311th Corps Support Command [311th COSCOM]
The only reserve component corps support command (COSCOM) supporting an active corps, the 311th COSCOM is located in both Los Angeles, California, and Fort Lewis, Washington. In wartime, the COSCOM oversees logistics for the 120,000 soldiers of I Corps. In peacetime, the 311th and its multicomponent 304th Materiel Management Center are full participants in the corps' daily activities, including the establishment of the new interim brigade combat teams at Fort Lewis, Washington.
To accomplish these missions, the COSCOM needs a large number of skilled, multifunctional logisticians who can work in a multi-echelon environment. For the Army as a whole, developing officers and noncommissioned officers (NCO's) into multifunctional logisticians requires years of diligent work. This task is even more difficult in the reserve components. The unfortunate truth is that an officer's or NCO's career usually leaves little time to master the skills needed to be a multifunctional logistician. As a senior logistics functional command, the 311th COSCOM has a clear mission to assist in the training and development of multifunctional logistics officers, NCO's, and units
Units need the opportunity to conduct actual support operations. Rotations at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California, and the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana, are good examples of what is needed. In those operational environments, logistics units gain real-world experience supporting warfighters. If class I (subsistence) support fails, real soldiers get real hungry real fast. Unfortunately, there are few of these types of missions that truly exercise a full corps support group (CSG). Also, the functional elements of the COSCOM, such as the materiel management center and movement control center, are not available to the CSG commander at the JRTC and NTC, which contributes to a lack of both COSCOM command and control and visibility of stock status and movements within the corps area. In most cases, the CSG must train on what is essentially a battalion, or battalion-minus, mission.
The 311th Logistical Command was redesignated on 02 October 1974 as the 311tb Support Brigade, and on 09 January 1980 the 311th Support Command, and in 1988 as the 311th Corps Support Command.
The Department of the Army announced 07 June 2001 the relocation of the the 13th Detachment (Logistics Planning Augmentation Team (LPAT)) from Los Angeles, California, to Fort Lewis, Washington, effective 16 September 2001. As a Logistics Planning Augmentation Team, the 13th Detachment augments the transportation planning capabilities of a Corps. During wartime, the unit is assigned to a corps headquarters. The 311th Corps Support Command serves as the 13th Detachment's peacetime higher headquarters. Relocating the 13th Detachment to Fort Lewis, Washington, co-locates it with the corps headquarters supported by the 311th, therefore providing the corps staff with a capability not previously available. This relocation also provides the 13th Detachment with invaluable training opportunities and will enhance AC/RC integration.