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1st TSC holds senior leader code forum

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The 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) held a senior leader code forum Sept. 28-29 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10281 meeting hall in Vine Grove, Kentucky.

During this first of a planned series of annual events, Maj. Gen. Flem B. ‘Donnie’ Walker Jr., commanding general of 1st TSC, gathered his key commissioned, enlisted, and civilian leaders together for a focused discussion of the unit’s foundational documents, or code, in order to enhance their understanding of the unit’s mission, structure and operations.

“Due to the unique nature of our mission, newly arriving and existing members of the command must quickly understand who we are and how we operate to maximize their contribution to the effort,” Walker said.

Over the past several months, the command has welcomed several new team members as it transitioned from Fort Bragg, N.C. to Fort Knox. This event was intended to bring them quickly up to speed on the unit’s fast operational tempo and complex mission and structure.

The 1st TSC is one of only two units in the Army that has been perpetually deployed since 2006. The other is its higher command, U.S. Army Central.

“Most Army units generate readiness in preparation for deployment and consume readiness during deployment. These units generally have ample time to prepare for deployment – to become ready – from a manning, training, and equipping perspective,” Walker said. “The 1st TSC is, however, different from most Army units. At any given time, members, sections or entire formations of the 1st TSC are conducting deployed operations, preparing to deploy, training subordinate sustainment units to deploy, or resetting from a recent deployment.”

In addition to its headquarters at Fort Knox, 1st TSC also has a permanent forward command post at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. There, it sustains combat operations in four nations in the U.S. Central Command region, an area that encompasses 20 countries stretching from Egypt to Kazakhstan and contains over 540 million people from 49 different ethnic groups speaking 60 different languages.

The unit’s Soldiers and partners drive 3,000 vehicles over 500,000 miles every day to deliver more than five millions tons of supplies a year. They also provide oversight contracting support to 2,000 contracts worth well over $7.8 million, coordinate intra-theater airlift of more than 4,100 personnel, deliver more than 2,030 pounds of mail, disburse money totaling more than $7 million to pay for contracts, purchases and facilities support, and operate and maintain 5,000-plus logistics information systems in nine countries.

Walker said that in order to continue to provide this world-class sustainment, leaders, Soldiers and civilians must understand the 1st TSC code, which is why he set aside two days to review and discuss it.

At the end of the forum, Walker told his staff they had what they needed to ensure mission success.

“Take this and talk to your people and your Soldiers,” said Walker. “Let’s make sure everyone is rowing the boat in the same direction and going forward.” n