Distribution Command Center

Story by Sgt. Ann Venturato

The 13th COSCOM opened a new command and control facility here on April 18.

The new facility called the Distribution Command Center opened after a month long construction.

Col. James Chambers, the 13th COSCOM commander, started the vision for the center back in Fort Hood and the project itself was an 8-month long project in the making, said Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Elder, the 13th COSCOM command sergeant major.

A lot of different folks here on the installation helped with the construction of the DCC such as Kellogg, Brown and Root, Department of Public Works and Morrell Construction, said Elder.

"KBR did all the carpentry and woodwork; Morrell Construction did the ceiling and the H-Vac system; and the Army engineers constructed an outside wall," said Maj. Walt Stanish, the 13th COSCOM secretary to the general staff.

Billy Azbell Electronics installed all the high technology screens and hardware that make the real time data possible at a touch of a fingertip, said Ed Topasna, a telecommunications engineer with Billy Azbell Electronics.

"The DCC is the center of operation for the new Corps Distribution Command, which is the distribution command for the 13th COSCOM. The DCC fuses together all of the commodities and all of the subordinate units and it allows the CDC commander to provide visibility on all the different commodities and allows the 13th COSCOM to be more effective," said Elder, "It is a synergistic effect of bringing together all of the stove pipes that is each commodity or section kind of working in their own narrow field and what it does is to allows for each of them to come together and resolve issues in a timely manner."

"The DCC reaches beyond the established 'chain of command' by given authority and responsibility to ensure the orderly flow of units, personnel, equipment and sustainment stocks," said Lt. Col. James Henderson, deputy commander for the CDC.

"The DCC is like a big puzzle and each little piece of the COSCOM has their own little place in the puzzle and it allows the commander to get a true picture when all the pieces of the puzzle are put together," said Elder.

"One of the first thing you note about the new DCC is the complete organization of cell," said Elder, "before it was probably disjointed, there were barriers between different agencies working together. Some were physical barriers and some of them were lack of conductivity or lack of visibility on what was going around them. One of the first things you note is the well set in design forum so that everybody is working together. There are no walls between any of the cells there."

"It's nice. It's a very clean way to work, better than working in a tent," said Master Sgt. Joe Hunt, the medical division sergeant for the 4th CMMC.


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DCC Before Completion Photo By MAJ Sinclair

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DCC Before Completion Photo By MAJ Sinclair