Monday, March 16, 2009

U.S. Army Logistics Command Furthers Capabilities in Pacific

The U.S. Army’s Hawaii-based 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) is in the second week of a two-week command post exercise (CPX) at Camp Zama, Japan, that is serving as another step in defining the operational capability and readiness of the relatively new command.

The 8th TSC is one of three theater-level sustainment commands in the Army and was established in 2006 following an Army reorganization. The command is responsible for Army logistics sustainment in the Pacific Theater, including military police support.

As noted by Stars and Stripes coverage and an 8th TSC news story, the CPX is helping 8th TSC refine its doctrine by replicating a real-world scenario requiring the management of sustainment operations through a forward command post -- a capability that did not exist in original TSC doctrine.

Logistics are critical in the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) area of responsibility (AOR), and 8th TSC’s burgeoning capability represents an enhanced expeditionary logistics capacity in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and other contingencies that may arise in the PACOM AOR.

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