FM 4-0: Sustainment Operations (Final Draft)
Sustainment Force Structure Book - 2018 Update
Sustainment Force Structure Book:
The purpose of this book (published annually) is to provide commanders, staffs and leaders with a quick reference guide of information on sustainment unit capabilities and capacities in the Army to support Unified Land Operations in a given FY. The book provides an illustration of sustainment organizations and functions as well as the number and type of sustainment organizations in the Total Army. Changes driven by resource constraints, reorganization and redesign will be incorporated into the book as such changes are approved. Produced by Force Development Directorate, Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, VA.
Sustainment Structure Handbook Equipment Annex:
Click here to accesss the Equipment Annex.
This Equipment Annex is intended to supplement the FY18 Sustainment Force Structure Handbook and includes all of the icons depicted in the FY18 Sustainment Force Structure Handbook published on 30 August 2018. This reference is intended to supplement the FY18 Sustainment Force Structure Handbook and the next FY19 Sustainment Force Structure Handbook (TBD/SEP 2019). This reference is intended to be used as a quick reference guide and training resource only. Equipment LINs currently documented and approved by HQDA unit type designs, can be viewed/downloaded through the U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency (USAFMSA), website at https://fmsweb.army.mil
To view previous versions of the Sustainment Force Structure Book, please click here.
TC 4-11.46 Convoy Protection Platform (CPP) Collective Live Fire Exercises
TC 4-11.46 Convoy Protection Platform (CPP) Collective Live Fire Exercises revision is published, dated March 2019 and available on the Central Army Registry (CAR) and the Army Publishing Directorate.
This revision includes the Standards For Training Readiness Advisor Group (STRAG) requirement to align with the Army's Integrated Weapons Strategy for qualification and support the Objective T collective live fire requirements under Sustainable Readiness. TC 4-11.46 provides guidance to sustainment elements for the purposes of training vehicle gun crews (VGCs) on the employment of crew serve weapons (CSW) in convoy operations and during unit defense.
Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A)
FY2020 Chicklet Chart & Map of Knowledge
Operational Contract Support (OCS) Training Strategy
The FY18 Non-Acquisition Operational Contract Support (OCS) Training Strategy, signed the by CASCOM Commanding General, was released late December 2017.
It identifies a way forward for the Army to improve its OCS training efforts and, as importantly, provides commanders with resources that are currently available to train their formations on basic OCS tasks, techniques, and procedures.
Army OCS Information Portal
Click Here to accesss the TCM-OCS Information Portal. (Note: requires CAC email certificate to login)
White Paper - Contractor Risk in Large Scale Ground Combat Operations (LSGCO)
Click Here to accesss the Contractor Risk in LSGCO White Paper (Note: requires CAC certificate to login)
CGSC (P940) Branch Preparatory Course Slides
Operational Logistics Planner (OPLOG Planner)
accesss OPLOG Planner 8.0 on AKO by clicking here.
In OPLOG Planner, the user creates units based on standard Tables of Organizations and Equipment (TOE) (base, not MTOEs) and maps these units into task organizations. The task organizations can then be assigned to a multi-phase order and assigned user-developed mission parameters sets (which essentially describe the conditions under which the task organization operates). Reports then provide supply consumption by unit, task, organization, phase and order.
Quick Logistics Estimation Tools
Click Here to accesss quick logistics estimation tools folder on AKO.
The above folder contains links to abbreviated logistics estimation spreadsheet tools for calculating initial class of supply requirements, such as required LBS, STONS, Pallets, and Platform; based on force strength, operational phase, and climate.
Sustainment Virtual Playbook (SVPB) Appendix I - Rehearsal Videos
Quartermaster Best Practice: Field Feeding Company Start-Up Kit Resource Folder
Sustainment Unit Training Resource Guide - GTA-63-01-001
The U.S. Army Concept for Combined Arms at Echelons Above Brigade 2025-2045 Versatile, Agile, and Lethal Warfighting Formations
Version 0.8 DRAFT — NOT FOR IMPLEMENTATION
This concept describes the roles and functions of operational and tactical formations above brigade. It describes the capabilities by echelon required to accomplish these roles and functions, and proposes how echelons above brigade (EAB) formations might be structured to employ those capabilities to dominate and win in the future OE.
