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					     ARMY AL&T




               AMC’s Fleet Management
                   Initiative (FMI)
                                         SFC Michael Holcomb



         I
              n February 2002, the FMI began as a pilot program between
              the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
              and the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) to realign the
          training equipment maintenance mission from TRADOC to
          AMC. The goal of the FMI effort was twofold:

          • It was primarily intended to shift the maintenance function to
            AMC, the Army’s recognized expert for performing mainte-
            nance, thereby enabling TRADOC to refocus its efforts on its
            core competency and expertise of training Soldiers.
          • Shifting the maintenance function to maintenance experts
            would result in overall improved readiness of the training
            base fleet.

          Initially, AMC conducted its FMI pilot at the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox, and the U.S. Army
          Aviation School at Fort Rucker. Here, a cockpit of the UH-60M Black Hawk is an all digital avionics suite
          that allows pilots to perform safer and more efficiently on-the-fly. The FMI conducted at the Aviation
          School improves integration and coordination of aviation maintenance functions. (U.S. Army photo.)




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Testing the Pilot Program at              deliver the right support at the right     Communications-Electronics Com-
TRADOC Training Schools                   time while also fully leveraging all its   mand (CECOM) LCMC was also a
As a proof of principle, the FMI pilot    capabilities. The U.S. Army Sustain-       vital provider to both locations.
testing was limited to two TRADOC         ment Command (ASC), a major sub-
training schools: the U.S. Army Armor     ordinate command (MSC) of AMC,             The combination of these skills,
School, at Fort Knox, KY, and the U.S.    already had an established support         knowledge, and abilities made deter-
Army Aviation School, at Fort Rucker,     presence at each location. Other AMC       mining the lead organizations a fairly
AL. The pilot program testing enabled     MSCs also provided crucial support at      uncomplicated task. AMCOM LCMC
AMC to improve integration and coor-      each location primarily aligned to the     was identified as the lead for Fort
dination of maintenance functions         core function of those MSCs. The pri-      Rucker and TACOM LCMC was
across the installations where the        mary provider to Fort Rucker was the       identified as the lead for Fort Knox.
schools were located, further expanding   U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Com-        The lead had to ensure that the other
the expertise applied to the function.    mand (AMCOM) Life Cycle Manage-            integral MSCs were fully integrated
                                          ment Command (LCMC). The pri-              into the entire maintenance support
AMC eagerly approached this pilot         mary provider to the U.S. Army             processes to deliver the best solutions
program testing by task-organizing the    Armor Center and School was the            for the fleet customer.
most efficient and effective method to    TACOM LCMC. The U.S. Army

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                                                                                         partner fully enabled synchronization
Tank Commander SGT David                                                                 of information systems, processes, and
Newland monitors his workstation
in his M1A2 Abrams tank. AMC                                                             procedures as well as enhanced prioriti-
completed an FMI pilot at the U.S.                                                       zation of maintenance workload at
Army Armor School at Fort Knox.
The FMI results will help improve                                                        each installation.
integration and coordination of tank
maintenance functions. (U.S. Army
photo by SPC John Crosby, 115th                                                          While it appears complex, the FMX is
Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)
                                                                                         an excellent blending of efforts to im-
                                                                                         prove training fleet readiness and en-
                                                                                         able each partner to focus on its core
                                                                                         mission and improve support to the
                                                                                         Soldier. The success of the FMI pilot
                                                                                         program at Forts Rucker and Knox
                                                                                         was a clear indicator that TRADOC
                                                                                         and the Army will see significant in-
                                                                                         creases in equipment readiness and
                                                                                         availability within the resources allo-
                                                                                         cated and within training constraints.

