Second expeditionary support policy council meeting

Second expeditionary support policy council meeting

Kenneth DesJardins

The Expeditionary Support Policy Council (ESPC), formed last November, convened their second meeting in Coronado, Calif., March 31-April 1 to continue to address the pressing logistics issues of the expeditionary war fighter. The group is co-chaired by CAPT Bill Munson, SC, USN, Acting Deputy Commander for Fleet Logistics Operations, and CAPT Jerry Twigg, SC, USN, Commander, Assistant Chief of Staff Operational Commander Support, and Commanding Officer, Naval Operational Logistics Support Center (NOLSC).

In support of Sea Power 21, the ESPC acts as the logistics advocate for Naval Expeditionary Forces, including Naval Construction Forces, Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Forces, Naval Medical Expeditionary Forces, Naval Special Warfare Forces, the Naval Support Element, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Maritime Force Protection Command, which will stand up Oct. 1,2004. The council identifies, analyzes, develops, and implements policies and procedures, which enable planning, readiness, and efficient sustainment support during deployment.

The initial goal for the ESPC is to bring the widely diversified operational supply logistics community together in a forum that will promote logistics interoperability. The supply support questions that the council is addressing are designed to identify supply bottlenecks, seek standardized logistics support practices, and enhance the overall supply chain for expeditionary customers.

RADM Joseph Maguire, Commander, Navy Special Warfare Command, kicked off the meeting with an address to the expeditionary support council. He provided a compelling overview of the importance of operational logistics to warfighters today. He also shared insights into the unique needs of our special warfare community and stressed the importance of standardizing logistics procedures to the maximum extent possible.

The group then reviewed the guiding document of the ESPC, the charter, which defines the purpose, scope and objectives of the council. The council consists of senior members of the expeditionary supply logistics community.

The group also reviewed action items generated from the first ESPC discussing the Supply Corps expeditionary career path, individual augmentee, contingency contracting issues, and evaluating the usefulness of the XLOG metrics that the Naval Supply Systems Command’s Ground and Support Forces Division (SUP 42) updates for dashboard metrics. CAPT Rich Gray from the Naval Warfare Doctrine Command (NWDC) presented a Lessons Learned and Doctrine Development brief based on an action item from the first ESPC. The ESPC addressed the question–what new or revised doctrine is needed to support expeditionary logistics? (See side-bar on Page 21 for further NWDC information.)

Attendees focused on how the Navy is providing logistics support to its diverse community of expeditionary warfighters. Presentations included the Seabees 3M program by CAPT James W. Cowell Jr., CEC, USN, Commanding Officer of the Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center; an introductory demonstration of the Joint Expeditionary Warfare Logistics System (JEWLS) by CAPT Joseph Mecca, SC, USNR, from NFELC; and the logistics support unit concept in support of the Maritime Force Protection Command by CAPT Mark Heinrich, SC, USN, N41 at Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet.

Additional expeditionary support contributors who were not present at the first ESPC presented their command briefs and contributions to expeditionary forces logistics support. Mark Coggins from Naval Facilities Engineering Command and CAPT Tim Ross from Defense Logistics Agency presented their respective command briefs.

The Naval Operational Logistics Support Center (NOLSC) web-based central database of current and past information has been operational for several months. To access the classified library go to http://www.ois.disa.smil.mil on the SIPRNET. The unclassified library is posted at http://www.ois.disa.mil. These two libraries will serve as a repository for information about joint and operational logistics.

For NOLSC Portal Access, go to http:/ /www.ois.disa.smil.mil. Click on “Contact Us.” Select “Access.” Download and complete the account Access Request form. In the justification field (block #20), annotate “Knowledge Management and NOLSC Portal access is required.” Acquire appropriate signatures and submit/fax the form to the Yorktown Customer Service Center. The address is NOLSC–NWS Yorktown Spring Road Bldg. 1351, Yorktown, VA23691-0410.The fax number is 757-887-4841.

The Expeditionary Logistics team has created a web site on Navy Knowledge Online at https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil. To access the Expeditionary Logistics page, select the Communities channel on the left side of the home portal page and then click on the Expeditionary Logistics Community. Readers will find the ESPC Charter, presentations from the most recent conference, the action item list, and a point of contact listing of attendees and members, as well as links to other sites of interest.

The NOLSC team will plan and organize the third ESPC, scheduled for the last week in October. Contact LCDR Dave March at (757) 443 5209 or dave.march@navy.mil with ideas and comments concerning agenda items for the next ESPC.

RELATED ARTICLE: Naval Warfare Development Command.

NWDC is the Navy’s manager for doctrine development, approval and dissemination, and for the Lessons Learned Program. Both doctrine and lessons learned provide tools for the operational logistician, especially in joint and coalition environments. Here are some pointers on how to access them or to provide feedback.

Doctrine

Provide your input:

* To recommend changes to existing doctrine pubs, use NWDC web site discussion group, correspondence or Navy Lessons Learned System

* To propose a new doctrine pub, use the format in NTTP 1-01, Appendix C Web sites: Navy: http://www.nwdc.navy.smil.mil/ library/NWEL_pub_mgt/default.cfm or https://wwa.nko.navy.mil and select “Sea Power 21” then “Sea Trial” Marine Corps: https:// www.doctrine.usmc.mil/ Joint and Other Service: http:// www.dtic.mil/doctrine/doctrine.htm

Navy Lessons Learned System (NLLS)

Key points:

* Centralized SIPRNET database to collect, validate and distribute unit feedback for corrective action

* Identifies shortcomings in doctrine or tactics, techniques and procedures

* Lessons learned (LLs) from other sources can be incorporated into the central database

* NLLS is an underutilized tool that is available to support expeditionary logisticians

* Wider involvement of logistics community is solicited in providing new LLs and commenting on existing LLs

Web sites: http://www.nwdc.navy.smil.mil/ NLLS/new/default. asp http://www.nwdc.navy.mil/NLL/ NLL.aspx

Point of Contact: CAPT Rich Gray, SC, USN at (401) 841-2624, DSN 948-2624 or grayr@nwdc.navy.mil

LCDR Des Jardins previously served on the staff of Commander, 7th Fleet embarked on USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). His other sea tours include ASUPPO on USS Seattle (AOE 3), SUPPO on both USS Seahorse (SSN 669), and USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN 641). His other shore tours include a NA CO internship at NAVICP. Nancy Bates is an RCI consultant supporting the NA VSUP Expeditionary Logistics team and is a Supply Corps Reserve captain with 24 years of military service.

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