Please Click Here to accesss the document. NOTE: Requires CAC Authentication to view.
The CASCOM Training Technology Division has produced (and continues to produce) interactive multimedia products for Ordnance, Quartermaster, Transportation and Multi-functional Units. These products are deliverable in both online streaming and downloadable formats.
Please Click Here to accesss the training products and for more specific details about each product.
NOTE: SVPB Chapter 7 - Tactical LOGPAC Movement Back Brief - Is now available! Click the link below to accesss the SVPB.
The Army Sustainment Virtual Playbook is an interactive, mobile, eLearning solution to living doctrine. It delivers doctrinal and best practice tactics, techniques, and procedures for executing synchronized sustainment in a decisive action environment. The playbook provides the tools to think through complex sustainment processes that enable freedom of action, extend operational reach, and prolong endurance.
Please Click Here to accesss the SVPB.
CASCOM training representatives visit with operational sustainment units to educate, inform, and influence unit key leaders on available training resources to facilitate units' ability to build and assess unit training readiness.
Please Click Here to find resources and info pertaining to applicable briefings, training trailer videos, resource tri-folds, and references; as well as information on freedom of action, extending operational reach, and prolonging endurance.
Please Click Here to accesss the guide.
The Army recently released the Leader's Guide to Objective Assessment of Training Proficiency. This document is intended as interim instruction how to assess, record and report training proficiency under Objective-T until AR 220-1, AR 350-1, and FM 7-0 are updated. Where there are differences between AR 220-1, AR 350-1, and FM 7-0 and the procedures stated in the Leader's Guide to Objective Assessment of Training Proficiency, the Leader's Guide has predominance.
Note that the DA G-3 has determined that HHCs which are rolled up under their parent unit Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) will not report separately. The USR/DRRS-A database does not have the capability to report units that do not have an UIC ending in AA. Because the Department of the Army wants USR reporting from AA UIC's the HHC will not have a Standard METL or reporting responsibilities.
Click Here to accesss the Sustainment Leadership Development Implementation Plan (SLDIP).
This plan provides guidance to sustainment leaders on how to build the sustainment leader we require now and as we move into the future. This document addresses sustainment leaders in financial management, human resources support, and the logistics areas of maintenance, transportation, supply, field services, distribution, operational contract support (OCS), and general engineering support. Page 11 discusses what sustainment is and how logistics and other sustainment functions interrelate.
The Soldier Support Institute (SSI), Training Development Directorate (TDD), in collaboration with and support of the Adjutant General School (AGS) and the Financial Management School (FMS), developed and maintains Warfighter Training Support Packages (WTSPs) to support Human Resources (HR) and Financial Management (FM) unit training. The WTSPs include all associated and available training content such as the supporting Collective and Individual Tasks, Lesson Plans (slides and instructor notes), Practical Exercises (PEs) and any other training aides. The objective is to provide standardized training products that can be utilized by HR and FM units to conduct section and unit training.
Please Click Here for more information and links to the WTSP products. Please also see the AG and FI pages on the Sustainment Unit One Stop website.
Click Here to accesss the Army Function Concept for Sustainment 2020-2040.
TP 525-4-1 describes the broad capabilities the Army will require to sustain multi-domain battle and cross-domain maneuver with joint, interorganizational, and multinational partners during 2020-2040. The ideas presented have been integrated with the evolving estimates of the operational environment; and joint and Army strategic guidance. This functional concept will lead force development and employment efforts by establishing a common framework to guide developments for sustaining future Army operations.
Please click here to accesss the paper.
The Sustainment Constructive Training White Paper is one of two papers that the Combined Army Support Command (CASCOM) will publish that addresses operations and training post Battle Command Sustainment Support Systems (BCS3) divestiture. This paper was written as a collection of initial best practices and captures proposed immediate solutions from across the total force available to training planners and supporters.
