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Joint Logistics Commanders hold talks;

By Cpl. Nicholas Tremblay | | August 21, 2002

Twice a year commanders from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces Materiel Management Centers/Commands, the Navy's N4 Fleet Readiness and Logistics, the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, and invited participants, such as the Deputy Undersecretary for Logistics and Materiel Readiness and the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics meet to discuss logistic issues as these pertain to U.S. military peace and wartime operations.

Brig. Gen. Bradley M. Lott, commander, Marine Corps Materiel Command here, hosted the Joint Logistics Commanders meeting Aug. 15 at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga. The previous JLC meeting was hosted by the Air Force at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"The purpose of these meetings is to bring senior level military logisticians together in reaching understandings of broad individual or group logistics challenges and to establish resolutions to these challenges which are beneficial to all," said Gary Leitner, the Marine Corps JLC Secretariat member. "These gatherings are critical to military logistical operations in terms of supporting the initiatives of functionally oriented subgroups which meet individually many times throughout the year."

The official purpose of the JLC, self-chartered with Department of Defense level support in 1966, is to improve military effectiveness first by promoting the development and maintenance of technical standards needed to ensure interoperability of combat units; second by promoting the development and maintenance of business standards needed to ensure efficient support between the services, DoD, and industry; and third by seeking out opportunities to eliminate overlap and duplication. Subgroups are chartered by the JLC to conduct studies, to recommend solutions, and to implement these solutions to major and/or broad logistics challenges which impact on all services.

A general officer or a member of the senior executive service normally chairs these subgroups with representatives from all the services, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, when issues pertain to pollution prevention. These groups are currently formed based on functional responsibility that includes: aviation, calibration and measurement technology, depot maintenance, government and industry data exchange, materiel management, ordnance, and pollution prevention.

"What makes the JLC such a success is the different perspectives and possible resolutions that each branch of the services, DLA, and others brings to the table," said Leitner. "Issues discussed at these meetings have a direct impact on all services? logistics operations with some such as depot maintenance and pollution prevention being more germane to Albany operations.

"Specific issues include aging aircraft, lead solder alternatives, depot level funding carryover, ammunition's industrial base, focused logistics war-games, Army logistics transformation, and the interchange of data between the government and industry. All of these current issues effect every service and DLA," said Leitner.

The importance of these issues is evident due to the resources expended and the level of officials who participate and who support the outcomes of these meetings. Each branch of the service, DoD, and DLA makes the JLC a success.

The next meeting will be in February and hosted by DLA at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va.