forces with scalable capabilities that enable expeditionary operations from a sea base, a maritime prepositioned force or land-based prepositioning sites. This is a critical link within our supply chain, a capability absolutely necessary to close rapidly and execute decisively, hallmarks of an expeditionary operation. We are also continuing to strengthen another critical link in our supply chain, our organic depot maintenance capability. Marine Depot Maintenance Command, through its two maintenance production plants in Georgia and California, is the Marine Corps’ sole source to generate readiness organically, the foundry of ground combat power. We have learned that when wartime demands surge and industry is caught off guard, our depots are the only means by which to answer the pressing readiness requirements. We are benchmarking our processes and implementing best practices to increase efficiencies, reduce overhead costs and lower working capital fund rates to give “buying power” back to the Marine Corps to maintain equipment and increase readiness. These capabilities, and others like them, are being aggressively pursued here at Marine Corps Logistics Command. Q: Marine Corps Logistics Command is the operational-level logistics integrator for the Marine Corps. What does this mean to you? A: To us, operational-level logistics integrates strategic-level logistics capabilities to satisfy tactical-level logistics requirements beyond the Marine air-ground task force’s (MAGTF) capability or capacity.
Marine component commanders plan and execute operational-level logistics, while Marine Corps Logistics Command supports that effort by providing several important enabling capabilities. First, we serve as the Marine Corps’ end-to-end logistics chain manager. In this capacity, we manage customer relationships, identify operational-level logistics challenges, develop and implement support agreements and contracts to integrate suppliers and support providers, and assess performance to ensure effective and efficient support. In many cases, we provide an organic capability to answer logistics challenges among the operating forces. Our support cells and teams embedded within the Marine Corps’ expeditionary forces understand geographical logistics challenges and assist them in attaining tacticaland operational-level logistics objectives. We maximize sustainability of expeditionary operations through the integration of our supply, maintenance, distribution and prepositioning products and services with strategic-level logistics capabilities from military service, DoD, joint, theater, industrial base and host nations. We also serve as the Marine Corps’ distribution process owner, synchronizing storage activities, distribution nodes and transportation modes in the logistics chain, integrating military and commercial transportation providers systems, maximizing in-transit visibility capabilities to track, trace and expedite equipment and supplies, and placing advocates to support force deployment, sustainment and retrograde operations. All these activities are designed to support the operating forces as they address the tactical-logistics requirements unique to their regions.
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