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Top elevates logisticians standards ;

By Cpl. Joshua Bozeman | | November 14, 2002

One Marine is helping raise the standards for military logisticians by seeking self-improvement and trying to become better at what he does.

Throughout the past year Master Sgt. Ouris Pellegrin, logistics operations chief here, has attended logistics related classes at Georgia Institute of Technology where he has learned some of the latest insights to the logistics industry and Department of Defense standards and practices.

The courses were part of a new initiative headed by Headquarters Marine Corps to further educate military logisticians. Pellegrin completed the Logistics Professional Series in The Logistics Institute's educational program at Georgia Tech Sept. 26. Pellegrin was one of approximately 300 students to graduate the program. Individual class size ranged from 30 to 120 students.

"It's been said that the Marine Corps is 80 percent logistics to the 20 percent war-fighter," said Pellegrin. "For every trigger puller, there are about five Marines behind him making sure he can fire that weapon or conduct his mission."

For this reason, it is important that each Marine knows the most proficient way to accomplish his role in any mission he is assigned, Pellegrin said.

According to Pellegrin, one of the things professors taught in the classes was that fewer than 5 percent of logisticians in the civilian world are actually trained in logistics. Therefore, in many instances, DoD personnel find themselves ahead of the industry standards.

"Some of these courses that I've attended have shown that the industry is having the same challenges that the DoD is having. And to some extent the DoD is a lot more advanced in the logistics activities than the industry is. The one thing that we find ourselves advanced in is information technology," said Pellegrin.

One thing the course was trying to accomplish was bridging the gap between military and civilian logistics, said Pellegrin.

One technique they use was teaching current industry standards and bringing in speakers from Materiel Command, the Defense Logistics Agency and Headquarters Marine Corps.

One of the main differences between industry and military logistics is what each organization is striving for. The industry is out to make money, while DoD personnel have war fighting on their minds, said Pellegrin.

The course is a requirement for business management personnel of several major corporations such as Wal-Mart, Intel and United Parcel Service.