1. Divestiture of BCS3 has minimal impact on training readiness. This paper discusses some of the immediate solutions available to support collective
training in a constructive exercise environment.
2. CASCOM is currently working with the Army's training support units, Combat Training Centers (CTC), the National Simulation Center (NSC), and other agencies across the total force to identify potential training solutions and best practices to enable unit readiness in sustainment training. CASCOM is also using this opportunity to refine requirements to shape future training capabilities for sustainment unit training.
3. CASCOM is working diligently to close the gap that has existed for over a decade between sustainment operations in support of Decisive Action operations and home station realistic training.
Unit S3/G3, Mission Training Centers (MTC), Training Support Centers (TSC), CTCs, Modeling and Simulation personnel (FA57 and CP36), and those involved in planning and supporting sustainment constructive exercise.
Please click here to accesss information on the exercises.
The United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) has established and conducts multiple named training exercise events to build and assess multi-functional / function sustainment unit training readiness. As Total Army (AC, ARNG, USAR) units are developing, updating their training plan exercise events, in support of "Train As You Fight" Total Army, the USARC exercises description event document provides valuable information for commanders / staff on potential training event opportunities. Forces from Army Active Component, Army National Guard, and other US Services/Agencies are generally welcome to participate in Army Reserve exercises. Participation of forces from other nations often require a more formal approval process because of federal statute, DoD/HQDA policy, and existing contracts.
Developed by the Technology Integration Branch at CASCOM, this eLearning product walks users through the process of performing Stryker Recovery Operations, with videos of each step.
For instructions on viewing this product offline or on a mobile device, please Click Here.
Leveraging 3D capabilities, a fully immersive 3D simulation of the ROM was developed that allows each soldier an opportunity to build each connection point piece-by-piece; charge the lines; and fully execute the ROM.
ROM Interactive Digital Enabler (3D application file) - Click Here
Instructions for executing the application - Click Here
ROM Video Overview - Click Here
AGTube consists of several “how-to” videos which are intended to show human resources (HR) operators working within S-1 / G-1 sections “a way” to use HR weapons systems mixed with Microsoft Office products (accesss, Excel, and Word) in order to offer solutions to common HR problems using existing software. They serve as something that we can use to standardized practices across the Army.
Click Here to accesss AGTube.
The FMtube is the official channel for "how to" training aids--made available across the FM Enterprise. These video job aids demonstrate individual tasks that are resident within our FM Sustainment Battle Drills. Our vision is to provide trained, ready and agile military and civilian leaders; develop integrated concepts, doctrine, organization, training and materiel across the spectrum of Financial Management in support of America's Armed Forces in war and peace. CAC logon is not required; you may accesss this available resource from any smart device--at the point of need.
Click Here to accesss FMTube.
"Restoring our ability to execute expeditionary logistics will only be accomplished by leaders who know what right looks like, or who can learn what it looks like, and then coach, teach, and mentor that understanding across their formations." -Lt. Gen. Gustave "Gus" Perna
For accesss to the MTW video, please Click Here.
Click Here to accesss the page.
Materiel management is a sustainment function that directs, integrates, synchronizes, prioritizes, and optimizes the logistics function of supply in order to provide effective and uninterrupted supply support to Army, joint, and allied forces, thereby enabling those forces to achieve their operational objectives.
The Materiel Management page, linked above, provides resources in several categories to assist the sustainment community.
Click Here to accesss the Army Operating Concept (AOC).
From the Chief of Staff of the Army "The Army Operating Concept (AOC) describes how future Army forces will prevent conflict, shape security environments, and win wars while operating as part of our Joint Force and working with multiple partners. The AOC guides future force development by identifying first order capabilities that the Army needs to support U.S. policy objectives. It provides the intellectual foundation and framework for learning and for applying what we learn to future force development under Force 2025 and Beyond."
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The Force 2025 and Beyond Directorate (F2025BD) serves as TRADOC's lead to integrate and synchronize development of future Army concepts and capabilities and help foster / coordinate innovation efforts across the force. This is done in coordination and collaboration with AMC, FORSCOM, HQDA staff and others.