Members of the 13th Sustainment Command Support Operations section hosted a rehearsal on Global Combat Support System-Army procedures with fellow Fort Hood logisticians Thursday at the Fort Hood Mission Command Training Center.
The goal of the drill was to provide familiarization for the detailed procedures and training requirements of “G-Army,” as nicknamed by the personnel already introduced to the system.
“The purpose of this is to fill a gap that we perceived in our training,” said Col. John McCoy, the command’s support operations officer. “There is a lot of fielding training that goes on at the operator level, and at the supervisor level. We saw that some of the higher level managers would not get that same level of training, yet they would still be responsible for operations of units when they go through the Wave One conversion.”
The drill provides an overview of the maintenance, finance, SASMO-Sustainment Automation Support Management Office, and supply aspects of Wave One conversion that will affect select Fort Hood units.
Higher-level managers otherwise may not learn of G-Army conversion challenges until after the conversion happens, McCoy said.
The first 13 vignettes walked the more than 100 participants through order processing in the new, and soon to be fielded at Fort Hood logistics system, when an item is on hand or not on hand at the supply support activity.
Organizers also illustrated how the future equivalent of an “026” maintenance report will be generated and read once G-Army has been implemented at Fort Hood.
The new procedures are similar, yet different with G-Army, said Maj. Alicia R. Dease, the command’s logistics automation officer.
“With the old system, you request it, you get the money,” Dease said. “With the new system, you get the money, and then you request it.”
Both McCoy and Dease agreed that having legacy systems and the G-Army system run concurrently will pose challenges.
Lessons learned from Fort Bliss, where some units are already fully up and running on G-Army, showed that during major field training exercises, operators must be closely connected to funds managers, otherwise the unit may not have the necessary funds behind the orders placed.
McCoy said the next big step at Fort Hood is new equipment training for warehouse, finance and material managers.