events, in support of "Train As You Fight" Total Army, the USARC exercises description event document provides valuable information for commanders / staff on potential training event opportunities. Forces from Army Active Component, Army National Guard, and other US Services/Agencies are generally welcome to participate in Army Reserve exercises. Participation of forces from other nations often require a more formal approval process because of federal statute, DoD/HQDA policy, and existing contracts.

 

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Stryker Recovery Operations - Tutorial

Stryker Recovery Operations - Tutorial

Developed by the Technology Integration Branch at CASCOM, this eLearning product walks users through the process of perfroming Stryker Recovery Operations, with videos of each step.

For instructions on viewing this product offline or on a mobile device, please Click Here.

 

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Refuel on the Move (ROM) Instructional Product

Refuel on the Move (ROM) Instructional Produc

Leveraging 3D capabilities, a fully immersive 3D simulation of the ROM was devleoped that allows each soldier an opportunity to build each connection point piece-by-piece; charge the lines; and fully execute the ROM.

ROM Ineractive Digital Enabler (3D application file) - Click Here

Instructions for executing the application - Click Here

ROM Video Overview - Click Here

 

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Adjudant General Schools "AG Tube"

Adjudant General Schools "AG Tube"

AGTube consists of several “how-to” videos which are intended to show human resources (HR) operators working within S-1 / G-1 sections “a way” to use HR weapons systems mixed with Microsoft Office products (Access, Excel, and Word) in order to offer solutions to common HR problems using existing software. They serve as something that we can use to standardized practices across the Army.

Click Here to access AGTube.

 

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Financial Management Schools "FM Tube"

Financial Management Schools "FM Tube"

The FMtube is the official channel for "how to" training aids--made available across the FM Enterprise. These video job aids demonstrate individual tasks that are resident within our FM Sustainment Battle Drills. Our vision is to provide trained, ready and agile military and civilian leaders; develop integrated concepts, doctrine, organization, training and materiel across the spectrum of Financial Management in support of America's Armed Forces in war and peace. CAC logon is not required; you may access this available resource from any smart device--at the point of need.

Click Here to access FMTube.

 

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Maintenance Terrain Walk (MTW) Video

Maintenance Terrain Walk

"Restoring our ability to execute expeditionary logistics will only be accomplished by leaders who know what right looks like, or who can learn what it looks like, and then coach, teach, and mentor that understanding across their formations." -Lt. Gen. Gustave "Gus" Perna

For access to the MTW video, please Click Here.

 

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Materiel Management / GCSS-Army Resource Page

Click Here to access the page.

Materiel management is a sustainment function that directs, integrates, synchronizes, prioritizes, and optimizes the logistics function of supply in order to provide effective and uninterrupted supply support to Army, joint, and allied forces, thereby enabling those forces to achieve their operational objectives.

The Materiel Management page, linked above, provides resources in several categories to assist the sustainment community.

 

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Army Operating Concept (AOC) & Force 2025 And Beyond

U.S. Army Operating Concept (AOC)

Click Here to access the Army Operating Concept (AOC).

From the Chief of Staff of the Army "The Army Operating Concept (AOC) describes how future Army forces will prevent conflict, shape security environments, and win wars while operating as part of our Joint Force and working with multiple partners. The AOC guides future force development by identifying first order capabilities that the Army needs to support U.S. policy objectives. It provides the intellectual foundation and framework for learning and for applying what we learn to future force development under Force 2025 and Beyond."

Force 2025 and Beyond

Click Here to access Force 2025 and Beyond.

The Force 2025 and Beyond Directorate (F2025BD) serves as TRADOC's lead to integrate and synchronize development of future Army concepts and capabilities and help foster / coordinate innovation efforts across the force. This is done in coordination and collaboration with AMC, FORSCOM, HQDA staff and others.

 

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