Friday, September 20, 2002

CLASS I Subsistence (food for civilians)

"An Army travels on its stomach."- Napoleon Bonaparte

Here are the latest sandwiches that will be part of a MRE. This will encourage me to stay in a few more years. Scroll all the way to the bottom.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Who and why?

There are three types of people in the world of military logistics and I have worn all three hats.

First, I have been an end user. Starting as a Private in the field artillery, advancing to Fire Direction Center Leader, Forward Observer and Battery Commander have used artillery ammunition by the ton. As an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander, I have burned through cans of 5.56mm bullets.

Second, I have acted as a planner. As a S-4 in an artillery battalion I have counted artillery rounds and played God handing out rounds to battery commanders as they cried for more. I presently serve as class five (ammunition) officer in a corps support group.

Third, in my civilian job I work for DCMC signing DD-250's accepting ship turbine generators and main propulsion units for the Navy and jet and helicopter engines and spare parts for the US military. I also audit vendors of the F414 and T58 engines.
I have graduated from basic training for 13B (cannonneer) to Combined Arms Staff Services School and now enrolled in Command and General Staff College and Transportation Corps Officer Advance Course.

It might sound impressive, but the first thing that I know is that I don’t know everything about logistics. So when I am stumped with a problem, I either will hit the books and field manuals or find the subject matter expert who has the answer.

With all the military actions going on in the world, many people are just concerned with raw numbers or comparison of hardware. There is a whole another side of military operations that will never make evening news but is just as important. Many friends and co-workers ask for my opinion on today’s events and I try to put them in terms that the everyday non-military person can understand. This is the reason I have started this blog