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The Sustain Warfighters' Forum: Sharing What You Know

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For a moment, I ask you to consider the following challenges taking place everyday in our Army * A second lieutenant is looking for the latest doctrine and tactics, techniques, and procedures for logistics convoy operations. * A colonel wants to know how human resource management is being integrated with current sustainment operations. * A specialist deployed in Iraq is having difficulty opening online technical manuals and ordering sight adapters. * A major in a brigade support battalion is looking for sample tactical standing operating procedures he can leverage as his unit prepares to deploy. * A warrant officer class producing a supply guide wants to solicit feedback from counterparts in the operational force. * A redeployed sustainment brigade staff wants to share best practices and lessons learned with other organizations preparing for deployment. * A Department of the Army (DA) civilian at the Army Materiel Command (AMC) wants to provide information on mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles to the field.

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									The Sustain Warfighters’ Forum:
Sharing What You Know                                                               by   Major General jaMes e. ChaMbers


F•  or a moment, I ask you to consider the following
    challenges taking place everyday in our Army—
     A second lieutenant is looking for the latest doctrine
                                                              questions, and sharing operational insights, best practices,
                                                              and lessons learned.
                                                                 The Sustain Warfighters’ Forum (Sustain WfF) is our
and tactics, techniques, and procedures for logistics con-    approach to achieving this vision. In partnership with DA
voy operations.                                               G–4, AMC, and the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
   • A colonel wants to know how human resource man-          G–4, the Army Combined Arms Support Command (CAS-
agement is being integrated with current sustainment          COM) has established the Sustain WfF to provide the
operations.                                                   entire sustainment and logistics community with an array
   • A specialist deployed in Iraq is having difficulty       of knowledge products and services. Commanders, staffs,
opening online technical manuals and ordering sight           Soldiers, and DA civilians now have a single entry point
adapters.                                                     to a number of interdependent websites, document reposi-
   • A major in a brigade support battalion is looking        tories, and collaboration enablers. Hot topics are visible
for sample tactical standing operating procedures he can      to all, with easy navigation to unique Operating and Gen-
leverage as his unit prepares to deploy.                      erating Force domains. Direct access to communities,
   • A warrant officer class producing a supply guide         discussion forums, lessons learned interviews, multimedia
wants to solicit feedback from counterparts in the opera-     products, and lifelong learning courseware is available, and
tional force.                                                 every user has the ability to “ask now” to get immediate
   • A redeployed sustainment brigade staff wants to          responses to critical questions and concerns arising in the
share best practices and lessons learned with other organ-    field. We have even provided the means for any user to
izations preparing for deployment.                            schedule and execute online meetings, and we will use this
   • A Department of the Army (DA) civilian at the Army       tool to routinely conduct Sustain WfF leader symposiums
Materiel Command (AMC) wants to provide information           and other events with Operating and Generating Force
on mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles to         organizations.
the field.                                                       The Sustain WfF is our part of a larger Warfighting
   Topics may vary, but even in these few examples, one       Forum vision, led by commanding generals, the Army
resounding theme stands out: We need to improve on            Traini
								
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