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NEWS | Nov. 6, 2015

63rd RSC hosts critical logistics training

By Alun Thomas 63rd Regional Support Command

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The implementation of the Global Combat Support System (GCSS) is a new concept designed to transform military logistics with a single web-based solution that will replace current logistics systems.

This was the emphasis of GCSS training, which took place at the 63rd Regional Support Command headquarters auditorium, Nov. 5-6, here, attended by logisticians throughout the 63rd RSC’s seven-state footprint.

Leading the training was Kenneth Gall, chief of installation, GCSS, who said GCSS is the most significant transformation in the history of Logistics Information Systems.

“GCSS is not changing the way we do business - it’s changing the language and the tools that we use in order to do the business,” Gall said to attendees. “This is a completely different language and toolset, but we won’t change the way we perform everyday work.”

“How you do business in the Army Reserve is different to how the active component does theirs on a daily basis. I want to make sure you’re aware of the variants unique to the reserve when utilizing GCSS.”

“GCSS is a Department of Defense initiative. This started from Congress and the inability to have a proper auditing tool for the military. GCSS was not developed for you; it was developed for the command. It was developed to reach down and get real-time data to be able to audit units and get live information on money spent and readiness. Remember that; this is an audit tool with user interface and user abilities tacked on.”

“The intent of GCSS is to provide leaders with a single web-based open enterprise solution to ensure visibility, accountability and operability. This is real-time, unlike SAMS (Standard Army Maintenance System), which was a closed system. Everything you see on GCSS will be live. Eventually what you’ll have is a dashboard that your commanders will be able to view anytime and get a live status report of their shops day or night.”

“GCSS will prove itself to be just as important to logisticians as the M1/AI was to tankers, or the Apache was to pilots. It is just as complex and the fielding of it will be just as difficult. The key to a successful GCSS transformation is data cleaning and your templates. This ensures all the correct information is ready to be transferred over from SAMS. “

“GCSS gives you live visibility of your supply and maintenance and has been completely reengineered for immediate logistics status. You’re going to have a complete historic record of your equipment from the time it entered your unit to the time it rolled off the line at the depot. Eventually you’ll be able to trace that equipments entire history.”

“GCSS also gives you real-time financial status and a one time qualification record for your Soldiers. Anyone who’s transferred from one unit to another will have their record in GCSS. Anything you’ve qualified on will follow you for your entire career. Whenever you move or transfer they will follow. That’s the intent,” Gall said.

The importance of the training was validated by Maj. Gen. Nickolas Tooliatos, commanding general, 63rd RSC, who said GCSS is an incredibly important system for the long-term future of the Army Reserve.

“It will allow our large commands to do sustainment on a much more streamlined basis,” Tooliatos said. “Having a system like this will allow us to get better with our logistics management and strengthen Soldier readiness.”

“It’s an important class and I’m glad you’re here to take this knowledge back to your units,” he said.