                                                                                         Customer Requirements
                                                                                         AMC further modeled the FMX task
The testing of the pilot program re-        As the FMX was launched, AMC and             organization based on the success of
sulted in attaining the initiative’s two    TRADOC quickly realized that a cru-          the approach used with FMI and de-
primary objectives:                         cial third partner must be added to this     fined leads based on capability in align-
                                            larger scope. Consequently, in April         ment with the customer requirement.
• Enable TRADOC to focus on train-          2006, an MOA was signed between the
  ing Soldiers while leveraging the         original partners — TRADOC and               Those AMC MSC leads and their
  maintenance expertise of AMC and          AMC — as well as the Assistant Chief         associated customers are outlined in
  its MSCs to improve the training          of Staff of the Army for Installation        the diagram shown below.
  fleet’s readiness.                        Management (ACSIM). The ACSIM is
• Complete maintenance functions            responsible for garrison maintenance on      FMX was soon implemented and a
  within projected costs and reduce         an Army installation at the Directorate      project schedule developed. Desig-
  negative impacts to student training      of Logistics. Adding ACSIM as the third      nated leads from AMCOM LCMC,
  that had been hampered by past
  nonavailability of equipment.                AMC
                                                                                     TRADOC Schools
                                               MSC
FMI Expansion                                               U.S. Army     Ordinance Munitions      Air Defense        U.S. Army
On the heels of these achievements,          AMCOM           Aviation        and Electronic         Artillery          Aviation
                                              LCMC         Fort Rucker        Maintenance         Fort Bliss, TX    and Logistics
TRADOC and AMC decided to                                                 Redstone Arsenal, AL                      Fort Eustis, VA
expand the original FMI to all
TRADOC Centers and Schools in
                                             CECOM                U.S. Army Signal                    U.S. Army Intelligence
November 2005. This became known              LCMC                Fort Gordon, GA                      Fort Huachuca, AZ
as the Fleet Management Expansion
(FMX). The Deputy Commanding                              U.S. Army Ordnance      U.S. Army        U.S. Army          U.S. Army
Generals (DCGs) of both TRADOC                             Aberdeen Proving     Transportation   Quartermaster      Field Artillery
                                                              Ground, MD          Fort Eustis     Fort Lee, VA       Fort Sill, OK
and AMC signed a Memorandum of
                                             TACOM
Agreement (MOA) to document the               LCMC
                                                          U.S. Army Engineer      U.S. Army         U.S. Army      U.S. Army Basic
partnership and outline a way ahead                         and U.S. Army          Armor            Infantry       Combat Training
for the effort.                                             Military Police       Fort Knox       Fort Benning,    Fort Jackson, SC
                                                             Fort Leonard                              GA
                                                               Wood, MO

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Armor crewmembers of Co. C, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division (4ID), fire the main guns of their M1A2
Abrams Main Battle Tanks during a tank screening in Kuwait. The FMI enabled AMC to improve integration and coordination of maintenance functions and was a
clear indicator of equipment readiness and availability. (U.S. Army photo by SPC David Hodge, 1st BCT, 4ID Public Affairs.)


CECOM LCMC, and TACOM                         all parties. By early spring 2007, the                        Concept Plan will be transferred and
LCMC joined forces with each other,           FMX implementation reached such a                             managed accordingly.
as well as with their collaborators at        level of maturity that both TRADOC
ASC, to learn about and understand            and AMC thought it was the right                              All parties involved are committed to
their customers’ ex-                                              time to implement                         making the transition an enduring suc-
pectations and re-                                                the next step.                            cess, which will allow TRADOC to
quirements, which is               The FMX is an                                                            focus on training Soldiers while leverag-
always one of the first         excellent blending of             On April 20, 2007,                        ing AMC’s expertise. Undertaking efforts
priorities in any suc-            efforts to improve              the AMC and                               such as these, particularly in a resource-
cessful partnership.                                              TRADOC DCGs                               constrained environment, makes great
                               training fleet readiness           signed a Memoran-                         fiscal sense and is a practical approach to
Meetings with each            and enable each partner             dum of Record                             leveraging capabilities and expertise in an
school enabled                   to focus on its core             transferring opera-                       efficient, effective manner.
an understanding of                                               tional control of all
                                mission and improve
the effort’s scope and                                            TRADOC fleet                              While the outcome of this successful
also served to forge           support to the Soldier.            maintenance func-                         initiative and partnership demonstrates
important relation-                                               tions to AMC, effec-                      the rewards that exploiting expertise
ships for a successful                                            tive May 1, 2007.                         causes, it is the value to the taxpayer
future. Additionally, work began to                                                                         that resonates. Ultimately, FMX will
document all the equipment and re-            To date, MOAs between schools and                             benefit the most important customer
sources that will ultimately transfer         AMC MSCs are still being finalized at                         of all — the U.S. Army Soldier.
from TRADOC to AMC.                           some locations, while others are fully
                                              completed and signed. A Concept
MOAs With TRADOC                              Plan, which is the title of the docu-                         SFC MICHAEL HOLCOMB works at
Schools                                       ment that serves as the basis for the                         HQ AMC in the G-3/5 Strategy and
One lesson learned from FMI was the           transfer of all resources (people/equip-                      Concepts Division. He has a B.S. in lo-
importance of developing a tailored           ment/funding) from TRADOC to                                  gistics management from Rockville Uni-
MOA for each school and associated            AMC, has been compiled and submit-                            versity and has served 19 years in the
supporting AMC MSC. This established          ted to HQDA for approval. Upon ap-                            Army. Holcomb is currently working on
a clear understanding of expectations for     proval, the resources outlined in the                         his life-cycle logistics certification.

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