The Army’s 54th Quartermaster General Brig. Gen. Rodney Fogg gained insight into how the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support provides materials to soldiers during a visit Nov. 27.
DLA Troop Support Commander Army Brig. Gen. Mark Simerly set the tone for the day’s events by relating Troop Support’s focus to soldiers’ readiness and the weapons systems they employ.
“In the services,” Simerly said, “and also within the joint system at large, we look at our supply chains and we’re really focused as an agency on weapons system readiness … and we can’t afford downtime for our key system that supports weapons system readiness [and] readiness overall; that’s the service members and the soldiers.”
Fogg received briefings from each of DLA Troop Support’s five supply chains.
The Quartermaster functions of general supply, subsistence, water delivery, textile repair, air item maintenance, and materiel management and distribution closely align with Troop Support’s supply chains: Medical, Subsistence, Clothing and Textiles, Construction and Equipment, and Industrial Hardware.
Fogg complimented the Subsistence supply chain’s processes for their operational transparency.
“I see reports from dining facilities and prime vendor reports. I’m in tune with that whole process,” said Fogg, commandant of the Quartermaster School and a career member of the Army Quartermaster Corps. “It’s effective.”
In conversation regarding enhancing information system interoperability, a challenge shared by both Troop Support and the Quartermaster Corps, Fogg encouraged cooperation in finding resolution.
“Anything that you learn or any approach that you take, share with us … we have to have a similar approach,” Fogg said.
Fogg also cited the need for the Quartermaster Corps’ relationship with Troop Support.
“We can’t do what we need to do without becoming more interoperable and joint in many of our commodities,” he said.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jonathan Yerby, Quartermaster Regimental chief warrant officer, echoed that message at a luncheon with Army warrant officers assigned to Troop Support.
The value of the lunch was in the “… discussion of the benefits and unique challenges of serving as a warrant officer at DLA Troop Support,” that Yerby could share with the Quartermaster Corps and its leadership, said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jemme Neal, a warrant officer who and consumer safety officer in Subsistence.
The final stop of the day was at Troop Support’s flag room, where Fogg and his staff signed a presidential flag in the process of being hand embroidered by Clothing and Textiles supply chain employees.