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New global logistics unit to be headquartered at Scott

9/4/2007 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- Air Force Materiel Command officials announced Aug. 30 that the Global Logistics Support Center headquarters will be located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

The Global Logistics Support Center, or GLSC, will stand up in fiscal 2008 and serve as the Air Force's supply chain manager. 

The decision to locate the GLSC headquarters at Scott AFB came after considering many potential sites, said Col. Brent Baker, the GLSC Provisional Office commander. 

"Scott AFB provides the best balance of supply chain knowledge and operational focus," Colonel Baker said. "In short, Scott AFB provides the GLSC with a headquarters that is operationally focused and will be co-located with key supply chain activities such as U.S. Transportation Command and the Tanker Airlift Control Center.

"This decision only applies to the GLSC headquarters, which will stand up with approximately 16 people in fiscal year 2008," Colonel Baker said. "The existing supply chain processes remain in-place and will be 'virtually integrated' into the new center requiring few, if any, personnel relocations. This is an important message we need to communicate to our work force and interested politicians."

GLSC headquarters will be co-located with the Supply Chain Operations at Scott AFB. The GLSC headquarters staff will perform the following functions: 

-- Ensure GLSC is focused on warfighter operations.
-- Integration of supply chain manager functions.
-- Care and feeding of functional staff.
-- Work memorandums of agreement across all necessary support relationships.
-- Point of entry for GLSC updated policy and guidance.
-- Coordinate all taskings in and out of the GLSC. 

The 375th Airlift Wing at Scott AFB will support the GLSC headquarters staff.

Overall, GLSC will be a geographically dispersed organization with six operating locations. In addition to Scott AFB, these include Hill AFB, Utah; Langley AFB, Va.; Robins AFB, Ga.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Wright Patterson AFB.

"The two most important points, which cannot be emphasized enough, are that the GLSC will be an 'operational center,' and the vast majority of the people in the GLSC will remain at their current operational locations," Colonel Baker said.

The GLSC will support a concept of operations that integrates supply chain processes into a single end-to-end enterprise. When combined with other key logistics initiatives, this will help the Air Force meet its Expeditionary Logistics for the 21st century, or eLog21, goals of reducing annual operating support costs by 10 percent and increasing equipment availability by 20 percent.

The GLSC will be organized around three main supply chain functions: Supply chain planning and execution, or SCPE; supply chain operations, or SCO; and supply chain strategy and integration, or SCS&I.

People in SCPE will be located at Robins, Tinker and Hill AFBs. Overall staffing will be approximately 3,000 people. Most will remain at their respective operating locations. Officials project an SCPE headquarters staff of five people to reside at Tinker AFB, although this decision is not final. SCPE provides direct interaction with the system program directors and system program managers at each center for requirements identification to ensure realistic and flexible enterprise planning.

People in SCO will be located at Scott, Langley, Robins, Tinker and Hill AFBs. Overall staffing will be approximately 1,000 people. Most will remain at their respective Combat Air Forces and Mobility Air Forces logistics support centers and AFMC's three air logistics centers. An SCO headquarters staff of approximately five people will reside at Scott AFB. This organization ensures fast, effective customer support across the Air Force enterprise.

People in SCS&I will be located at Wright-Patterson AFB. This includes leadership and workers, approximately 200 people. Most currently are located at Wright-Patterson AFB and perform the majority of current SCS&I functions. An SCS&I headquarters staff of approximately five people will also reside at Wright-Patterson AFB. This allows direct connection with the Headquarters AFMC functional staff and ensures integration with other eLog21 initiatives. 

(Courtesy of Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs)

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