Taking Off into the New Year!
President's Cockpit / By MG Jeff Schloesser, Ret.
We start off 2020 with a deep dive into the fundamentals of our Army
Aviation profession: maintenance, sustainment, and logistics.
As a deputy division commander in Iraq and a division commander in
Afghanistan, it was clear to me that no matter how well planned and led
our operations were, our ultimate success was equally dependent on
logistics, and everything and everyone that support our combat
In this issue, our Branch Chief, MG Dave Francis, introduces our theme:
sustainment and maintenance that enables Army Aviation independent
maneuver and expeditionary aviation operations. Army Material Command
(AMC) CG General Gustave “Gus” Perna discusses Army precision logistics
for responsive and what I would call “anticipatory” sustainment in
support of Large-Scale Combat Operations (LSCO). General Perna sets the
bar higher for our aviation fleet readiness, seeking to move beyond the
75% fully mission-capable goal. AMCOM CG MG Todd Royar pinpoints a
critical readiness enhancer – the unit Logistics Assistance
Representative, or LAR – and gives recommendations on how to enhance
their contributions to unit level sustainment and readiness.