CAMP HENRY, Republic of Korea — The military needs more than the latest weaponry to compete globally. The latest technologies also play a key role.
With this in mind, Army Field Support Battalion – Northeast Asia, recently completed a major logistics automation system migration to increase readiness, improve logistics operations and strengthen the capacity of the soldiers on the peninsula.
The Army Prepositioned Stock program demonstrates the Army’s ability to rapidly project power and send a clear signal of American commitment. Equipment sets, such as an armored brigade combat team, are strategically pre-positioned. This reduces deployment response times by allowing soldiers to integrate into a theater and directly use equipment to fight and win. These stocks are available to support the missions of combatant commanders, not only in emergency situations, but also in major exercises and humanitarian missions.
Part of the mission of the Army North East Asia Field Support Battalion is to maintain and account for Army-4 pre-positioned stocks which include unit sets, operational projects and sustainment stocks. As the Army War Reserve Deployment System was designed to assist in the accountability, inventory, preparation, maintenance and transfer of Army pre-positioned stock assets, maintaining operational readiness standards was a daily challenge.
In 2021, the U.S. Army Sustainment Command directed the accelerated deletion of the old AWRDS system and the transfer of all data to the new system, the Global Combat Support System – Army. GCSS-A establishes an interface and integration to enable APS-4 to provide right place, right time support to combat units, while improving situational awareness for commanders and leaders with accurate and timely information. reactive.
“Implementing GCSS-A ensures APS-4 is ready to launch, enabling combat power and maximizing fighter readiness,” said Col. Lisa Rennard, Brigade Commander, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade.
In 2021, AFSBn-NEA started and completed the GCSS-A transition led by experts in supply, maintenance and quality control. Encompassing equipment located in Korea and Japan, the battalion, working with several partners, including the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Camp Henry, Korea; U.S. Army Support Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois; the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Henry, South Korea; and Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee, Virginia, moved from AWRDS to GCSS-A.
“Augmentation teams and partners have been instrumental in the implementation of GCSS-A,” said Capt. Samuel Boateng, Operations Officer, AFSBn-NEA (FWD). “The collective team provided oversight and technical support, while helping to meet validation requirements.”
The GCSS-A migration was performed using a phased approach to include readiness, pre-commissioning, commissioning and capability support. With deliberate planning and control measures, APS-4 data from AWRDS to GCSS-A sets the conditions for APS-4 readiness. During the daily synchronization meetings in the field phase, AFSBn-NEA was able to carry out data reconciliation during the transfer process.
“Daily checks on the conditions of all stakeholders ensured the success of the mission,” said Charles Song, Deputy Commander of AFSBn-NEA. “The battalion provided data to be entered, including list of authorized stocks, lateral transfers, workshop stock, maintenance and work orders. AFSBn-NEA, led the process of cleaning equipment data at all equipment sites, including Camp Carroll, Busan Storage Center, Camp Humphreys in South Korea, and Sagami General Depot and Yokohama North Dock, Japan.
The GCSS-A transition has accelerated the equipment issue process, ensuring the integration of unit sets, operational project stocks and sustainment stocks to support commanders and units.
“The technical aspects of the transition proved to be a challenge with data cleansing, but thanks to the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, the migration of data, records and work orders was accomplished,” said Darren Ratcliff, Maintenance Division Chief, Camp Carroll. “Additionally, AFSBn-NEA has established supply support activities in GCSS-A, collaborating with subject matter experts and synchronizing with support officers in the collective support community. to ensure that the required tasks have been completed.”
With GCSS-A applied, and as an APS-4 accounting record system, APS-4 draw time is significantly optimized during the ownership transfer process at the point of issuance.
“The migration to GCSS-A makes the APS-4 draw process efficient and improves the speed of issue,” said Lt. Col. Ed Woo, Battalion Commander, AFSBn-NEA.
One of the objectives of the APS program in AFSBn-Northeast Asia is to enable rapid employment. The implementation of GCSS-A set the conditions for supplying equipment to the Warfighter and significantly increased the readiness of the peninsula.
The Army Northeast Asia Field Support Battalion, headquartered in Camp Carroll, South Korea, reports to the Army’s 403rd Field Support Brigade, located at Camp Henry, South Korea. South Korea. The 403rd AFSB is a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. ASC, the Army’s Global Logistics Control Center, reports to the U.S. Army Materiel Command located in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The AMC, a 4-star command, provides logistics, sustainment and materiel readiness from the installation to the forward tactical edge to ensure globally dominant land force capabilities.